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Publication Date 01/07/2009         Volume. 1 No. 2   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the July edition of i2P, and of course, the first week of the new financial year.

Note that we are developing a new range of categories for you to follow e.g. health politics, hospital news, an expanded IT offer and we will be developing the category of anti-ageing medicine

Also, out of interest, could I refer you to the e-publications category located immediately below our columnists. If you click on the link contained there, you will find a range of e-publications that are recommended reading.

The first publication noted is the Pharmacist Activist written by Dr Daniel A. Hussar of the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He is a pharmacy advocate.

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I’ve seen the future…….and I’m not happy, Jan!

Chris Wright

The ubiquitous Mrs Wright, in her quest to unearth a new erotic shopping experience, ushered this writer to a new Coles store located at the all very nice and leafy suburb of Ivanhoe in Melbourne recently.
This is contemporary retailing at its best, no doubt influenced by the gurus at Westfarmers and the rapidly changing retail climate in Australia, which of course involves the future of Pharmacy in some way….but more about Pharmacy later.

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Pharmacists losing their mojo

Neil Retallick

I read some market research recently that ought to concern community pharmacists across the country, as well as the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Groups of average Australians were brought together for a series of focus groups to discuss the community pharmacy landscape as they see it.
Some of the feedback was disconcerting.

Comments: 3

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Has the horse bolted?

Ken Stafford

Some twenty years ago uneasy tremors were running through hospital pharmacy here in Perth. Hospital management had suggested to one of my fellow Chief Pharmacists that the hospital needed a total parenteral and intravenous additive service (IVAS) .
When it was pointed out that this would be very labour intensive and the pharmacy did not have sufficient staff to provide it, the comment was that “nurses would be happy to run such a service”.

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Independent Pharmacist Practitioners

James Ellerson

In the region where I practice, GP’s are reluctant to comply with a patient request for a Home Medication Review.
The stock standard phrase is “I can do that for you” and so in frustration a patient will turn to me, in a professional, or quite commonly in a social setting, and asks if it is possible for me to perform a review without the doctor’s involvement.

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Disgraceful – discuss

Pat Gallagher

Disgraceful – discuss
The newspapers have been chock-a-block the past few days with dire tales but true about the black hole we are about to enter with the insane policy to re-regulate the ‘workplace’ to suit the union paymaster cliques.
While I never voted for Keating I did admire him a little bit this morning when I read a quote of his from the bad old days.
He said to some union goose: “you are carrying the jobs of (100,000) dead men around your shoulders”.
Giving a dead hand to this union unfettered power play will ensure that the nation will soon look like NSW; where the government is actually the plaything of a few loosely combined public ‘service’ union mugs.
Depending on how large your pharmacy is, in terms of overall staffing, you will soon be touched by the coming dead hand of the new/old order.

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UK Dispensing Errors Under Review

Staff Writer

The recent furore in the UK over pharmacist Elizabeth Lee receiving a conviction for a criminal offence and subsequently a suspended jail sentence, has really lit a fire under the imbalances that exist when a pharmacy dispensing error is made.
The dispensing pharmacist or the supervising pharmacist under current UK legislation, has been made to bear the brunt of legal responsibility, with pharmacy owners escaping with little pain.
According to an article in PJ Online "In many cases, all that the employer needs to establish is that he had standard operating procedures in place and that the employee or locum had simply not complied with them. In these cases, the employer can walk away leaving the employee or locum to face the, often damaging, consequences".
There is now a rush in the UK to have current legislation amended to reflect a more proportionate responsibility for all parties involved.

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A New Ministery - Indigenous, Rural and Regional Health

Staff Writer

The appointment for the first time of a Minister for Indigenous, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Service Delivery is an important strategic recognition of the special needs and circumstances facing people in Australia's rural and remote communities.
People in the bush will expect this position to be part of a permanent increase in the Government's commitment to rural communities.
In welcoming Minister Warren Snowdon to the new position, Dr Jenny May, Chairperson of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), said the appointment will be important both for substantive policy reasons and to boost the place of rural issues on the political agenda.

