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Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists


From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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Feature Contribution

Woolworths Pharmacy - Getting One Stage Closer

Neil Johnston

It started with “tablet” computers deployed on shelves inside the retailer Coles, specifically to provide information to consumers relating to pain management and the sale of strong analgesics.
This development was reported in i2P under the title Coles Pharmacy Expansion and the Arid PGA Landscape”
In that article we reported that qualified information was a missing link that had come out of Coles market research as the reason to why it had not succeeded in dominating the pain market.
Of course, Woolworths was working on the same problem at the same time and had come up with a better solution - real people with good information.

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Intensive Exposition without crossing over with a supermarket

Fiona Sartoretto Verna AIAPP

Editor's Note: The understanding of a pharmacy's presentation through the research that goes into the design of fixtures and fittings that highlight displays, is a never-ending component of pharmacy marketing.
Over the past decade, Australian pharmacy shop presentations have fallen behind in standards of excellence.
It does not take rocket science - you just have to open your eyes.
Recently, our two major supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, have entered into the field of drug and condition information provision - right into the heartland of Australian Pharmacy.

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The sure way to drive business away

Gerald Quigley

I attended the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Expo in Brisbane recently.
What an eye and ear opening event that was!
Young Mums, mature Mums, partners of all ages, grandparents and friends……...many asking about health issues and seeking reassurances that they were doing the right thing.

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‘Marketing Based Medicine’ – how bad is it?

Baz Bardoe

It should be the scandal of the century.
It potentially affects the health of almost everyone.
Healthcare providers and consumers alike should be up in arms. But apart from coverage in a few credible news sources the problem of ‘Marketing Based Medicine,’ as psychiatrist Dr Peter Parry terms it, hasn’t as yet generated the kind of universal outrage one might expect.

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Community Pharmacy Research - Are You Involved?

Mark Coleman

Government funding is always scarce and restricted.
If you are ever going to be a recipient of government funds you will need to fortify any application with evidence.
From a government perspective, this minimises risk.
I must admit that while I see evidence of research projects being managed by the PGA, I rarely see community pharmacists individually and actively engaged in the type of research that would further their own aims and objectives (and survival).

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Organisational Amnesia and the Lack of a Curator Inhibits Cultural Progress

Neil Johnston

Most of us leave a tremendous impact on pharmacies we work for (as proprietors, managers, contractors or employees)—in ways we’re not even aware of.
But organisational memories are often all too short, and without a central way to record that impact and capture the knowledge and individual contributions, they become lost to time.
It is ironic that technology has provided us with phenomenal tools for communication and connection, but much of it has also sped up our work lives and made knowledge and memory at work much more ephemeral.

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Academics on the payroll: the advertising you don't see

Staff Writer

This article was first published in The Conversation and was written by Wendy Lipworth, University of Sydney and Ian Kerridge, University of Sydney
In the endless drive to get people’s attention, advertising is going ‘native’, creeping in to places formerly reserved for editorial content. In this Native Advertising series we find out what it looks like, if readers can tell the difference, and more importantly, whether they care.
i2P has republished the article as it supports our own independent and ongoing investigations on how drug companies are involved in marketing-based medicine rather than evidence-based medicine.

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I’ve been thinking about admitting wrong.

Mark Neuenschwander

Editor's Note: This is an early article by Mark Neuenschwander we have republished after the soul-searching surrounding a recent Australian dispensing error involving methotrexate.
Hmm. There’s more than one way you could take that, huh? Like Someday when I get around to it (I’m not sure) I may admit that I was wrong about something. Actually, I’ve been thinking about the concept of admitting wrong. So don’t get your hopes up. No juicy confessions this month except that I wish it were easier for me to admit when I have been wrong or made a mistake.
Brian Goldman, an ER physician from Toronto, is host of the award-winning White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio and slated to deliver the keynote at The unSUMMIT for Bedside Barcoding in Anaheim this May. His TED lecture, entitled, “Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about it?” had already been viewed by 386,072 others before I watched it last week.

