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One in five pharmacists would decline to dispense a 'termination' drug : 07/09/2012 :

One in five pharmacists presented with a prescription for a drug indicated for the medical termination of pregnancy would decline to dispense it on moral grounds, according to the result of this week's AusPharm poll.

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Aged care research funding announced : 07/09/2012 :

The Australian government yesterday announced $10.2 million in funding for 26 aged care related projects, including quality use of medicines projects.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Ageing Mark Butler said the projects would tackle many of the challenges aged care workers faced every day such as delivering medications safely, helping patients to live healthy, active lifestyles, and support people with complex needs.

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Accreditation standards for Schools of Pharmacy: have your say : 07/09/2012 :

In December 2011, a process to review the Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Degree Programs was commenced by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC).

Initial benchmarking of the standards and stakeholder consultation took place in March - May 2012, resulting in the development of a new draft of the standards.

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NAPSA Congress to get trade show : 06/09/2012 :

For the first time in recent history, a Trade and Exhibition Hall will feature at the annual National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) Congress. The next Congress is to be held in Hobart from 24-30 January 2013.

The week long event will see over 300 delegates from the 16 NAPSA branches across Australia come to Tasmania for a unique program of educational and networking opportunities.

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National Volunteer Awards Now Open : 06/09/2012 :

The Minister for Ageing and Social Inclusion, Mark Butler, yesterday launched the 2012 National Volunteer Awards which recognise and celebrate Australia’s volunteers.

The awards recognise the contribution of over 6 million Australians who volunteer in communities across the country, including for the first time a seniors category, as recommended by the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians. They will call on Australians to nominate exceptional volunteers in their community who donate their time to assist not-for-profit organisations.  

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TGA releases new complementary medicine compliance review framework : 06/09/2012 :

The TGA has released details of a new framework it will use to ensure ARTG listed complementary medicines meet all of the requirements of section 26A of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act).

According to the TGA, compliance reviews of listed complementary medicines can focus on just one or on several aspects of the medicine. The agency says it gives greater attention to three particular areas based on its previous experience with compliance reviews and the potential risk that non-compliance represents to the public.

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Guild launches eCensus of community pharmacy : 06/09/2012 :

The first major census of community pharmacy in Australia since 2006 was recently launched online by the Pharmacy Guild.

According to the Guild, the range of services provided by community pharmacies is little understood in some quarters and it is only through comprehensive, current information that it can effectively advocate for pharmacy at all levels of government.

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Pharmacy Small Group Tours come out of the cold! : 06/09/2012 :

After successive tours to both Polar Regions in 2012, Pharmacy Small Group Tours will be heading to warmer climates in 2013.

In February 36 pharmacists and their partners visited Argentina before cruising the Antarctic Peninsula. Then in August, 45 pharmacists and partners cruised the Realm of the Polar Bear travelling as far north as 81° N before visiting both Iceland and Greenland.

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NT indigenous pharmacy advocate chases NT government support : 06/09/2012 :

Pharmacy businesses in remote Aboriginal communities are a “natural” and must be supported to provide income to the local economy, real jobs, and career prospects for local people, Northern Territory (NT) indigenous pharmacy advocate Rollo Manning is telling the new CLP Government in the Northern Territory.

The NT has one pharmacy to every 7.900 persons compared to the National figure of one pharmacy to every 4,200 people. The reason for this according to Mr Manning is that the 53,000 persons living in remote communities are not serviced by a “local” pharmacy.

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uni-Tube LED lights will save you money : 05/09/2012 :

As electricity prices soar, power expenses are becoming a major cost for pharmacies.  Reducing rent is almost impossible, and most pharmacies already have reduced wages without affecting service.

uni-Tube© LED lights provide an avenue to reduce cost and increase profits.  If you have your fluorescent lights on for 12 hours or more, the lights pay for themselves in just over a year.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 05/09/2012 :

AFL Round 23

Round 23 of the 2012 AFL season started off with the Hawks and the Eagles, the Hawks fought hard to secure the win by 25 points at the MCG. Other matches for the week saw the Cats outplay the Swans at Simonds Stadium by a convincing 34 point margin, the Crows soaring past the Suns to take the win by a colossal 91 points, and the Roos defeating the Giants by 28 points.

