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AusPharm CPD: RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin CPD Digest - Issue No 59 : 20/06/2013 :

The next in our 2013 series of continuing professional development activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 59.

This CPD activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins (Vol 49-11 - 50-2  --> March - April 2013).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical pharmacology of liraglutide
  • Describe the approach to the management of warfarin anticoagulation in the perioperative period
  • Compare the clinical pharmacology of various biological Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
  • Outline approaches that have been used in management of inappropriate sexual behaviour in dementia (ISBD)

This activity has been accredited for 1 group 2 CPD credits suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Accreditation number: A1305AP1.

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

AusPharm gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by MIMS.

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Guild, PSA come together on proposed CPD expense cap : 19/06/2013 :

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia have jointly expressed serious concerns over the impact on professional standards of proposed changes to the level of tax deductibility available for education expenses.

As highlighted by AusPharm on Monday, a discussion paper has been released on the Federal Budget announcement of a $2000 cap on taxation deductions for work-related education expenses.

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Opioid drug therapy clients ageing : 19/06/2013 :

The number of people under 30 receiving pharmacotherapy treatment for dependence on opioid drugs is declining according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, National opioid pharmacotherapy statistics annual data collection 2012, points to an ageing population of clients in pharmacotherapy treatment.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 19/06/2013 :

NRL Round 14

Round 14 of the 2013 NRL Season commenced with the Cowboys defeating the Dragons 22-16 and the Bulldogs narrowly defeating the Sea Eagles 32-30. Other games for the round saw the Raiders defeat the Panthers at Canberra Stadium 24-12 and the Sharks giving it their all to defeat the Eels 32-14.

AFL Round 12

Round 12 of the 2013 AFL season commenced with a Friday night blockbuster featuring the Hawks and the Blues. The Blues fought hard, however, went down to the Hawks by 15 points. Richmond continued to display promise defeating the Crows at the MCG by a convincing 38 point margin.

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Poll: Flu vaccine - have you had one this year? : 19/06/2013 :

Pharmacists, as health care workers, are on the list of people for whom flu vaccination is recommended although, in most workplaces, vaccination is not mandatory for pharmacists. There has been some recent discussion in the mainstream media about this. There was coverage in yesterday's News Ltd press about 'in pharmacy' 'flu vaccine options and Stephen Greenwood wrote convincingly in AusPharm last week about the expanded role pharmacies might play in vaccination programs.

In the midst of all this, the 'flu season is with us (although there has not yet been a serious outbreak anywhere in Australia this year).

Have you had a flu vaccine this year? Please let us know by ticking the relevant box in this week's AusPharm online poll.

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Guild rejects claims of inaction on student numbers, SOL : 19/06/2013 :

The Pharmacy Guild has rejected claims that it has done nothing to address the burgeoning number of pharmacy schools (and by extension) the number of students graduating as pharmacists from Australian universities.

An AusPharmList post last week claimed that "The Guild lobbies for many things but I can't seem to ever recall the Guild actually lobbying the government to limit the number of pharmacy schools or seats in these schools. The inaction of the Guild speaks for itself."

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PSA Board Executive re-elected : 18/06/2013 :

The PSA Board executive of President Grant Kardachi and Vice-Presidents Dr Claire O’Reilly and Joe Demarte have been re-elected for a third term.  The appointments were confirmed during the PSA national Board meeting held in Canberra last week.

Mr Kardachi said he was honoured to be re-elected and looked forward to leading PSA during a challenging period for the profession.

“We have already faced a tough year during which we encountered many serious challenges, and at times obstacles, to the growth of the profession,” Mr Kardachi said.

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Make an EOFY tax deductible donation to the Pharmacists’ Support Service : 18/06/2013 :

As the end of the financial year approaches the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) is inviting all Australian pharmacists to make a tax deductible donation to support the work of the Service. 

Natalie Collard, Vice President of PSS, said “PSS provides a listening ear and support to any pharmacist, pharmacy student or intern wishing to call on the toll-free number.  All members of the pharmacy profession should support this service.  We have volunteers based in Melbourne who generously give their time to answer calls.  Other pharmacists can support the service by making a tax deductible donation.”

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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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