Tag Archives: Community Service Obligation

Upjohn on its way to wholesale

Media Release February 11, 2020 Upjohn Australia’s transition to wholesale distribution on track, signs four new wholesale distribution contracts Upjohn Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., is on track to distribute its medicines through Community Service Obligation (CSO) pharmaceutical distributors from 24 February 2020, following the company’s recent …

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NPSA on PBS drugs’ supply

The National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA) has today welcomed the new operational guidelines for the Community Service Obligation (CSO) funding pool that underpins government policy for the distribution of PBS medicines. The updated CSO deeds, which are unique agreements between individual wholesalers and the Department of Health, outline how strict …

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Exclusive distribution model ending

AstraZeneca will use a new distribution model from February 2019 claiming the new model won’t cherry-pick and there will be no exclusive distribution. Currently, pharmacists can order all AstraZeneca medicines via DHL and from 01 February 2019, pharmacists will also be able to order the full range through their preferred …

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End exclusive direct distribution arrangements now

If monopoly supply arrangements between manufacturers and pharmacies continue, there will be no back-ups to protect patients from a single point of failure in the PBS supply chain, the National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA) has warned this week. Speaking at the eyeforpharma conference in Sydney, NPSA Chair Mark Hooper said …

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Mandatory reporting of medicine shortages

The Pharmacy Guild has welcomed the passing of legislation to make the reporting of essential-medicine shortages mandatory. The legislation, which comes into effect on January 1, 2019, also provides an opportunity for PBS coverage of alternative medicines when there are shortages. Medicine shortages have become an increasing problem in recent …

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Monopolies threat to PBS medicines access: NPSA

Without urgent action to stamp out monopolies in the nation’s medicine supply chain, access to essential medicines could be jeopardised and people living in remote and regional areas could end up paying more for PBS medicines than those in urban centres, according to the National Pharmaceutical Services Association. NPSA Chair Mark …

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