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OTC pharma companies continue push for S3 advertising reform : 13/09/2013 :

Reforming the rules around the advertising of Schedule 3 medicines remains high on the agenda of the companies who market them. At present, most Schedule 3 medicines may not legally be advertised direct to consumers.

Peak body, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI), says it has, for some time, been working with the Pharmacy Guild and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia on an alternative advertising model for S3s, which will permit branded advertising of certain S3 medicines.

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Swisse wants patent like protection for new CAM products : 12/09/2013 :

Vitamin company Swisse has called for all vitamin companies to work together to force legal changes to get better data and intellectual property rights for new complementary medicine products.

Speaking at the Complementary Healthcare Council annual conference in Sydney last week, Swisse Commercial Director George Livery said said: “The science meets the commerce where we need to invest more and more in science and research yet we are denied even the most basic of IP protections afforded to every other class of goods."

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Don't 'dump bin' large packs of paracetamol : 12/09/2013 :

The Pharmacy Board has expressed 'serious concern' about the practice of some pharmacies 'dump binnig' large packs of paracetamol.

In its monthly communiqué the Board referred to the TGA's recent decision to reduce the pack size of unscheduled paracetamol to 20 tablets (available in grocery outlets) because 'paracetamol can cause serious liver damage if taken in high doses. The TGA decision to decrease the pack size was made after considering the risks of different pack sizes in Australia and was amde on the basis that it will result in fewer people requiring medical intervention following a paracetamol overdose.

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Poll: What is your pharmacy's current eScript Scan Rate for original prescriptions? : 11/09/2013 :

It was announced last week that a new pharmacy incentive payment, worth around $2,000 a pharmacy, has been introduced to boost the uptake of electronic prescriptions (ETP). There has been some discussion on AusPharmList about this since with Peter Allen reporting a scan rate regularly above the 80% mark.

To qualify for the Electronic Prescription Scanning Incentive (ePSI), pharmacies will need to achieve the first target Scan Rate of 15% of all original prescriptions - the Guild is advising pharmacies they should be aiming to achieve this rate of scanning, or higher, by November 2013.

What is the current Scan Rate for original prescriptions in your pharmacy? Please let us know by ticking the relevant box in today's AusPharm poll.

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QCPP 2014 Pharmacy of the Year entries open : 11/09/2013 :

Entries are now open for the Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP) Pharmacy of the Year awards.

The awards recognise excellence in pharmacy across three categories:

  • Business Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Innovation in Professional Services.

Each category will be awarded to a different community pharmacy, with the overall Pharmacy of the Year for 2014 being selected from the category winners. The overall winner will be the pharmacy that stands out among the finalists and can demonstrate achievements across each of the three categories.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 11/09/2013 :

NRL Round 26

Round 26 of the 2013 NRL Season opened with the Broncos claiming victory against the Bulldogs (16-11), followed by the Rabbitohs receiving a beating from the Roosters (12-24). Saturday's games included the Warriors defeat against the Dragons (10-19), The Storm narrowly avoiding a loss against the Titans by one point (23-22), and the Cowboys smashing the Tigers by a massive 28 points (50-22).

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Fewer Aussies being hospitalised for asthma : 11/09/2013 :

Fewer asthma sufferers are ending up in hospital than a decade ago, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Asthma hospitalisations in Australia 2010–11, shows that hospitalisation rates fell by 33% for children and 45% for adults between 1998–99 and 2010–11.

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New AIHW pharmacy workforce stats released : 10/09/2013 :

In 2012, there were 27,025 registered pharmacists in Australia, 14,309 of whom were employed in the private sector. 6 out of 10 pharmacists were women, the average age  was 39.7 with 16.7% aged 55 or over. On average, employed pharmacists worked 35.9 hours a week.

The figures are contained in a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report - Allied health workforce 2012 - published today.

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More research needed on the role of E-cigarettes in quitting smoking : 10/09/2013 :

Electronic cigarettes containing nicotine may be as effective as nicotine patches in helping people quit smoking according to a trial published this week in The Lancet. Of interest, the trial achieved similar quit outcomes using electronic cigarettes that contained no nicotine.

The authors concluded 'Uncertainty exists about the place of e-cigarettes in tobacco control, and more research is urgently needed to clearly establish their overall benefits and harms at both individual and population levels.'

