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COAG commitment to monitoring

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia welcomed the commitment made this week by all health ministers to achieving a national solution on real-time prescription monitoring. The statement from the Council of Australian Governments Health Council said: “The ministers agreed to progress national real-time prescription monitoring as a federated model with jurisdictions …

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48-hour access to medicinal cannabis

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) says the Turnbull government’s proposal to allow easier access to medicinal cannabis products will improve Australian patients’ quality of life. RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said the proposal for access to medicinal cannabis within 48 hours of approval was submitted at the …

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Launch of pharmacy-to-home delivery service

The Kings Group and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia have announced a strategic partnership and launch of the Pharmacy to Home Delivery Service through subsidiary Gold Cross products and services. Since 2016, Kings has been working with Gold Cross to design, trial and review the best solution for pharmacies to …

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TGA advises on vaccination advertising

The (TGA) says it wants to remind immunisation providers, including pharmacists and pharmacies, of the strict controls around the advertising of vaccination services, including information given to the public about vaccines. All vaccines for human use are classified as schedule 4 (prescription-only) medicines in the Poisons Standard. The TGA recommends …

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New framework to drive better lung-cancer care

In an Australian first, Cancer Australia this week launched a framework to improve the outcomes and experiences of people affected by lung cancer – the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. The ‘Lung Cancer Framework: Principles for Best Practice Lung Cancer Care in Australia’ was unveiled at a summit …

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Out-of-pocket pain: the $10,000 issue

A national survey by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia has found that out-of-pocket medical bills exceeding $10,000 have become commonplace for patients with breast cancer and certain chronic conditions. The ‘Out of Pocket Pain’ survey drew 1,200 responses, many from people shocked to learn that despite having health insurance …

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