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Pharmacists don't like to make decisions : 18/10/2013 :

In an enlightening presentation at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's PAC13 conference on Friday, Canadian academic Professor Zubin Austin asked delegates to consider whether it is primarily pharmacists' personality traits that is making the pace of practice change towards a service driven model of care so glacially slow.

He spoke about the differences in background between pharmacists and doctors, suggesting that pharmacists more typically come from lower social classes than doctors and, as such, may be more willing to accept authority from above and less willing to lead.

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November 2013 PBS schedule : 18/10/2013 :

Download the Full PBS schedule

Download the PBS ‘Summary of Changes’

Download the Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy – S100 Arrangements Supplement

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Tambassis gets the leadership nod, Rigby a close second : 18/10/2013 :

The person voted by 'listers in this week's AusPharm poll as the best leader for the pharmacy profession, with 27% of the vote, is incoming Guild President George Tambassis. Mr Tambassis takes up his new position on Monday. 

A close second in the poll, with 23% of the vote, was well known clinical and consultant pharmacist Debbie Rigby.

Former Guild President and current PSA NSW President John Bronger polled 14% and current PSA National President Grant Kardachi polled 12%. The best of the rest was Justin Lee who attracted 10% of the total vote. Of note, Mr Lee is some 20 years younger than those who polled above him.

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APHS Managing Partner recognised by Financial Review : 17/10/2013 :

APHS Managing Partner, Cathie Reid, has been included in the Australian Financial Review’s list of the top 100 Women of Influence in the Business Entrepreneur category. 

Ms Reid sits at the helm of the Brisbane-based APHS Group. APHS are suppliers of pharmaceutical and clinical services for the hospital, oncology, aged care and community pharmacy sectors.

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Pharmacies set to lose $2 a script, need to change focus : 17/10/2013 :

The average net profit per PBS prescription is set to drop by about $2 once price disclosure cuts in fully, JR Pharmacy Services Managing Partner Mark Nicholson believes.

Mr Nicholson revealed the forecast during a presentation at the PAC13 conference in Brisbane last Saturday.

He also highlighted that, while almost all of a typical (non warehouse) pharmacy's net profit dollars come from the dispensary and from S2/S3 medicines, non health related front of shop stock accounts for a large percentage of total stock holding both in dollar terms and shelf space.

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SHPA Sydney Leadership Symposium : 17/10/2013 :

The NSW branch of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) will soon be running a leadership symposium focusing on 'Expanding personal influence and negotiation skills.'

The symposium will feature two presenters who have worked closely with pharmacists in the past, Philip Pogson and Brad Rilatt.

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RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin CPD Digest - Issue No 64 : 17/10/2013 :

The next in our 2013 series of continuing professional development activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 64.

This CPD activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins, Volumes 51-7 → 51-10 (Aug/Sep 2013).

You can access these E-Bulletins individually here or as a group here (this Digest includes the 4 bulletins, the references and the questions).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical pharmacology of degarelix
  • Describe current evidence in relation to the association between fish oil supplementation and prostate cancer
  • Discuss issues in relation to VTE thromboprohylaxis for obese patients
  • Outline approaches that can be used for the management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

This activity has been accredited for 0.5hr of Group One CPD (0.5 CPD Credits) that may be converted to 1 Group Two CPD Credit upon successful completion of the corresponding assessment for inclusion on an individual pharmacist's CPD Record.
Accreditation number: A1310AP1.

Click here to do this Continuing Professional Development activity.

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Pharmacy channel health insurance start-up secures venture capital funding : 17/10/2013 :

Past South African Businessman of the Year, now Australian resident, Izak Pretorius has taken on the role of Executive Chairman in unique health cover comparison website start-up, Covad.

Covad, the first ever private health aggregator to leverage the bricks and mortar pharmacy channel, in-store and on-line, launches its’ consumer site at the end of the month in pharmacies nationally.

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Herbal medicines sold legally in Australia assured of high quality : 17/10/2013 :

Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of complementary medicines that are legally sold in Australia, says the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI).

ASMI’s comments follow a study published recently in BMC Medicine which showed herbal medicines that are available in North America frequently contain unlisted ingredients that could pose health risks.

“Consumers can be assured that the Australian complementary medicines industry is one of the most tightly regulated in the world, with all products subject to stringent regulations relative to their risk profile. Unlike many other countries in the world, Australia ensures that complementary medicines are manufactured safely and only contain approved, safe ingredients," said ASMI Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Director, Steve Scarff.

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Broken Hill Pharmacist wins PSA QUM in pain management award : 17/10/2013 :

Broken Hill community pharmacist Alex Page has won the 2013 PSA Award for QUM in Pain Management.

