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NPSA defends value of CSO wholesalers role

The National Pharmaceutical Services Association used the Pharmacy Guild’s 2019 Pharmacy WA Forum in Perth to “dispel myths and present facts” about the work of CSO wholesalers. The NPSA said that for 6.5 per cent of total PBS spend, CSO wholesalers uphold a commitment to Australian patients on behalf of …

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Approval for testosterone replacement gel on PBS

Testosterone replacement therapy Testavan has been listed on the PBS. Described as a “novel, hands-free, transdermal gel therapy”, Testavan has been available since August 1 for the estimated one in 500 organically hypogonadal men who meet reimbursement criteria. The hypogonadal men are confirmed testosterone deficient by clinical features and biochemical …

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‘Hassle-free’ pump gets Breastfeeding Week lift

Australian online store Milkbar Breastpumps has used World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) to promote its products that it says make breastfeeding possible for mothers worldwide. The company has released an “exclusive, limited edition” pink silicone flower stopper designed to sit tight in the neck of the Haakaa pump it distributes, …

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Aspirin effects on elderly: landmark study extended

In a five-year extension of the landmark ASPREE trial of the effectsof daily low–dose aspirinon the healthof older people, researchers will track the health of more than 15,000 participants in Australia and the US to investigatethe long–term effects. In the world-first ASPREE-XT study, researchers at Monash University and the US-based Berman …

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New Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights empowers patients

A revised ‘Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights’ that launches today encourages people receiving healthcare in Australia to actively engage in decisions about their care with their healthcare provider. The second edition of the charter, developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, describes rights that apply …

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Minfos integrates with MIMS clinical decision support knowledge base

Minfos has collaborated with Monthly Index of Medical Specialities (MIMS) to incorporate their drug to drug and drug-allergy interaction alert modules into the Minfos dispense workflow. This enables Minfos to access the MIMS evidence based, up-to-date clinical information, which can help pharmacists deliver faster and more accurate patient care. This …

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You won’t lose if you snooze

According to a study published in Deloitte Access Economics (2017), 39.8 per cent of Australians are not getting enough sleep, which is leading to $17.9bn worth of productivity losses. Another study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion (2018) has indicated that employees who report ‘almost always’ feeling tired …

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Many Queensland pharmacies now dementia friendly

Lucy Walker Pharmacy

Queenslanders living with dementia and their carers will now have access to specialised support from trained pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in 165 community pharmacies across the state. The 165 dementia friendly pharmacies received training through the Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Program, an initiative of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch …

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Church & Dwight appoints managing director

Church & Dwight Co has announced the appointment of David Thomas as its Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand. This announcement follows the retirement of Wayne McCusker ,who has held the role in Australia since 2005. The company, with annual turnover of US$4.1bn globally, has more than 200 products …

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TWC lands Qantas points deal for frequent flyers

TerryWhite Chemmart (TWC) has exclusively partnered with the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program, enabling the program’s 13 million members to earn two Qantas points per dollar spend at TWC pharmacies nationally. The partnership is said to be a growth opportunity for TWC, giving members the chance to receive bonus points to …

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