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WA Pharmacy Student of the Year named : 25/05/2015 :

Curtin University pharmacy student Shanae Hancey is the West Australian Pharmacy Student of the Year.

The announcement was made during the recent WA Annual Seminar. Ms Hancey, a Master of Pharmacy student, will now go on to compete against winners from all other States and Territories vying for the national title at PSA15.

The judges for the competition were Jonathan Soggee, Early Career Pharmacist WA Chair; Bridgett McKay, the 2015 WA Pharmacist of the Year; and Mark Lock, WA PSA Branch Committee member.

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WA pharmacist reprimanded over slack S8 procedures : 25/05/2015 :

WA pharmacist Vu The Tran has been found guilty of professional misconduct and reprimanded by the WA State Administrative Tribunal. The Tribunal also imposed conditions on his registration.

Mr Tran was convicted of 26 offences under the WA Poisons Regulations following an audit by the WA Department of Health. The offences related to Schedule 8 drug storage and record keeping and to the supply of 'owing' prescriptions.The Pharmacy Board subsequently alleged that this conviction breached the Code of Professional Conduct for Pharmacists.

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Pharmacist needed on Medical Services Advisory Committee : 25/05/2015 :

News that almost half of the $1.26 billion allocated to professional services and programs in the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement is to be put into a contingency reserve to support new and existing community pharmacy programs and services has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. 

However, says PSA, a pharmacist needs to be added to the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) - the group that provides advice to the Minister for Health on the strength of the evidence relating to the comparative safety, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of potential MBS items. All pharmacy programs will need to be ticked off by the MSAC, which does not currently count a pharmacist amongst its members, before they are funded from the contingency reserve.

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Review of Pharmacy Competency Standards progresses : 25/05/2015 :

Stage 1 of the Review of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia has now been completed and Stage 2 - a detailed revision of the content - is about to commence.

The initial review was conducted by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) on behalf of the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC) and included background research, literature review and stakeholder consultation.

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New faces on PBAC : 25/05/2015 :

Three new members have been appointed to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), one of whom, Professor Andrew Wilson, is to be the new Chair.

The PBAC's primary role is to recommend new medicines for listing on the PBS. When recommending PBS listing, the PBAC takes into account the medical conditions for which the medicine was registered for use in Australia, its clinical effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness (‘value for money’) compared with other treatments.

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Aspen sells Australian generics portfolio : 25/05/2015 :

Indian pharma company Strides Arcolab has struck a deal to acquire the Aspen company's Australian generic drug portfolio.

The acquisition will rank Strides in the top 3 generics suppliers in Australia and in the top 10 pharma companies overall.

The business, which will operate under the Arrow Pharmaceuticals brand, will sell approximately 140 generic prescription drugs as well as a range of non-prescription pharmacy products.

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Criticism of new pharmacy review starts : 25/05/2015 :

In what may well be the first of many articles critical of yet another review of community pharmacy announced in the recent 6CPA 'letter of intent' Financial Review political commentator Alan Mitchell, writing in an opinion piece on Saturday, questioned the need for the review writing that 'both the problem and the answer are pretty obvious'.

"If the inquiry is genuinely independent and has a clean terms of reference it should quickly come to the same conclusion as the other genuinely independent reviews that have preceded it: that anti-competitive regulation should be removed and consumers should be allowed to enjoy the same benefits of competition that prevail in, for example, the market for GP services."

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Icatibant in ACE-Inhibitor-induced angioedema : 25/05/2015 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Icatibant in ACE-Inhibitor-induced angioedema.

"Angioedema, a potentially life-threatening condition, can be induced by treatment using Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. In the United States, ACE-inhibitors are the leading cause of medication-induced angioedema as they are widely prescribed. The onset of angioedema can begin during the first week of therapy; however it may not be present until after a month, or in several cases has occurred several years into therapy. The pathogenesis of angioedema occurring without urticaria is generally the same as when urticaria is present; in ACE-inhibitor-induced angioedema, this is caused by raised levels of bradykinin rather than histamine."

