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Johnson & Johnson Pharmacy of the Year 2007 Winners Announced : 06/03/2007 :





Two joint national winners of the Johnson and Johnson's Pharmacy of the Year 2007 competition were announced during the gala dinner at APP2007 on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

The Pharmacy of the Year awards program, run by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, recognises those pharmacies that deliver best-practice services and community activities.

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Results of 'Go rural' poll : 05/03/2007 :



This week's poll asked people for their thoughts on living and working in a rural area. AusPharm is slightly surprised to see that results which show that the prospect *does* appeal to some degree to more than three quarters of respondents.

Why, then, aren't more pharmacists already living and working in rural Australia?

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APP: Tony Abbott reaffirms Howard government's commitment to pharmacy : 04/03/2007 :

Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott reaffirmed the Howard government's 'unalterable' commitment to the principle of 'no pharmacies in supermarkets' while delivering a keynote address to delegates at the APP conference on the Gold Coast last Friday.

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Having a nursing home supply contract is a pain in the ar*e : 02/03/2007 :





This week's poll asked people with a nursing home supply contract whether this was a 'user' friendly' exercise. The answer seems clear with almost 2/3 of respondents saying that their supply contract is 'often difficult' or 'a major pain in the ar*e'.

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UK pharmacists lead the way with a big 'V' : 28/02/2007 :

Four Pharmacists at Boots' Manchester and Salford outlets were able to put some real "V" into Valentines Day this month, as they became the first in the UK to offer *iag*a(R) (sild**afil) to patients without a prescription.

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Final 'Moving On III' Projects set to run in Australia : 28/02/2007 :

The National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA), in conjunction with the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) will be distributing the third section of the 'Moving On III' Research Projects in 2007. This is the final component of this study; the largest of it's type ever conducted allowing all 350,000 IPSF members to participate.

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PSA doesn't support pse*d*eph*dri*e ban : 27/02/2007 :

Many AusPharmers will have see yesterday's widespread media coverage of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists & Managers, Australia (APESMA)'s call for a complete ban on the sale of pse*d*eph*dri*e. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia opposes a complete ban. PSA's National Vice President, Debbie Rigby, was quoted in yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald as saying "There are already policies in place and we shouldn't be jeopardising legitimate use of patients needing a drug which has been very effective."

PSA issued a statement later in the day with PSA National President Brian Grogan confirming Ms Rigby's comments.

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Kos Sclavos: Pharmacists providing services to the public for 'free or for a pittance' : 26/02/2007 :

In an AusPharmList post last Thursday Jeff Lerner noted that "I've never understood why so many of us almost fall over backwards to see how much we can do free of charge or for a pittance". On the contrary, I think we should be commended for it!

It is through these extra services that we get extraordinary support from both sides of government for what we provide - including a long-term commitment to community pharmacy - independently owned and operated - and why we also have commitments to keep pharmacies out of supermarkets.

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Ibuprofen to remain open : 23/02/2007 :

Outcomes of a 12-month safety review of general NSAIDs conducted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in consultation with the Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee (ADRAC), the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC) and Medicines Evaluation Committee (MEC) will be bound to disappoint many AusPharmers.

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Poll results: saying 'no' : 23/02/2007 :





This week's poll followed on from Kevin de Vries's excellent article published last Thursday: The role, responsibility and risk of saying 'No' as a practising pharmacist. We asked people how comfortable they were refusing an inappropriate request for a product.

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Weight-loss pill gets heavied : 23/02/2007 :

AusPharmers might like to have a look at today's Melbourne Age story which reports The National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee decision yesterday to ban direct to consumer advertising for Xenical. The product will remain S3.

"Consumer lobby group Choice, which had been campaigning for the drug to be returned to prescription-only status, welcomed the advertising ban by the committee, but said it would be effective only if pharmacists followed the issuing guidelines."

The Age story is here.

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New blockbuster Havidol (R) launched in US : 22/02/2007 :

Havidol (avafynetyme HCL 20mg) was last week launched onto the US market. Havidol (R) is indicated for the treatment of Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD).

While AusPharm has been unable to confirm this, there is speculation that Havidol (R) comes from the same people who brought the world Fukitol (R). The Havidol (R) website is here and the Havidol (R) FAQ page is here.

