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GSK, Shire, Bayer hit with Code of Conduct fines : 03/11/2014 :

The latest Medicines Australia Code of Conduct Quarterly Report, covering the period July – September 2014, reveals that three pharma companies were hit with fines and forced to withdraw advertising material found to be in breach of the code.

GSK was fined $40,000 for using fictitious patient quotes in material promoting Seretide. The Code of Conduct committee found these to be 'false and misleading' as they appeared next to the image of a young lady, the implication being that the words were hers.

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Air of community pharmacy pessimism persists : 03/11/2014 :

The results of the latest UTS Pharmacy Barometer, released last week, show that the majority of those with a stake in managing community pharmacies (owners, managers, pharmacists in charge) remain pessimistic about the future of community pharmacy.

The barometer, on which a score of 100 represents neutral confidence, showed that in October 2013 the confidence level sat at 61.2, down from 86 in November 2012.  The figure has risen only slightly to 68.9 in 2014, indicating survey respondents remain pessimistic about the future of community pharmacy.

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Pun of the day: grave diggers : 31/10/2014 :

I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave.

As I was standing there I noticed four grave diggers walking about with a coffin. Three hours later and they're still walking about with it.

I thought to myself, they've lost the plot!

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Pharmacists a neat bunch : 31/10/2014 :

The results of this week's AusPharm poll (n=193) reveal that most pharmacists take some pride in the presentation of their pharmacy's repeat folders with 69% of respondents limiting the number of staples they use to affix repeat scripts to the folder to one. This is pretty much the same result we got when we last ran this poll (n=173) in 2006 (66%).

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New National Asthma Strategy planned : 31/10/2014 :

The National Asthma Council has been charged with the task of developing a new National Asthma Strategy with the federal government to provide $200,000 in funding to develop and implement the strategy.

The Council will consult extensively on the development of the strategy with consumers and asthma experts, including Asthma Australia, pharmaceutical and medicine bodies, nursing associations and GP and primary health organisations and state and territory governments.

The strategy is expected to be ready for implementation by early 2016.

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Applications open for 2015 ATSI and rural pharmacy scholarships : 30/10/2014 :

Applications for 2015 rural pharmacy scholarships - available to students from rural and remote locations who are studying pharmacy or are intending to study pharmacy - opened yesterday and close at 5pm AEDT on 30 January 2015.

Three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarships are also available.

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Second round of consultation for advanced practice credentialing opens : 30/10/2014 :

The second round of consultation on the credentialing process for advanced pharmacy practice is now open. The focus of this round of consultation is the documentation that will assist practitioners evaluate their practice and build their portfolio.

The documents for review are:

  • Background to and Future for Credentialing
  • Draft Evidence Guide for Credentialing of Advanced Practice Pharmacists

The closing date for submissions is Friday 28 November 2014.

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AusPharm CPD: Reducing risk of diabetes complications : 30/10/2014 :

The next AusPharm CPD topic for 2014 is Reducing risk of diabetes complications it's been put together for us by Dr Jenny Gowan.

"There are an estimated one million people with diagnosed diabetes in Australia. However, this is likely to be an underestimate-for every four adults with diagnosed diabetes, there are estimated to be one with undiagnosed diabetes. Of all people with diabetes, about 85% have type 2 diabetes and 12% have type 1 diabetes."

This activity has been accredited for 1.5 hrs of Group 1 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan which can be converted to 3 hrs of Group 2 CPD (or 3 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities. Accreditation number: A1411AP0.

AusPharm gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by the sponsors of our Continuing Education program, MIMS.

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Pun of the day: Grim Reaper : 30/10/2014 :

The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death.

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ASMI 2014 Conference: Self care emerging as central to sustainable health policy : 30/10/2014 :

Interest in self care is growing worldwide particularly in developed economies such as the UK, Australia and the US.

In the UK, momentum has been slowly building since 2000 when the National Health Service Blueprint (NHS Plan) was announced by Tony Blair.

One of the architects of self care policy in the UK, Ms Gopa Mitra MBE, will describe how the UK has advanced self care when she presents at the ASMI 2014 Conference on 18 November 2014.

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Poll: How many staples are required to hold a repeat to a duplicate to a repeat folder? : 29/10/2014 :

Mention on AusPharmList this week of the desirability or otherwise of using professionally printed repeat folders prompts us to revisit a repeat folder related poll we ran back in 2006.

