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Clean out your medicine cabinet during Be Medicinewise Week : 13/10/2014 :

Be Medicinewise Week launches for its fourth year today and NPS MedicineWise is asking all Australians to clean out their medicine cabinet and get rid of out of date medicines.

The result of an NPS poll of 1,000 adults, released today, shows that the average Australian surveyed reported more than nine different types of medicines in their home. Of people who have over 5 different types of medicines in their home around half of those surveyed acknowledge they have out-of-date medicine in their home.

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CSU student winds 2014 Pharmacy Student of the Year award : 13/10/2014 :

Jamie Pisani from Charles Sturt University was named Pharmacy Student of the Year during a ceremony at the Pharmacy Australia Congress in Canberra on Saturday night.

Mr Pisani, pictured at right,  also won the added honour of picking up the audience choice award for the event.

The counselling scenario presented to the students this year saw a young female customer present to the PAC pharmacy with a 'throbbing' headache, 'all over' her head.

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George Tambassis re-elected Guild National President : 13/10/2014 :

Victorian community pharmacist George Tambassis has been re-elected unopposed as National President of the Pharmacy Guild for a three-year term.

Mr Tambassis, who first became National President in October last year, has been in community pharmacy for 25 years as a Melbourne-based pharmacist, joining the Guild Victorian Branch Committee in 2005, and becoming State President in 2011.

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Pharmacist vaccination course standards finalised : 11/10/2014 :

Final standards applying to the accreditation of training programs for pharmacist vaccination services were published by accrediting body, the Australian Pharmacy Council, on Friday.

The final document was developed after extensive public consultation - including with the Pharmacy Board - and defines measurable attributes that vaccinations programs must demonstrate.

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Lindy Swain 2014 PSA Pharmacist of the Year : 10/10/2014 :

NSW pharmacist Lindy Swain, pictured at right, has been named the PSA Pharmacist of the Year for 2014 for her work as a clinician, innovator, teacher and researcher in rural areas, and in particular in improving the health outcomes of indigenous Australians.

NSW rural pharmacist Taren Gill has been named the PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year for her work as a community pharmacist and innovator in pharmacy practice and Victorian academic, Louis Roller, has been named as the 2014 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in developing Quality Use of Medicines standards as well as recognising the value of partnerships between pharmacists, GPs and patients.

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Pharmacists: put OTC NSAIDS in Schedule 3 : 10/10/2014 :

A clear majority of respondents to this week's AusPharm poll believe non-prescribed NSAIDS should all be in Schedule 3 to ensure the involvement of a pharmacist in their supply.

The poll followed the release this week of a TGA review into the cardiovascular safety of the drugs which concluded that the cardiovascular risks known to be associated with prescribed doses of NSAIDs also apply to OTC forms of diclofenac, naproxen and ibuprofen.

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Doctors launch campaign to ban pharma company rep visits : 10/10/2014 :

A new alliance of Australian doctors is pledging to ban pharmaceutical company representatives from “educational” visits to their practices in a national campaign aimed at reducing the prescription of medications in inappropriate and potentially harmful ways.

The “No Advertising Please” (NAP) campaign is to be launched at the annual conference of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in Adelaide on Saturday, October 11.

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PSA announces National Intern Pharmacist of the Year award : 10/10/2014 :

A new award to recognise a role model from among young pharmacists undertaking the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Intern Training Program was launched at PAC14 in Canberra over the weekend.

Announcing the new award, sponsored by MIMS, National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the role model sought will be a practising intern pharmacist who demonstrated exemplary performance in their development as a professional pharmacist.

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Medicines Australia rejects claims made in News Ltd story : 09/10/2014 :

Medicines Australia Chairman Dr Martin Cross said yesterday his organisation rejects claims made by Professor Philip Clarke and reported in News Ltd publications this week that the Government is overpaying $400 million for medicines.

The Clarke study, says Dr Cross, appears to have not taken into account the additional ongoing savings accruing through existing price disclosure policy.

“The current price disclosure policy is working as it is delivering significant savings to government and patients," said Dr Cross.

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Dispensing the key but role must broaden : 09/10/2014 :

High quality dispensing of prescription medicines will continue to be community pharmacies' core clinical service, believes Pharmacy Guild Executive Director David Quilty.

However, he writes in this week's Forefront, pharmacies are also recognising they must broaden their role, working in close collaboration with other health professionals such as GPs, in looking after the health and wellbeing of their patients.