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Held to Ransim (R)? : 21/02/2007 :

In selecting the name for its new generic simvastatin, could Ranbaxy Australia have possibly chosen a name more phonetically evocative to Australian Pharmacists than Ransim (R)?

Ransim (R) is currently included in the PBS schedule for March at the existing "benchmark" price, but Ranbaxy have reportedly outlined a proposal to government to price cut the drug by 20% in readiness for an April 1st PBS listing.

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Only 11 days to go until Australian Pharmacy's Premier Event! : 20/02/2007 :





In breaking news it has just been confirmed that Federal Minister for Health and Ageing Tony Abbott MP will be announcing at APP2007 three new program initiatives under the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement. Minister Abbott will also be formally opening Australian Pharmacy's Premier Event for 2007.

In entertainment news it has been confirmed that joining Joe Camilleri (pictured right) onstage at the APP Gala Dinner will be 'The Black Sorrows' - whose past hits include "Chained to the Wheel" and "Harley & Rose" - so be sure to include your dancing shoes when packing for APP2007.

Book now at www.app2007.com.

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Valentino Cosic wins the prize! : 19/02/2007 :

Congratulations go to Valentino Cosic (pictured) for winning the prize for the Priceline Pharmacy AusPharmList Post of the year for 2006. In the end the vote was fairly clear with Valentino gaining 47% of the popular vote (cf Julie Lord with 26% and Peter Crothers with 27%).

Valentino wins $1,000 courtesy of Priceline Pharmacy. This is to assist Valentino to participate in the CPI activity of his choice.

Thanks to all 'listers for their active participation in the list's activities. Keep posting and you too might win one of the monthly prizes of $100 or the annual prize of $1,000.

Our sincere thanks to Priceline Pharmacy for providing both the $1,000 prize money for the Post of the year and the $100 prizes for each Post of the month.

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Labour to allow pharmacies in supermarkets? : 13/02/2007 :

AusPharmers who subscribe to Crikey.com.au will have spotted this item in yesterday's member email:

"6. Tips and rumours: Woolworths and the Federal ALP have a very strong understanding, some say a written agreement, that should an ALP government be elected this year, Woolies soon thereafter will have pharmacies open up inside its stores – something it's been wanting to do for a long, long time."

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Votes coming in for Priceline Pharmacy AusPharmList Post of the Year for 2006 : 13/02/2007 :

Thanks to those who took the time to look over the short list and cast their votes for the Priceline Pharmacy AusPharmList Post of the Year yesterday. Remember, the three finalists are Valentino Cosic, Julie Lord and Peter Crothers. You can read a brief summary of each nominated post and the posts themselves by clicking on the 'More....' link below.

Voting will remain open until 6PM this coming Friday. We'll publish the poll in the (e)news each day this week and announce the winner next Monday. The prize is $1,000, courtesy of Priceline Pharmacy, to be spent on a professional development activity, perhaps attendance at a conference such as APP or PAC.

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Government to ban health professional endorsements : 09/02/2007 :

The Australian Government will take immediate steps to amend the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code to stop health professionals endorsing therapeutic products in advertisements direct to consumers, the Assistant Minister for Health and Ageing, Christopher Pyne, announced on Wednesday.

'Health professionals', of course, includes pharmacists (although some might dispute this in light of the latest Xenical debacle). This would mean that ads such as the recent Canesoral ad, that features a pharmacist would not be allowed.

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Orlistat to go open in the US : 09/02/2007 :

In a bizarre example of synchronicity yesterday, on the same day the CHOICE X*nic*l report was launched on TT as part of the CHOICE campaign to have it upscheduled to S4, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved (60mg) orlistat capsules as an over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss aid for overweight adults. The US National Institutes of Health defines 'overweight' as having a BMI of > 27.

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Medicines Australia denies drug 'price fixing' claim : 09/02/2007 :

Drug companies have denied claims they are artificially manipulating the market by creating out of stocks on generics so that patients have to pay extra for brand name medicines.

The denial comes after Guild President Kos Sclavos was quoted in yesterday's Sydney Telegraph as saying "Some drug companies make both the generic and the original brand drug...."

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