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Scientists are positive about optimism

After years of research a new study has found that individuals with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve exceptional longevity, defined as living to age 85 or older. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health studied …

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Ground-breaking immune therapy leading cancer fight

Researchers from the Centre for Cancer Biology have opened a new clinical trial using genetically engineered immune cells to treat solid cancers. Phase 1 of the clinical trial will reportedly test the feasibility and safety of CAR-T cells (genetically modified white blood cells that have the ability to kill cancers) …

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Modified-release paracetamol now pharmacist only (Schedule 3)

The TGA has upheld the decision to up-schedule modified-release paracetamol from pharmacy medicine (Schedule 2) to pharmacist only medicine (Schedule 3). The implementation date for the change is reportedly June 1, 2020. From then pharmacists will be required to move all products containing modified-release paracetamol (665mg), including Panadol Osteo, behind …

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Tristar leaves doctors high and dry

Tristar Medical Group’s medical clinics in regional Australia have been struggling financially for the past year and a half, with some of their doctors claiming lack of payment for weeks or months.  The chain is known for hiring international medical graduates (IMG) on limited registration to work in rural towns …

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Evolution of QCPP- preparing for the change ahead

The Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP) is undergoing significant enhancements via Quality Care 2020, and it’s vital that pharmacies are across these improvements. QCPP is a quality assurance program focused on improving pharmacy services for the community. The program provides a framework for community pharmacies to provide quality, safe and …

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Australian first: GPs available via pharmacies in rural areas

Twenty-three pharmacies across Australia have agreed to participate in the country’s first Telehealth service, ‘InClinic’ system. Sigma Healthcare and Doctors on Demand have partnered to provide patients with access to a professional online consultation and advice inside a pharmacy.  “We know that patients are demanding more convenient access to healthcare …

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PSA calls on Commissioner to address rural pharmacy’s unique needs

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has called for a number of actions to address the unique needs of the rural pharmacy workforce in response to the National Rural Health Commissioner’s Discussion Paper for Consultation: Rural Allied Health Quality. PSA is urgently seeking to address these issues with the National Rural …

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