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Report on Asia Pacific Conference on National Medicines Policies published : 10/09/2013 :

The proceedings of the Asia Pacific Conference on National Medicines Policies have recently been published as a special supplement by Australian Prescriber.

The conference was held in Sydney in May 2012 and was sponsored by NPS MedicineWise, the World Health Organization, The University of Newcastle and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Countries in the Asia Pacific region met to discuss their national medicines policies.

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Images of FIP 2013 : 09/09/2013 :

A number of Australians attended last week's FIP 2013 Congress, held in Dublin.

Among them were Pharmacy Self Care's John Bell and Pharmacy Guild National Councilor Paul Sinclair.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Important considerations with the newer oral anticoagulants : 09/09/2013 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Important considerations with the newer oral anticoagulants.

"Apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban are three newer oral anticoagulants that are relatively newly available in Australia. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme subsidy listing has changed to include new indications such as the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation with at least one other risk factor for developing stroke or systemic embolism (refer www.pbs.gov.au for full details)."

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

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Politicians pledge support for generics : 09/09/2013 :

In the leadup to Saturday's election, all three major political parties acknowledged the role played by generic drugs in containing PBS costs.

In a letter last week to the Generic Medicines Industry Association (GMiA) the incoming Coalition government said that 'it recognises the important role of generic medicines in supporting the sustainability of the PBS'.

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PAC13 a multicultural affair : 09/09/2013 :

Delegates will come from as far afield as the United Kingdom, Qatar, China, Nigeria, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the United States to attend this year's PAC conference. PAC13 will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 10-13 October 2013.

Organisers say PAC 13’s theme of ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice is resonating with members of the pharmacy profession worldwide.

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2013 FIPEd Global Education Report Launched : 09/09/2013 :

During the 73rd International FIP World Congress, held in Dublin last week, the 2013 FIPEd Global Education Report was launched.

The Report presents the current pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education and workforce situation across 109 countries and territories around the world, representing around 175,000 students and 2,500 education institutions worldwide. The Report shows that education, in both capacity and infrastructure, varies considerably between countries and WHO regions and generally correlates with population size and country level economic development indicators.

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Pharmacies slow to sign on for PCEHR : 09/09/2013 :

In an eHealth Scorecard published last week the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) reports there has been a significant increase in the number of organisations registered in the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system; from 3,039 on 22 May to 4,502 as at 10 July, an increase of almost 50%.

However, readiness in the community pharmacy sector remains at a 'moderate level', says NEHTA. While pharmacy software vendors FRED and Simple have incorporated PCEHR capability into their products, only 271 community pharmacies were registered in the PCEHR System, on 10 July, up from 168 in May.

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Registrations still open for Medicines Management 2013 : 07/09/2013 :

More than 850 delegates have registered for Medicines Management 2013, the 39th SHPA National Conference starting in Cairns tomorrow.

Delegates will be challenged to Get Smart, Get Personal and Get Inspired about their practice and the delivery of pharmacy services into the future. A highlight of the event will be the awarding of SHPA’s highest honours—the Fred J Boyd Award, the GlaxoSmithKline Medal of Merit and the Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award.

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GuildCare 2014 Annual Subscriptions have opened : 06/09/2013 :

Subscribe before 30 September 2013 and lock in your GuildCare 2014 subscription at the 2013 price. With added functionality. New Admin Module!

The Admin Module will be released between October and the end of the year, providing pharmacists with a way to electronically document adverse events reported in pharmacy, assess and record details of a patient's leave request, and provide patients with a handout outlining the professional service programs they may benefit from.

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Prime Minister Abbott : 06/09/2013 :

58% of those voting in this week's AusPharm poll say they intend to vote for the Coalition in tomorrow's federal election. This is in line with voting intentions expressed in our identical July poll but below the 65% recored in an identical poll in May.

Of note is that the primary vote for Labor is now sitting at a mere 17%, down 11% on the July result. The 11% has been picked up almost entirely (10%) by the minor parties.

 

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Guild gets Labor letter : 06/09/2013 :

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek yesterday provided the Guild with a letter of support for Australia’s pharmacists. The Guild has now received letters from all the major political parties.

The letter says Labor is committed to ensuring that the government's 'significant investment in the network of community pharmacies best meets the health needs of the community and represents fair value for consumers and taxpayers,' adding in an apparent reference to the current petition that the government 'acknowledges and values community pharmacies and we know that patients and their families also value community pharmacy'.

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