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PSA Excellence awards announced tomorrow : 09/10/2014 :

We'll be holding our morning email Friday morning until after the winners of the Pharmaceutical Society Of Australia's Excellence Awards for 2014 are announced.

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Poll: should all non-prescription NSAIDS be Schedule 3? : 08/10/2014 :

As mentioned above, a TGA review of the cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs has concluded that the cardiovascular risks known to be associated with prescribed doses of NSAIDs also apply to OTC forms of diclofenac, naproxen and ibuprofen.

One option being considered by the TGA to address the issue is the up-scheduling of all unscheduled and Schedule 2 NSAIDS to Schedule 3 to ensure the involvement of pharmacists at the time of supply.

What do you think? Should all non-prescribed NSAIDS be in Schedule 3 or are others options such a labelling changes and consumer education a better way forward?

Please let us have your opinion by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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TGA considers up-scheduling OTC NSAIDS : 08/10/2014 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has finalised a review of the cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs concluding that the cardiovascular risks known to be associated with prescribed doses of NSAIDs also apply to OTC forms of diclofenac, naproxen and ibuprofen.

One option being considered by the TGA to address the issue is the up-scheduling of all unscheduled and Schedule 2 NSAIDS to Schedule 3 to ensure the intervention of pharmacist at the time of supply.

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Guild rejects latest News Ltd 'slur' : 08/10/2014 :

The Pharmacy Guild has rejected claims of price gouging and ‘rorts’ by pharmacists contained in the latest of a string of News Ltd stories critical of PBS pricing policies and of community pharmacy published yesterday.

The allegation of exorbitant pricing of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines by pharmacists is misleading and false, says the Guild, and 'a slur on the thousands of staff of community pharmacies who dispense PBS medicines diligently and efficiently across Australia every day'.

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Mental Health Week – pharmacists looking after pharmacists : 08/10/2014 :

It's Mental Health Week (5th to 11th October) with World Mental Health Day occurring on Friday 10th October.  This is a good time to not only think about your patients' mental health needs, but also a time to think about your own mental health.  Pharmacists, spend a lot of time caring for others and do not always pay attention to their own health and well-being.

The Pharmacists' Support Service (PSS) is just a phone call away and can help you if you are stressed, are concerned about your mental health or just need a listening ear.  The PSS telephone is answered by pharmacist volunteers who have undertaken training in crisis support counselling.  Anonymous and discreet support is available on 1300 244 910 between 8.00 am and 11.00 pm (EST) every day of the year.  Take a moment to put the PSS phone number into your phone’s contact list as you never know when you may need it.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Drug-induced urinary retention : 07/10/2014 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Drug-induced urinary retention.

"Urinary retention is defined as the inability to empty the bladder completely. Urinary retention can be chronic (developing over a long period of time) or acute (sudden inability to micturate). Risk factors for acute urinary retention include increasing age, male gender, conditions such as Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), prostate cancer, diabetes mellitus & constipation, surgery use of certain medications. As micturition is so complex, many drugs can interact with the micturition pathway via different modes of action. Observational data suggest that up to 10% cases of acute urinary retention may relate to medication use."

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

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Doctors, nurses main health professionals in mandatory notifications to AHPRA : 07/10/2014 :

An analysis of mandatory reports of “notifiable conduct” to AHPRA for the 13 month period 1 November 2011 to 31 December 2012 has been published in the current issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.

819 mandatory notifications were made during the study period. Of these 501 (62%) related to perceived departures from accepted professional standards, mostly standards of clinical care.

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Alison Roberts: pharmacies need to to reposition themselves as health destinations : 07/10/2014 :

Pharmacies need to reposition themselves as health destinations if they are to survive healthcare system reforms, according to Dr Alison Roberts, Director Policy and Practice at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

Dr Roberts, pictured at right, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) Conference on 18 November 2014.

Dr Roberts will discuss results of the Health Destination Pharmacy Trial, highlighting how new models of pharmacy, which deliver medication management and primary health care services, can lead to enhanced self care and improved business outcomes.

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No AusPharm today : 06/10/2014 :

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Pharmacists: broad input into 6CPA negotiations needed : 03/10/2014 :

The results of this week's AusPharm poll suggest that most pharmacists are keen for there to be broad input from pharmacy into the negotiations for the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement.

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