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Pharmacy visits rising

Increasing patient visits are demonstrating the importance of community pharmacies as the most accessible health destinations in Australia. The latest statistics reveal there are more than 449 million individual patient visits to pharmacies annually, a rise of nine million on previous figures. This compares with 2018 data from the Australian …

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IVF not up to scratch

Following a major global study, it is being reported that endometrial scratching does not boost fertility for IVF patients. The treatment was thought to make the attachment and implantation of embryos in the uterus more successful. The procedure, in which a doctor would superficially scratch the lining of the uterus, …

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Human intervention in diabetes

Switching patients with type 2 diabetes from insulin analogues to human insulin could save a lot of money without causing harm, new research suggests. Findings were recently published from a US study of 14,635 participants who filled a total of 221,866 insulin prescriptions in 2014-2016. The US study examined differences …

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‘Pharmacy First’ philosophy needed

With three million “avoidable” hospital presentations last financial year, there is clear evidence that community pharmacy could ease the burden on hospital emergency departments. The figures from the latest Productivity Commission report demonstrate how overburdened the hospital system is and, with about 19% of people saying they waited longer than …

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FIP puts case to WHO for pharmacy support

Health programs encouraging patients to visit pharmacies, rather than physicians, as their first port of call for minor ailments have been proven to reduce the burden on physicians in primary care. This was the message delivered by International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Policy Adviser and Project manager Zuzana Kusynova in a …

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Breakthrough on cholesterol

A protein that transports cholesterol inside cells has been identified and could be the key to developing drugs that boost ‘good cholesterol’. Scientists at UNSW Sydney made the breakthrough discovery. Until now, drugs including statins – the most prescribed and profitable class of drugs in history – have targeted ‘bad …

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Warning over references

The Victorian Pharmacy Authority (VPA) has drawn attention to the findings of several recent pharmacy inspections in which “gross deficiencies in mandatory references” were noted. In a statement issued in mid-January, the VPA said the absence of one or more of the current references mandated by the Pharmacy Board of …

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PWC partner in digital drive

PricewaterhouseCoopers has been awarded a $530,000 contract as part of Queensland Health’s focus on rural and remote healthcare in the state. PWC will develop a “digital plan” to guide the transformation of rural and remote health facilities throughout Queensland on their journey to becoming fully digital. The project is part …

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MA’s ‘healthier future’ push

Keep the PBS strong and encourage continued investment in Australia’s health are two key messages in the federal budget submission from Medicines Australia (MA). In the submission, titled ‘Our choice for a healthier future’, MA also seeks a commitment to ensure the full implementation of, and commitment to the strategic …

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