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National Board recognises role of pharmacists in safe use of medicines

The Pharmacy Board of Australia is recognising the role of pharmacists in ensuring the safe use of medicines during this year’s World Pharmacists Day. Marked worldwide on September 25, this year’s theme is ‘Safe and effective medicines for all’ in recognition of the vital role of pharmacists in safeguarding patient …

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Celebrating women in the workplace

Nominations are now open for the 25th Telstra Business Women’s Awards, which are a celebration and recognition of exceptional women in leadership across all sectors of business. Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador and Group Executive Transformation & People, Alex Badenoch said: “2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Telstra Business …

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Opportunity in the wind for gut research

Flatulence and intestinal gases are certainly not heaven scent. They are embarrassing – or perhaps entertaining – in equal measure, and increasingly seen as important to our digestive health. This week, the results of a comprehensive study of intestinal gases, led by UNSW Sydney and published in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology …

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E-cigarettes linked to severe lung illness

A statement on e-cigarettes has been issued by Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, following multiple US deaths linked to vaping, and warnings by the US Centres for Disease Control regarding the use of e-cigarettes. The statement, issued jointly by the Chief Medical Officer and State and Territory Chief Health Officers, refers …

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New grant supports specialist prescribing of bDMARDs

A consortium of health organisations has been awarded a new grant that will improve the use of biologic Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (bDMARDs). The bDMARDs grant that is $8.4 million over three years will enable consumers to get the most benefits from these complex medicines. “bDMARDs are a class of medicine …

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International collaboration approves anti-uterine cancer duo

Australian women will be among the first in the world to access a new combination therapy on private prescription for the most common form of uterine cancer.  This follows a world-first collaboration between regulators in Australia, the US and Canada. The simultaneous registration means that MSD’s anti-PD-1 immunotherapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab) …

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Pharmacists’ preventative political pulse checks

Federal Parliamentarians had their heart rates tested by Canberra pharmacists this week, part of a nationwide initiative to prevent potentially fatal strokes. The initiative by Hearts4Heart is part of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week (September 16-22), which aims to address alarmingly low levels of testing for atrial fibrillation, a heart condition …

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Real-time prescription monitoring a step closer

Real-time prescription monitoring is one step closer following the Queensland parliament’s passing of the Medicines and Poisons Act and the Therapeutic Goods Act this week. Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Steven Miles, said once introduced, the monitored medicines database would provide life-saving benefits by assisting doctors when prescribing …

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Big pharma’s losing out on social media

Many large pharmaceutical companies are not using online and social media communications to their advantage, according to Worldcom’s inaugural Digital Health Monitor report. Released this week, the report identifies and ranks how 25 global pharmaceutical companies manage their online and social media presence, both globally and at a country level …

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Preventing workplace burnout in pharmacy

In response to the workplace stress experienced by health professionals working within pharmacy, Guild Learning and Development has released a new online module – `Managing Stress in pharmacy’. Reportedly, while it’s a satisfying profession, working within pharmacy can be stressful, with burnout being common among professionals working in this space. …

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