Welcome to the June 2008 edition of Information to Pharmacists (i2P) E-Magazine.
The news that seemed to grab most of the attention in recent weeks was the philosophical divide that emerged between the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).
Not that this is a recent phenomenon, but following on from a restructure to become a national and uniform organisation, the PSA seems to have developed a new found assertion.
The flash point was how pharmacy services will be delivered in the proposed new GP super clinics; the underlying issue is who will provide leadership for all pharmacists.
A chord was also struck with a significant number of our writers because they have long held the view that the division of wealth and power between the two organisations was patently unfair with the PGA selfishly clinging to the status quo.
The silent majority (65% of all pharmacists) seem now to have found a leadership group to rally behind in the form of the PSA, something that it has always had a mandate to deal with, but never quite grasped the mettle.
We are back again this month with all the industry columns. The normal ASMI (Australian Self Medication Industry) column has been replaced with an article written by its scientific director (Deon Schoombie).
It concerns the issues surrounding the recent upscheduling of cough mixtures for children under 2, and the issues are dealt with in a balanced and forthright manner.
Con Berbatis is back with Part 2 of his report concerning national adverse event reporting and the pharmacy contribution.
Rollo Manning features the PSA/PGA issue in his column and Karalyn Huxhagen has been moved to respond as well.
An article by the editor concerning a need to develop a peak organisation to represent all pharmacy interests is also open for debate.
Ken Stafford and Stephen Carbonara also make a contribution to the above debate.
Loretta Marron gives some illuminating instruction on how to complain about “dodgy” advertising. Maybe if more pharmacists became proactive in this regard we would have a lesser number of new product manufacturers claiming their product is “available from all pharmacies”.
Garry Boyd has an interesting story regarding patents, Dr Andrew Byrne talks about the QT-interval effects of methadone, Neil Retallick has an excellent article on generic drugs and Chris Wright deals with a nursing home issue where pharmacy compliance is virtually overruled by poorly trained staff.
Harvey Mackay, one of America’s leading social commentators is back with a discussion on an exercise we should all consider, while Dr David More discusses more of the problems of NEHTA, a very trouble-plagued organisation.
And finally Barry Urquhart talks about accelerated management performance.
This edition is a very concentrated read and has enough to last you for the full month.
Read, learn, inwardly digest and enjoy.
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