This poll picked up on the (untidy?) habit of some pharmacists to simply add another staple to the folder each time new repeats were added.

Let's see if anything has changed since 2006. Please tick the relevant box in today’s AusPharm poll.

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PSA: “Discover more. Ask your pharmacist” campaign services will need 6CPA dollars : 29/10/2014 :

If consumers are to see more of the kind of services highlighted in the Pharmacy Guild's “Discover more. Ask your pharmacist” campaign, the amount of money allocated to professional services in the upcoming 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement (CPA) will need to be significantly increased says the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

PSA National President, Grant Kardachi, said the “Discover more. Ask your pharmacist” campaign highlighted the need for a greater emphasis to be placed on professional services in the next Agreement.

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PBS under co-payment data released : 29/10/2014 :

72 million under PBS co-payment prescriptions were dispensed by pharmacies in 2013/14 - 24.4% of all prescriptions. This represents an increase on the 2012/13 result which saw 62 million prescriptions dispensed - 22.7% of the total number of prescriptions dispensed.

The collection of under co-payment prescription data commenced on 1 April 2012. The additional data, says the Department of Health, provides government and other researchers with better coverage of PBS medicines and is improving the accuracy of information available to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and others to support decision making and policy formulation.

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Community pharmacy PR campaign formally launched : 28/10/2014 :

The “Discover More. Ask your Pharmacist.” campaign to encourage Australians to learn more about the services available in community pharmacies was formally launched yesterday at Parliament House Canberra.

The centerpiece of the campaign is an animated TV commercial, telling the story of a pharmacy that adapted to the needs of its local community. The story is set in the fictional town of Whatchoocan-Sea.

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Vale Jim Matthews OAM – former Guild National President : 28/10/2014 :

Former National President and Honorary Life Member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Jim Matthews OAM, passed away in Sydney on Sunday.

Mr Matthews was a NSW Branch President of the Guild, and served as National President from 1982 until 1990.  This was a very demanding and tumultuous time in community pharmacy in Australia, during which Jim Matthews was a strong and tireless advocate for the profession.

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Carol Bennett new Alzheimer’s Australia CEO : 28/10/2014 :

Former Consumers Health Forum (CHF) CEO, Carol Bennett, has been appointed as the new CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia.

In her role as CHF CEO Ms Bennett was a vocal critic of PBS price disclosure policy saying it needed to be speeded up. She was also critical of what she saw as the lack of transparency in the current (5th) Community Pharmacy Agreement. She was widely perceived as no friend of pharmacy.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Neuropathy and drugs : 27/10/2014 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Neuropathy and drugs.

"Neuropathy is a general term that has been used in relation to pathology involving damage or disease affecting nerves. There are many causes, including systemic illnesses such as diabetes, nutritional deficits, trauma, alcoholism, or infection.  A neuropathy affecting a single nerve is referred to as a mononeuropathy, and if multiple nerves are affected the term polyneuropathy is applied. Various manifestations of neuropathy can be associated with a range of symptoms – for example, sensory neuropathy may be associated with numbness, compromised proprioception, and decreased perception of temperature or pain. Motor neuropathy can impair balance and coordination, whereas autonomic neuropathy may affect continence, or regulation of blood pressure or heart rate."

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

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Over a third of all deaths caused by cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease : 27/10/2014 :

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease were the underlying causes of 36% of all deaths in 2011, according to a report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian Facts: Mortality, shows that cardiovascular disease (including coronary heart disease and stroke), diabetes and chronic kidney disease were together the underlying cause of almost 53,000 deaths in 2011.

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Sansom to head up TGA review : 27/10/2014 :

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO is to head up an expert panel that will review the ways in which the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates medicines and medical devices. He will be joined on the panel by former Medicines Australia Chair Will Delaat AM and Professor John Horvath AO.

The Review panel will focus on 'areas of unnecessary, duplicative, or ineffective regulation that could be removed or streamlined without undermining the safety or quality of therapeutic goods available in Australia'.

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PSA vaccination training course granted national accreditation : 27/10/2014 :

PSA has gained national accreditation with the Australian Skills Quality Authority for the PSA vaccination training used in the highly successful Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP).

The course – APPIMM806A Manage the delivery and administration of injections and immunisations – also forms part of the exclusive PSA Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice.

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