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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released an updated List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (the List). The document, which is released annually, is part of a comprehensive program that aims to eliminate doping in professional sport. “The publication of...
PSA recently urged all community pharmacy banner and buyer groups to take a stand against the sale of homeopathy products by refusing to stock, promote, recommend or market them. The call to action was issued via an open letter from...
An early start to flu season might lead patients to seek out the vaccine earlier than usual. But while healthcare practitioners stress the need for vaccinations, pharmacists are being urged to educate their patients on the need to delay...
The healthcare needs of Australians are shifting – which means pharmacists’ training has to adapt to keep pace. The good news? It’s happening. The pressing healthcare challenges of our time are clear. Australia’s population is ageing. Lifestyle and chronic...
Medicine safety has been named a National Health Priority Area at PSA19 this morning, assuring greater focus for pharmacists’ roles in the quality and safe use of medicine. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt made the announcement as he opened the...
As the rate of accidental prescribed drug-induced overdoses continues to climb, pharmacists have an increased responsibility to focus on early intervention. The Penington Institute’s Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2019 released last week, has revealed the number of Australians dying from...
Preparing now for the up‑scheduling of codeine‑containing medicines to prescription-only will mean pharmacists are in a better position to inform and educate their customers. February 1, 2018 will mark the end of over-the-counter (OTC) codeine-containing medicines and unsurprisingly for...
Australia’s cities hug the coast, but in rural and remote areas, sole pharmacists are providing communities with an essential service. Some may think it’s isolating, but many wouldn’t change a thing. Around 1800 registered pharmacists work across outer regional to...
To opt out or not to opt out: what role does a pharmacist have in helping patients make informed decisions about My Health Record? The commencement of the national My Health Record opt-out period has spurred relentless media attention. While...
On 1 January 2019, new laws will enforce the mandatory reporting scheme for medicine shortages – a welcome change. It’s a very difficult conversation to have with a patient when you have to explain to them that the only...