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AHPRA consultation data access and research policy : 08/03/2013 :

AHPRA is seeking comment its National Registration and Accreditation Scheme – Data access and research policy. The policy aims to establish a consistent approach to requests for data access and research participation across the National Registration Scheme.

The consultation is in response to an increasing number of data access and research requests to AHPRA and National Boards for access to information, some of which is not publicly available.

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Petone (NZ) Pharmacy School 50 year reunion : 08/03/2013 :

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Rugby tops the poll : 08/03/2013 :

With the start of the season imminent for the Australian winter's two traditional footy codes, aussie rules and rugby league this week's AusPharm poll sought to determine which of all footy codes is the most popular among 'listers.

Somewhat surprisingly, at lease to us the answer is  ....  rugby union, with 29% of the total vote, although we suspect there must be a strong regional flavour to people's preference.

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We'll be here Monday : 08/03/2013 :

While Monday is a public holiday in some states, in some others it's not.

AusPharm will be publishing as usual on Monday.

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Debate sparked over potential harms of comp meds in cancer treatment : 07/03/2013 :

Cancer Council Australia has this week published a new position statement on complementary and alternative therapies which calls on the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) to take a more active role in warning consumers about false claims made in relation to the benefits of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs).

While supporting the rights of patients to use CAMs, the position statement recommends cancer patients inform themselves about the efficacy, risks, contraindications and the costs associated with the use of CAMs and discuss these with their treating clinicians.

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New national health program kicks off in Shepparton : 07/03/2013 :

NPS MedicineWise has launched a new program called MedicineInsight which aims to facilitate better medicines use and help to achieve better health outcomes across Australia.

The program collects data from a medical practice’s computers and then links it to patient conditions, diagnoses and treatments over time.

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AusPharm CPD: RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin No 56 : 07/03/2013 :

The next in our 2013 series of continuing education activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 56

This CE activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins (Volumes 48-2 - 48-5  --> December 2012- january 2013).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Describe the place of atypical antipsychotic drugs in the management of obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Understand the pharmacological treatment options available for the management of urolithiasis
  • Discuss issues regarding the use of medications during periods of extreme hot weather
  • Describe recent evidence regarding the adverse metabolic impact of antipsychotic drugs.

This activity has been accredited for 1 group 2 CPD credits suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Accreditation number: A1303AP0.

Click here to do this Continuing Education activity. Or, if you prefer, you might like to take a look at our other CE activities here .

AusPharm gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by MIMS.

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CI claim rate: Big Brother is watching : 07/03/2013 :

The Pharmacy Guild and the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) have jointly written to all pharmacies participating in the CPA5 Professional Practice Incentive (PPI) Program, reminding them of what Clinical Interventions (CIs) can and can't be claimed.

The letter highlights activities that are not claimable CIs, for example generic substitutions, CMI provision and last repeat reminders, all examples that have been highlighted in discussions on AusPharmList in recent times.

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MIMS NSW intern of the year goes to Gunnedah intern : 07/03/2013 :

Olivia Cocks of Karen Carter Chemist in Gunnedah has been named the winner of the MIMS Australia 2012 NSW Intern of the Year Award.

Ms Cocks received her award from Ms Dinah Graham, MIMS Australia Business Development Manager, and PSA NSW Branch President John Bronger.

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Poll: do you follow the footy? : 06/03/2013 :

The 2013 NRL and AFL footy seasons proper kicks of this month with the first NRL round this weekend and the first AFL round starting on Friday 22 March.

Do you follow the footy? Please let us know by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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Generic rosuvastatin imminent? : 06/03/2013 :

In a judgment handed down yesterday in the Federal Court, a number of patents for Astra Zeneca's blockbuster statin Crestor were ruled to be invalid by presiding judge, Justice Jayne Jagot, and 'liable to be revoked'.

The decision, as it stands, leaves generic companies free to market their own (generic) versions of the drug however, it is not yet known whether Astra Zeneca will appeal the judgment.

