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Another WA pharmacist found guilty of professional misconduct : 11/12/2014 :

West Australian pharmacist Nicholas Gledhill has been has been found guilty of professional misconduct by the West Australian State Administrative Tribunal and disqualified from applying for registration as a pharmacist for two years.

Mr Gledhill's disqualification centres around his supply of Schedule 8 medications to patients despite having his authority to supply these withdrawn by the WA Department of Health in 2006.

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Chemmart boss to move on : 11/12/2014 :

Chemmart® Pharmacy Executive Director Jonathan Layton is to leave the organisation at the end of 2014 after more than 10 years with the brand.

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Online registration renewal almost universal : 11/12/2014 :

By 1 December 2014, 94 per cent of pharmacists eligible to renew their Pharmacy Board registration had renewed and 1 per cent had ‘opted out’. Of those renewing, 97 per cent had done so online.

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Pharmacist Only – medicines that matter : 11/12/2014 :

The Pharmacist Only medicine (Schedule 3) category is being poorly utilised in some community pharmacies believes Pharmacy Guild Executive Director David Quilty. 

Writing in this week's Guild Forefront publication Mr Quilty, pictured at right, highlighted that data extracted from the Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP) mystery shopper program shows that, although pharmacists are aware of the products available in the S3 category, they are often poorly capitalized on, even when their use may lead to much better health outcomes for the patient.

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Poll: what is an appropriate fee to charge from measuring a blood glucose level? : 10/12/2014 :

There has been lots of discussion in pharmacy circles in recent times about how to replace the professional revenue lost to price disclosure.

One obvious, but likely challenging to implement, solution is for pharmacies to charge for the many 'free' services they have provided in the past, such as DAA provision, staged supply and blood pressure monitoring amongst many others. Indeed, this has been the topic of much recent discussion on AusPharmList.

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WA pharmacist struck off : 10/12/2014 :

West Australia pharmacist Frank Balestra has been deregistered as a pharmacist after admitting to professional misconduct involving the illegal supply of anabolic steroids, stimulants and growth hormone.

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Stick up for Chemist Warehouse pharmacists : 10/12/2014 :

Employee pharmacist union Professional Pharmacists Australia is inviting pharmacists to send a message of support to Chemist Warehouse employee pharmacists who, says the union, are paid $5.61/hr less than non CW employee pharmacists.

They've posted a catchy video to Facebook and other social media and, also, onto their own website.

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WHO: make naloxone available to prevent opioid overdose deaths : 09/12/2014 :

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published new guidelines on the community management of opioid overdose that recommend making naloxone freely available.

The majority of overdose events are witnessed by another person and increased access to naloxone for people likely to witness an overdose could significantly reduce the high numbers of opioid overdose deaths says WHO.

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Australia’s allied health workforce, including pharmacists, growing : 09/12/2014 :

New data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that the Australian allied health workforce, which makes up about 25% of the health workforce, is growing.

Nearly 154,000 allied health practitioners were registered in 2013, compared to just over 146,000 in 2012. AIHW includes pharmacists in its definition of 'allied health'.

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Priceline Pharmacy the 'go to' outlet for cosmetics : 09/12/2014 :

Priceline Pharmacy has matched Myer as the 'go to' outlet for cosmetic purchases by women.

The latest data from Roy Morgan Research reveals that 15c in every dollar spent by women on cosmetics in the last four weeks was spent in a Priceline pharmacy. The figure was matched by Myer, who also accounted for a 15% share of the market.

Both retailers carry a wide range of cosmetic brands and offer both online and bricks and mortar purchasing. In contrast, Avon and Nutrimetics offer just one brand and retail channel combined.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Prucalopride for chronic constipation : 08/12/2014 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Prucalopride for chronic constipation.

"Constipation can be a commonly experienced chronic condition. Recommendations for management include addressing reversible factors, lifestyle and dietary changes and the use of laxative agents such as bulking or osmotic agents, stool softeners and stimulants. Prucalopride is a selective 5-HT4 receptor agonist which has pro-kinetic effects, stimulating gastrointestinal motility via activation of intestinal 5-HT4 receptors. It has been marketed for use in the treatment of chronic constipation where treatment with laxatives has not been effective."

