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Royal Commission welcomed by Industry Super Australia

The Morrison Government’s commitment to implementing recommendations from the Hayne Royal Commission has been welcomed by Industry Super Australia (ISA).  “We welcome the Government’s commitment and the ambitious reform program they have set out and we stand ready to work with them as they implement these important protections for consumers,” …

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Australian first: GPs available via pharmacies in rural areas

Twenty-three pharmacies across Australia have agreed to participate in the country’s first Telehealth service, ‘InClinic’ system. Sigma Healthcare and Doctors on Demand have partnered to provide patients with access to a professional online consultation and advice inside a pharmacy.  “We know that patients are demanding more convenient access to healthcare …

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PSA calls on Commissioner to address rural pharmacy’s unique needs

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has called for a number of actions to address the unique needs of the rural pharmacy workforce in response to the National Rural Health Commissioner’s Discussion Paper for Consultation: Rural Allied Health Quality. PSA is urgently seeking to address these issues with the National Rural …

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CALD communities face difficulties with medication info

During the annual Be MedicineWise week (August 19-25), NPS MedicineWise is working together with pharmacists in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to help all Australians with knowing the language of medicines.  This is to ensure all Australians know and understand the medications they are taking, along with understanding the …

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Smokers who don’t want to quit stymied in considering better options

Philip Morris International has released a white paper titled ‘Unsmoke: Clearing the Way for Change’ based on findings from a major international study conducted by independent research firm Povaddo.  There is no question that, while the best choice is to quit cigarettes and nicotine altogether, the reality is that many …

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Dementia Action Week calls for behavioural changes

To mark Dementia Action Week 2019, Dementia Australia will be calling on all Australians to change how they respond and behave around people living with dementia. The theme of the week, from 16-22 September, is Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you? Its objective is to start a conversation with all Australians …

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TGA up-schedules modified-release paracetamol

Pharmacists may need to step in and evaluate the current medicinal treatments of Australians who suffer from osteoarthritis pain. This followes a decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to up-schedule modified-release paracetamol products such as Panadol Osteo from June 1, 2020. The decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) …

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The language of medicines

The focus of this year’s Be MedicineWise Week (August 19-25) is on helping people ‘get to know the language of medicine’. The annual campaign by NPS MedicineWise to raise awareness of the importance of being medicine-wise urges Australians to talk with their doctors or healthcare professionals if there is anything …

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Southport pharmacy smashed and burgled

A video of a Queensland pharmacy being burgled following a brick being thrown through its door has been released by the police. The video depicts one of two men throwing a large type of brick through the pharmacy’s glass front door. The accomplice, after finishing the job of breaking the …

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Tecentriq approved for aggressive form of lung cancer

Red lungs

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved Tecentriq (atezolizumab) in combination with chemotherapy (carboplatin and etoposide) for the first-line treatment of adults with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). This represents the first new treatment for the disease in more than two decades. Approval is based on phase III IMpower133 study, …

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