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Dispensing errors – a ripple effect of damage

Kay Dunkley - BPharm, Grad Dip Hosp Pharm, Grad Dip Health Admin, MPS, MSHPA

Most readers will be aware of recent publicity relating to dispensing errors and in particular to deaths caused by methotrexate being incorrectly packed in dose administration aids.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA), in its Communique of 13 June 2014, described a methotrexate packing error leading to the death of a patient and noted “extra vigilance is required to be exercised by pharmacists with these drugs”.
This same case was reported by A Current Affair (ACA) in its program on Friday 20 June

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Take a vacation from your vocation

Harvey Mackay

Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.”
Of course you have – because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone.
A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. 
A vacation just means taking a break from your everyday activities. 
A change of pace. 
It doesn’t matter where.
Everyone needs a vacation to rejuvenate mentally and physically. 
But did you also know that you can help boost our economy by taking some days off? 
Call it your personal stimulus package.

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Explainer: what is peer review?

Staff Writer

This article was first published in the Conversation. It caught our eye because "peer review" it is one of the standards for evidence-based medicines that has also been corrupted by global pharma.
The article is republished by i2P as part of its ongoing investigation into scientific fraud and was writtenby Andre Spicer, City University London and Thomas Roulet, University of Oxford
We’ve all heard the phrase “peer review” as giving credence to research and scholarly papers, but what does it actually mean?
How does it work?
Peer review is one of the gold standards of science. It’s a process where scientists (“peers”) evaluate the quality of other scientists' work. By doing this, they aim to ensure the work is rigorous, coherent, uses past research and adds to what we already knew.
Most scientific journals, conferences and grant applications have some sort of peer review system. In most cases it is “double blind” peer review. This means evaluators do not know the author(s), and the author(s) do not know the identity of the evaluators.
The intention behind this system is to ensure evaluation is not biased.
The more prestigious the journal, conference, or grant, the more demanding will be the review process, and the more likely the rejection. This prestige is why these papers tend to be more read and more cited.

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Dentists from the dark side?

Loretta Marron OAM BSc

While dining out with an elderly friend, I noticed that he kept his false tooth plate in his shirt pocket. He had recently had seven amalgam-filled teeth removed, because he believed that their toxins were making him sick; but his new plate was uncomfortable. He had been treated by an 'holistic dentist'. Claiming to offer a "safe and healthier alternative" to conventional dentistry, are they committed to our overall health and wellbeing or are they promoting unjustified fear, unnecessarily extracting teeth and wasting our money?

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Planning for Profit in 2015 – Your key to Business Success

Chris Foster

We are now entering a new financial year and it’s a great time to reflect on last year and highlight those things that went well and those that may have impacted negatively in the pursuit of your goals.
It's also a great to spend some time re-evaluating your personal and business short, medium and long term goals in the light of events over the last year.
The achievement of your goals will in many cases be dependent on setting and aspiring to specific financial targets. It's important that recognise that many of your personal goals will require you to generate sufficient business profits to fund those aspirations

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ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

Staff Writer

Exoskeleton leader ReWalk Robotics announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company’s ReWalk Personal System for use at home and in the community.
ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk.
ReWalk, the only exoskeleton with FDA clearance via clinical studies and extensive performance testing for personal use, is now available throughout the United States.

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Attracting and Retaining Great People

Barry Urquhart

Welcome to the new financial year in Australia.
For many in business the past year has been described as a challenging period.
Adjectives are a key feature of the English language.  In the business lexicon their use can be, and often is evocative and stimulate creative images.  But they can also contribute to inexact, emotional perceptions.
Throughout the financial pages of newspapers and business magazines adjectives abound.
References to “hot” money draw attention and comment.  The recent wave of funds from Chinese investors, keen to remove their wealth from the jurisdiction and control of government regulations is creating a potential property bubble in Australia.

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Updating Your Values - Extending Your Culture

Neil Johnston

Pharmacy culture is dormant.
Being comprised of values, unless each value is continually addressed, updated or deleted, entire organisations can stagnate (or entire professions such as the pharmacy profession).
Good values offer a strong sense of security, knowing that if you operate within the boundaries of your values, you will succeed in your endeavours.

