Monday 24 Nov 2014
Friday’s comp winner
FRIDAY’S winner of the Vitalic
Perio-TENS Pain Management
device was Peter Sykes from
Chemmart Pharmacy - Vic office.
This week Pharmacy Daily and
Vitality Brands are giving five
readers the chance to win an
800mL bottle of Chillax Natural
Sleep Support Drink starting today
with NSW and ACT readers.
See page two for details.
Oz longevity growing
AUSTRALIANS are living
longer and with greater ‘health
expectancy’ or less years of
disability, according to a new report
by the Australian Institute of Health
and Welfare (AIHW).
The report said from 1998 to
2012, life expectancy at birth
increased for both sexes and
most of this increase would be
accompanied by “an increase
in years free of disability and
severe or profound core activity
limitation (that is, sometimes or
always needing personal help with
activities of self-care, mobility or
The disability-free period for
males had increased 4.4 years
to 62.4 years and for women 2.4
years to 64.5 years, with both sexes
living a further 17.5 and 19.8 years
respectively, the report said.
CLICK HERE for the report.
Hysingla ER approval
THE US Food and Drug
Administration has approved
Hysingla ER (hydrocodone
bitartrate), an extended-release
(ER) opioid analgesic with abusedeterrent properties to treat severe
The product is not yet approved
for marketing in Australia.
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Hostility to Committee re: CM
THE Committee on the Health
Care Complaints Commission said
in its report on the inquiry into the
promotion of false or misleading
health-related information or
practices that it had become
apparent from the many emails
it received that there had been
concern, and hostility, from some
quarters that the Committee was
primarily interested in sidelining
complementary and alternative
The Committee said it had not
recommended that any action be
taken to restrict individual access to
“While the efficacy of these
treatments may be doubtful, the
Committee has no concerns about
the continuing use and promotion
of regulated alternative and
Australia (CMA) ceo Carl Gibson
said CMA had questioned the use
of taxpayers’ money for the inquiry
when appropriate complaints
processes already existed.
This was the right outcome,
recommendations included that
the Health Care Complaints Act
1993 should be amended to allow
the Commission to issue public
warnings without requiring an
investigation first, where the risk
to public health and safety was
such that further delay could
compromise public health.
The inquiry was announced
last year due to concerns about
a possible lack of oversight of
publication of medical information
contrary to medical practice (PD 21
CLICK HERE to read the report.
NZ med reg upgrade
eating and exercise along with
ceasing smoking may be the
most important interventions a
pharmacist can make, according to
a new McKinsey Global Institute
discussion paper, ‘Overcoming
obesity: An initial economic
Obesity joins smoking and armed
violence, war and terrorism as
one of the three most negative
economic impacts on the global
economy at about $2t each.
The report said that a systemic,
sustained portfolio of initiatives,
delivered at scale, was needed
to reverse the health burden of
Education, a co-ordinated
community and government
approach and ongoing investment
in research were required to have
the desired effect, the report said.
CLICK HERE for the paper.
NEW Zealand Health Minister
Jonathan Coleman has said his
government will upgrade the
country’s therapeutic goods
regulation following collapse of the
Australia New Zealand Therapeutic
Products Agency (PD 21 Nov).
“Both governments have agreed
that a joint regulator has been
thoroughly explored, but in the end
respective interests are best served
by separate therapeutic regimes.”
Coleman said he had asked
the Ministry to develop a
comprehensive regulatory scheme
for therapeutic products in the
“It is important we modernise our
regulation of medicines.
“There are benefits in bringing
medicines, devices, cell and tissue
therapies under a single cost
effective regulatory framework.”
Nutrition and quitting
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The deal offers up to 30% off the
hayfever medication and ends 30
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Vic Pharmacist Medal
NEIL Petrie was awarded the
Victorian Pharmacist Medal at
the annual Victorian Pharmacists
Dinner at the Cossar Hall last Friday.
The Pharmaceutical Society
of Australia said that Petrie was
one of the earliest adopters of
pharmaceutical care with a focus
on QUM especially in aged care.
The Victorian Health Minister
David Davis and PDL ceo Marie
Ritchie presented the award.
Dooley SHPA head
PROFESSOR Michael Dooley
has been re-elected as federal
president of the Society of Hospital
Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA).
Other executive members reelected included Dr Ian Coombes as
Optimise vit D levels
FRIDAY’S PD reported a review
article regarding fragility fractures
from osteoporosis in Medicine
Today, stating it was a “study.”
The Australian Self Medication
Industry (ASMI) has clarified that
this was a feature article not a
study, although it was based on 56
studies referenced in the peerreviewed journal article.
