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Post Market Review of Products Used in the Management of Diabetes: deadline for submissions extended : 26/10/2012 :

As reported recently on AusPharm, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has commissioned a review of products and medicines used for diabetes management.

To ensure sufficient time is available to facilitate input from all stakeholders, the Department of Health and Ageing has extended the due date for submissions to Thursday, 15 November 2012.

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Most pharmacies have private counseling areas : 26/10/2012 :

In light of comments on AusPharmList this week that pharmacists sometimes conduct their counseling sessions in very public locations, we asked 'listers how well their pharmacies were set up to counsel privately.

49% told us they have a completely 'private' area in which they can discuss issues with customers in such a way that they can't be overheard. A further 23% told us they had a private area 'sort of'.

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Pfizer Direct architect moves on : 26/10/2012 :

Pfizer Australia has announced that Managing Director John Latham will be leaving his position Pfizer.

Mr Latham has been with Pfizer for 15 years in a number of roles, starting as Finance Director in 1997. He was Managing Director for Pfizer Malaysia/Singapore for three years before being appointed leader of the Australia and New Zealand businesses in 2007. John has also been an active contributor to the broader pharmaceutical industry as a current Board member of Medicines Australia.

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API sings Priceline's praises : 26/10/2012 :

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) CEO Steven Roche said yesterday that it was in advanced discussions with 20 pharmacists on converting their pharmacies to Priceline Pharmacy stores adding that he anticipated the majority of these would join the banner group in the next 12 months.

Mr Roche's comments came as API released its financial results for the 12 months ending 31 August 2012.

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Links between parents’ and children’s dental health, and chronic diseases and dental health : 26/10/2012 :

Children's oral health is associated with the oral health of their parents and their family circumstances according to Families and their oral health, a report released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

A second report, Chronic conditions and oral health, also released last week by the AIHW, shows that people with chronic conditions and diseases were more likely than those without to have poor dental health.

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Harvey calls on Guild, PSA, Board to help stop banned CAM ads : 25/10/2012 :

In an opinion piece published this week in 'The Conversation' on what he says is inept handling by the TGA of its order to Pharmacare Laboratories to stop advertisements that have been ruled to contravene the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (the Code), Dr Ken Harvey has called on the Guild, the PSA and the Pharmacy Board to do more to assist pharmacies meet their legal obligations regarding the advertising of products cancelled from the ARTG.

The Conversation article tells a sorry tale of a complaint lodged in March 2011 about an advertisement for FatBlaster Reducta, which was ruled by the Complains Resolution Panel (CRP) in breach of the Code in August 2011. After the company  declined a CRP 'request' to withdraw the advertisements it was 'ordered' by the TGA, in August 2011, to do so. However, promotion of the product continued.

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AusPharm CE: RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin No 53 : 25/10/2012 :

The next in our 2012 series of continuing education activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 53

This CE activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins (Volumes 47-10 - 48-1  --> September - October 2012).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • List clinically significant drug interactions with clozapine
  • Discuss the clinical pharmacology of rasagiline
  • Understand the current evidence for optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy
  • Outline a range of issues with respect to use of complementary and alternative
  • medicines in the peri-operative period.

This activity has been accredited for 1 group 2 CPD credits suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Accreditation number: A1210AP2.

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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Medicines policy guru wins top award : 25/10/2012 :

The 2012 Pat Clear Award, the Australian medicines industry’s most prestigious award, has been won by Mendel Grobler, Director of Access and Public Affairs at Pfizer Australia.

The Award is presented annually to recognise an outstanding level of commitment by an individual, group or team for the benefit of the Australian medicines industry.

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Sigma takes a $57.5 million hit to settle class action : 25/10/2012 :

Sigma Pharmaceuticals yesterday agreed to settle a class action brought against the company on behalf of shareholders who purchased shares in the company between 7 September 2009 and 25 February 2010.

The class action, run by law firm Slater and Gordon and backed by litigation funding company Comprehensive Legal Funding LLC, claimed that Sigma management knew about but did not disclose a major write-down of the company’s assets during a 2009/10 share issue period.

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Poll: does your pharmacy have a private counseling area? : 24/10/2012 :

In a post to AusPharmList yesterday Professor David Jackson wrote "How often have consumers gone into a pharmacy and had to listen to the pharmacist counselling a patient about something in the hearing of the whole shop?" He suggested we run a poll to see how many pharmacies have a counseling area that affords consumers genuine privacy - ie they can be spoken to without anyone else hearing.

Does the pharmacy you work in have such a facility? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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Court rules CW 'Free generic Lipitor' ads 'likely to mislead or deceive' : 24/10/2012 :

In a judgment handed down on Monday the Supreme Court of Queensland ruled that, in running its 'Free generic Lipitor' newspaper advertisements, some Chemist Warehouse pharmacies had engaged in conduct likely to mislead or deceive, in contravention of section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law. 