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Evidence-based medicine is broken. Why we need data and technology to fix it

Staff Writer

The following article is reprinted from The Conversation and forms up part of our library collection on evidence-based medicines.
At i2P we also believe that the current model of evidence is so fractured it will never be able to be repaired.
All that can happen is that health professionals should independently test and verify through their own investigations what evidence exists to prescribe a medicine of any potency.
Health professionals that have patients (such as pharmacists) are ideally placed to observe and record the efficacy for medicines.
All else should confine their criticisms to their evidence of the actual evidence published.
If there are holes in it then share that evidence with the rest of the world.
Otherwise, do not be in such a hurry to criticise professions that have good experience and judgement to make a good choice on behalf of their patients, simply because good evidence has not caught up with reality.

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Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One

Staff Writer

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, July 25, 2014
Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One
by W. Todd Penberthy, PhD

(OMNS July 25, 2014) Niacin has been used for over 60 years in tens of thousands of patients with tremendously favorable therapeutic benefit (Carlson 2005).
In the first-person NY Times best seller, "8 Weeks to a Cure for Cholesterol," the author describes his journey from being a walking heart attack time bomb to a becoming a healthy individual.
He hails high-dose niacin as the one treatment that did more to correct his poor lipid profile than any other (Kowalski 2001).

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Culture Drive & Pharmacy Renewal

Neil Johnston

Deep within all of us we have a core set of values and beliefs that create the standards of behaviour that we align with when we set a particular direction in life.
Directions may change many times over a lifetime, but with life experiences and maturity values may increase in number or gain greater depth.
All of this is embraced under one word – “culture”.
When a business is born it will only develop if it has a sound culture, and the values that comprise that culture are initially inherent in the business founder.
A sound business culture equates to a successful business and that success is often expressed in the term “goodwill” which can be eventually translated to a dollar value.

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ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

Staff Writer

Exoskeleton leader ReWalk Robotics announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company’s ReWalk Personal System for use at home and in the community.
ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk.
ReWalk, the only exoskeleton with FDA clearance via clinical studies and extensive performance testing for personal use, is now available throughout the United States.

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Pharmacy 2014 - Pharmacy Management Conference

Neil Johnston

The brave new world of health and wellness is not the enemy of Pharmacy, it is its champion.
Australian futurist, Morris Miselowski, one of the world's leading business visionaries, will present the Opening Keynote address on Pharmacy's Future in the new Health and Wellness Landscape at 2.00pm on Wednesday July 30.
Morris believes the key to better health care could already be in your pocket, with doctors soon set to prescribe iPhone apps, instead of pills.
Technology will revolutionise the health industry - a paradigm shift from healthcare to personal wellness.
Health and wellness applications on smartphones are already big news, and are dramatically changing the way we manage our personal health and everyday wellness.

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Generation and Application of Community Pharmacy Research

Neil Johnston

Editor’s Note: We have had a number of articles in this issue relating to pharmacy research.
The PGA has conducted a number of research initiatives over the years, including one recently reported in Pharmacy News that resulted from an analysis of the QCPP Patient Questionnaire.
Pharmacy Guild president, George Tambassis, appears to have authored the article following, and there also appears to be a disconnect between the survey report and its target audience illustrated by one of the respondent comments published.
I have asked Mark Coleman to follow through, elaborate and comment:

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PSA Media Releases for June 2014

Peter Waterman

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Keeping you up to date with PSA activities.

PSA Media Releases for June 2014

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June 30, 2014

Last Wednesday 25th June saw the Victorian Branch Presidents of the Pharmaceutical Society Australia and Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Michelle Lynch and Anthony Tassone respectively, appear before the Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee, to give evidence to the Victorian government inquiry into community pharmacy.

The inquiry is exploring and identifying the potential roles and opportunities for community pharmacy in primary and preventative care in Victoria.  The committee is due to release its report by 14th October 2014.

Speaking after the public hearing, both Branch Presidents said they were confident that their presentations offered a strong case for greater utilisation of pharmacists in community pharmacy

PSA’s Michelle Lynch said the Victorian Government now had the opportunity to lead the way to better utilise the skills and knowledge of pharmacists.

“Pharmacists are highly trained, are experts in medicines and medication management, and are located in communities throughout Australia. However, their role is far more limited in Australia compared to many other countries.” Ms Lynch said.

