Welcome to the July 2008 edition of Information to Pharmacists (i2P).
This month we continue to express concerns that the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) continues to demonstrate appalling leadership in widening the rift with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) by taking on a role that is rightfully the PSA’s.
Rollo Manning illustrates some of the anomalies in that role in the form of membership in the National Primary Care Partnership.
The PGA has never deserved the lead role in driving the professional services area of the pharmacy profession, but insists in pursuing this stance with arrogance.
A supporting role certainly, but definitely not the primary role.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has delivered a measured response, but in a press release issued by the PSA this month (follow the PSA press release link to see the full information) an announcement was made in respect of their new CEO, Brian Stevens.
We had to smile at three points of experience listed on his CV:
* Head of counter-terrorism in Attorney-General's Department: 1999-2001;
* Director General Strategic Planning for the Defence Force: 1998-1999;
* Commandant Royal Military College, Duntroon: 1997.
As it is likely that the PSA must now go to war, we applaud their choice of a “general”.
See also articles by Stephen Carbonara, Mark Coleman and also the article by noted US columnist Harvey Mackay titled “Stand together or fall apart” that cover some aspects of this development.
Barry Urquhart has a good article on failure and success, and we included a second article by Harvey Mackay relating to the fear of failure.
Rollo Manning also has an article on the intervention by the federal government in the indigenous indigenous communities and the 12 months of frustration that has ensued.
Loretta Marron has humorous tilt at homeopathy, Dr David More is still coming to terms with the inertia of NEHTA, Garry Boyd has an interesting article on how patent laws are misused by some larger companies creating overkill, Chris Wright talks about pharmacy changes, humour and branding, while Dr Andrew Byrne comments on an article that endeavours to compare some of the drug dependency programs.
We have all the usual “suspects” in the columns and we would point you to the “Find it Here” column and the Pharmacy Management Conference 2008 coming up in Cairns. Also the National Prescribing Service has won a prestigious international 2008 Gold Quill Award for excellence in communication for its 2007 "Get to know your medicines and Generic medicines are an equal choice" national awareness campaigns which is a great success for them (see NPS press releases).
Again, another good read for the month of July.
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