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No statins link with memory loss: study

Researchers have evaluated the cognitive effects of statins in elderly consumers over six years, revealing no negative impact and potential protective effects in those at risk of dementia. Findings from more than 1,000 older people assessed have revealed no links between statin medication and cognitive decline such as memory loss, …

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Kids for pharmacy vaccination in SA?

Pharmacists may be authorised to provide influenza vaccinations to children as young as 10 under regulation changes being considered by the South Australia government. Current regulations require a child to be at least 16 to receive a flu vaccination from a pharmacist in the state, but SA Minister for Health …

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How pharmacists can cut hospitalisations

A recent report showing that more than 179,000 Queensland hospitalisations were potentially preventable in 2017-18 has prompted a call for action from the Pharmacy Guild. Responding to the recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report,1 the Guild’s Queensland Branch President, Professor Trent Twomey, said community pharmacists are highly trained, …

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Pharmacists key in ACT healthcare submission

The ACT government is well positioned to more fully utilise the existing unique skill set of the 625 registered pharmacists in the territory, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, which has recommended four budget measures aimed at improving the region’s healthcare system. In its 2020-21 pre-budget submission, the PSA …

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Earth’s winds and fire: dangerous asthma mix

Recent winds, thunderstorms and bushfires across Victoria and NSW have prompted a health warning for those affected with asthma. The warning, from The National Asthma Council Australia, cautions health professionals that the extreme conditions, together with a high pollen alert, may put their patients at risk of serious asthma and …

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NPSA members rally in face of fire

NPSA members have adjusted delivery schedules and seconded other resources to deliver essential medicines during the unprecedented bushfire emergency in New South Wales and Queensland. Team members at Symbion, Sigma and API warehouses along the eastern seaboard have been remapping distribution routes and working with emergency services to ensure pharmaceutical …

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AMCAL+ Life Clinic launches in Melbourne

Pharmacy brand, Amcal, officially launched its first Amcal+ Life Clinic pharmacy at an event that saw addresses by prominent pharmacy figures, including Anthony Tassone from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. The launch was held at Burwood One Shopping Centre in Melbourne’s East. “We are proud to be launching our industry …

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Capital Chemist Kingston wins local business award

The local Business Awards for Outstanding Pharmacy in the Canberra region went to Capital Chemist Group Kingston. The award was received by the Chairman of the Board of Capital Chemist group, Sandra Ferrington, and the team at Capital Chemist Kingston on November 13. Capital Chemist Group Business Manager Andrew Topp says the …

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Australians urged to #OwnYourTone

The 2019 National Skin Cancer Action Week kicks off on Sunday, November 17 and runs through to Saturday, November 23. It’s an important reminder for all Australians to use sun protection and highlights the significance of early skin cancer detection. According to the Cancer Council Australia more than 2,000 Australians …

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E-cigarette impacts lead cardiologists to seek ban

New research showing damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels and lungs through e-cigarettes has led cardiologists to call for their ban. The study, published in the European Heart Journal this week, also identifies some of the mechanisms involved, an aspect for which there has been limited information until now. Study …

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