Mr Page has witnessed the effects of chronic pain in communities and the widespread and extensive use of codeine containing analgesics in these communities.

Presenting the award at PAC13, PSA National President Grant Kardachi said Mr Page decided to tackle this issue head on and so he obtained a Masters in Pain Management from the University of Sydney to allow him to highlight adequate pain management as a priority for Broken Hill.

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Pharmacy employment agency launches app : 17/10/2013 :

The Pharmaceutical Locum Company has launched a new app for job seekers.

It is available for IPhone, Ipad, Android and tablet platforms.

Both job seekers and employers are able to access the Emergency Locum Service through the app.




Poll: who do you think would make the best leader for the profession? : 16/10/2013 :

Last month we called for nominations from 'listers for pharmacists who are best lead the profession forward.

We said that nominations should be based on a person's vision for the profession, their ability to communicate that vision, their integrity and their ability to lead.

The nominations received, in alphabetical order, are:

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CHF CEO Carol Bennett moves on : 16/10/2013 :

Consumers Health Forum CEO, Carol Bennett, has announced she is stepping down from the role.

"After five rewarding years as CEO during which time CHF has cemented its position as Australia's pre-eminent advocate for health consumers, I believe the time has come for me to move to fresh challenges," Ms Bennett said.

Ms Bennett and CHF have been highly vocal critics of price disclosure policy in recent years, arguing that the process should be drastically speeded up.

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Consumers asked to return unwanted medicines to their pharmacy : 16/10/2013 :

As part of this week's Be Medicinewise Week, NPS MedicineWise is asking consumers to clean out their medicine cabinets today and rid their homes, cars and offices of unwanted, unnecessary and potentially harmful out-of-date medicines.

Be Medicinewise Week
ambassador Dr John D’Arcy said yesterday “Medicines use in Australia is just about universal. Chances are we’ve all got a few medicines lying around the house, stuffed in a draw at work, hiding in the glove box or stashed in our bags. But when was the last time you checked whether those medicines were still safe to use?"

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Terry White: Medicare should fund pharmacy services : 15/10/2013 :

Terry White Chemists Chairman, Terry White, has called on new federal Health Minister Peter Dutton to broaden the Medicare provider base to allow consumers to claim a rebate for pharmacy-based professional health services.

He made the call directly to Mr Dutton who is speaking at the TWC group’s annual conference, currently underway on the Gold Coast.

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Ketoconazole 200mg tablets to go : 15/10/2013 :

Following concerns about hepatotoxicity, oral ketoconazole 200 mg tablets are to be removed from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, commencing 1 December 2013.

The TGA is advising health professionals that commencing treatment with oral ketoconazole for new patients is not recommended. The agency says, if a patient is already being treated with oral ketoconazole, prescribers should consider switching them to an alternative antifungal therapy. Monitoring of liver function is also strongly advised.

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Applications for 2014 rural pharmacy student scholarships open today : 14/10/2013 :

Students from rural and remote locations who are studying pharmacy or are intending to study pharmacy can apply for scholarships, each worth up to $40,000.

The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides financial support to encourage and enable students from rural and remote communities to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy.

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Tambassis sees a collaborative future for pharmacy : 14/10/2013 :

Speaking at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's PAC13 conference on Friday, incoming Guild President George Tambassis, said that while there had been 'issues' between the Society and the Guild in the past he expected 'with transparency and a little bit of collaboration I don't think there will be problems' in the future.

Mr Tambassis' presentation, on the subject of "one profession" reflected on the full range of pharmacy organisations that represent the profession, and the fact that while they sometimes have diverse and conflicting interests the potential exists to work together to achieve common objectives.

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Bert Newton to launch MedicineWise Week : 14/10/2013 :

On behalf of NPS MedicineWise, Australian show business icon Bert Newton will today launch Be Medicinewise Week 2013 and urge everyone to take part in a national medicinewise challenge.

Now in its third year, Be Medicinewise Week 2013 will focus on the Australia’s ageing population, giving older Australians the tools and information they need to get wise about their health and their medicines.

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Gowan, Wilkinson, Hayes honoured : 14/10/2013 :

Victorian pharmacist Jenny Gowan, pictured at right, has been named the PSA Pharmacist of the Year for 2013 for her work in advancing pharmacy practice and for her innovation and new ideas.

Tasmanian pharmacist Katie Hayes is the recipient of PSA’s Young Pharmacist of the Year award  for 2013 for her commitment to the pharmacy profession and to ensuring pharmacists make a noticeable difference in the community

Australian pharmacy 'elder' and author of the Wilkinson Review of Pharmacy Owneship in Australia, Warwick Wilkinson, is the 2013 recipient of the PSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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