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More photos from the NAPSA Congress 1967 : 30/07/2007 :

AusPharm has had no response to our call for members to identify pharmacy students shown in our 1967 NAPSA Congress spread last week . We're not sure whether this is because those present can't remember, have passed on or whether our offer of one of our AusPharm pens wasn't sufficient incentive.

We repeat our offer that we will send one of our beautiful AusPharm pens to anyone who can make a positive ID.


Click the More..... link to see a larger version of the photo above and several more. (If you have photos of other historical pharmacy events, we'd love to see them).

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Price Cuts on Patented Molecules in New PBS Formulary? : 30/07/2007 :

Interesting snippets on the finer details of the formulary classifications for the new PBS Reforms are bubbling to the surface, including the suggestion several patented, single brand, non-substitutable products which have not historically attracted trading discounts are slated for inclusion in the new F2T formulary. This is sure to cause raised blood pressure and upset stomachs in the pharmacy family.

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AusPharm would like to thank Priceline Pharmacy : 30/07/2007 :

Over the last couple of years AusPharm in general, and the AusPharm(e)news in particular, has been blessed with the support of Priceline Pharmacy. Sadly, their term as principal sponsor of the (e)news has come to an end and, tomorrow, we will introduce our new principal sponsor.


The news that AusPharm has 'lost' Priceline Pharmacy as our principal sponsor is not all bad, however, as their parent company, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API), has agreed to continue their support of AusPharm. While this will not be at quite the same level as previously it is still significant and we are very grateful to API for their show of support for AusPharm.

API CEO Stephen Roche (pictured at right) said: "AusPharm is unique in the pharmacy publishing world in that they can get today's news out to pharmacists today. API is pleased to continue its support."

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Poll Results: how high should a pharmacist fly? : 27/07/2007 :

This week's poll asked 'listers what they thought about dispensaries that are raised above the pharmacy floor. While there is an argument that raised dispensaries afford better (stock) security they may create the impression that the pharmacist is aloof not to mention the difficulty of having a face to face chat with a customer.

Ignoring the fence sitters (!!) 'listers favour having dispensaries at the same floor level as the rest of the pharmacy by a ratio of about two to one. Thanks to all for voting in this week's poll.

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NAPSA Congress 1967 : 25/07/2007 :

The photo at right, taken during the 1967 NAPSA Congress held in Tasmania, landed in the AusPharm inbox a week or two back.

AusPharm has tentative IDs of one or two of the individuals depicted in this and other photos but thought it would be fun to do a "Where are they now?" on them. So, if you can identify any of those shown please send along the info accompanied by a sentence or two on what those individuals went on to achieve. We will send one of our beautiful AusPharm pens to anyone who can make a positive ID.
Click the More..... link to see a larger version of the photo above and several more! We'll run a second batch of these later in the week. (If you have photos of other historical pharmacy events, we'd love to see them).

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Watch this space next Wednesday, August 1 : 25/07/2007 :

We are about 12 months away from the PBS changes that some commentators are suggesting will spell the beginning of the end for community pharmacy as we know it - coming in August 2008.

AusPharm believes that it is important to do something to motivate discussion and preparation within the profession. Therefore, on Wednesday 1st August 07, marking 366 days before the introduction of the Government PBS changes, we will be suspending normal activities (news, features and AusPharmList posts) for the day and will run instead in that day's AusPharm(e)news a selection of 'theme' articles on the potential impact of 1/8/2008 and discussions on what pharmacy can do to prepare.

We will have contributions from Guild President Kos Sclavos, API CEO Stephen Roche, National Pharmacies' CEO Neil Retallick, JR Pharmacy Services' Mark Nicholson, PSA National Vice President Debbie Rigby, Chemist Warehouse CEO Damien Gance, Immediate Past Guild President John Bronger, Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management CEO John Chapman and, hopefully, a surprise or two as well.....

Interested in seeing this? Of course you are! Well, you'll need to upgrade to premium before August 1 as these articles will all be 'premium' content.

To upgrade to premium, click here, log in and follow the prompts. If PayPal defeats you email us and we'll send you an account. As a special incentive we'll send every member who upgrades between now and midnight on July 31 one of our AusPharm pens and will give them a bonus extra month on their premium sub (ie 13 months for the price of 12).

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Mixed response to Xeni*al's return to TV : 24/07/2007 :

Xeni*al advertisements will return to Australian TVs on July 29. According to Roche, despite the withdrawal of advertising approval for Xeni*al, they can still legally advertise Xeni*al up until September 1 and plan to do so.

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API commits to PharmX ordering gateway : 24/07/2007 :

PharmX Pty Limited and Australian Pharmaceuticals Industries Pty Limited last week announced the signing of an agreement for API to access and utilise the PharmX ordering gateway.

PharmX is a joint venture group owned by Mountaintop Systems, Simple Retail, Corum and PCA NU Systems. The ordering gateway is a common software system created to facilitate electronic ordering for pharmacists and their suppliers. Since commencing business in 2006, PharmX has transmitted more than 1,500,000 orders and invoices via the gateway.

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Pharmacist prescribing in Australia up for discussion at PAC '07 : 23/07/2007 :

A series of talks at PAC 2007 will focus on pharmacy prescribing in Australia. Dr Jennifer Marriott, from the Victorian College of Pharmacy, will present an overview before Dr Lynn Emmerton and Greg Weekes discuss the issue from specific settings, including hospitals.