Click here to read the bulletin in full. The E‑Bulletins are archived on the AusPharmList website here.

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Pharmacists: little joy in 6CPA letter of intent : 22/05/2015 :

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Say yes to the best PBS : 22/05/2015 :

Peak pharma body Medicines Australia has launched a public campaign to try to get the Coalition government to soften some of the proposed measures in its PBS Access and Sustainability Package that will reduce the profitability of its member companies.

The campaign centres around a Say yes to the best PBS website and advertisements have also commenced running in local papers in Coalition held federal electorates.

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28,950 pharmacists : 22/05/2015 :

The Pharmacy Board of Australia yesterday published details of the Australian pharmacy workforce as of 31 March, 2015.

As of 31 March there were 28,950 registered pharmacists on the Board's books including 1,910 pre-regs. NSW had the highest number of pharmacists with 31% of the total followed by Victoria (25%). 54% of pharmacists are under 40 years of age and 61% of pharmacists are female.

Details are here.

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Immunisation against pneumonia important for many : 21/05/2015 :

This week (May 17-24, 2015) is Pneumonia Awareness Week and Lung Foundation Australia is urging all Australians aged 18 and above who are considered at-risk of contracting pneumonia, people aged 65 or older, and those eligible for a second vaccine after five years, to get immunised against the disease.

Pneumonia Awareness Week is designed to educate Australian adults to recognise the seriousness of pneumonia, and to ask their doctor how best to protect themselves from contracting pneumococcal pneumonia.

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Industry and profession leaders together to debate future of pharmacy practice at PSA15 : 21/05/2015 :

A panel discussion at PSA 15 will bring together representatives of leading pharmacy organisations to engage in a robust debate on the future of pharmacist practice in Australia.

PSA 15, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s new concept in pharmacy conferences, will see the PSA, the Australian Self Medication Industry, Medicines Australia, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Professional Pharmacists Australia, the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association, Association, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia and FRED technologies together in a panel discussion facilitated by journalist Virginia Trioli.

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New AusPharm CE: RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin Digest Issue No.81 : 21/05/2015 :

The next in our 2015 series of continuing professional development activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 81.

This CPD activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins, Volumes 57-8→57-11 (February/March 2015).

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SHPA CEO moves on : 21/05/2015 :

CEO of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Helen Dowling, has resigned from the role to pursue other professional interests.

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New website aims to increase clinical trial participant numbers : 21/05/2015 :

A new website has been launched to give Australian patients information about clinical trials underway in Australia and the opportunity to enrol in one that might give them access to potentially life-saving treatment. 

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PSA: AMA ill-informed over increased pharmacists' role : 21/05/2015 :

Claims by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) that extending the scope of professional services provided by pharmacists will result in ‘fragmentation of patient care’ are unfounded and may cause unwarranted concerns for consumers seeking to improve their health outcomes by having a pharmacist as part of their care team says the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

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It will take seven years of your taxes to pay off this $117,000 pay rise granted by the government : 20/05/2015 :

Well, it was only a metter of time....

In today's News Ltd media, journalist Sue Dunlevy's latest attack on pharmacy is unveiled.

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Poll: How do you feel about 6CPA now? : 20/05/2015 :

Some preliminary detail of what's in the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement is now available following the signing last week of the 'letter of intent' by the Pharmacy Guild and the government.

While 'the devil may be in the detail', what has been made public seems positive. Or does it?

Please let us know what you think by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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UNE’s Brighid Carey is NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year : 20/05/2015 :

University of New England pharmacy student Brighid Carey has been named the NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year and will now go on to compete against winners from all States and Territories vying for the national title at PSA15.

Ms Carey was presented the award by Vice-President of the NSW Branch of PSA, John Chapman, at the weekend.

Mr Chapman said the competition once again had been of an exceptionally high standard.

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