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New Hepatitis C treatments PBS listed : 21/12/2015 :

New generation hepatitis C medicines - sofosbuvir with ledipasvir (Harvoni), sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), daclatasvir (Daklinza), and ribavirin (Ibavyr) - are to be PBS listed from 1 March 2016.ed their listing in March 2015.

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New combined PBA Intern pharmacist and preceptor guide published : 21/12/2015 :

The Pharmacy Board of Australia has published revised guides and FAQs for pharmacy interns and preceptors.

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April 1 F1 5% PBS price reductions listed : 21/12/2015 :

A list of the first tranche of PBS drugs to suffer a one-off Statutory Price Reduction (SPR) of five per cent - on 1 April 2016 - was published on Friday.

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Guild brochure highlights effect of PBS co-payment discount on concessional safety net consumers : 21/12/2015 :

The Pharmacy Guild has produced a brochure that explains the effect of a $1.00 script discount to concessional consumers who usually reach their PBS safety net.

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Medicines Australia CEO moves on : 21/12/2015 :

Medicines Australia CEO Tim James is to depart the role effective January 2016. Medicines Australia says it will commence a process to recruit for a new CEO in 2016.

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New Hep C listings mainly for prisoners and recovering drug addicts : 21/12/2015 :

Classy (not) article from Sue Dunlevy in today's News Ltd papers in which she claims 'budget cuts to pathology and radiology announced last week were made so the government could fund four new treatments that will help mainly recovering drug addicts and prisoners'.

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January 2016 PBS schedule : 18/12/2015 :

The January 2016 PBS schedule and Summaries of Changes are now available on the auspharmacist.net.au website.

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New Quit guide from FIP : 18/12/2015 :

In time for the quit smoking New Year resolutions that are anticipated at the end of this month, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has outlined the wide variety of different ways in which pharmacists can reduce the use of tobacco through a new publication.

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Guild spruiks value of pharmacist immunisation services : 18/12/2015 :

The Pharmacy Guild yesterday published an account of the development of pharmacist immunisation services in Australian pharmacies. It also details the current regulatory situation in each Australian state and territory.

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PAYG Christmas parties the go : 18/12/2015 :

The tightening of pharmacy profitability over the last few years is evidenced in the results of this weeks AusPharm poll which shows that pharmacy Christmas parties are much more of a Pay as you go affair for pharmacy staff than they were 5 years ago.

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Public submissions to TGA on codeine scheduling : 17/12/2015 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has published a large tranche of submissions it received in response to its request for comment on the proposed up-scheduling of all currently OTC codeine containing products.

Many of the 130 submission the TGA reported it received are from (appalled) consumers and, of the others, while identifying content has been redacted, it is sometimes possible to make a pretty good educated guess as to who the submissions from.

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Tamworth pharmacy wins inaugural Good Price / GuildCare Pharmacy of the Year gong : 17/12/2015 :

The inaugural Good Price Pharmacy / GuildCare Pharmacy of the Year award has gone to Tamworth Pharmacy for recording the most services through GuildCare during the year and alos, for the broad range of professional services the pharmacy offers

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April 2016 PBS price disclosure prices published : 17/12/2015 :

The list of April 1 PBS prices flowing from the latest cycle of price disclosure was published yesterday on the PBS Price Disclosure web page.

The PBS return prices of almost 70 molecules will drop by between 10% and 39% on that date.

Amongst the molecules of most interest to community pharmacists are desvenlafaxine which will drop in price by a 23%, esomeprazole (16%), fentanyl (16%), olanzapine (24%) and quetiapine (12%).

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Poll: staff Christmas party : 16/12/2015 :

With Christmas rapidly approaching, celebrations are in full swing around the country.

Staff Christmas parties range from a round of mince tarts with the morning tea, to the fully frocked-up slap-up night out, and given how busy pharmacies are at this time of year, the window for celebrating tends to be stretched fairly wide.

What style of Christmas party is your pharmacy having (or did your pharmacy have) this year? Please let us know by voting in this weeks AusPharm poll.

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NPS: talk to your pharmacist about de-listed OTC meds : 16/12/2015 :

NPS MedicineWise is encouraging consumers who are currently being prescribed one of the soon to be PBS de-listed over-the-counter medicines to seek advice about how their removal from the PBS could affect them.

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New Pharmacy Board FAQs on CPD published : 16/12/2015 :

To complement the recent release of the new Pharmacy Board Standard and Guidelines on continuing professional development the Board yesterday published a new set of related frequently asked questions (FAQs). 

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Court finds Nurofen made misleading specific pain claims : 15/12/2015 :

The Federal Court has found Reckitt Benckiser guilty of engaging in misleading conduct by representing that its Nurofen Specific Pain products were each formulated to treat a specific type of pain, when the products are in fact identical.

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Guild highlights effect of $1.00 PBS co-payment discount on safety net : 15/12/2015 :

The Pharmacy Guild has moved to highlight to pharmacy 'frequent flyers' that taking advantage of the PBS co-payment discount will mean they will need to have more prescriptions dispensed before they reach their Safety Net entitlement.

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AusPharmList posts can now be posted online : 14/12/2015 :

A server upgrade late last week rendered some of the AusPharm IT system inoperative.

One of the consequences of this is that a number of AusPharmList posts submitted online since Friday morning have not landed successfully in the AusPharm bunker. Our apologies to the authors of these post.

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TGA to revisit codeine scheduling options : 14/12/2015 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced on Friday that its Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS), will be taking another look at codeine scheduling at its March 2016 meeting.

As well as considering the numerous submissions made to the TGA following its recent decision to defer its earlier interim decision to up-schedule all currently non prescription codeine containing products to Schedule 4, it has also now floated new scheduling options and called for new submissions in response.

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