Pharmacists' prescribing has been implemented overseas, including the UK, with a variety of approaches in protocols, formularies and collaboration with physicians.

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NAPSA elects 2007/08 executive : 23/07/2007 :

The Annual General Meeting of the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA) was held at the University of Sydney from the 13-15th July. The AGM sees NAPSA elect a new executive and plan for the year ahead.

Curtin University student Paul Buise (pictured at right) was elected NAPSA National President, having already completed two years as the National Treasurer. Lisa Goldsmith from Griffith University was elected Vice President, UQ's Matthew Baartz was elected Secretary and the incoming Treasurer is Matthew Loft from Monash University.

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Pharmacy featured on The Collectors tonight : 20/07/2007 :


Tonight episode of The Collectors on ABC TV at 8PM features a collection of pharmacy artefacts.

"It's Brian Hill's pharmacy collection, and there's no shortage of thermometers around. The collecting pharmacist has been accumulating for 40 years and has between 20 and 30 thousand items. From enemas to preserved calves teats, Brian has memorabilia for every ailment imaginable."

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Consulting room poll results : 20/07/2007 :

This week's poll asked 'listers to let us know whether or not they had a private consulting room in their pharmacies (or are planning to get one soon). The results are shown below.

As you can see, pharmacists seem very much of two minds on this with about half of our respondents saying they have no plans to incorporate a consulting room into their pharmacies.

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Community Service Obligation rumblings : 19/07/2007 :

Most community pharmacists with an ear to the ground would have heard that there is disquiet in the pharmacy wholesaling sector about that fact that new market entrant DHL is receiving a share of the Community Service Obligation (CSO) funding.

The intention of the CSO, as stated in the Fourth Agreement, is to "remunerate pharmaceutical wholesalers for the additional cost they incur in providing the full range of PBS medicines, available to wholesalers, as compared to those wholesalers who distribute and supply a lesser range of PBS products". (Ref Clause 23.4.)

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Poll: does your pharmacy have a private consulting room? : 18/07/2007 :

Last week's AusPharm poll suggested that pharmacies were, in the main, keen to begin providing the new Professional Pharmacy Programs. As discussed in AusPharmList over the last day or two pharmacies providing these services will need private consulting rooms. We showed you an example in yesterday's (e)news.

Does the pharmacy you work in have one? Please let us know in this week's AusPharm poll below.

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BMJ Medical Milestones Public Lecture series : 18/07/2007 :

'Listers may recall back in January we drew your attention to the BMJ's poll that asked people to decide the most important medical advance since 1840. 15 topics were ranked in the final wash up and you can read all about it here.

Now the BMJ and University of Sydney have jointly commissioned an online lecture series to further explore the issues. The most recently uploaded lecture was "Antibiotics: The Epitome of a Wonder Drug" and you can see it here.

Past lectures and an invitation to register for future lectures (free) are here.

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Private consulting room? : 17/07/2007 :

'Listers will have seen Amgad Gergis's post yesterday pointing out that the new Pharmacy Professional Programs require pharmacies to have a private consulting area.

Does your pharmacy have one? What does such a place look like? Click the link below to find out (courtesy Kevin de Vries Pharmacy). 'Listers with other examples are invited to send in photos of their own consulting rooms. As an incentive to do so we will send any 'lister whose photo is published one of our flash new (and very beautiful!) AusPharm pens.

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WHO Photo and Video Contest - Images of Health and disability : 17/07/2007 :

The winners of the 2007 WHO Photo and Video contest "Images of Health and Disability" featuring the theme "Health and Environment" were announced during May. Some 'listers might like to have a look.

Positive images of children playing in a healthy, supportive and enabling environment; fresh water; clean air; and a stable climate; are some of the themes that emerged highlighting the beneficial effects for all people's health.

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Medicare Australia thanks PBS Online trialists : 16/07/2007 :

Medicare Australia last week formally thanked (at least some) pharmacies who participated in the early PBS Online trials.

The pharmacies concerned received a certificate of appreciation and a letter of thanks as well as a 128mb USB memory stick as a 'token of appreciation'.

The letter is worth a look. The references to 'reliability' and 'high quality' ring hollow in light of recent events. One of the recipients has emailed AusPharm wondering why it took Medicare Australia some two and a half years to get around to thanking the participants in the trials.

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Know any fraudsters?
: 13/07/2007 :

An article appearing in today's edition of "Australian Doctor" magazine reports Medicare Australia (MA) is warning General Practitioners against becoming "inadvertent pawns" in "fraudulent schemes operated by some pharmacists". The alleged scam involves patients seeking prescriptions for items which are either surplus to their healthcare needs, or for which they strictly speaking have no therapeutic need. These 'scripts are supposedly presented for processing and PBS claiming at complicit pharmacies, where MA claims the said patients collude with pharmacists to endorse the prescriptions but procure supply of other non-PBS goods or services in lieu of the items prescribed.

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Pharmacists keen to make a start on Professional Practice Programs : 13/07/2007 :

The results of this weeks poll, shown at right seem to show that pharmacists are, on the whole, ready to be part of the soon to be funded Professional Practice Programs. Fully 59% of respondents say that they are ready to go as soon as the funding commences with a further 23% saying that they need upskilling.

Assuming that this latter group take steps to acquire the skills they need to offer the PPPs this would see a good majority of pharmacists involved in the Programs virtually from the start.

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