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Ever wanted to work overseas for Médecins Sans Frontières? : 18/06/2013 :

The international medical-humanitarian aid organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières, will be holding a pharmacist recruitment information webinar on Tuesday 25 June.

The online live webinar will feature representatives from Médecins Sans Frontières Australia who will explain the qualifications needed to become a field worker, recruitment procedures and the reality of life in the field; as well as providing information on what the organisation does around the world.

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Complementary Healthcare Council Executive Director to step down : 18/06/2013 :

The Executive Director of the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia (CHC), Dr Wendy Morrow, is to step down from the role in September 2013.


“Wendy has been instrumental in transforming the CHC into the strong industry advocate it is today and will leave a lasting legacy on the organisation and the industry," said CHC Board President, Mr Richard Henfrey.

The CHC Board has initiated a search for a new Executive Director.

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July 2013 PBS schedule : 17/06/2013 :

Download the Full PBS schedule

Download the PBS Summary of changes

Download the Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy – S100 Arrangements Supplement

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Metformin and alcohol abuse : 17/06/2013 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Metformin and alcohol abuse.

"Two main concerns with use of metformin in patients who abuse alcohol are the possible risk of hypoglycaemia in the presence of excessive alcohol intake, and secondly whether there is increased risk of lactic acidosis. Acute alcohol intoxication is associated with impaired hepatic lactate clearance, especially in the presence of hepatic impairment, fasting or malnutrition, and therefore may increase the risk of developing lactic acidosis. Additionally, if the chronic alcohol abuse has resulted in significant hepatic impairment, the risk of lactic acidosis with metformin may be increased."

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

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Forging the future of pharmacy : 17/06/2013 :

The Pharmacy Guild has released a new summary of its organisational priorities, Forging the future of pharmacy.

The document highlights a fact often missed by Guild critics, that the Guild is a member organisation of employers in community pharmacy whose overriding purpose is to represent and advance the interests of its members.

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Education expenses discussion paper released, PSA surveys members : 17/06/2013 :

It was announced in April that a $2,000 cap on work‑related education expense deductions will be introduced from 1 July 2014. A discussion paper canvassing the relevant issues has now been released by the government.

The discussion paper Reform to deductions for education expenses examines the current treatment of education expenses including what qualifies as an education expense, and works through a range of issues related to this cap, such as the effect of the cap on the depreciation of capital assets relating to education, the current $250 no‑claim threshold and personal services income. The proposed changes in the income tax legislation and fringe benefits tax legislation are also outlined.

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Pharmacists unconvinced political lobbying will work : 16/06/2013 :

Pharmacists do not believe the current campaign to get compensation for the recently announced price disclosure changes will achieve the desired outcome, according to the result of this week's AusPharm poll.

The poll asked "Do you think the current `Save our pharmacy` campaign will result in community pharmacy being promised compensation for the pending loss of revenue brought about by changes to PBS price disclosure policy?"

60% of respondents answered "No, neither side of politics has anything to gain by promising compensation now."

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Pharmacists concerned about safety of Indian pharmaceuticals : 14/06/2013 :

This week's AusPharm poll explored 'listers attitudes towards the safety of Indian pharmaceuticals following the recent news that Indian generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy had pleaded guilty in the US to seven federal criminal counts of selling adulterated drugs and making false statements to the U.S. government. The company was fined US$500 million.

79% of those responding to the poll said they had 'concerns' or 'reservations' about supplying Indian pharmaceuticals in general or, for about a quarter of this group, supplying Ranbaxy products in particular.

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GMiA Chair stands down : 14/06/2013 :

Alphapharm CEO, Dr Martin Cross, has stepped down from his position as Chair of the Generic Medicines Industry Association. Dr Cross will also be leaving Alphapharm.

Mr Stephen Fraser, currently vice president, Business Operations & Sales at Alphapharm, will succeed Dr Cross as Managing Director at Alphapharm and will be the new Alphapharm representative on the GMiA Board. Who will succeed Dr Cross as GMiA Chair will be decided at the next GMiA Board meeting scheduled for 1 July 2013.

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Federal Police praise Chemist Warehouse initiative : 14/06/2013 :

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have welcomed a Chemist Warehouse initiative that will see age progressed images of long-term missing persons feature in Chemist Warehouse stores, in its catalogues and incorporated into its TV ads.

AFP National Manager High Tech Crime Operations Tim Morris said this is a welcome initiative and commended Chemist Warehouse for their offer of assistance to help find missing persons.

