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New NPS therapeutic program: Type 2 diabetes: priorities and targets : 30/08/2012 :

The latest therapeutic program from NPS MedicineWise — Type 2 diabetes: priorities and targets — encourages health professionals to take a holistic approach when caring for  patients with type 2 diabetes and to address blood pressure and lipids as a priority.

Having type 2 diabetes more than doubles a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular (CV) causes. Tight control of blood glucose helps prevent CV events in the long term in people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol has a more immediate effect in reducing cardiovascular risk in the short term (3-5 years).

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July PBS numbers released : 29/08/2012 :

PBS statistics for July 2012 were released yesterday by Medicare Australia.

They show decreases in both script numbers (-9.9%) and dollars (-12.2%) compared to July 2011.

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National Student Business Plan 2012 finalists announced : 29/08/2012 :

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s National Student Business Plan Competition, an Australia-wide challenge promoting creative entrepreneurship among students preparing for a career in community pharmacy, has announced the 2012 finalists.
 
The three teams who successfully progressed through the business plan, quarter-final and semi-final rounds are...

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Rural interns to get a training allowance : 29/08/2012 :

Around 200 young pharmacists working in rural Australia will benefit from a new training allowance funded under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
 
The Rural Intern Training Allowance (RITA) will provide financial support to assist intern pharmacists from rural and remote areas to access compulsory intern training program activities.

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Poll: Practising pharmacy will be more professionally satisfying in 10 years time, in 2022, than it is now : 29/08/2012 :

Last week's AusPharm poll looked at pharmacist professional satisfaction in 2012 compared to the expectation expressed in 2002, 10 years earlier. It found that our 2002 pharmacists were overly optimistic about the 2012 pharmacy landscape.

How do you think things will be in 2022? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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Vampire Cup on again in 2012 : 28/08/2012 :

The National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) yesterday launched its 2012 Vampire Cup competition. The competition will run until Sunday October 7th.

The Cup sees all sixteen of NAPSA’s branches looking to be the branch with the biggest percentage of its members donating blood during the six week period.

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Cancer drugs account for most new approvals : 27/08/2012 :

Cancer treatments accounted for 115 of the 795 medicines approved for use in Australia over the last decade, according to a Medicines Australia report, Medicines Milestones: a decade of persistence, prevention and promise, released yesterday. Of the 795 medicines approved, one in four was a newly discovered molecule.

The report looked in part at approvals in relation to the Commonwealth’s stated National Health Priorities.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Crushing solid oral medicines : 27/08/2012 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Crushing solid oral medicines.

"There is a 40-50% prevalence of dysphagia among elderly people in residential aged care facilities. Age related, or drug-induced xerostomia may be a cause of difficulty swallowing along with medical conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease. Crushing tablets or opening capsules in order to assist a patient with swallowing difficulties appears to be a widespread practice. There may be times when tablets will need to be crushed in order to deliver essential drug therapy; but this should only be done as a last resort.

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

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PDL honours pharmacy 'living legends' Coppock and Russell : 27/08/2012 :

Two living legends of Australian Pharmacy, John Coppock and Alan Russell, were been honoured at a recent dinner held by Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL) in Melbourne as part of the organisation’s Centenary celebrations.

Immediate past chairman of PDL John Coppock was awarded the first Alan Russell Medal – established as the highest award that can be given for service to PDL in honour of Alan Russell’s achievements, which include serving as a director and deputy chairman of PDL from 1984 until 2008.

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Two statin therapeutic classes to remain : 27/08/2012 :

Late on Friday the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) published the results of its statin 'cost effectiveness' review, recommending the continuation of the two existing statin therapeutic groups.

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Australian researchers feature in August IJPP : 27/08/2012 :

Two Australian studies, one from Tasmanian researchers and another from Sydney University and Charles Sturt University researchers, have been published in the August issue of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

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2002 pharmacists fail to predict the 2012 landscape : 24/08/2012 :

This week's AusPharm poll asked 'listers whether they think pharmacy practice is more professionally satisfying today, in 2012, than 10 years ago, in 2002.

Well, no, was the response.