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NZ fish killed by water quality

Staff Writer

The following news item was recently published in Science Alert. It would seem that the pristine environment of New Zealand is under attack. The reasons are similar to those findings in Australia surrounding the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

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New theory for global diabetes epidemic

Staff Writer

A new "fertility first" hypothesis published this week by a group of international experts in the American Journal of Human Biology, proposes that the global epidemic of Type 2 diabetes has its origins in the struggle, over millennia, to sustain human fertility in environments defined by famine.
A surprising and important implication for us in the modern world is that this hypothesis gives cause for optimism that the modern epidemics of diabetes and cardiovascular disease will diminish.
Source: Sydney University

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Immune system key discovered

Staff Writer

A team of Monash University researchers has discovered the importance of a protein, which could improve the way the drug interferon is used to strengthen the human immune system.
Published online in the prestigious journal Immunity, the findings show that the protein promyelocytic leukemia zinc finger (PLZF) is a key player in the body's immune response to disease, increasing our understanding of the function of the immune system.(Source: Science Alert )

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Political suspicions raised as China cracks down on bogus online health info

Staff Writer

China is notable for its authoritarian approach to the Internet and other forms of media communications.
Restrictions on Internet activity may have some long-term implications for Australia, particularly as these restrictions are intruding into the health arena.
Source: Tech.Blorge

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Senior Pharmacists - A Valuable Resource

Staff Writer

Little thought seems to have occurred in maintaining and supporting mature aged pharmacists in the workplace.
Given that this group of pharmacists is the one with the "corporate memory" of the profession, with many having started life as compounding pharmacists and counter-prescribers, there is a wealth of untapped intellectual resource that could be internally utilised in mentoring or even training pharmacists in how to sell a professional service.
This group of pharmacists is concerned with the development of retail clinics proposing to do almost exactly what they were successfully doing 30-40 years ago.
What went wrong?

Well, there is plenty of evidence to illustrate that the process of commoditising medicines is the primary reason for this loss, because if you strip everything out of a process to sell at the cheapest possible price, you get a barren professional offering
Source: Science Alert

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Terry White Makes a Move

Staff Writer

Introduction:

It is clear that the Terry White pharmacy group is on the move with the recent purchase of Pharmacy Direct and a restructure of its own management. Terry has had a distinguished pharmacy career and his stewardship will see possibly the strongest pharmacy group in Australia emerge He is opening up the opportunity for equity for senior members of his management team.
The following excerpt extracted from pharmacy media reports explains the process.

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PSA News Releases - June 2009

Peter Waterman

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Keeping you up to date with PSA activities.

Information made available from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia by Peter Waterman.

Peter Waterman is the Public Affairs Manager for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

He may be contacted by telephone (02)62834782, or on mobile phone 0419 260 827

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9 June 2009

PSA WELCOMES NEW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has welcomed the appointment of Mr Mark Butler as the new Parliamentary Secretary for Health.

President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said the appointment of Mr Butler brought a wealth of experience into the portfolio which would act as an impetus in implementing the Government’s extensive health agenda.

“I look forward to working with Mr Butler in the interests of Australian consumers and members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the organisation that represents the professional interests of pharmacists across the nation,” Mr Plunkett said.

“The PSA provides standards of practice, education, training and practice support for pharmacists and helps members of the profession to deliver quality health care to consumers.

“As such, the PSA is in a unique position to provide support and assistance to Mr Butler in his role as Parliamentary Secretary for Health.

“The health system in Australia is going through a period of unprecedented change and the challenges facing it require a cohesive and intelligent response by everyone involved in the health-care system in this country.”

Mr Plunkett said the PSA was focused on helping the Government secure the best health outcomes for all Australians.

“Pharmacists are the most accessible and highly regarded health-care professionals in the country and as such are ideally placed to help develop and implement health-care policies for the betterment of all consumers.

“In particular, the area of preventive health care is one in which pharmacists already lead the way in Australia and the PSA looks forward to working with Mr Butler to further the role of pharmacists in this pivotal preventive role.”

Mr Plunkett also thanked the former Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Senator Jan McLucas, for her work and dedication in the role.

“PSA had a strong and robust working relationship with Senator McLucas and I wish her every success in the future,” Mr Plunkett said.

9 June 2009

PSA WELCOMES NEW HEALTH PORTFOLIO

The announcement of the establishment of a new Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery portfolio has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said the establishment of the new portfolio was recognition of the unique and challenging issues faced by indigenous health consumers as well as those living in non-urban areas of Australia.

