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Issue 29: August 2004



Welcome to the August edition of i2P E-Magazine. We were well pleased with the response to our new format and received many compliments. Our focus remains constant, in that we will continue to discuss and report on issues of Information Technology, pharmacy organization and development, practice innovation, workplace reform and human resource issues, education at all levels and all areas of communications and marketing.

Pharmacy Models - Are They Evolving?

One of the original thrusts of the Wilkinson Report (now five years old) was that community pharmacy was too homogenous, and that there was a need to evolve a range of different and competitive pharmacy models. A direction was certainly set by Wilkinson in the highlighting of medical centre pharmacies, corporate pharmacies and Friendly Society pharmacies as desirable models. Initiatives were also highlighted that would free up the marketplace, and included having pharmacy boards “butt-out” of the business end of pharmacy, and concentrate on simply protecting the profession. Also recommended were the abandonment of the approval number system (which has severely restricted the ability of new pharmacies to emerge), and the abandonment of premises registration (a mechanism to prevent alliances with non-pharmacy businesses).


This Month: * Election time promises * Media coverage of medicine issues * Ownership frenzy continues * Work load debate * My quote of the month

Maximising Supplier Support (And Sales) For Promotions

The extent to which the Pharmacy Channel is playing catch-up football against the major grocers hit home to me last week in a conversation with a pharmacist working with a group of independent pharmacists/owners. In the conversation it was revealed that this group was asking its suppliers to pay for off location displays and gondola ends – a radical initiative by an innovative pharmacy group. The Grocery channel has been charging its suppliers for gondola ends and off location displays for decades.

Good News Stories?

One of the advantages I enjoy as a member of the Public Service is access to the ubiquitous, much maligned, Media Monitoring Service that all governments employ to keep them informed of what issues are making it into the media. The report I find most useful is a list of health related stories, appearing in Australian daily newspapers, that hits my e-mail in-box each morning. All of the capital city dailies are covered so I get a fair sort of idea what people are reading about health matters.

Quantifying Pharmacy's Contribution to Population Health

Editor's Note: One of the great challenges facing pharmacy practice researchers and national pharmacy strategists is to quantify the health and economic contributions of pharmacists at the local, regional, national and international levels. In Part 1 of his occasional series for the i2P named "Quantifying pharmacy's contribution to population health" , Con Berbatis reviews international health data for its relevance to the future of pharmacy practice in Australia.

Told You So

Please believe me (and no applause required), but sometimes what goes round comes around. Meaning that I don’t wish to sound like a misunderstood visionary. Even so, sometimes the blue-sky predictions come close to being just so – true. Almost three years ago I wrote the third article in what is now a nineteen-edition effort for this esteemed publication. It was entitled: “If it is outside the door – you should use it” Around that time, August 2001, I had just finished a small research job. Although I could not use the data I had obtained in the article, I used the general outcomes to gratuitously advise you all to embrace broadband telecommunication connections, for your pharmacy, sooner than later.

The Future of Pharmacy and Photography

At the PMA Convention in Darling Harbour in June, presentations were given by the major photofinishing companies. One of the presenters was Peter Kololmyjec of Fujifilm (formerly Hanimex) and subsequently, he and the author have had an in-depth discussion, a summary of which follows.

Tiwi Pharmacy Struggles

The future for the pharmacy at Nguiu, Bathurst Island is not looking good as the impact of the government taking over the health service starts to bite. The owner of the pharmacy, Tiwi Health Board, was declared insolvent by Directors at a meeting in September 2003, and a Voluntary Administrator was appointed. The Nguiu Pharmacy was owned by the health board and with its own Approval Number showed the way in providing pharmacy services to a remote Aboriginal community.

Complementary Medicine- a Vexed Question of Evidence

Complementary medicine means to complete, or to make whole. In basic terms, complementary medicines are usually a vitamin, mineral, herbal, homoeopathic or aromatherapy type product. In an individual sense, complementary medicine seeks to complete the individual, by making them whole or well. In a broader sense, it seeks to complement the benefit that conventional medicine is able to make to the community. Until a few years ago complementary medicine was also called alternative medicine and was defined as ‘unconventional medicine’.

Quality of Complementary Medicines Sold Legally in Australia

Pharmacists and consumers can be confident that complementary medicines sold legally in Australia are among the best quality and safest in the world. The use of AUST L or AUST R numbers on the labels of Complementary Medicines is an easy and obvious way to identify which products have been registered for supply in Australia and have been manufactured under the pharmaceutical manufacturing standards detailed in the Code of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). This means that the products have been produced under essentially the same quality control standards as pharmaceutical drugs.

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