Shingles vaccine not a priority

In a recent IQVIA Medibus survey of GPs, almost 80 per cent of those surveyed said they ‘always’ or ‘often’ recommend Zostavax (Zoster Virus Vaccine Live Oka/Merck) to their 70-79-year-old patients. This is the only government-funded shingles vaccine available on the National Immunisation Program. However, 45 per cent of GPs surveyed said they …

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COAG commitment to monitoring

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia welcomed the commitment made this week by all health ministers to achieving a national solution on real-time prescription monitoring. The statement from the Council of Australian Governments Health Council said: “The ministers agreed to progress national real-time prescription monitoring as a federated model with jurisdictions …

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48-hour access to medicinal cannabis

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) says the Turnbull government’s proposal to allow easier access to medicinal cannabis products will improve Australian patients’ quality of life. RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said the proposal for access to medicinal cannabis within 48 hours of approval was submitted at the …

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