 

NRL Round 26

Round 26 of the 2012 NRL season commenced with the Rabbitohs defeating the Knights 18-6. Other games for the round saw the Broncos outplay the Panthers to secure the win 19-12 at Suncorp Stadium, the Sea Eagles defeating the Titans 24-16, and the Storm thrash the Wests Tigers 26-6.

 

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Poll: would you dispense 'termination' drugs? : 05/09/2012 :

The TGA announced last week that it has listed 2 drugs on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Drugs that are indicated for the medical termination of pregnancy.

This raises the prospect that pharmacists may be asked to dispense these drugs on receipt of prescriptions from suitably accredited prescribers.

What is your attitude towards dispensing prescriptions for drugs indicated for the medical termination of pregnancy? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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Joint ANZ early warning system for safety issues : 04/09/2012 :

One of five projects intended to signal the benefits to consumers, health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry of a joint Australian New Zealand therapeutic goods agency is to be an early warning system for potential safety issues with therapeutic products.

The TGA and NZ's Medsafe are now designing this system, having sought feedback from key stakeholders in a series of workshops held in April 2012. The workshops addressed when, what and how to communicate safety-related matters, and how to promote the scheme and measure its success.

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Pharmacy deregulation a
constant concern
: 04/09/2012 :

The threat of deregulation is one which is ever-present in the pharmacy industry, and one which polarises both public and professional opinion.
 
Opponents of deregulation point out that the system protects the profession and consumers and ensures access to medicines and professional services.  Supporters of deregulation question why only pharmacies and newsagents are still protect by regulation and suggest greater competition would produce benefits for consumers, the industry and the government.

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Over-the-counter medicines reform : 03/09/2012 :

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe), are together reviewing the business processes for the evaluation of over-the-counter (OTC) medicine registration applications, to reform the current system and develop a common approach in both countries.

The two agencies believe that a streamlined, risk based approach to market authorisation processes, together with more rigorous pre-application requirements and fixed company response times, will improve the processes in both countries.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Huntington’s disease : 03/09/2012 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Huntington’s disease.

"Huntington’s disease (HD) is a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system, caused by an expansion in the trinucleotide CAG in the huntingtin gene. Clinical features of the disease include involuntary choreiform movements, psychiatric disturbances, dementia, weight loss and circadian rhythm disturbances. Multiple areas of the brain are affected by neuronal degeneration, with the predominantly affected neurotransmitters being dopamine, glutamate and GABA.

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

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Blackmores Institute relaunched : 03/09/2012 :

Blackmores is to relaunch the Blackmores Institute with the aim of establishing it as a centre of excellence in the field of natural health research and education.

The main projects that will be undertaken by the Institute include research funding, systematic reviews on natural medicines, prescribing guidelines, research symposia and conferences, research updates and education programs.

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NSW pharmacist wins innovation grant : 03/09/2012 :

NSW pharmacist Daniel Rifkin, pictured at right, has been selected from a competitive field of young pharmacists as the recipient of the 2012 IMS Health - Australian College of Pharmacy Young Pharmacist Innovation Grant. The grant will allow Daniel to attend the 2012 FIP Congress in Amsterdam.

The Young Pharmacist Innovation Grant commenced in 2008 and is funded by IMS Health. Previous recipients include Georgina Twomey, Jana Fulcher, Rowan Lowe and Sarah Sinclair.

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Court stops Apotex launching generic Nasonex : 03/09/2012 :

Following an application lodged in July, the Federal Court on Friday granted MSD's application for an interim injunction to prevent Apotex selling a generic mometasone furoate aqueous nasal spray to compete with its NASONEX product.

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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 03/09/2012 :

The MIMS September 2012 Monthly Medicine Update is now available. Click the link to read it now.

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