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New collaboration promises to improve aged care efficiencies and reduce errors : 18/06/2014 :

A new collaboration between medication management solutions company Webstercare and aged care software company Management Advantage promises to improve efficiencies and help to reduce errors in aged care facilities.

Manad Plus, a software package that supports aged care facility operations, and MedSig, the Webstercare medication management communications application used in aged care facilities, have successfully been integrated.

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July 2014 PBS schedule : 17/06/2014 :

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Download the Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy – S100 Arrangements Supplement

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2013 ADR statistics published : 17/06/2014 :

During 2013 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) received approximately 17,500 reports of adverse medicine events.

The majority of these were from sponsors (manufacturers) with the number of reports made by this group steadily increasing over the past five years, more than doubling since 2009.

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Priceline Pharmacy names eRx Express as preferred Pharmacy Mobile App : 17/06/2014 :

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) and the Fred IT Group have struck a deal that will see Priceline Pharmacy prescription customers able to order their prescriptions and receive script reminders via eRx Express on their smartphone or tablet.

API CEO and Managing Director Stephen Roche said, “Our new partnership with the Fred IT Group enables Priceline Pharmacy to implement a mobile app strategy that will deliver ongoing value to Priceline Pharmacies and its customers. This decision is based on a strategic commitment to ensure that, wherever possible, our digital services integrate with existing eHealth networks. Currently eRx Express, via Fred’s eRx network, is the only mobile app that allows this.”

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SHPA, PSA fête Queen’s Birthday honours recipient : 17/06/2014 :

SHPA has congratulated Gwynneth Petrie, who was made a Member of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, for her service to medicine as a senior hospital pharmacist, mentor and innovator.

Gwynneth has had a long career in hospital pharmacy and extensive involvement with SHPA. She is a Fellow of SHPA.

Her career is remarkable in that, at a relatively young age and in a male-dominated profession, she became the Director of Pharmacy at a major hospital in Brisbane, which included a State-wide drug distribution facility, in the 1970s.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Health literacy, adherence and older people : 16/06/2014 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Health literacy, adherence and older people.

"  Lower levels of individual health literacy have been found to be associated with poorer overall health status and a higher risk of earlier death amongst older people. Adherence is an important factor in the safe use of medications in the elderly, who may often require intensive therapies such as long term anticoagulation, diabetic and cardiovascular medication."

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

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Board highlights methotrexate deaths – counsels extra vigilance : 16/06/2014 :

Several methotrexate related deaths have recently been reported to the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

In all cases, while the medication was initially dispensed correctly, it was subsequently incorrectly packed into Dose Administration Aids with the packing errors not detected by the checking pharmacist.

In an illustrative example, detailed by the Board in a recent communique, a prescription for methotrexate was correctly dispensed by a pharmacist for packaging into a dose administration aid (DAA).

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2013 opioid pharmacotherapy stats published : 16/06/2014 :

A new report, published last week by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare - National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics 2013 - shows that on a snapshot day in 2013, over 47,000 clients received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence at 2,355 dosing points around Australia.

There were 2,025 prescribers of opioid pharmacotherapy in Australia in 2013, an increase of 15% from 2012.

‘This means that, on average, each prescriber treated fewer clients, with the ratio of clients per prescriber falling from 26 to 23 between 2012 and 2013,’ said AIHW spokesperson Geoff Neideck.

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International role for Brendan Shaw : 16/06/2014 :

Medicines Australia Chief Executive, Dr Brendan Shaw, has accepted a position as Assistant Director General at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr Shaw will finish his tenure as Medicines Australia Chief Executive on 12 September and take up his new position at the IFPMA in Geneva in December.

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Victorian community pharmacy inquiry - date correction : 16/06/2014 :

In our story on Friday about the Victorian parliamentary to inquiry into community pharmacy we incorrectly noted that the closing date for the lodgement of submissions was 30 June, 2015.

The correct closing date is 30 June, 2014.

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Pharmacists selling themselves short on DAAs : 13/06/2014 :

The result of this week's AusPharm poll shows there is a significant disconnect between what pharmacies actually charge for Dose Administration Aids and what they really think is an 'appropriate' fee.

