Tag Archives: george-tambassis

‘Pharmacy First’ philosophy needed

With three million “avoidable” hospital presentations last financial year, there is clear evidence that community pharmacy could ease the burden on hospital emergency departments. The figures from the latest Productivity Commission report demonstrate how overburdened the hospital system is and, with about 19% of people saying they waited longer than …

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Flu dries up after record vaccinations

With only 52,000 cases of influenza reported this year, one fifth of last year’s 250,000 cases, Health Minister Greg Hunt has hailed the contribution of community pharmacies across Australia. This year’s successful primary care vaccination program helped deliver the lowest rates of flu in Australia since 2013 with a record …

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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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Guild Dinner: Pharmacy gets bipartisan support

The importance of community pharmacy in Australia was strengthened as Pharmacy Guild of Australia President George Tambassis highlighted recent successes, outlined strategic initiatives and thanked Government leaders for their continued support for community pharmacy. “This is our opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous working relationships we have with all sides of …

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The Guild’s 2025 vision

The Pharmacy Guild has released CP2025, its strategic plan for community pharmacy, including a nine-point ‘framework for change’. The plan has been developed in partnership with strategic advisory firm Pottinger along with market research company Orica and is based on detailed market research, stakeholder involvement, expert input and business consultation. …

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Gold Cross marks ‘new era’

With iNova Pharmaceuticals’ recent acquisition of Gold Cross products, a ‘new era of collaboration’ is ushered in with the iconic range to expand into international markets. This according to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia means new opportunities for the made-in-Australia, exclusively supported and endorsed Guild range. The range includes more …

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2019 study scholarships

The 2019 Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme is now open for rural and remote students studying or intending to study pharmacy. Supported by the Department of Health, the Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides up to $40,000 of financial support to encourage and enable students from rural and remote communities to undertake undergraduate …

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Vaccination consistency

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council has decided to establish a working group to consider and recommend options for a nationally consistent approach to pharmacist administered vaccinations. Currently, in all jurisdictions across Australia, trained community pharmacists can legally administer vaccinations, but the range of vaccinations and the allowable …

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My Health rules to tighten

Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt says that after constructive discussions with health sector stakeholders, the government will strengthen privacy provisions under the My Health Record Act. Labor’s 2012 My Health Record legislation will be strengthened to match the existing Australian Digital Health Agency policy. This policy requires a court order …

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