“This inquiry has enabled the profession to once again highlight how much pharmacists can offer the health system and improve the health outcomes of everyone in the community.”

Ms Lynch said just one area of growing concern where pharmacists could make a real difference was the rising number of medication-related hospital admissions amongst the ageing.

“Pharmacists are ideally placed and readily accessible to counsel and advise on the Quality Use of Medicines to reduce this admission rate which will not only result in a healthier nation, but also underpin a sustainable and viable health system,” Ms Lynch said.

“Better utilising pharmacists in the health system is just common sense.”

Mr Tassone echoed Ms Lynch’s sentiments about the role that pharmacists could potentially play

“Like the PSA, the Guild feels that pharmacists are underutilised in the Victorian health system.  Our submission to the committee concentrated on the potential of and benefits of; pharmacist delivered influenza immunisation, minor ailment schemes and screening and risk assessment services that are appropriately recognised and remunerated to deliver positive health outcomes and reduce burdens on an already stretched healthcare system.”

Mr Tassone was pleased at the level of collaboration between the PSA and the Guild in preparation of submissions and evidence for the inquiry. 

“The Guild and PSA are strongly committed to working collaboratively to ensure not only the best outcomes for the mutual interests of our members, but most importantly, the healthcare of all Victorians.”

The transcripts of the evidence given by the PSA and Guild (with accompanying presentations) are available from:


The submissions lodged by PSA and the Guild into the inquiry can be found (once received and listed by the Victorian Parliament) at:


June 27, 2014
PSA Branch Committees complete election process

The State and Territory Branches of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia have completed their Branch Committee elections and the appointment of Office Bearers.
The make-up of each State and Territory Branch is as follows:


Antrobus, Claire
Apolloni, Elise                                   Vice President
Cooper, Gabrielle
Cox, Kenneth (Ken)
Daniell, Donna
Kelly, William (Bill)                           Vice President
Kyle, Gregory John                           National Board representative
Martin, Grant
Reid, Patrick                                      President


Barwick, Anna
Bell, John
Benrimoj, Shalom Isaac (Charlie)
Bronger, John William                    National Board representative
Carter, Stephen                                President
Chapman, John                                Vice President
Hewitt, Timothy
Kouladjian, Lisa                                Vice President
Ortiz, Michael
Plunkett, Warwick                           National Board representative
Rose, Lachlan

Blee, Warren Sydney Shevling
Cronin, Melissa
Elliot, Bruce                                      Vice President
Freeman, Christopher                     Vice President
Heslop, Ian Murray
Kiel, Jacqueline
Lau, Esther
Nissen, Lisa                                       President
Simmonds, Brett
Smith, Nerida Ann                            National Board representative

South Australia/Northern Territory
Banner, Lynette                               Vice President
Coulthard, Kingsley
Edwards, Sue                                    President
Hassouros, Sia
Johns, Robyn
Kardachi, Grant                                National Board representative
Papastamatis, Stanley
Sluggett, Andrew                              Vice President
Stone, Helen

Bereznicki, Luke                               National Board representative
Dienaar, Rachel
Hayes, Katie
Jackson, Shane                                 President
Kirschbaum, Mark
Smith, Lorraine
Spiller, Catherine
Todd, Anne                                        Vice President
Van Tienen, Ella                               Vice President

Demarte, Joe                                   National Board representative
Ghobadi, Vali
Gowan, Jenny
Gray, Michael
Grint, Julie
Jackson, John Keith                         Vice President
Lynch, Michelle                                President, National Board representative
Marchant, Benjamin                       Vice President
McMaugh, Jarrod
Roller, Louis 

Western Australia
Di Franco, Teresa                             President
Garlepp, Michael John
Higgins, Samantha (Jo)
Hill, Russell
Hughes, Jeffery David                     National Board representative
Page, Amy                                         Vice President
Sisson, Jocelyn                                 Vice President


June 26, 2014
Victorian Branch of PSA announces new leadership team

The Victorian Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has completed its Branch elections process with the election of office bearers.

