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NSW pharmacy student of the year winner : 04/06/2012 :

Charles Sturt University student Megan Coleman, pictured right, is the Alphapharm 2012 NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY).
 
The NSW final of the Pharmacy Student of the Year counselling competition was held at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s (PSA) Clinical and Practice Expo (CPExpo) at the weekend.

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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 04/06/2012 :

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

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Latest Edition of Australian Prescriber published : 04/06/2012 :

The June 2012 issue of Australian Prescriber is now available online. Topics featured in this issue include:

  • The influence of opinion leaders
  • Pertussis prophylaxis
  • Drug interactions: principles and practice
  • Rational prescribing for asthma in adults – written asthma action plans

It also contains the most recent Medicines Safety Update.

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Zolpidem continues to feature in TGA ADR reports : 04/06/2012 :

The TGA says that it continues to receive reports of potentially dangerous, complex sleep-related behaviours, amnesia and hallucinations associated with zolpidem use. The agency is encouraging health professionals to report cases to the TGA, even if they are only suspected cases.

Zolpidem is one of the drugs featured in the latest issue of the TGA's Medicines Safety Update, now available on the TGA website.

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Board to review English Language Skills registration standard : 04/06/2012 :

The Pharmacy Board of Australia, along with other National Boards, has announced that it will commission research on English language skills testing, including the scope of Board exemptions from testing requirements.

The research will inform the review of the Board's English Language Skills Registration Standard, set for 2013.

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RGH E-Bulletin:Withdrawal of dextropropoxyphene preparations in Australia : 04/06/2012 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Withdrawal of dextropropoxyphene preparations in Australia.

"Dextropropoxyphene is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. In addition to expected opioid adverse effects, serious adverse drug reactions including hepatic reactions, hallucinations, abuse, withdrawal symptoms and cardiac conduction abnormalities have been reported with this agent. A change in the patient’s disease state, other medications, or a decrease in kidney function can greatly increase the risk for cardiac effects."

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

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Consumers get free atorvastatin from Chemist Warehouse : 04/06/2012 :

The Chemist Warehouse group are dispensing the Sandoz brand of atorvastatin to patients for free.

The offer was spruiked in newspaper advertisements in both Fairfax and Murdoch papers on Saturday. In (very) fine print at the bottom of the ads were the words "Initial supply per patient at $0.00 and all subsequent supplies from $14.99".

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Apotex has the market share (amongst 'listers that is...) : 01/06/2012 :

This week's AusPharm poll asked 'listers who is their main supplier of prescription generics medicines. The results, shown in full below, tell us that Apotex has the largest market share with 25%, some 7% ahead of its closest competitor, Alphapharm.

Back in 2007, when we last ran a similar poll, Alphapharm had the lion's share of the market, with 34%.

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Queensland multidisciplinary health symposium 2012, Healthy Aging: Sharing the care : 01/06/2012 :

Registratations are now open for the PSA Multidisciplinary Health Symposium. The symposium is a special event where allied health professionals come together in a shared learning environment with this year’s theme being Healthy Ageing: Sharing the Care.

This year the focus topics will be cataracts, chronic pain, dementia, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and putting the brakes on driving.

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PAC12 poster and oral presentation abstracts deadline extended : 01/06/2012 :

As a result of an overwhelming response, organisers of PAC12 have extended the deadline for abstracts for poster and oral presentations from researchers and practitioners working in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science to 1 July 2012.

Following the success of the PAC 11 poster presentations, the Congress Organising Committee is seeking submissions addressing pharmacy research and practice pearl (sharing the practice experience without necessarily having undertaken structured research activities).

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GuildCare and Boehringer Ingelheim partner in new pharmacy programs : 01/06/2012 :

GuildCare and Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) have joined forces to deliver Compliance and New-To-Therapy health services for patients who have been prescribed BI products Micardis or Twynsta.

“When selecting industry partnerships, the primary consideration is whether the two parties working together can unite to provide better health outcomes as opposed to working alone, and we believe these programs pass that test admirably,” Mr Gallagher said.

