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New e-learning modules for pharmacists

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Guild), in partnership with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have developed two new e-learning modules for pharmacists. The e-learning modules are said to be designed to help pharmacists increase their knowledge of the regulatory requirements applied to complementary …

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Spring into action for good asthma care

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The National Asthma Council Australia is calling on healthcare professionals to mark National Asthma Week by preparing the millions of Australians with asthma for pollen season. Launching today, the week also heralds the start of spring, which brings fresh challenges for the three in four people with asthma who also …

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Let’s hear it for women

During this year’s Women’s Health Week, held September 2-6, Hearing Australia is encouraging women of all ages to celebrate the sounds they love hearing. “Hearing is an important part of life that help keeps people connected to the people and places they love,” said audiologist at Hearing Australia, Catherine Hart. …

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Symbion opens world-class distribution centre in Queensland

Symbion officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art $59 million distribution centre in Queensland this week. Incorporating the latest in automation technology, the Acacia Ridge facility operates with industry-leading accuracy and efficiency, ensuring Symbion can meet the needs of healthcare patients across Queensland well into the future. Symbion CEO Brett Barons said …

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Honouring the outstanding life of John Matthews

The passing of John Cyril James Matthews, an outstanding community pharmacist, businessman, mentor and community leader has been noted with sadness by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia. National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, says Mr Matthews had an extraordinary life and contributed immensely to the world of pharmacy, pharmaceutical …

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Minister’s blunt response to AMA’s pharmacy ownership bid

The Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) suggestion that GPs be allowed to own pharmacies, appears to have been swiftly dismissed by Health Minster Greg Hunt. Pharmacy Guild Queensland Branch President Trent Twomey, had already labelled the AMA move “a distraction”, saying that the AMA was trying to take the focus off …

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PSA continues focus on safe and quality use of medicines

As part of its ongoing commitment to the safe and quality use of medicines, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) recently convened meetings to discuss improvements in the labelling and counselling for antibiotics and opioids by pharmacists. Attended by medical, government, pharmacy and consumer stakeholders, and chaired by Emeritus Professor …

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Warning: the ‘flunami’ is still on its way

2019 has proven to be one of the worst flu seasons on record, with over 228,000 confirmed cases in Australia, according to the Immunisation Coalition. Experts have expressed their concerns in regard to increased risk of heart attacks due to the enormous amount of influenza cases that have seen 486 …

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Johnson & Johnson hit with $845m fine in Opioid lawsuit

In the widely watched lawsuit between Johnson & Johnson and the state of Oklahoma, the Judge made no attempt to hold back in his ruling against the pharmacy giant. Key points from his damning 42-page decision include him saying, “the defendants, acting in concert with others, embarked on a major …

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