The article was comparing
treatments under the assumption
that calcium and vitamin D levels
were “adequate”, but pointed out
that low levels “are surprisingly
prevalent in Australia” and the “aim
should be to optimise both.”
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Antibiotics - is there
THIS past week has reminded
us about the appropriate use of
antibiotics, and our responsibilities
towards our patients. Nutritionals
support a healthy immune system,
and sometimes in the busy lives we
lead, we forget that underpinning
wellness requires vitamin A,
vitamin D and zinc.
Herbal medicines play a major
role in offsetting the early feelings
of being unwell – the most
common time when a person
presents to us. So, why are we
so quick to send that person to
the doctor, to often wait a couple
of days for an appointment? Is
that why many people head to
the grocer to self-select a health
solution or two, based on slick
We have a primary role in
primary care, so on behalf of your
patients seeking your involvement,
do some reading about aged garlic
extract, astragalus, echinacea
and probiotics. Prescribe the
brands you trust with confidence,
and seek feedback from your
patients. That helps build more
confidence in your own skills. But
more especially, you play your
rightful role in primary care. We
need to regain this territory that
is being hijacked by others. More
especially, we seem to be allowing
that to happen. Let’s change that
Post-stroke support lacking
THE National Stroke Audit:
Rehabilitation Services Report
found out of 111 hospitals
surveyed, only 26 reported having
systems for follow-up or transfer
of care once a patient went home,
with less than half reporting
that they provided support and
education to patients and carers in
support of returning home.
Only two hospitals reported
adhering to all 10 elements of the
National Rehabilitation Services
Framework, while seven adhered to
nine of the elements, and 50 to five
to seven of the elements.
There was a need for specialised
interdisciplinary stroke teams
to support patients, as well as
formalised systems, policies and
procedures so patients and carers
were supported to optimise return
to life activities, the report said.
Improvement was needed in
management of incontinence, with
more than one third of the 7,750
patients assessed having urinary
incontinence and 62% of these had
a continence management plan.
National Stroke Foundation
executive officer Dr Erin Lalor said
pharmacists played an important
role in a patient’s life after stoke.
“Often, it is a pharmacist that
has the most regular contact with
a patient after they have been
discharged from hospital and we
would encourage pharmacists to
keep an eye on the patient and
Lalor advised pharmacists to
speak to patients and their carers,
about how they were managing
everyday activities, provide
support, advice and referral to GP
or back to hospital rehabilitation
teams where appropriate.
Pharmaceutical Society of
Australia national president Grant
Kardachi said there should be more
structure around existing processes
when it came to ensuring continuity
of care for stroke patients.
“A funded system of providing
pharmacist-delivered care and
advice for stroke victims would be
a very positive step, a step which
would result in greatly improved
health outcomes for these people.”
Continuity of care in the transition
period after leaving hospital would
be greatly enhanced through
provision of Hospital Discharge
Home Medicines Reviews, currently
being piloted in two states, he said.
CLICK HERE to read the report.
WIN with CHILLAX
This week Pharmacy Daily and Vitality Brands are
giving five readers the chance to win an 800mL bottle of
Chillax Natural Sleep Support Drink.
Chillax Natural Sleep Support Drink is the natural way to
help you get a better sleep. It’s made with Montmorency
cherry juice, which is high in natural melatonin (the same
hormone produced within the human body to regulate
the sleep-wake cycle). Chillax also contains lactium,
a milk protein derivative, scientifically proven to help
calm and relax you at the end of a busy day, according to
THIS hotel would be great if it
wasn’t for the customers.
We wouldn’t recommend this
policy if your pharmacy ever
receives a bad online review:
a Blackpool hotel had a policy
of charging an additional £100
to the organiser of any stay if
a bad review was placed on
the internet, but was forced to
According to Orange News, Tony
and Jan Jenkinson stayed at the
Broadway Hotel in August and
reported back to TripAdvisor that
the Broadway Hotel was “a rotten
stinking hovel run by muppets”,
describing in detail the failings of
the hotel during their stay.
They also reportedly said “if
you are offered this place to stay
for a fortnight for 10p, you are
being robbed!!” (exclamation
marks theirs), with accompanying
POO power rides.
Thinking of a greener (or
browner...) way of getting to
The first UK bus to be powered
by food waste and human poo
services the run between Bristol
and Bath, Quirky News reported.
Running on gas generated
through the treatment of sewage
and food waste at Bristol sewage
treatment works, the 40 seater
Bio-Bus can travel up to 300 km
on a full tank.
Sporting a humorous graphic
depicting passengers sitting on
a loo (pictured), the bus is also
claiming environmentally friendly
qualifications with its sustainable
and renewable power sources.
To win, be the first from NSW or ACT to send the correct answer to:
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