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Guild: Pharmacy chopped out of Medicare tree : 14/06/2013 :

An $10 million government advertising campaign promoting “Medicare For All” has delivered a 'treemendous snub to thousands of Australian community pharmacists' says the Pharmacy Guild.

The ad in question features a ‘health system’ tree, with the foliage made up of medical and allied health professions – but no pharmacy (although a pharmacy does appear elsewhere in the ad).

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Closing date for Global Drug Safety Conference abstract submissions extended : 13/06/2013 :

The final date for submission of abstracts for presentation at the Global Drug Safety Conference (GDS) has been extended to 31 July 2013 to enable a wider range of work to be submitted for presentation.

Take the opportunity to have your work recognised on the international stage by submitting an abstract to the Global Drug Safety Conference and Exposition (GDS) to be held in Brisbane from 14 – 16 October 2013.

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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 13/06/2013 :

The MIMS June 2013 Monthly Medicine Update is now available. Click the link to read it now.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 13/06/2013 :

AFL Round 11

Round 11 of the AFL Season began with Bombers making a comeback to defeat Carlton by an astonishing 5 point win (77-72). The Giants played a great performance but were unable to secure victory against the Cats who won by 59 points (157-98).

NRL Round 13

Round 13 of the NRL Season commenced with the Eels facing off against the Roosters. The Roosters proved their game to beat the Eels by 14 points (38-24). In the next match, the Knights were defeated by the Dragons by a close 6 points (8-14).

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Promotional campaign for PCEHR begins : 13/06/2013 :

Last week AusPharm ran a poll asking 'listers whether they had registered for their own Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR). As we reported at the time, signups have been slow with less than 1% of the population currently on board.
 
eHealth blog PULSE+IT reported yesterday that the federal government has now 'launched its long-awaited advertising campaign for the PCEHR, airing new television commercials'.

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George Tambassis named as Sclavos successor : 13/06/2013 :

President of the Victorian Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, George Tambassis, has been named as the man to succeed Kos Sclavos as National President of the Guild. Mr Sclavos announced in April that he is to step down from the role in October.

In a statement released by the Guild yesterday it said that the Guild National Council had appointed Mr Tambassis 'Interim Council Nominee' for the position. When Mr Sclavos steps down from the position in October, the Council will formally appoint Mr Tambassis as President.

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Guild responds to latest Dunlevy spray against pharmacies : 12/06/2013 :

'Listers may have seen journalist Sue Dunlevy's latest story 'Chemists take advantage of inflated prices under PBS' in News Ltd papers on Monday. It is effectively the same story published under her byline several times over the last 12 months (eg here, here, here, and here).

"Consumers could save over $18 per script on the cholesterol lowering medicine atorvastatin if the scheme allowed them to pay the market price for the drug instead of an inflated price that lines the pockets of chemists."

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Poll: do you have reservations about supplying Indian prescription drugs? : 12/06/2013 :

Some 'listers will have been following the recent (mis)fortunes of Indian generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy.

The company's problems began when the FDA banned the importation of pharmaceuticals from two of Ranbaxy's Indian plants, then last year Ranbaxy had to recall its generic atorvastatin after glass particles were discovered in some packs. Last month, the company pleaded guilty in the US to seven federal criminal counts of selling adulterated drugs and making false statements to the U.S. government.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Rifaximin in the Prevention of Hepatic Encephalopathy : 11/06/2013 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Rifaximin in the Prevention of Hepatic Encephalopathy.

"Liver disease affects more than two million Australians, and statistics show that over two thousand Australians die each year from chronic liver diseases, including cirrhosis and cancer. Liver damage can be attributed to a number of public health issues including high-fat diet, alcohol consumption and viral hepatitis. One of the major causes of complications in this patient group is hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Hepatic encephalopathy is a syndrome of neurological complications that can manifest as altered mental status, impaired sensory capabilities, and psychomotor problems and, in severe cases, coma. Diagnosis is made based on impaired function. Signs of neuromotor impairment include rigidity, hyperreflexia, rigidity and asterixis -a tremor of the hand when wrists are extended said to resemble the flapping of bird wings, although not specific for liver disease."

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

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7.30 picks up hospital pharmacist resignations story : 11/06/2013 :

Last week AusPharm ran a story about the resignations of Pharmacy Manager, Anne Leversha, and her Deputy Lyn Billington from their positions at LaTrobe Regional Hospital following the raising of concerns that management is placing financial objectives ahead of patient safety.

ABC Victoria current affairs program 7.30 picked up the story and ran with it last Friday night. The story includes an interview with SHPA President Sue Kirsa. Click below to watch.

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