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Painmaster now on iTherapeutics : 28/04/2015 :




Tasmanian PSA-MIMS Intern of the Year 2014 announced : 28/04/2015 :

Caitlin Duff, now a community pharmacist in Burnie, has been announced as the PSA MIMS Australia Tasmanian Intern of the Year for 2014.

The prestigious award, announced in Ulverstone, celebrates the achievements of exceptional interns in developing skills for their professional career and who have been recognised as striving to raise standards to provide a future model for the practice of pharmacy, even before being fully registered.

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Guidelines Review : 28/04/2015 :

A review of the Guidelines for the Pharmaceutical Industry on Preparation of Submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee is to be conducted.

An external contractor will be commissioned to conduct the Review 'to ensure assessment processes are consistent, transparent, and continue to address contemporary methodological issues associated with the PBS.'

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Poll: will the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement deliver good news for pharmacy? : 28/04/2015 :

Amidst much media speculation and comments from government about what pharmacy related measures may or may not be included in the budget and/or 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) , what will 6CPA deliver for the profession?

Official pharmacy bodies, notably the Pharmacy Guild, have been silent on negotiation progress other than to say they are 'progressing and confidential'.

AusPharm's mail is that an announcement on the Agreement is very close, highly likely before the federal budget is handed down on May 12.

What do you think the Agreement will deliver for pharmacy. Good news for community pharmacy owners? Good news for others, such as accredited pharmacists? Or will it be a train wreck?

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

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Alemtuzumab : 27/04/2015 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Alemtuzumab.

"In April 2015, alemtuzumab (Lemtrada®) was approved for reimbursement via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for first & second line treatment of adults with active relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS)."

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

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'Breakthrough' hepatitis C treatment closer to PBS listing : 27/04/2015 :

Publication on Friday of the outcomes of the March meeting of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee reveal that 'breakthrough' treatment for hepatitis C, Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), has been recommended for PBS listing.

Also receiving a positive recommendation for PBS listing was MSD's Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the treatment of advanced melanoma.

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ACCC signs off on new pharma Code of Conduct : 27/04/2015 :

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved the 18th edition of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct, which requires reporting of payments by pharmaceutical companies to healthcare professionals for services or education.

After a long period of negotiation between the ACCC, Medicines Australia other stakeholders, the authorisation of the Code will mean greater transparency in the reporting of 'transfers of value' between drug companies and health professionals.

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Pharmacies to be given the OK to discount PBS co-payment? : 27/04/2015 :

Pharmacies will soon be able to discount the PBS co-payment by $1.00, according to a report in yesterday's News Ltd papers - this time written by Samantah Maiden, not Sue Dunlevy.

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Pharmacies well supplied with reference texts : 24/04/2015 :

The great majority of respondents to this week's AusPharm poll (n=129) told us their pharmacies have either the full Pharmacy Board recommended list of current reference texts or 'less than this but still pretty good'.

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Dunlevy: Location rules at risk : 24/04/2015 :

Pharmacy Location Rules will be scrapped in the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement unless the Pharmacy Guild agrees to government Agreement terms and conditions according to a report in today's News Ltd papers.

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Age of clients of drug treatment programs creeping up - more treated for amphetamine use : 24/04/2015 :

The age profile of people accessing publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies is changing, with the proportion of clients aged over 40 slowly increasing, according to statistics released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The new information shows that over the 5 years to 2013–14, the percentage of people being treated who were aged 40 and over rose from 30% to 33%, while those aged 20 - 29 fell from 29% to 27%.

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Joke appeal - please give generously! : 23/04/2015 :

The AusPharm joke portfolio is looking a little lean. So if you have a joke you'd like to share with AusPharm, we'd really love to hear from you!

Ideally your joke will contain elements that are pharmacy or health related. As an added incentive, if we choose your joke to run on Friday, we'll reward you with one of our special AusPharm pens!

We look forward to hearing from you...

 

 

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Yet another report recommends abolition of ownership, location rules : 23/04/2015 :

A new Productivity Commission research paper, released today, has recommended the abolition of both pharmacy location and ownership rules within one year.

The recommendations are two of more than twenty contained in a Commission Efficiency in Health paper. The Commission says of its recommendations that the 'benefits to patients are clear; and the cost savings are equally self evident'.

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New SHPA training focuses on assertiveness, work priorities and workplace relationships : 23/04/2015 :

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), in partnership with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), has developed three training modules, tailored for pharmacists and technicians, that focus on assertiveness, work priorities and effective workplace relationships.

Commenting on the new training modules SHPA President, Professor Michael Dooley, said “Clinical knowledge is only a part of what makes an effective pharmacist.” 

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API profit, Priceline numbers up : 23/04/2015 :

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) yesterday reported a net profit after tax of $21.3 million for the 6 months to 28 February 2015, up 32% on the same period last year.

The company says the result is underpinned by growth in earnings from its core businesses, a stronger financial position and disciplined cost control.

Its Priceline / Priceline Pharmacy stores now number 400, up from 373 twelve months ago. The company is predicting it will increase the number to 420 by 30 June 2015.

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Poll: access to references : 22/04/2015 :

This week's discussion on AusPharmList about variations in dose recommendations between references has us wondering what sort of access pharmacists have to references in their workplace.

Keeping a reference library up to date is an expensive and time consuming exercise and pharmacies / pharmacists do this well to varying degrees. What's access to references like where you work?

Please let us know by ticking the relevant box in this week's AusPharm poll.

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Compounding FAQs : 22/04/2015 :

The Pharmacy Board has this week published a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for pharmacists on a range of issues relating to the compounding of medicines.

The Board says the FAQs should be read in conjunction with its Guidelines on compounding of medicines, any documents referred to in the guidelines and the Background on the regulation of compounding by pharmacists published by the Board.

The FAQs are available on the Board's website here.

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College releases new ePortfolio : 22/04/2015 :

After extensive consultation with its members and the wider pharmacy industry, the Australian College of Pharmacy says it has reinvented the way pharmacists can engage with education and satisfy their CPD requirements.

The College's has released a new platform - available to ACP members only - which includes an ePortfolio, featuring a learning plan, a learning transcript (CPD Record) and a reflective journal.

It is optimised for tablets and smart phones to encourage accessibility and ease of use and contains interactive aspects such as quizzes and audio and visual elements designed to make the learning process both more impactful and more engaging.

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HMRs of limited value? : 21/04/2015 :

The authors of a study (1) published this week in the Medical Journal of Australia have suggested Home Medicine Reviews may be of limited value as their focus may not be broad enough.

The study looked at polypharmacy among older patients admitted to hospitals, with its principal finding being that treating physicians have no 'clinically meaningful' impact on the number of drugs being taken. They suggest reasons for this with resource limitations featuring strongly but argue that an acute hospital ward is an appropriate setting where 'complex decisions' around medications can be considered and 'actions initiated in discontinuing inappropriate medications'.

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Industry calls for reform at cancer medicines inquiry : 21/04/2015 :

Peak pharma body Medicines Australia, as well as individual pharma companies, yesterday appeared before the Senate Inquiry into the availability of new, innovative and specialist cancer drugs in Australia, calling for changes to regulatory processes to allow faster access to new cancer drugs.

“Our ability to treat cancer is now far in advance of the system that was designed some time ago, arguably twenty years ago, to provide access to treatments,” Mr Tim James, CEO of Medicines Australia said in his opening statement to the Senate Committee.

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