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GPs sending 1 million eRX scripts every week : 19/04/2013 :

Doctors have now achieved a milestone of one million new prescriptions being uploaded to eRx Script Exchange each week, with more than 13,000 doctors sending eRx scripts every day.

This milestone came as eRx was formally recognised by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) as a provider of ETP (electronic transfer of prescriptions).

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Rise in hospital admissions for older people : 19/04/2013 :

Hospital admissions for older Australians are rising rapidly, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Australian hospital statistics 2011–12, shows that the number of hospital admissions for people aged 85 and over rose by 9% each year between 2007–08 and 2011–12. This compared with an average increase of 4% per year overall for hospital admissions over this period.

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API delivers sound half yearly result : 19/04/2013 :

API yesterday reported a net profit after tax of $12.9 million for the 6 months to 28 February 2013, compared with $18.3 million in the prior corresponding period. As the prior corresponding period included insurance proceeds of $14.5 million underlying profit was actually up 6.8 per cent.

Commenting on the result, Stephen Roche, API’s Chief Executive and Managing Director, said that the Priceline Pharmacy store network programme was proceeding well and that the pharmacy division was proving resilient in the face of on-going sector reform.

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Trans Tasman Evaluation of OTC meds a reality : 19/04/2013 :

A new process for assessing OTC medicines takes effect this week marking a step towards establishing a single Trans-Tasman regulatory agency for therapeutic products.

New Zealand Health Minister Tony Ryall and Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Shayne Neumann made the announcement yesterday.

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Tributes flow for Kos Sclavos : 18/04/2013 :

Following Monday's news that Guild President Kos Sclavos is to stand down from the role in October a number of national health organisations have praised the key role Mr Sclavos has played in Australian pharmacy over the last 20 years.

PSA National President Grant Kardachi said Mr Sclavos had made a huge contribution to the pharmacy profession in Australia and his untiring commitment to community pharmacy was legendary.

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Nurofen, Swisse feature in tonight's episode of 'The Checkout' : 18/04/2013 :

'Listers might want to take a peek at tonight episode of ABC TV's The Checkout.

THE CHECKOUT - Episode 5 - Thursday April 18 at 8pm on ABC1

In this week’s episode:

  • Fast, targeted relief from your money – Jules and Kirsten, with the help of Andrew McLachlan (Professor of Pharmacy for the University of Sydney) give Nurofen and other pharmaceutical companies a headache over bogus medicine variants that are painfully expensive. Is the most active ingredient actually marketing?
  • Nicole Kidman joins The Checkout team – consumer affairs ambassador Nicole Kidman speaks out for the first time about her Swisse ads. And Craig follows up The Checkout’s first investigation into dodgy labelling of complementary medicines, analysing Swisse’s dodgy reaction to their dodgy products being banned.

and lots more besides....

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Master Class anyone? : 17/04/2013 :

Are you a current or aspiring pharmacy manager or owner?  Are you enrolled or planning to enroll in one of the Australian College of Pharmacy’s Diploma programs?  The College’s Management Master Class is for you! 

Based on the success of previous Master Classes, the 2013 Management Master Class program, to be conducted at this year's College conference in Brisbane in July, will enable you to develop skills and knowledge that are critical in setting the foundation for building a new or better pharmacy business.

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May 2013 PBS schedule : 17/04/2013 :

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Poll: have you seen discrimination in your workplace? : 17/04/2013 :

In a post to AusPharmList on Monday a 'lister reported what may have been workplace discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. 

Of course, there are many kinds of discrimination that might manifest in any workplace, including in a pharmacy. These include age, gender, race and religion to name just a few.

Have you seen discrimination in your workplace in the last 12 months.

Please let in know by ticking the relevant box in this week's AusPharm poll.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 17/04/2013 :

AFL - Round 3

Round 3 of the 2013 AFL season started off with the Bombers and the Dockers with the Bombers coming from behind to take the win by 4 points. Other matches for the week saw the Swans outplay the Kangaroos at Blundstone Arena by a 39 point margin.

NRL - Round 6

Round 6 of the 2013 NRL season commenced with the Broncos defeating the Cowboys 12-10. Other games for the round saw the Roosters demolish the Bulldogs to secure the win 38-0 at Canberra Stadium. The Knights defeat the Panthers 8-6 and the Raiders defeat the NZ Warriors 20-16 at Canberra Stadium.