The particular advertisements that were the subject of the judgment promoted the availability of atorvastatin generic medicines at discounted prices and were published in The Cairns Post newspaper on 14 June 2012 and the Gold Coast Bulletin on 2 June 2012.

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Guild: PIA penalty rates having a major impact on costs : 24/10/2012 :

In its submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Small Business – Penalty Rates Exemption) Bill 2012, the Pharmacy Guild argues that growth of wages in the pharmacy sector is having a substantial impact on the operating costs of pharmacies however the submission does not make specific recommendations on possible changes to the penalty rate structure.

According to the Guild, the results of a 2011 survey it conducted that looked the impact of the new Pharmacy Industry Award on community pharmacy businesses found...

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2012 Menzies-Nous Australian Health Survey published: pharmacists satisfy : 24/10/2012 :

More than half of the Australian population believe they’re in very good to excellent health, have a high level of confidence in the Australian health system and support the policy directions on which the federal government’s aged care reforms are based, a new health study has revealed.

The 2012 Menzies-Nous Australian Health Survey provides a wide-ranging snapshot of perceptions and attitudes among Australians about their health and the health and aged care systems. First conducted in 2008, the biennial survey focuses on the accessibility, affordability and confidence in health care services and how these views have changed over the past four years.

When asked if satisfied with their most recent visit to a range of health care services, Australians expressed the highest level of satisfaction with pharmacists (89 per cent), nurses in general practice (85 per cent) and private hospitals (85 per cent). Despite being amongst the least used services, residential aged- care facilities rated the lowest (54 per cent) along with mental health providers (58 per cent).

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ATSIPSS scholarships awarded : 23/10/2012 :

The recipients of scholarships under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (ATSIPSS) have been announced.

Five students from across the country - Angela Den (University of New England), Zoey Jones, (University of Queensland), Sarah Logan (University of South Australia), Nicola Rummery (University of New England) and Brianna Wright (University of New England) - were awarded scholarships and will receive funding assistance during their time at university.

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November 1 PBS schedule : 23/10/2012 :

We are advised that the October PBS Schedule will remain current until 30 November 2012:

"To facilitate the introduction of the new data management system and the inclusion of AMT in PBS data, the Department will not produce a November 2012 Schedule."

If you do want to download the Full PBS schedule or the PBS Summary of changes or the Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy – S100 Arrangements Supplement click the relevant (October) file link.

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Is pharmacy over-regulated? : 23/10/2012 :

One of the more entertaining and popular sessions at PAC in recent years has been 'The Great Debate'. This is, as you might expect, a debate between two teams of three on an issue topical in pharmacy at the time.

The topic of this year's debate was 'Pharmacy is an over-regulated profession.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Rifampicin drug interactions : 22/10/2012 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Rifampicin drug interactions.

"Rifampicin and rifabutin are rifamycin antibacterials that are active against Gram-positive organisms (including staphylococci) and mycobacteria. It is recommended that rifamycins are reserved for MRSA and mycobacterial infections, and for the prophylaxis of meningitis and epiglottitis. The rifamycins have the potential to interact with many other drugs; however, given that the use of rifampicin for the treatment of MRSA is increasing, the remainder of this E-Bulletin will focus on drug interactions associated with this drug.

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

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Partnerships a key to our future : 22/10/2012 :

The need for pharmacists to be better prepared for the introduction of new professional services has taken on greater significance as pressures increase for changes to be made to the model of pharmacy practice.
 
This was the message delivered by PSA National President, Grant Kardachi, during the PAC12 opening plenary on Friday.

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Results of New to Therapy Program in Pharmacy shows Success : 22/10/2012 :

Results of a study on the Spiriva® (tiotropium) New to Therapy program (SNNT), conducted by Associate Professor Michael Ortiz, and presented at PAC12 on Friday showed that short coaching sessions provided by pharmacists to patients newly initiated to tiotropium therapy provided a significant improvement in medicine compliance and persistence.

The objective of the study,in which GuildCare collaborated with Boehringer Ingelheim to develop the SNTT program, was to assess the impact of the SNNT pharmacist coaching program aimed at improving compliance and persistence in patients newly initiated on tiotropium therapy.

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WA student wins PSOTY award at PAC12 : 22/10/2012 :

This year’s entrant from Western Australia, Louise Gabrovsek, pictured at right, was named the Alphapharm Pharmacy Student of the Year during a ceremony at the Pharmacy Australia Congress in Melbourne on Saturday night.

Ms Gabrovsek also won the added honour of picking up the audience choice award for the event.

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