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Project STOP leads to 34 arrests in QLD : 22/09/2006 :

Thirty four arrests have resulted from the crackdown on over the counter pharmacy sales of medications containing pseudo - ephedrine, Qld Health Minister Stephen Robertson (pictured at right) said yesterday.

Mr Robertson said the State Government, in partnership with Queensland pharmacies, imposed tighter controls from 1 January this year on how people can purchase products containing pseudoephedrine.

"The new controls target the misuse of pseudoephedrine in the illegal manufacture of amphetamine, including methamphetamine (speed), which can kill," he said. "Police say the controls are working and the 34 arrests to date reflect that."

Mr Robertson congratulated the Queensland branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia for its role in helping battle the illegal manufacture of illicit drugs.

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Guild to run 'Community Pharmacy Census' : 21/09/2006 :

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has announced plans to develop a national database of community pharmacy.

According to Guild President Kos Sclavos "Our aim is to establish a truly complete picture of community pharmacy in Australia, covering everything from the professional services offered by individual pharmacies, to opening hours. It will also be a valuable tool for communicating important information to all pharmacists, including such important announcements as product recalls."

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Results of AusPharm 'exit strategy' poll : 21/09/2006 :

This week's AusPharm poll asked pharmacy owners to tell us about their plans for moving on from ownership. Sadly, a technical glitch resulted in a smaller sample than usual (71) however a representative result was still delivered (I think!).

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Port Adelaide defender backs rural pharmacy recruitment campaign : 20/09/2006 :

Port Adelaide defender, Darryl Wakelin, has thrown his weight behind a campaign to encourage more rural and regional students to choose pharmacy as a career.

While he is best known as an AFL footballer, Wakelin is a pharmacist who grew up on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

He advises students that pharmacy is a much broader and more interesting career than is often anticipated, especially in rural settings.

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eMJA Editorial: Doctors behaving badly? : 19/09/2006 :

In an article published on AusPharm last week Ken Harvey suggested that the pharmaceutical industry could reduce marketing wastage, improve their image and deliver more cost-effective education by curtailing ineffective &/or offensive marketing practices and transferring some of the money saved to the NPS.

AusPharmers who liked what they read might be interested in this editorial published in the eMJA last Friday.

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Succession planning : 19/09/2006 :

Much has been written in recent years about the fact that most pharmacy owners in Australia are men and most of these are over 45. Thoughts of moving on from ownership will be in the minds of many.

AusPharm wonders how these 'prime of life' pharmacists are planning to sell their pharmacies. Please let us know in today's AusPharm poll.

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Ask Your Pharmacist week: Let an expert help you with your medicines : 18/09/2006 :

Millions of older Australians – and many others taking multiple medicines – would benefit from a free-of-charge Home Medicines Review (HMR), according to Pharmaceutical Society of Australia National President Brian Grogan.

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Payment for witnessing signatures, certifying copies: poll results : 14/09/2006 :





In this week's AusPharm poll we asked members whether they thought pharmacists acting as JPs and Commissioners for Declarations should be allowed to charge for witnessing signatures and certifying document copies.

181 AusPharmers responded to the call and lodged their vote in our poll. The result was clear with 80% support for the idea. As to how to progress this, I'm not sure. Over to you.

Post a comment to AusPharmList.

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Sigma delivers strong result : 13/09/2006 :

Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited announced on Monday a net profit after tax of $49.4 million for the first half of year 2006/07. This represents an increase of 56% over the corresponding period in 2005/06.

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Payment for witnessing signatures, certifying copies? : 12/09/2006 :

On a number of occasions over the years there has been discussion on AusPharmList about the tasks pharmacists perform in their capacities as Commissioners for Declarations (and, often, as Justices of the Peace). On AusPharmList last week Steve Cohen suggested that changes to legislation should occur so that pharmacists acting in these capacities could charge a fee for this service.

What do you think? Please let us know by voting in our AusPharm poll today.

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CPD&PI training needs analysis. What is it and what does it mean for you? : 11/09/2006 :

PSA responds to the recent discussion on AusPharmList.........

A sound pharmaceutical knowledge base, effective problem solving, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, together with an ethical and professional attitude, are essential to the practice of pharmacy.

Key Statement for the Profession of Pharmacy: (from Competency Standards for Pharmacists in Australia 2003 p12).

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**Change of AusPharm phone number** : 11/09/2006 :

Please note that AusPharm now has a new phone/fax number. The new number is 03 6239 6102.

Please update your address books accordingly. The mobile phone number for Mark Dunn remains unchanged and is 0427 981517.

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APAC Guiding principles for medication management in the community : 08/09/2006 :

Guiding principles for medication management in the community are now available to assist health and community care service providers supporting older people to manage their medicines in their homes.

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Why can't pharmaceutical companies design more effective and safer packaging for their products? : 08/09/2006 :

Peter Lavelle

It's a question that pharmacists are asking frequently, judging by several recent discussion threads on AusPharmList, in which members complain that when it comes to packaging, pharmaceutical companies are following the dictates of designers and marketers, rather than the needs of patients.

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(PBS) Medicines should be views as an investment in good health : 07/09/2006 :

So said Medicines Australia CEO, John Young (pictured right), in an address to the National Press Club yesterday.

"Continuing the improvement in the health of Australians seen over the last forty years will only be possible if the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is viewed as an investment in good health" he said.

Mr Young told the National Press Club that PBS growth had slowed and was unlikely to reach projections outlined in the 2002 Intergenerational Report (IGR).

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Poll results: is turning a dollar harder now? : 07/09/2006 :





In this week's AusPharm poll we asked people to tell us about the business conditions in their pharmacies, asking them to rank how much harder it is to make a dollar in their pharmacy compared to 12 months ago. Quite a lot harder seems to be the answer given by the 134 respondents. This result lends weight to the Guild's assertion that an awful lot of pharmacies face closure if the government proceeds with its generics reform agenda.

People who are looking for ideas to turn things around would do well to read Frank Morgan's article on published on AusPharm today.

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FIP wrap from PSA : 06/09/2006 :

Prominent Australian pharmacist John Bell AM has been elected as one of three International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) vice-presidents.

Mr Bell, a former Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) national president and current PSA (NSW Branch) Councillor, was elected to the position at the 66th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Salvador Bahia, Brazil.

The other two FIP vice-presidents to be elected were India's Prafull Sheth and the UK's Linda Stone.

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Aussies at FIP : 06/09/2006 :

Here are 3 happy snaps from FIP 2006 (courtesy Bill Arnold).


PSA President Brian Grogan with new FIP Vice President John Bell.

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IPSF Cairns 2006: A success for all of Australian Pharmacy : 06/09/2006 :

In July 2006 NAPSA was host to the biggest international pharmacy student event in recent history, the 52nd Annual World Congress of the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation, held for the first time in Australia.

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Is turning a dollar harder now? : 05/09/2006 :

During last week, in the lead up to the launch of our 'premium' level subscription, AusPharm had the chance to chat to a number of pharmacists around the country. One of these, in a medium sized pharmacy in the bush, told us how much harder it was to make a buck these days in the light of 12.5% price cuts, climbing interest rates, drop in generic discounts available, lack of notice of PBS price drops, flat script numbers, flat dispensing fee and more........

Is this the norm now? Please help us find out by participating in today's AusPharm online poll.

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