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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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ACCC appeals for high penalties against RB

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed a notice of appeal after the Federal Court’s decision ordering Reckitt Benckiser to pay penalties of $1.7 million for contravening the Australian Consumer Law. In December 2015, following admissions by Reckitt Benckiser, the court found that the company engaged in misleading or …

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KidneyCheck program at pharmacy

Amcal and Guardian pharmacies are getting behind Kidney Health Week (May 22-29), Kidney Health Australia’s national awareness campaign which is urging everyone to check their kidney health. The campaign – launched under the call to action ‘I Kidney Check’ – highlights the risk that people can lose 90 per cent …

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Professional wart removal at home

Wartie Advanced is a cryotherapy product that introduces a new level of freezing performance to treat stubborn, mature warts and plantar warts. The conductive gel increases freezing performance while the precision tip freezes the wart and avoids surrounding healthy skin, resulting in a more pain-free application. Foam plasters are included …

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Get a Hollywood smile

The teeth-whitening range by White Glo was originally developed for actors and models to transform ageing, yellowing teeth into pearly whites. The White Glo Diamond Series Whitening System is now available for all pharmacy customers and uses the same active ingredient used in professional teeth whitening and a similar process. …

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Global call at G7 to phase out coal

Health groups in Australia are part of a global effort involving more than 300,000 doctors, nurses and public health professionals and advocates from 30 countries calling on G7 nations to accelerate the transition away from coal to save lives. Climate and Health Alliance (Australia), Australian Health Promotion Association and Doctors …

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ASMI supports real-time monitoring of codeine

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) says real-time monitoring of OTC codeine-containing analgesics, in addition to other targeted measures, including mandatory warning statements, reducing pack sizes and educational materials, provide the best chance to curb potential misuse. The advice was in response to a report published in Addiction titled ‘Codeine …

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Victorian pharmacist wins $10,000

Pharmacist Lewis Williams, from Craigieburn in Victoria, won $10,000 as a consolation prize when he entered the Maxigesic Millionaire promotion. Mr Williams entered the trade promotion that was open to all Australian pharmacists during the past four months through purchasing Maxigesic, which is the first analgesic that combines paracetamol and …

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