“Often people living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia face enormous difficulties when it comes to their health-care needs,” Mr Plunkett said.

“In addition, indigenous health has its own unique challenges which the establishment of this portfolio will go a long way towards addressing.

“The PSA, as the organisation that represents the professional interests of pharmacists across the nation, is well aware of these difficulties and has long advocated policies and programs to help address them.

“The establishment the Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery portfolio gives the Government and health-care professionals in Australia a vehicle from which to work to improve the health needs and outcomes of indigenous Australians and those living in non-urban areas.”

Mr Plunkett said the appointment of Mr Warren Snowdon as Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery underscored the importance of the portfolio.

“Mr Snowdon is a widely experienced politician and as a member for a rural area has first-hand knowledge and experience of some of the issues and difficulties faced by consumers in these areas,” Mr Plunkett said.

“On behalf of the PSA, I congratulate Mr Snowdon on his appointment and look forward to working closely with him and his new department to help achieve the outcomes that people in these areas so demonstrably need.”

 

10 June 2009


FRIENDLY SOCIETIES BACK PHARMACIST SUPPORT SERVICE

The Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) has been boosted with the announcement that the Australian Friendly Societies Pharmacy Association has committed to provide financial support to the service for the next three years.

PSS has been assisting Victorian pharmacists since 1995 by providing telephone counselling and support to distressed pharmacists.

The President of the Victorian Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Mark Feldschuh, said the commitment was significant and sees the Friendly Societies join PDL as major backers of the PSS.

“The support of PDL and AFSPA acknowledges that the PSS is for the benefit of all pharmacists whatever their area of practice or their particular organisational membership,” Mr Feldschuh said.

“The service is there for pharmacists during times of trauma, distress or need and offers counselling to these pharmacists. PSS operates on the Lifeline model of telephone counselling and can be contacted on a toll free number 1300 244 910.”

Mr Feldschuh said the PSS telephone line is answered by volunteer pharmacists who have undertaken extensive training and are able to relate with the problems faced by pharmacists.

“But to expand the service and effectively assist pharmacists outside Victoria, PSS needs financial support to build resources and to develop a network of contacts in each state of Australia,” Mr Feldschuh said.

“At the moment PSS is able to operate on a tight budget because of the generosity of its volunteers. However funding is required for training and administration to ensure that the service is effective and of a high quality. The commitment of the Friendlies and the ongoing backing of PDL are pivotal to the ongoing success of the service.”

Both AFSPA and PDL will now be represented on the committee of management of PSS.

“Donations and sponsorship from pharmacists and pharmacy organisations are being sought so that PSS can expand throughout Australia,” Mr Feldschuh said.

22 June 20009

GUILD GROUP TO HELP FUND PHARMACISTS’ SUPPORT SERVICE

Specialist pharmacy insurance, financial and professional services provider, the Guild Group, has announced it will contribute $10,000 towards the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS).

The funds are part of a drive to expand the PSS from a Victorian-based service to a national service to benefit pharmacist across the country. PSS has been assisting Victorian pharmacists since 1995 by providing telephone counselling and support to distressed pharmacists.

The President of the Victorian Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Mark Feldschuh, said the Guild Group’s commitment would be a great help in expanding the service.

“The Guild Group has long been a great supporter of pharmacy in Australia and its recognition of the value of PSS, and of the contribution PSS makes to the welfare of pharmacists across Australia, is most welcome,” he said.

“PSS is for the benefit of all pharmacists whatever their area of practice or where they are located,” Mr Feldschuh said.

“The service is there for pharmacists during times of trauma, distress or need and offers counselling to these pharmacists. PSS operates on the Lifeline model of telephone counselling and can be contacted on a toll free number 1300 244 910.”

Mr Feldschuh said the PSS telephone line is answered by volunteer pharmacists who have extensive training and can relate with the problems faced by pharmacists.

“The value of the service is such that there is a call for it to be available nationally and it is contributions such as this by the Guild Group that will help us achieve this objective,” Mr Feldschuh said.

Guild Insurance General Manager David Brown said, “PSS provide an important service to pharmacy that we feel is well worth supporting. As an insurance, financial services and professional services provider, the Guild Group is a partner to pharmacy. This partnership is realised through our significant contributions to pharmacy events and organisations and our support for services such as PSS.”