A large voter turnout (n=311) saw 75% of respondents telling us they charge a weekly fee of between $3.00 and $9.00 to "manage all aspects of a patient`s dose administration aid". Interpreting, we think it likely that the majority charge between about $5.00 and $6.00.

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Vic parliament to enquire into community pharmacy : 13/06/2014 :

The Victorian Legislative council is to conduct an inquiry into 'the role and opportunities for community pharmacy in primary and preventative care in Victoria'.

The announcement of the inquiry, which is to report by October 14, 2014, has been welcomed by Michelle Lynch and Anthony Tassone, Presidents of the Victorian Branches of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and Pharmacy Guild of Australia respectively.

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GSK defends analgesic price differences : 13/06/2014 :

GSK has defended the different pricing of some of its analgesics following negative coverage in Thursday's News Ltd publications.

The media report quotes Choice spokesperson Tom Godfrey “The fast and flashy names such as Zavance, Panadol Rapid and Optizorb dress up paracetamol and ibuprofen to get you to pay up to five times more for effectively the same product.”

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Living with multiple medicines: repository of real life stories : 12/06/2014 :

NPS MedicineWise has launched a new web resource to help people understand what it is like living with multiple medicines.

The resource comprises more than 300 videos, audio clips and quotes telling people’s stories of their own experiences with multiple medicines.

NPS MedicineWise spokesperson and manager of NPS Medicines Line Sarah Spagnardi said the Living with multiple medicines hub taps into the lived experience of people who take multiple medications.

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Poll: what does your pharmacy charge for managing all aspects of a patient`s dose administration aid? : 11/06/2014 :

Back in December we ran a poll (here) asking 'listers what they thought was an appropriate fee to charge for 'managing all aspects of a patient's dose administration aid?'

We wrote at the time: "In a perfect world where pharmacy is able to charge a realistic fee for managing a patient's DAA, including maintaining a current medication profile, organising prescriptions, communicating with the medical practice re: required prescriptions and up to date profiles, packing, repacking, checking, handing out or delivering and paying for materials, what would an appropriate fee be to cover all of the costs and make a reasonable profit?"

In today's poll we'd like to know what pharmacies actually charge to provide this service. Please tick the relevant box below to help us find out.

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Hospital pharmacy projects awarded : 11/06/2014 :

Two hospital pharmacy projects were recognised at this year's National Medicinewise Awards 2014, presented at the National Medicines Symposium, held in Brisbane last month.

A team from the Monash Health Pharmacy Department received the Excellence in Consumer Initiatives (community level) Award for their Hospital Outreach Medication Review initiative (HOMR) and a project team led by pharmacist Dr Lisa Pont, University of Sydney, received the National Medicinewise Award for Excellence in Consumer Information for their practical resource on chronic heart failure – Living everyday with my heart failure.

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Sydney Uni pharmacy lab gets a facelift : 10/06/2014 :

The University of Sydney's pharmacy dispensing lab was recently transformed into a modern and interactive space that is preparing students for real-world pharmacy practice.

The old lab, pictured at right, was last refurbished more than 50 years ago. The new lab, pictured below, now features a computer for each student, a contemporary audiovisual system with streaming capability and a new configuration that has increased class capacity to 60 from 45.

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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 10/06/2014 :

The MIMS Mau/June 2014 Monthly Medicine Update is now available. Click the link to read it now.

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eRx Express wins ICT Innovation Award : 10/06/2014 :

eRx Express took out this year’s Victorian Innovation Award for Health at the iAwards, Australia’s premier awards recognising the innovations of Australian ICT companies, held in Melbourne last week. eRx is now in the running for the national iAward with the winner set to be announced on 29 August.

The prestigious iAwards are hosted by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Pearcey Foundation to recognise companies at the cutting edge of technology and to reward innovations that can positively impact on the community.

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GuildCare offers new integrated ADR reporting function : 10/06/2014 :

GuildLink has become the first IT provider to provide an integrated electronic link - through GuildCare’s Adverse Events Recording Service - for pharmacists to submit adverse events directly to the Therapeutic Goods Administration's new adverse event reporting web service.

The aim of the new web service is to complement, but not replace, the existing avenues for adverse event reporting by offering a faster and more convenient way to report.

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