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Amcal enters China’s e-commerce market with Azoya

Amcal this week became the first of the Sigma Pharmaceuticals brands to go live with a Chinese e-commerce site. Sigma has chosen Azoya, which it describes as a leading turnkey e-commerce solutions provider, to provide a fully managed online platform that will enable it to expand its Australian retail pharmacy …

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Vaxigrants to raise immunisation rates

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, is offering $100,000 in grants to bring to life the country’s most innovative ideas aimed at improving vaccination uptake in communities with low immunisation rates. The division has opened submissions for its Vaxigrants program to Australian immunisation providers, which are encouraged to share …

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New health professional depression resource

NPS MedicineWise has developed a new resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on treatments for depression. The resource supports healthcare workers and their clients in discussing treatments for depression by providing information about what to expect when taking an antidepressant. “This resource can be used to promote understanding …

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PM pledges support for pharmacy

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written a letter of support for community pharmacy in response to a request from the Pharmacy Guild for all political parties contesting the federal election to inform pharmacists where they stand on a range of pharmacy issues. Mr Turnbull confirmed that the Coalition was “committed …

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$40,000 for the next big innovation in healthcare

Start-ups and entrepreneurs with the next big idea for the healthcare sector can now make their pitch for Westpac’s annual Innovation Challenge. Now in its third year, the Challenge is a platform for entrepreneurs to put forward innovative new solutions to further improve Australia’s healthcare sector. The winner will receive …

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NSW Intergenerational Report gives insights to 2056

The NSW Intergenerational Report 2016 – Future State NSW 2056 projects future informed views on a number of key growth areas. The state Treasury identifies factors that will contribute to expense-growth trends. First, the ageing population will put pressure on services, particularly health. Second, and more importantly, as household incomes …

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Sigma CEO and CFO avoid jail sentence

Sigma Pharmaceuticals’ former CEO, Elmo de Alwis, and his chief financial officer, Mark Smith, have avoided a custodial term for cooking the company’s books, receiving instead a fine and a suspended prison sentence, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The pair were each fined $25,000 and sentenced to a year in prison on charges of providing false information to …

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National real-time medicine monitoring will save lives

Hundreds of lives would be saved and hospitalisations reduced if a national real-time recording and reporting system for medicines was adopted, according to the PSA. Recent statistics show misuse of pharmaceuticals has increased from 3.7 per cent in 2007 to 4.7 per cent in 2013, the comprehensive policy statement highlighted. …

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