The Victorian Branch Committee, to take effect from July 1, is made up of Joe Demarte, Vali Ghobadi, Jenny Gowan, Michael Gray, Julie Grint, John Jackson, Michelle Lynch, Benjamin Marchant, Jarrod McMaugh and Louis Roller.

The Office Bearers are Michelle Lynch, Branch President and National Board representative; and John Jackson and Benjamin Marchant, both Vice Presidents. Joe Demarte is the second National Board representative from Victoria.

Ms Lynch is a practising pharmacist with more than 15 years’ experience working in both community and hospital (public and private) pharmacy. She currently works for an independent pharmacy consulting firm providing independent advice and assisting to implement solutions to issues related to medication management, pharmacy services, contracts, risk management, quality systems, operational issues and options. Ms Lynch also continues to work in community pharmacy every week as she enjoys and relishes the opportunity to engage with patients and practice as a pharmacist.

Benjamin Marchant graduated with his Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2005 and has worked in both hospital and community pharmacy. His is also a practicing accredited pharmacist with experience in pharmacotherapy, aged care and primary health care through community pharmacy.

John Jackson has been proprietor of both community and hospital pharmacies and currently serves on the Advisory Board of APHS which provides pharmacy services to acute care hospitals and aged care facilities. He is also Director of “Project Pharmacist” within the Pharmacy Faculty, Monash University.  He was a PSA National Director from 2008 to 2013 and is also President of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum, Vice President of the Australian Pharmacy Council and Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling and was previously a Director of the AACP and the SHPA. 

Joe Demarte is a practising community pharmacist with more than 30 years’ experience in the provision of pharmacy services to the Victorian public.  He has owned and managed six pharmacies at various times during his career and his pharmacies have been at the forefront of providing Primary Health Care, and of tailoring pharmacy services to meet specific needs of various patients. He is a Life Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

26 June 2014
WA Branch of PSA elects new Branch Committee and office bearers

The WA Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has announced the make-up of its Branch Committee and office bearers to take effect from July 1.

The committee is made up of Teresa Di Franco, Michael Garlepp, Samantha (Jo) Higgins, Jeffery Hughes, Russell Hill, Amy Page and Jocelyn Sisson.

Early Career Pharmacist Teresa Di Franco was elected Branch President. After graduating from the UWA Pharmacy Program in 2010 and completing her internship she worked in two community pharmacies and the Western Australian Poisons Information Centre.

She developed an interest in diabetes and went on to complete her Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education at Curtin University in 2010. She is now working towards credentialing as a Pharmacist Diabetes Educator and Accredited Pharmacist.

During her internship she was Chair of the PSA WA Early Career Pharmacist Working Group and contributed to establishing this group which organised networking, social, education events and more recently a mentoring pilot program. She also represented WA on the PSA national Early Career Pharmacist Working Group, which involved participating in face-to-face and teleconference meetings with representatives from other states. 

She is also a member of the Australian Pharmacy Council Examining committee, Primary Care WA, and was a Board Director of the Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia in 2013-2014.

The WA Branch elected Amy Page and Jocelyn Sisson as Branch Vice Presidents.

Ms Page is an accredited pharmacist working in rural Western Australia and an academic who holds the position as Rural Pharmacy Liaison Officer at the Western Australia Centre for Rural Health Geraldton. Her teaching responsibilities include developing rural interprofessional and non-traditional placements, and the clinical supervision of students.

Ms Sisson studied Pharmacy at Curtin University of Technology and graduated in 1987 and she has more than 20 years’ experience in the community sector of pharmacy. She has managed several pharmacies of varying sizes and diversities during her career and has also worked as a locum pharmacist. She is currently Manager of CPD Programs at the WA Branch of PSA.

The WA National Board representative is Jeff Hughes.

June 20, 2014
Pharmacists reminded of need to be vigilant in preparation of dose administration aids

Pharmacists have been reminded of the need to follow correct standards and procedures in the preparation of dose administration aids (DAAs) following a warning from the Pharmacy Board of Australia over a medication incident involving the drug methotrexate.

The Board said this resulted in a death and while the medication was dispensed correctly, the resultant packaging of the drug into a dose administration aid by a pharmacy technician was incorrect and the packing error was not detected by the pharmacist.

