Welcome to the August edition of i2P – Information to Pharmacists.
It has been an interesting month given the various predicted upheavals within the supply chain due to the PBS Reforms “we had to have”.
Some pharmacies will yet find that life can be even more difficult as profitability and cash flows continue to be adversely affected.
This month I would like to introduce a new writer in the form of Andrew Bryant, a young pharmacist with a very clear grasp of what his priorities should be.
We welcome him to the i2P family and look forward to some very spirited writing in the coming months.
In the “Publications to Note” column we have introduced a new publication titled “Pharmacy Times” that carries a range of useful information and education tailored for pharmacists.
We would also point you to the Pharmacy Management Conference 2008 – the conference you cannot afford to miss.
Look in the “Find it Here” column for the details and be advised that it attracts 11 CPE points.
Rollo Manning has a hard-hitting Pharma-Goss column where he highlights the need for a review of pharmacy services and his pending submission to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.
Con Berbatis weighs in with his report on climate change and how this change may affect human health and the type of pharmacy services that may be needed to protect health.
This is an important emerging topic and pharmacy planners need to lock into this concept.
There is an article titled “Fractured Pharmacy Profession” that outlines the gulf between community pharmacy businesses and those pharmacists engaged in providing various pharmacy services who are also in business but do not get the support required to develop a range of creative clinical and other services.
Given that pharmacy will have to deliver in this regard, pharmacists that fall into this category should contact the editor after reading this article.
Kos Sclavos (President of the PGA) is carrying the fight for pharmacist prescribing right up to the doctors who have joined forces on this issue. Given that the cry of “conflict of interest” has already gone up there is an opportunity for a specialist pharmacy service (not being owned by a pharmacy) to emerge and create an alliance with community pharmacy to make pharmacy prescribing a transparent opportunity.
This theme will be developed in future editions.
Neil Retallick sends us a warning that Costco, a new retailer from the US, is now in Australia and the type of competition we may expect from this different model of retailing.
Those pharmacists that have not considered developing a website and expanding their “pharmacy in the home” services may like to have another look at their operation to plug some of the leaks.
Ken Stafford laments that support for an HMR study is lacking and is wondering whether his peer group are really interested in pharmacy clinical services.
Garry Boyd is back with some patenting stories, Rollo Manning delivers another insight into why indigenous heath staggers along, and Dr Andrew Byrne reports on a conference relating to “how not to be sued” while providing an opiate replacement service.
Harvey Mackay has some practical advice for networking and recommends golf – something that used to be a tradition in pharmacy but not always able to be pursued these days.
Loretta Marron has a tale relating to “energy healing”, Dr David More has a story on “mobile medics” and Barry Urquhart reports on some dismal results in the retail area, where traditional advertising and marketing methods have begun to fail to stimulate consumers.
Chris Wright has a thought-provoking article on the liquor industry and the parallels in the sale of drugs. It is worth debating this issue because he does have a good point.
Finally, Stephen Carbonara provides a brief commentary relating to HMR’s.
A good month’s read once again, so enjoy the efforts of the i2P writers.
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