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Pharmacies to offer private health insurance : 16/04/2013 :

A new in-pharmacy and online service, PharmaChoice, is to be launched in May that will see franchised pharmacies offer consumers private health insurance.

The PharmaChoice company describes itself as a 'health insurance aggregator and a franchisor'. Its strategy aims to leverage the trust consumers place in their pharmacist with participating pharmacies able to advise consumers on what private health insurance will best meet their individual needs.

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Guild President Kos Sclavos to stand down : 16/04/2013 :

National President of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Kos Sclavos, is to step down from the position from October this year.

Announcing his decision yesterday, Mr Sclavos said: “I have made this decision, at this time, in the best interests of the Guild and its members. The timing will ensure a well organised succession plan is executed before I leave my position. “

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Students: workforce oversupply biggest concern : 16/04/2013 :

An oversupply of pharmacists remains the number one concern for pharmacy students according to the results of this years National Pharmacy Student Survey.

66% of respondents to the survey indicated they believe there is currently an oversupply of pharmacists in Australia, an increase from 59% in 2011 and 52% in 2010.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Treatment of Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour in Dementia : 15/04/2013 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Treatment of Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour in Dementia.

"Inappropriate sexual behaviours have been defined as behaviours that are “inappropriate, disruptive and distressing and that impair the care of the patient in a given environment”. The reported prevalence of inappropriate sexual behaviour in dementia (ISBD) varies considerably, in the range of 1.8 – 25%. The issue is more common in residential care facilities or hospital inpatients then community care settings. ISBD can be seen in the context of mild cognitive behaviour, or in severe dementia and several studies found that this problem may be more common amongst those with vascular dementia."

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

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New Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Degree Programs released : 15/04/2013 :

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) has now publicly released the revised Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Degree programs, which will be implemented from 1 January 2014.

The revised standards build on previous accreditation standards and include a comparison against international standards. The Pharmacy Board approved the revised standards in March, but the Standards themselves were only released last week.

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Critics attack Swisse over renamed 'weight loss' product : 15/04/2013 :

The Swisse vitamin company has come under attack over its move to replace ARTG delisted product Swisse Ultiboost Appetite Suppressant with Swisse Ultiboost Hunger Control and over its use of celebrity endorsements.

In an opinion piece published in online journal The Conversation on Friday Michael Vagg, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University School of Medicine, takes a swipe at the company after it "evaded an attempt by TGA to ban its appetite suppressant product by registering a new product with the exact same ingredient," adding that "This Indian cactus extract has no scientific validity as an appetite suppressant".

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Pharmacists put on notice over dextropropoxyphene : 15/04/2013 :

As reported on AusPharm last week, Aspen's dextropropoxyphene containing products, Di-Gesic and Doloxene, are to remain on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), subject to the implementation of conditions to promote their safe use.

The TGA reported on Friday that negotiations on the conditions and monitoring arrangements will be held between Aspen and the TGA and that a process will be put in place to ensure that any conditions imposed to mitigate the safety risks can be effectively monitored.

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CPExpo 2013 conference app now available : 13/04/2013 :

The NSW Branch of PSA has developed an app to support its upcoming CPExpo 2013. The app is iOS, Blackberry and Android compatible and is available for download now at www.psa.org.au/cpexpo. It allows simple, portable electronic access to the complete conference handbook.
 
CPExpo is to be held in Sydney from 31May-2 June. Delegates who register for CPExpo before Friday 17 May have the chance to win a 2-day package to PharmacyLIVE 2013.

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Fair Work Ombudsman audit : 12/04/2013 :

By now many pharmacies will have received notification from the Fair Work Ombudsman that they've been selected for an assessment as part of the National Pharmacy Campaign.

If you've been wondering what's involved, read on.

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Overwhelming support for pharmacist award wage reform : 12/04/2013 :

96% of the 461 respondents to this week's AusPharm poll believe it is time for employee pharmacist union, Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA), the Pharmacy Guild and other stakeholders to work collaboratively to try to get the minimum employee pharmacist wage raised to at least $30/hr.

Of interest is that the result was exactly the same for both pharmacy owners (n=118) and non owners (n=343).

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