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

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ACCC 'assessing' Chemist Warehouse ads against consumer law : 08/12/2014 :

Consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, is taking a look at the advertising practices of the Chemist Warehouse group.

In November, both the Pharmacy Guild and the National Pharmacies group wrote to the ACCC, asking it to investigate aspects of the Chemist Warehouse group's advertising, in particular, its 'was/is' price ticketing.

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Cannabis use among the ageing on the rise : 08/12/2014 :

The flower children of the ’60s are now in their 60s yesterday’s hippie is today’s pensioner and with this changed dynamic come challenges to the health system.

The exposure to illegal drugs in the ‘60s is reflected in Australian Institute and of Health and Welfare statistics showing increased illicit drug, particularly cannabis, use among the ageing population.

In the Australian Pharmacist cover story this month, the issue of growing illicit drug use, and the implications of this, are examined.

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Two thirds of pharmacists have submitted at least one ADR report to the TGA : 05/12/2014 :

In the context of new online adverse event training modules just launched by NPS Medicineswise and the TGA, this week's AusPharm poll asked 'listers to tell us whether they'd ever submitted an adverse event report to the TGA.

Just on two thirds of respondents told us they had. The result was virtually identical to that obtained in a similar 2006 poll and a little better than that obtained in another similar poll in 2003.

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Big response to Advanced Practice Pharmacists credentialing trial : 05/12/2014 :

Over 130 pharmacists have submitted expressions of interest in preparing practice portfolios as part of the Credentialing of Advanced Practice Pharmacists pilot program.

Commenting on the high level of interest yesterday, Dr Ian Coombes, Inaugural Chair of APC’s Advanced Practice Credentialing Committee said “pharmacy as a profession is clearly maturing in its role in delivering healthcare and facilitating pharmacists to strive for excellence in so many areas - clinical care, leadership, medicines management, education and training."

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ACCC extends existing Medicines Australia code : 05/12/2014 :

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has extended the period of authorisation for Edition 17 of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct, pending finalisation of its assessment of Edition 18 of the Code.

The ACCC says it has done this because it will not be able to make a final determination on Edition 18 of the code before the existing authorisation of Edition 17 of the Code expires on 11 January 2015.

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Vale Heather Southcott : 04/12/2014 :

Prominent South Australian pharmacist Heather Southcott AM AUA passed away on Friday 21 November after a long illness. Mrs Southcott was the first woman to lead an Australian parliamentary political party.

Born in 1928, she completed her pharmacy studies at the University of Adelaide and started her career at the Repatriation General Hospital, before moving into community pharmacy practice. Together with her four female classmates, they started the Women Pharmaceutical Chemists’ Association of South Australia in 1953 – with Mrs Jean Maloney becoming the founding President, and Mrs Southcott as Secretary. It is reported that there were just 40 pharmacists in South Australia who were women at that time.

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Meningitec recall : 04/12/2014 :

Amidst concerns health professionals may not have received information regarding a recall of Meningitec brand meningococcal vaccines, the TGA yesterday issued a second alert about the recall.

The recall, affecting Meningitec meningococcal serogroup C conjugate vaccine suspension for injection, single dose syringes, was undertaken due to the potential for particulate contamination. The TGA published its initial safety alert on 29 September 2014.

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25,625 registered pharmacists : 04/12/2014 :

Data released by the Pharmacy Board of Australia this week reveals that, as of 30 September, 2014, there were 25,625 registered pharmacists on the Board's Register - a slight increase on the 25,455 on the Register at 31 March.

Also on the Register were 1,796 provisionally registered pharmacists (interns) (31 March: 1,846) and 965 pharmacists with non-practising registration (31 March: 964).

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Parliamentary committee to conduct hepatitis C inquiry : 04/12/2014 :

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health is to conduct an inquiry into hepatitis C in Australia.

The inquiry, announced by the committee yesterday, will look at prevalence rates, testing and treatment options, treatment costs and prevention strategies.

Peak body Hepatitis Australia welcomed the announcement highlighting that the disease affects more than 230,000 Australians and will claim more than 650 lives this year alone.

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