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C. difficile research
Australian biopharmaceutical company
Immuron Limited, manufacturer of Travelan,
has entered into a collaboration agreement
with Monash University to develop a
product or products aimed at prevention
and treatment of Clostridium difficile
(C. difficile) infections. The therapeutic will
be based on Immuron's hyper-immune
colostrum platform technology. C. difficile
infections have become a major medical
problem especially in hospitals and long-
term care facilities because the bacteria
produce toxins that cause inflammation of
the colon, causing severe diarrhoea and, in
serious cases, death. Monash University has
received government funding through an
ARC Linkage grant.
Carnell heads beyondblue
PSA has welcomed Kate Carnell's
appointment as CEO of beyondblue. PSA
National President, Grant Kardachi, said
Ms Carnell brought a wealth of health-
sector experience, to the role, in particular
from her experience as a pharmacy
profession advocacy leader and a former
community pharmacist. 'PSA believes this
appointment will be a major boost for the
mental health sector in Australia. PSA is
particularly pleased that a pharmacist has
been appointed to the position, given the
role pharmacy plays in mental health and
also the fact that pharmacists, because of
their accessibility, are often the first point
of contact that mental health patients have
with health professionals.'
Medicines helping the economy
The Australian medicines industry is
making a major contribution to returning
the Federal Budget to surplus according to
Medicines Australia (MA). In its pre-Budget
submission to the Treasurer, MA Chief
Executive Dr Brendan Shaw underscored
the importance of MA's Memorandum of
Understanding with the Commonwealth
which he said was delivering $1.9 billion
in savings to the PBS. MA told the
Government that developing a strategy for
developing the industry in Australia was
an important task. 'While the industry is
going through very challenging times here
and internationally, there are significant
opportunities for Australia to develop
its capability in researching, discovering,
developing, manufacturing and exporting
high-tech medicines if we can get the
settings right in health policy and industry
policy,' Dr Shaw said.
Self Care at the station
Melbourne commuters now have fast and
easy access to health checks, as well as an
extensive array of health care products
and services, with the opening of a new
Amcal pharmacy at Southern Cross
Railway Station in Melbourne.
The pharmacy is also a member of PSA's
Self Care program.
Located to the west of Melbourne's CBD,
Southern Cross Station is one of the city's
busiest transport hubs, running hundreds
of metropolitan trains each day, as well
as V/Line country train services, local and
rural buses, and Skybus airport transfers.
It is estimated that over 100,000 people
pass through the station each day.
'It is incredibly exciting to be opening
a brand new Amcal store at Southern
Cross Station,' Gary Dunne, Sigma's Chief
Operating Officer said.
'With millions of people passing
through the station each year, it's a
terrific opportunity to expose public
transport users to an extensive range of
health care products and extraordinary
Situated at the Collins Street end of
the station and with nine full and part
time team members, the new Amcal
store understands the importance of
providing public transport users with
easy access to a wide range of health
care products, as well as serving them in
a fast and efficient manner.
PSA Practice Programs Manager
(Self Care) Deborah Cracknell said it was
exciting to have a Self Care member
pharmacy in such a busy part of the city.
'We are delighted to have Self Care
materials available to so many people
in the heart of Melbourne. It will be
especially interesting to see how the fact
Cards can tie in with the other health
programs available in the pharmacy,'
Amcal Southern Cross will offer a variety
of health care programs, including free
blood pressure testing, 'Be Good To
Yourself' weight management program,
as well as being a National Diabetes
Services Scheme (NDSS) subagency.
The pharmacy is also located 200 metres
from a medical clinic.
Mitch Pope, Pharmacy Manager of the
new pharmacy, said 'the majority of our
clientele are business people who travel
into the CBD on a daily basis for work'.
'In our location, customers value quick
and speedy service on their way to
work, or when travelling home. What we
provide is a quick and efficient service
whilst upholding Amcal standards'.
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