67% of respondents think things were better in 2002. By comparison, in 2002, only 36% of respondents thought that would be the case. Admitedly the 2002 poll had a much smaller sample.

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Working on pharmacy workforce planning in the UK : 24/08/2012 :

The factors leading to the pursuit of a career as a pharmacist have changed markedly in recent years. The nature of emerging pharmacists will no doubt reflect this relative to their predecessors, many of whom could confidently anticipate, upon qualifying, an assured job, growing income, and the respect of the community they were seen to serve. These factors are no longer a given, although a pharmacy degree can perhaps still be perceived as offering an edge over a general science degree in leading to a relatively clear vocation.

The over-supply of pharmacists and lack of jobs for pharmacy graduates are also being seen in the UK, where student debt is a substantial burden post-graduation. According to a recent C+D article, "as the class of 2012 emerges, figures reveal that almost one in 10 of their immediate predecessors are unemployed, with one in five working part time."

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 24/08/2012 :

AFL - Round 21

Round 21 of the 2012 AFL season started off with the Saints and the Cats, in an intense match up it was the Cats who took the win by a convincing 42 points. Other matches for the week saw the Blues demolish the Dons at the MCG by a colossal 96 points, the Demons giving it their all to defeat the Giants by 25 points and Fremantle turning up the heat to defeat the Tigers by 22 points at Paterson's Stadium

NRL - Round 24

Round 24 of the 2012 NRL season commenced with the Storm narrowly defeating the Broncos 19-18. Other games for the round saw the Bulldogs just defeat the West Tigers in another close encounter for the round 23-22 at AAZ Stadium, the Raiders defeating the Roosters 24-20 and the Sharks defeating the Rabbitohs 20-7 at Toyota Stadium.

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September 1 PBS schedule : 24/08/2012 :

The September PBS Schedule is now available.

Download the Full PBS schedule

Download the PBS Summary of changes

Download the Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy – S100 Arrangements Supplement

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Only antibiotics to affect pill are rifampicin and rifabutin : 24/08/2012 :

NPS yesterday released information for consumers about taking antibiotics when also using hormonal contraceptives, explaining that there are only two antibiotics, rifampicin and rifabutin, that affect how hormonal contraceptives work.

 There are many misconceptions regarding the impact of antibiotics in our bodies, says NPS MedicineWise clinical adviser Dr Philippa Binns.

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Two $2,500 pharmacy student scholarships : 23/08/2012 :

Once again in 2012, Pharmacy Cricket is funding two pharmacy students scholarships, each worth $2,500.

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New study shows chronic disease deaths are underestimated : 23/08/2012 :

Traditional analysis of causes of death in Australia (which focus on one underlying cause of death rather than multiple causes of death) can underestimate the contribution of some chronic diseases, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Multiple causes of death: an analysis of all natural and selected chronic disease causes of death 1997–2007, uses multiple causes of death statistics, for the first time, to describe patterns of chronic disease mortality in Australia. Multiple causes of death occur when two or more diseases or conditions are reported as contributing to a death.

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TGA admits error in paracetamol OD advice : 23/08/2012 :

The TGA admitted yesterday that it had made a mistake in an article published in the August 2012 issue of Medicines Safety Update (MSU) (vol 3; no 4, 2012). The MSU article incorrectly stated 'In a study of 662 patients with severe paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity, 48% had not exceeded the recommended maximum daily dose of 4g'.

The text should read 'In a study 662 patients with acute liver failure, 275 were cases of severe paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity. 131 (48%) of these 275 cases were the result of an unintentional overdose and 19 (7%) of the 275 patients had not exceeded the recommended maximum daily dose of 4 grams '.

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Guild pushing for greater role for pharmacy in flu vaccination : 23/08/2012 :

Citing poor flu vaccine coverage in some demographic groups and a bad 2012 flu season the Pharmacy Guild said yesterday it is actively seeking the support of stakeholders for the implementation of a community pharmacy influenza vaccination service.

Community pharmacy has traditionally been involved with the distribution of vaccines and is well placed to participate in vaccine administration and community immunisation programs in a number of ways says the Guild.

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