National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), Grant Kardachi, said DAAs were extremely effective in assisting in compliance and adherence to medication regimens but pharmacists needed to be robust in their procedures.

“PSA has in place guidelines and standards for DAAs and these were developed to help ensure a DAA service meets the safety and quality requirements of professional practice,” Mr Kardachi said.

“These standards and guidelines stipulate that a pharmacist should introduce procedures for quality control, quality assurance and monitoring of DAA provision.

“They also say audits should be carried out before starting a DAA service and at six-monthly intervals. The performance and results of these activities should be recorded together with any action taken, or outcome.”

Mr Kardachi said millions of DAAs were prepared annually in Australia and were proven to be highly effective in improving the nation’s health, with non-compliance of medicines still a major factor in adding significant costs to the health system.

“Pharmacists every year actually prevent thousands of medication mishaps through DAAs and the case highlighted by the Pharmacy Board is a rare, but unacceptable, incident,” Mr Kardachi said.

“I would also remind pharmacists involved in DAAs to have a separate area of the pharmacy dedicated to this work so that all those involved in the preparation and checking of DAAs are able to work in an environment that allows the standards and guidelines to be met.

“As detailed in PSA’s Code of Ethics, patient wellbeing and their health outcomes are paramount for everything that pharmacists do and DAAs are no exception.”

Mr Kardachi said PSA had also developed four checklists in its guidelines to assist pharmacists with:   

* planning, implementing and maintaining a DAA service
*  formalising a DAA service with the consumer
* packing the consumer’s DAA
* confirming and meeting the consumer’s DAA service needs

June 12, 2014
PSA congratulates pharmacist recipients of Queen's Birthday honours 

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia today congratulated two prominent Queensland pharmacists who have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Rhonda White has been made an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to the pharmacy profession, particularly through contributions to education and retail management practices, and as a role model for women in business.'

In addition, Gwynneth Petrie has been made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia 'for significant service to medicine as a senior hospital pharmacist, mentor and innovator'.

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the honours awarded to Mrs White and Mrs Petrie were a fitting recognition of their many years of commitment and dedication to the profession.

“These two pharmacists are leaders not only as health professionals, but as women and female role models and it is wholly appropriate that their work has now received broad recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List,” Mr Kardachi said.

“Mrs White continues to be an inspiration for community pharmacists and leads by example, having recently undertaken training in the new area of opportunity in pharmacist-delivered immunisations.”

Mr Kardachi said that as a director of the Terry White Chemists Group, Mrs White had helped to develop an organisation which now comprised pharmacies in all states, employing more than 4,500 staff and with a turnover of $1 billion.

“This is a remarkable achievement and Rhonda’s leadership is an inspiration to all pharmacists,” he said.

Mr Kardachi said Mrs Petrie had made a great impact to hospital pharmacy, particularly in the development of clinical pharmacy services in hospitals in Australia.

“Her huge commitment to hospital pharmacy, and the difference she has made to this sector, is reflected in this award,” Mr Kardachi said.

“Mrs Petrie remains very active in the profession and her commitment to the next generation of young pharmacists is reflected in her ongoing work through the PSA intern training program.

“Both these women epitomise the principles, dedication and commitment that is a feature of the profession in Australia.”

June 12, 2014

In a first for State-based politics in Victorian Government, the Victorian Legislative council has passed a motion to inquire into the role and opportunities for community pharmacy in primary and preventative care in Victoria.

The announcement of the inquiry, which is to report by October 14, 2014, has been welcomed by Michelle Lynch and Anthony Tassone, Presidents of the Victorian Branches of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and Pharmacy Guild of Australia respectively.

Ms Lynch said the inquiry would hopefully result in better recognition of the contribution pharmacists can play in improving the health outcomes of consumers.

“We have long been advocating for greater utilisation of the skills and knowledge of pharmacists across the broad healthcare sector and I am confident this inquiry will highlight many areas where pharmacists can make a real difference,” Ms Lynch said.

“The health system in Australia is facing a crisis and we need to use every resource we can to help avert this crisis. This inquiry will give us a further opportunity to show where pharmacists can help improve health outcomes while also meeting the Government’s health agenda and helping to contain rising costs.”