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New Symbion warehouse for Melbourne : 06/03/2013 :

Symbion has announced that it is to build a new, multi-million dollar warehouse in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs immediately adjacent to the East Link.

The 12,000m square metre facility, which will be operational from the second half of 2015, will incorporate the latest iterations of Symbion’s integrated warehouse technology systems.

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Pharmacy on-line footy tipping is back for 2013 : 05/03/2013 :

PHARMeFOOTY is a free, on-line tipping service sponsored by Fred IT Group and Medici Capital. Pharmacists and pharmstudents can compete in either the AFL or NRL competition, or both. The competition includes cash prizes of up to $5000.

According to Andrew Sirianni from Medici Capital, “PHARMeFOOTY is a fantastic initiative of Medici Capital and Fred Health that allows your competitive streak to thrive. Not only for the footy fans, but aimed at pharmacy staff throughout Australia. Enjoy playing with your work colleagues and competing against staff from other pharmacies!”

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Spike in January PBS costs : 04/03/2013 :

PBS statistics for January 2013 have been released by Medicare Australia.

Script numbers for the month increased by 34% compared to January 2012 (22.2 million v 16.6 million) with script dollars also up - by 29% ($941 million v $727 million).

Figures for the 7 months to January (the current financial year) show an increase in script numbers of 14.5% (131.1 million v 114.5 million) with a corresponding increase in dollar terms of 12.4% ($5.45 billion v $4.85 billion).

 

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RGH E‑Bulletin: 5-α reductase inhibitors for prostatic haematuria due to BPH : 04/03/2013 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is 5-α reductase inhibitors for prostatic haematuria due to BPH.

"Recurrent prostatic haematuria presents a challenging and often frustrating clinical problem for both patients and clinicians. Persistent bleeding increases morbidity, hospitalisations and the need for blood transfusions. Common causes for prostatic haematuria include prostate cancer, radiation therapy and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The incidence of haematuria associated with BPH is approximately 20%."

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

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Advanced Pharmacy Practice survey released : 04/03/2013 :

Work has recently commenced on the implementation of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework for Australian pharmacy.

As part of the implementation, a survey has been designed that aims to determine what areas or types of ‘advanced’ level practice Australian pharmacists are currently involved in.

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Majority of pharmacists support mandatory ADR reporting : 01/03/2013 :

Almost three quarters of those voting in this week's AusPharm poll are in favour of mandating the reporting of adverse drug reactions to regulatory authorities.

Just under half of those in favour believe a mandatory reporting system should incorporate payment to clinicians lodging reports.

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PSA releases mental health framework for pharmacists : 01/03/2013 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia – in partnership with mental health consumers, carers and care coordinators, mental health policy and practice experts and health professionals – has released a mental health framework which highlights and promotes the expertise of pharmacists and the roles they undertake as partners in mental health care.

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the Mental health care project - A framework for pharmacists as partners in mental health care was intended to be used to articulate current and explore future pharmacist roles as partners to enhance mental health care service delivery to Australian consumers and carers.

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NPS issues consumer advice on medicine side effects : 01/03/2013 :

To coincide with the launch of Steven Soderbergh’s new thriller Side Effects, released in Australian cinemas yesterday, NPS MedicineWise is highlighting to consumers the every-day cost of adverse medicine events (AMEs) and urging them to ensure they know what to do if they experience an unwanted side effect or medicine interaction.

“All medicines carry the risk of possible side effect. Not everybody will experience them, and they aren’t always a bad thing, but sometimes medicines will have unexpected and undesirable side effects,” said Dr Lynn Weekes, CEO of NPS MedicineWise.

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Poll: should ADR reporting be made mandatory? : 27/02/2013 :

'Listers may have seen media last weekend in which the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) called for the reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) by health professionals to the TGA to be made mandatory. At present only nine per cent of reported cases are provided by this group of professionals, the report said.

Without mandatory reporting, there was a danger that safety issues involving certain medications will go undetected, RACP warns. The group also flagged the possibility of paying clinicians to report ADRs.

What do you think? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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