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Pushing for pills with petrol

The peak body for convenience stores has backed calls from global corporations to relax the location rules governing pharmacies so medicines can be sold at its 6500 stores, including 7-Eleven and Caltex.  The news that oil companies, which already own service stations, supermarket giants and billion-dollar corporate chemists, want to …

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Community pharmacists are part of the solution

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia welcomed Health Minister Greg Hunt’s clear and strong focus on addressing Australia’s mental health challenges. Addressing the National Press Club, Mr Hunt described mental health as the “great national challenge” with over four million Australians affected each year by some form of mental ill health. …

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Research shows some blood pressure patterns linked to dementia risk

High blood pressure (hypertension) from mid-life to later life, as well as high mid-life blood pressure followed by low blood pressure (hypotension) later in life has been associated with an increased risk of dementia in a study from the US. This observational study included nearly 4,800 participants who had blood …

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Blackmores and parkrun’s new moving campaign

Blackmores has announced that they are teaming up with parkrun Australia, with the aim of inspiring more Australian’s to get moving.  The new partnership will be kicking off with activations across four local parkruns in NSW, VIC and QLD, encouraging wellbeing in more community groups across the country by the …

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Mundipharma supports new prostate cancer research

Angelyn Anton and Patrizia Smuda of Mundipharma

Medical oncologist and clinical research fellow Angelyn Anton has been awarded the 2019 Mundipharma ANZUP Uro-Oncology Clinical Research Fellowship. This provides Dr Anton with $60,000 to support her research into prostate cancer. This is the sixth annual Clinical Research Fellowship to be awarded in partnership with the Australian and New …

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Flu vaccination could reduce toll of heart attacks

As Australia faces its second worst flu season on record, new research has found that investing in the influenza vaccination to protect against heart attacks in older adults could prove beneficial. To date close to 200,000 cases of flu have been recorded in the country. New research from the University …

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Misterhood for Sisterhood reaches half way point

August 9, marks the halfway point for Priceline Pharmacy’s 2019 ‘Misterhood for the Sisterhood’ campaign. There has been $700,000 raised for the Priceline Sisterhood foundation so far. “As sons, husbands and fathers, the women in our lives and our families are our number one priority- that’s why there was no …

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Asthma treatment option for PBS reimbursement

Since August 1, new once-daily asthma treatment option Arnuity Ellipta is being reimbursed on the PBS, according to GSK Australia. The listing provides “affordable access to another treatment option for suitable asthma patients aged 12 years and over”. “This new once-daily inhaler adds to the treatment options available to patients, …

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PPA backing PSA on increased pay

The Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) union has welcomed the Pharmaceutical Society report, ‘Pharmacists in 2023: Roles and Remuneration’, supporting increased pay for employee pharmacists. PPA says that after community campaigning for three years, its members have helped to increase Pharmacy Industry Award pay by 22 per cent. “We welcome the …

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Ad spend expected to drop for health brands

Reduced advertising spend from healthcare brands is expected in Australia this year, according to a Zenith report. Zenith’s ‘Healthcare Advertising Expenditure Forecasts’ outlines the trends within global advertising expenditure by healthcare brands. For Australia, the report shows a 0.5 per cent fall in advertising spend this year to $181.6m. This, …

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