Mr Tassone congratulated the government on the initiative and was thankful for the opportunity to present the value of community pharmacy’s value.

“The Pharmacy Guild and PSA have made extensive and ongoing representations to the Victorian Health Minister and the Department, and it is pleasing there has been this progress to date.”

Mr Tassone said he was confident the inquiry would provide a unique opportunity to put forward a compelling case of the role community pharmacy can play for the health of Victorians.

“This includes areas such as post-acute healthcare, aged care, personalised medication management and vaccinations,” Mr Tassone said.

“Whilst both the Guild and the PSA are optimistic of the progress of our advocacy work to date, we will certainly not rest on our laurels and ensure our submissions and presentations to the Legislative Council of the Victorian Government will hopefully result in community pharmacy being recognised and remunerated for the great work they do and can do for the benefit of all Victorians.” 

The PSA and the Guild will make their submissions to the inquiry publicly available following their lodgement in late June.

June 11, 2014
Berlin and Paris for 2015 Offshore Refresher Course

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Offshore Refresher Course will celebrate its 40th anniversary (its ruby anniversary) by building on the initiative of holding the conference in two cities to give delegates maximum educational and networking opportunities.

The 2015 Offshore Refresher Course will be held in Berlin and Paris and will continue the long-standing tradition of offering the highest-quality education, fantastic destinations, prestigious hotel venues and great opportunities to interact with pharmacy professionals from Australia and from the host countries.

Chair of the Offshore Refresher Conference Organising Committee, Warwick Plunkett, said the 2015 event was a very special one.

“For 40 years this event has been giving Australian pharmacists unparalleled educational and networking opportunities in some of the most iconic destinations around the world,” Mr Plunkett said.

“The initiative of holding the conference in dual cities has proven extremely popular and this year’s Offshore Refresher, held in Washington and New York, attracted a record 400-plus delegates.

“Pharmacists are telling us they like this concept as it broadens their experience and gives them a wide range of networking opportunities with representatives of the profession in different locations.

“Berlin and Paris for our Ruby Conference will provide enjoyable and effective ways to gain credits towards the mandatory education requirements while also giving delegates cultural and professional insights into France and Germany.”

Mr Plunkett said the 40th annual Offshore Conference would continue to deliver on its reputation as being the leading offshore essential practice education conference for Australian pharmacists.

Details of the 2015 event are:

Main Conference:                                  Berlin 30 April - 6 May

Extended Main Conference:       Paris 6 -10 May

Pre Conference Tour:                Poland 25 - 30 April

Post Conference River Cruise: Antwerp to Amsterdam 10 - 17 May

Expressions of interest for the 40th Offshore Refresher Course have opened.  Details can be found at www.psa.org.au/refresher

June 4, 2014
Tasmanian Branch of PSA announces leadership team

The Tasmanian Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has elected its officer bearers following the Branch elections held recently.
Dr Shane Jackson has been re-elected as the Tasmanian Branch President and the re-elected Vice Presidents are Mrs Anne Todd and Dr Ella Van Tienen.

The make-up of the new Tasmanian Branch Committee is

*  Luke Bereznicki
*  Rachel Dienaarl
*  Katie Hayes
*  Shane Jackson
*  Mark Kirschbaum
*  Lorraine Smith
*  Catherine Spiller
* Anne Todd
* Ella Van Tienen

Dr Jackson said he was proud to once again have been elected as President of the Branch.

“We have a very vibrant and active branch in Tasmania and it is a privilege to lead this group of committed and dedicated pharmacists,” Dr Jackson said.

“The make-up of the committee ensures we have new ideas coming on board and are able to progress these initiatives into the future.

“The profession faces challenging times but the Tasmanian Branch is ready to accept these challenges and develop opportunities for our members during these times.”


June 3, 2014
Sydney University’s George Addatini named NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year

Sydney University pharmacy student George Addatini has been named the NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year and will now go on to compete against winners form all States and Territories vying for the national title.

Mr Addatini was presented the award at a reception held during the Clinical and Practice Expo (CPExpo) in Sydney.

PSA NSW president John Bronger said the competition this year had again been of an exceptionally high standard.

