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Guild in state opening on a ‘momentous day’

When the Pharmacy Guild of Australia opened its newly refurbished Queensland Branch premises this week, Guild National President George Tambassis had three good reasons for calling it “a momentous day”. Not only was it World Pharmacists Day, but Mr Tambassis was at the Branch opening, where he would also be …

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World-first link ushers in anti-cancer combo

The combination of Lenvima (lenvatinib) with Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has been fast-tracked to Australia for women suffering from advanced endometrial cancer. This was bought together by a world-first collaboration between the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the US Federal Drug Administration and Health Canada. Eisai Australia Medical Director Dr John Bower, commenting on …

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GPs better equipped to reduce dementia risks

New research has shown that around 15 per cent of dementia cases globally could be prevented by making straightforward GP-recommended changes, such as reducing blood pressure or increasing physical activity. The information, released by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, has prompted the issue of new guidelines for Australian GPs …

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Registration fee raised

The Pharmacy Board of Australia has increased the general registration fee to $408 for 2019-20. Limiting the increase to indexation at three per cent for pharmacists, the registration will cover the period for most practitioners from December 1, 2019 to November 30, 2020. A three per cent increase has been …

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Health spend tracking at below inflation rate

More than $185 billion, or almost $7,500 per person, was spent on health goods and services in Australia during 2017-18, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, ‘Health expenditure in Australia 2017-18’, reveals spending per person decreased by 0.4 per cent, …

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Obesity plan is nuts

A study across 20 years has revealed substituting half a daily serving of unhealthy foods with nuts may help stave off gradual and age-related weight gain. Increasing nut consumption by just half a serving (14g) a day is linked to less weight gain and a lower risk of obesity, suggests …

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Pure caffeine sales ban

Following a report into the safety of caffeine powders and highly concentrated caffeine products, the Morrison government has banned the sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products for personal consumption. The ban comes as a result of a report commissioned by Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians …

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Corum gets BAMM for its buck in tech link-up

Corum Group has agreed the terms of a technology co-development with BAMM Group Administration, a company controlled by brothers Feras and Assad Karem, who also head up Pharmacy4Less. Corum previously announced it is progressing with a cloud-based Head Office solution as a part of the ‘Corum Clear’ suite of pharmacy …

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TGA approval for new ovarian cancer therapy

AstraZeneca’s Lynparza (olaparib) tablets have been registered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration This means clinicians can prescribe Lynparza tablets for eligible women at an earlier stage, after they complete just one line of chemotherapy, rather than waiting until the patient relapses. Ovarian cancer still has the lowest survival rate of …

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FIP Congress hails the ‘century of pharmacists’

Having shared details of a new global strategy at this week’s World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Abu Dhabi, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) President Dominique Jordan told the assembled delegates, “the 21st century will be the century of pharmacists”. In his opening address, Mr Jordan outlined FIP’s new …

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