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National Prescribing Service Press Releases

Katie Butt
From a Good Prescribing Perspective

Issue 76: October 2008
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The National Prescribing Service (NPS)is a valued independent resource for good and unbiased prescribing information and education.
Given the marketing pressures applied by global drug companies, Australia is blessed to have such a resource.
Pharmacists are moving closer to a prescribing role within the health system and it is appropriate that i2P promote the message of the NPS.
This Month:

 * New Board Member: Debbie Rigby joins NPS

New Board Member: Debbie Rigby joins NPS

Australia’s largest, most credible, independent source of information about medicines, the National Prescribing Service Ltd, has a new Board member: Ms Debbie Rigby, a Brisbane-based consultant clinical pharmacist. She joined NPS as the Pharmacy Class director on 24 August, 2008 and attended her first Board meeting on 19 September. Ms Rigby replaces Jenny Bergin, the previous Pharmacy Class director.

“Debbie has a strong understanding of the quality use of medicine and the issues faced by consumers on a daily basis in getting the best results from their medicines. Her excellent knowledge of national pharmacy organisations, current pharmacy policy and considerable pharmacy experience, together with her great working knowledge of the political and administrative government process will be very valuable for NPS,” said NPS CEO, Dr Lynn Weekes.

Ms Rigby is a representative on a number of key sector bodies and Government committees including: the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (as a director and member of the National Advisory Group), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs MATES reference group. She is also vice president of the Queensland branch Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and a former National Director, as well as an internationally recognised Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. Additionally, Ms Rigby is the adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland.

The announcement follows another successful year for non-profit organisation NPS in the delivery of best practice educational and information resources to consumers, doctors and pharmacists. Established in 1998 with a mission to create an awareness, culture and environment that supports the quality use of medicines, in this, it’s tenth year, NPS was acknowledged as a world leader in information delivery with an international Gold Quill Award for Excellence for it’s 2007 “Generic medicines are an equal choice” and “Get to know your medicines” campaigns.

Dr Weekes said this newest appointment to the NPS Board is a significant acknowledgement of the increasingly important role of pharmacists in health promotion and the promotion of the quality use of medicines in the community.

Ms Rigby joins existing Board members (in alphabetical order) Associate Professor Shane Carney, Mr Russell Edwards, Ms Susan Hunt, Dr Graeme Killer AO, Dr Ross Maxwell, Ms Kate Moore, Dr Janette Randall (Chair) and Dr Shiong Tan.


The quality use of medicines include asking whether a medicine is necessary, if so, selecting management options wisely, and using medicines safely and effectively. Today, NPS has a staff of approximately 125 people who run a diverse range of programs in partnership with health professionals, Government, community groups, industry and consumers. There are offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

About National Prescribing Service Ltd

NPS is a non-profit organisation, independent of Government and the pharmaceutical industry. NPS works with doctors, health professionals, Government, industry and consumers to improve health through Quality Use of Medicines. The information NPS provides is based on critical analyses of current evidence and is consistent with nationally recognised guidelines. NPS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

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