“Each and every finalist is a credit to the profession and clearly the future of pharmacy is in fine hands,” Mr Bronger said.

“It is wonderful to see just how skilled and dedicated these young pharmacists of the future are. They have communications skills that are very advanced and they engage with the consumer and ask all the right questions to ensure the advice they give is appropriate and targeted.”

Mr Bronger said there was a personal note of satisfaction in this year’s winner in the fact that Mr Addatini was one of his employees.

“George has worked for me and my wife, Lyn, for a number of years,” he said.

“George joined us as a first-year first year student and has proved to be a very competent and enthusiastic member of our team. He has the characteristics, commitment and enthusiasm needed to make a very good pharmacist.”

Mr Addatini said he was honoured by his win.

“This is a huge recognition for me, especially given the calibre of the other contestants,” he said.

“I owe a great debt of thanks to John and Lyn Bronger for being able to work in a pharmacy that has a professional services and customer focus. This has helped me develop professionally and given me a focus for my future career.”

June 2, 2014
PSA Branch Committee member honoured

Queensland Branch Committee Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Dr Chris Freeman, has been named as the recipient of the 2014 AACP Consultant Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Dr Freeman, who is a Brisbane-based accredited pharmacist, is a previous winner of the PSA’s Young Pharmacist of the Year Award.

The latest award recognises an outstanding contribution by an accredited pharmacist to the practice of consultant pharmacy.

Dr Freeman said he was honoured to have been named Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.

“To receive this honour from my peers means a great deal to me, you only have to look at the calibre of the previous recipients to understand how prestigious this award is,” Dr Freeman said.

“There is an undeniable role for pharmacists within the general practice medical centre environment with an overall goal to improve the quality use of medications in the practice population.

“We must remain positive and optimistic about the future of pharmacist-delivered, high-quality medication review and QUM services. We must continue to advocate our importance to both patient care and the healthcare system at every opportunity.”

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said Dr Freeman was a very worthy recipient of the award.

“Chris has pioneered work in establishing pharmacists within a GP practice and he has demonstrated by example that there are huge benefits available to patients and to the practice through this model,” Mr Kardachi said.

“This is healthcare collaboration being put into action and Chris is able to monitor compliance, conduct medicines reviews as well as educating patients and the clinic staff about medicines and medicines issues. The health and wellbeing of patients is improved by having Chris onsite at the clinic.”

Mr Kardachi said Dr Freeman’s skills and expertise were widely recognised across the healthcare sector.

“Chris’s work is looked up to by fellow pharmacists, GPs, stakeholders and government. His innovative approach has helped to improve patient and community outcomes and is an example for other pharmacists to examine as the profession reassess how we do business.”

June 2, 2014
Pharmacy Australia Congress 2014 registrations open 

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has announced that registrations for the Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC14) are now open.

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said PAC14’s engaging program will inspire you, with eminent speakers including Dr Sam Prince, chairman and founder of One Disease at a Time.

“Keynote speaker Michael Henderson, corporate anthropologist, will help you to piece together the changing landscape of pharmacy and position you for success in your career and business” Mr Kardachi said.

“Delegates will be able to choose from a wide range of clinical, practice, business and management sessions under the congress theme: Solve the pharmacy puzzle which will focus on the changing nature of pharmacy.

“The sessions will help pharmacists make the most of the challenges and opportunities these changes present.”

An individual can accomplish 28.5 CPD credits, including 24 group 2 credits, while attending PAC14.

“To make it even easier for pharmacists to register, PSA members can now pay for their registration fees by instalments. There is an initial 50 per cent deposit required followed by two instalments prior to October,” Mr Kardachi said.

“This innovation has been introduced to facilitate pharmacists in attending this premier pharmacy event.”

Early Bird Registrations will close on July 31 and under this special offer PSA members will pay $749 (a saving of $150), while for non-members the fee is $936 (a saving of $188). 

In addition, there is a wide variety of social and networking events to add to the overall experience of attendance at the congress and these include a gala dinner at the National Gallery of Australia, with an exclusive private tour.

The Congress will be held at the National Convention Centre from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 October 2014.

Full program information and online registration is available at www.psa.org.au/pac


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