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I'll see your $1.085 billion and raise you $1 : 21/06/2007 :

Once again today developments in the Symbion/ Healthcsope/ Sigma stoush are all over the morning's papers. Private equity partners Ironbridge and Archer Capital have topped Sigma's bid by *one* dollar. Click here to go to the AusPharm "in the news' section, where there are links to these stories.

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Roche to take NDPSC to court over X*nic*l : 21/06/2007 :

ROCHE is taking a federal government agency to court over its decision earlier this year to block the drug manufacturer from advertising its controversial weight-loss drug X*nic*l directly to consumers. Click here for the full story.

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Australian PBS Reforms: Senate Inquiry Report : 20/06/2007 :

The Senate inquiry report is now available here.

Their most important statement follows:

".. the Committee wishes to record that this very short inquiry has provided insufficient time to analyse the specifics of some concerns raised in evidence, especially in relation to longer term possible impact of these reforms."

(Thanks to Dr Ken Harvey for this commentary - MD)

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Poll: Large packs of Panaf*n Plus (and equivalents) should be S4 : 20/06/2007 :

Once again on AusPharmList recently there is discussion about the supply of compound analgesics by pharmacists, this time prompted by the 'Inappropriate(?) S3 supplies by others' thread. There are all sorts of professional and commercial issues arise in the sale of some of these products (more on this next week).

In the meantime AusPharm is interested in your views on whether or not large packs of Panaf*n Plus and equivalents) should be up-scheduled to S4 as a means of lessening the amount of inappropriate use that occurs. Please let us know what you think by voting in our poll below.

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I'll see your $1.043 billion and raise you $43 million : 20/06/2007 :

Most 'listers will already have seen articles in the mainstream media reporting that SIGMA has made a formal offer to purchase Symbion.

The angles are well covered in these articles and there are links to a representaive sample of them in today's AusPharm 'In the news' section.

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Australian Rural Woman of the Year 2007...a pharmacist! : 19/06/2007 :

The 2007 winner of the Australian RIRDC Rural Women's Award is Victoria's Deborah Bain, a woolgrower from the state's Western District. The RIRDC Rural Women's Award recognises the vital contribution women make to agriculture and rural Australia and encourages their greater capacity by providing them with the support and resources to further develop their skills and abilities.

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PBS Reforms: Senate Inquiry Hearings : 19/06/2007 :

Dr. Ken Harvey reports for AusPharm on the Senate Inquiry into the National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2007

It was a cold, dull morning in Canberra on Friday, June 15, 2007 but considerable heat (and some light) was generated in Senate Committee Room 2S1. Senator Gary Humpries (Liberal, ACT) was Chair of the Senate Inquiry into the PBS reforms with Senator Clair Moore (ALP, Qld) his deputy. The usual suspects had gathered to give evidence.

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Funding for National Institute for Complementary Medicine announced : 18/06/2007 :

The Commonwealth Government last week announced that they will contribute $4 million towards helping to establish a National Institute for Complementary Medicine.

The institute will be established at the University of Western Sydney and will develop national priorities for complementary medical research and coordinate work on these priorities with other research bodies, with an emphasis on clinical trials and studies on herbal medicines.

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Health professionals and childcare centres fight the cold : 18/06/2007 :

Nearly 700 childcare centres across Australia will take part in the common colds need common sense, not antibiotics national campaign by holding staff updates on common colds during June. The staff updates will cover when children with colds are infectious, what the symptoms of common colds are and why common colds don't need antibiotics.

Launched by the National Prescribing Service Limited (NPS) last week, the campaign aims to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics for common colds as well as reinforce simple hygiene practices, which effectively help stop the spread of common colds.

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SNOT : 15/06/2007 :

There is a lovely little piece in yesterday's Jack Marx's blog on the Age website that laments the passing of "The Sud*fed we knew and loved for many years" and describes Mr Marx's experience of a Suda*ed purchase.

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Poll results: max no of scripts : 15/06/2007 :

Thanks to the 193 'listers who voted in this week's poll which asked people what they thought about the notion of Pharmacy Boards setting guidelines on the maximum number of prescriptions a pharmacist can safely dispense in a day. The results are shown at right, but what do they mean?

AusPharm subscribes to the Batagol view that if mankind can (account for all the variables and) get a manned spaceship to the moon and back it is not unreasonable to think that the variables involved in dispensing prescriptions might also be factored into a 'workload equation'.

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Guild welcomes Family First plan to stamp out predatory pricing : 15/06/2007 :

Family First Senator Steve Fielding (pictured at left) will introduce legislation into the Senate next Monday to amend the Trade Practices Act. This amendment will ensure smaller operators are protected from predatory pricing, where powerful retailers drop their prices to drive out competitors before raising prices later on. In the long run predatory pricing tactics cause irreversible damage to communities and consumers.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has welcomed Senator Fielding's move to protect small business from big business predators.

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SIGMA bid for Symbion uncertain : 15/06/2007 :

The Sigma bid for a slice of Symbion is faltering after Symbion said yesterday that the SIGMA bid lacked sufficient informaton to allow it to assess the 'offer'. The story is well covered in this morning mainstream media and there are links to all of these stories in your (e)news this morning. Click here.

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SIGMA ready to pounce : 14/06/2007 :


It was reported on an Indian news website (of all places) yesterday that SIGMA will be making a counter offer for Symbion.

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Changes to your (e)news : 14/06/2007 :

'Listers who get the 'basic' version of the (e)news may have noticed some changes in recent weeks. Each 'basic' version (e)news now has the full text of one or two AusPharmList posts and the full text of one 'In the News' and one "Last word' item. Click on the links or just scroll down to read.

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Three PBS reform articles published in MJA : 14/06/2007 :

The Medical Journal of Australia yesterday published as 'rapid online publications' three articles on the pending PBS reforms.

In an editorial Dr Ken Harvey, Anthony Harris and (pharmacist) Liliana Bulfone write:

"More public discussion on the proposed reform is expected when the legislation reaches its next stage ­ a Senate Committee inquiry scheduled for 15 June 2007."

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Want to help your hypertensive patients manage their medications better? : 14/06/2007 :

Enrolments are open for the NPS Pharmacy Practice Audit 'Medication management in hypertension' until Friday July 20. And for the first time, pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists can enrol on-line.

The audit is recognised for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (8 credit points), and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (4 hours).

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Another 'Z' drug CMI updated : 14/06/2007 :

Just in case anyone needs the new Imovane (R) CMI before your dispensing software updates at the change of month, you can get it here, hot off the press courtesy of our friends at Healthlinks. It was released last week and contains updated safety information.

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Happy snaps from ConPharm '07 : 13/06/2007 :

One of the speakers at ConPharm '07 was Guild South Australian President Ian Todd, who spoke on the new Diabetes Disease State Management Program funded under the terms of the 4th Comunity Pharmacy Agreement.


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AusPharm is still free at the website : 13/06/2007 :

AusPharm occasionally receives complaints from people that they can no longer see AusPharmList posts because they are not premium members.

This is not so - we remind 'listers that AusPharmList remains *completely free* to all registered members via the AusPharmList website. Not only that, but if you haven't visited the website in recent times, it is a simple matter to view and reply to AusPharmList posts by thread or by day. Have a look for yourself now.

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