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AusPharm CE: RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 47. : 31/05/2012 :

The next in our 2012 series of continuing education activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 467

This CE activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins (Volumes 45-10 - 46-1  --> April 2012).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical pharmacology of ticagrelor
  • Outline the characteristics and management of postural hypotension
  • Understand recent changes to labelling requirements for statins, in line with FDA requirements
  • Describe the theoretical and clinical basis for a possible interaction between triptans and SSRIs

This activity has been accredited for 1 group 2 CPD credits suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Accreditation number: CX120022E.

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

AusPharm gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by MIMS.

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Guild Pharmacy Academy's National Convention & Exhibition: Registration now open : 31/05/2012 :

The Guild Pharmacy Academy's National Convention & Exhibition for 2012 will be launched by free Business Stream and Plenary on Friday 15th.


The Plenary session ‘Surviving the Economic Winter’ will be presented by keynote speaker, Paul Clitheroe and include a guest panel including: Kos Scalvos, Paul Sinclair, Niels Bowen, Jannette Cotterell, Craig Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, Debbie Rigby and Dr John D’Arcy.

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Australian research shows screening for bowel cancer will save lives : 31/05/2012 :

The country’s second most common cause of cancer deaths, killing 80 people each week, can be treated successfully if caught early, according to new Australian research.

The research provides the first concrete evidence that early detection from bowel cancer screening is critical, as it correlates with an improved prognosis for this perilous yet preventable disease.

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ACT PSA president appointed to clinical senate : 31/05/2012 :

The President of the ACT Branch of PSA, Professor Gabrielle Cooper, has been appointed to the Local Lead Clinicians Group, known as the ACT Clinical Senate

The Senate has been established to provide a forum for a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, health experts and consumers with diverse perspectives to share their collective knowledge in discussing strategic clinical issues and to make recommendations to improve the health outcomes of ACT residents.

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Pharma group launches 'consumer friendly' guide to quality use of medicines : 30/05/2012 :

Medicines Australia has launched a new booklet which sets out the medicines industry’s role in encouraging the quality use of medicines.

‘Quality Use of Medicines’ is the term to describe choosing a suitable medicine, using medicines safely and effectively to get the best possible results and selecting management options wisely, says Medicines Australia.

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New SHPA CEO appointed : 30/05/2012 :

Helen Dowling, pictured right, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), and will commence with the Society in July 2012.

Helen has been the District Director of Pharmacy for the Hunter New England Local Health District since 2008, and previously was the Director of Pharmacy at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, NSW. 

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 30/05/2012 :

AFL Round 9

Round 9 of the 2012 AFL season commenced with the Bulldogs and the Cats fighting it out at Etihad Stadium, however the Cats pulled it together to win. Other highlights of the round included the Tigers thrashing the Hawks by an epic 62 point, the Power lighting up Metricon Stadium to hand the Suns a 48 point defeat, the Saints defeating the Swans by 28 points and Essendon proving to powerful for Kevin Sheedy's GWS Giants defeating them by 66 points.

NRL - Round 12

Round 12 of the 2012 NRL season saw the Storm defeat the Broncos at AAMI Park to win 34-10 and many other interesting outcomes. Highlights for this week included the Rabbitohs doubling the score of the Roosters defeating them 36-18, the Titans defeating the Knights 24-14 at Hunter Stadium and the Dragons narrowly defeating the Eels to take the win 14-12.

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Poll: My pharmacy (department)'s principal supplier of generic prescription medications is.... : 30/05/2012 :

Back in 2007 we ran a poll to determine what market share each of the generic suppliers had. That poll told us that, in 2007, Alphapharm had just over a third of the market and led the pack. 5 years on, no doubt things will have changed.

Who is your pharmacy (department)'s principal supplier of prescription generic medications? Please let us know by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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Industry disputes calcium cardiac risk finding : 29/05/2012 :

The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI), the industry body representing consumer healthcare products, said yesterday that a study recently published in the journal, Heart, which found that taking calcium calcium supplements nearly doubles the risk of having a heart attack, contained a number of deficiencies which place a question over the strength and validity of its conclusions.

ASMI Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Director, Steven Scarff, said that there was good evidence that calcium supplements reduced the risk of fractures and hence played a useful role in the treatment of osteoporosis and that the association with heart disease remained controversial.

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