“PSS operates on a tight budget because of the generosity of its volunteers. However funding is required for training and administration to ensure that the service is effective and of a high quality. The Guild Group’s commitment will help to ensure the service remains effective and of the highest quality.

“Donations and sponsorship from pharmacists and pharmacy organisations are being sought so that PSS can expand throughout Australia.”

 

 

Wednesday 24 June 2009

TIME TO CONSIDER EXPANDING PRESCRIBING RIGHTS


Governments and health professionals across Australia need to give full and detailed consideration to granting pharmacists and other non-medial health professionals the right to prescribe medications, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia says.

President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said today that some non-medical health professions have already been granted prescribing rights and it was time that this right was also granted to pharmacists.

Mr Plunkett said pharmacists were ideally placed to prescribe because of their detailed knowledge of medications and their face-to-face interaction with consumers.

“Pharmacists are guided by the principles of quality use of medicines and securing the optimum health outcomes for consumers and these are fundamental to the guidelines for prescribing,” he said.

Authorities should also consider extending prescribing nights to other non-medical health professionals but a focused approach was needed in any such decision.

“In most cases the process has largely been driven by each health professional group and implemented on an ad hoc basis without the opportunity to consider uniformity, common goals and core principles across all health professions,” he said.

“It is time to formally consider prescribing by pharmacists and other non-medical health professionals as a major initiative to help facilitate a more efficient and effective health system.”

But Mr Plunkett said any approval must be based on some solid principles including:

* Patient safety and access to high-quality care being of paramount importance in any such initiative

* Prescribing rights being granted in a way that helps to enhance timely access to medicines

* Prescribing rights being granted in a safe and cost-effective manner for the consumer

· Health professionals having a full understanding of, and a commitment to, the principles of the Quality Use of Medicines

· Prescribing and dispensing functions being clearly delineated.

”The PSA believes such a framework must be focused on consumers and be underpinned by a primary concern for the delivery of safe and high-quality care,” Mr Plunkett said.

“It must also enhance the timely access to medicines and to maintaining a continuity of care; as well as promoting the quality use of medicines.”

Thursday 25 June 2009

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR PSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Nominations for the prestigious 2009 Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Awards for Excellence are being called for with winners to be announced at the Pharmacy Congress Australia in October.

The PSA’s Pharmacist of the Year, Young Pharmacist of the Year and Lifetime Recognition Awards are regarded in the profession as pinnacles of achievement and are held in the highest esteem both within and outside the profession.

The President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said the Pharmacist of the Year and Young Pharmacist Awards recognised the special individual contributions to the professional advancement of pharmacy in 2009 while the Lifetime Achievement Award recognised an individual’s contribution over a longer period.

“These awards symbolise the highest standards and principles of the pharmacy profession in Australia in 2009 and give recipients a status among the pharmacy profession and among other health professionals which is second to none,” Mr Plunkett said.

“They represent a standard that reflects the recipients’ commitment and dedication to their profession in 2009 and beyond which is exemplary in a field that already boasts standards of a calibre that are the envy of many health professionals.

“The PSA Excellence Awards are the pharmacy profession’s most prestigious awards, recognising individual achievement and the important contribution that the pharmacy profession makes to the whole of Australian society.

“They acknowledge the achievers of the profession: those involved in innovative practice; those who are striving to raise practice standards; and pharmacists who, through their professionalism, provide a model of practice which others strive to emulate.”

Mr Plunkett said the awards were made possible through the generous sponsorship of Symbion Pharmacy Services whose retail brands include Chemmart and Terry White Chemists, and while a nominee must be a member of PSA, there is no restriction on who may lodge a nomination.

“Nominations are sought for pharmacists from all sectors of practice – community, hospital, consultancy, industry, education, academia, defence, government, research and other areas,” Mr Plunkett said.

“This is an opportunity for fellow pharmacists to recognise their peers or for the public to nominate a pharmacist in any field who they believe displays a standard of excellence which makes them exceptional.”

Further details of the awards are available at: http://www.psa.org.au/excellenceawards

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Warwick Plunkett 0412 304 450
Peter Waterman 0419 260 827

 

 

 

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