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by two corporate organisations who are
supplying 95% of practices. There are a
handful of radiopharmacists employed
within nuclear medicine departments
of hospitals but at present doses are
compounded by radiochemists or
technicians in the majority of practices.
'I would love to see it grow a lot bigger
and have a radiopharmacist in every
major public hospital and I certainly
would like to see more pharmacists
embracing this specialty and their
expertise being used by all hospitals and
private practices that perform nuclear
'The potential for the use of a
radiopharmacists' expertise within the
industry to improve patient outcomes
is there and job creation within the
industry is definitely possible if we are
promoted and embraced.
'Our expertise in compounding is
due to our training in chemistry and
pharmaceutics and this training can
be used to identify issues that arise
occasionally when compounding such
as why the radioactivity didn't bind
properly to the molecule.
'We can alter the formulation for a
specific type of scan or particular
patient or we can actually make a
radiopharmaceutical from the basic
ingredients when a commercial drug
formulation is out of stock'
'This is an expertise that is specific to
Mr Farley said pharmacists could
also help screen patients before a
radiopharmaceutical was administered.
'We are the medication experts; we
are trained to identify interactions
between medications (including
radiopharmaceuticals) and/or patient
conditions which may result in a failure
of the scan, or result in a false positives
or false negatives and so on,' he said.
'Currently this screening is performed by
nuclear medicine technicians according
to protocols, however medicines are
not a core focus of their training like it
is for us.'
pharmacy students, both in Australia
'The publication has kept pace with the
growing needs of pharmacists as they
fulfil their professional obligations in an
ever-changing practice environment,'
'Tenets of current pharmacy practice
include counselling, evidence-based
medicine, and encouraging and helping
consumers to actively participate in their
own healthcare. The APF23 provides
practical, current and evidence-based
information to assist pharmacists in
upholding these professional principles.
'It can be used to quickly find
information and guidance on many
areas of pharmacy theory and practice,
including identifying drug-related
issues, making clinical judgements,
counselling consumers on the safe and
effective use of their medicines, and
preparing extemporaneous products or
modified oral formulation.
'This edition provides valuable
information for all pharmacists, whether
working in the community, hospital
or academic setting, and pharmacy
'Readers should refer to the APF website
(www.psa.org.au/apf ) for updates and
general information. The 23rd edition
of the APF supersedes and replaces all
APF23 can be ordered via the PSA
website at: www.psa.org.au or on the
PSA stand at APP.
The 23rd edition of the Australian
and Handbook (APF23) is now
available and offers a number of
new sections as well as two new
APF23, Australia's everyday guide
to pharmacy practice, includes
new sections covering the topics of
Biosimilar medicines, Immunisation and
Screening and risk assessment. The two
new counselling guides -- Common
colds in children and Threadworms --
further reflect the handbook's ongoing
development and evolution.
During the development of APF23,
the Cautionary Advisory Labels
Working Group, chaired by Emeritus
Professor Lloyd Sansom, reviewed the
clinical evidence and wording for the
Cautionary Advisory Labels (CALs).
On the recommendation of the CAL
Working Group, the APF23 Editorial
Board have revised the wording of three
existing CALs and endorsed three new
CALs in this edition.
In his preface to the new edition, Chair
of the APF23 editorial board, Emeritus
Professor Sansom, said the continual
development of the APF had been in
response to the constantly changing
and expanding role of the pharmacist.
'It is with great pleasure that I bring to
you the 23rd edition of the Australian
Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook
(APF) -- 113 years old and still growing,'
Emeritus Professor Sansom said.
'Since it was first published in 1902,
the APF has changed considerably.
It started life as a small formulary
and was considered the pharmacist's
essential reference for extemporaneous
dispensing. Today, it covers a broad
spectrum of aspects of pharmacy
practice and has developed into a
comprehensive clinical handbook.
It has become an invaluable clinical and
practice resource for pharmacists and
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