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Eligible pharmacies that register
before 30 June will receive once-only
start-up payments and a range of
ongoing payments throughout the
course of the Fifth Community
Pharmacy Agreement, subject to them
delivering services and maintaining
PPIs cover six priority areas:
Dose Administration Aids; Clinical
Interventions; Staged Supply; Primary
Health Care (including disease
state management and health
promotion); Community Services
Support (including services such as
needle and syringe programs); and
Working with Others, which involves
documented collaboration with other
Start-up payments are available for
eligible pharmacies registered before
30 June for the following three
priority areas: Dose Administration
Aids; Clinical Interventions; and
Eligible pharmacies can register online
at: www.5cpa.com.au . They will also
need to ensure they are accredited
before 30 June. The incentives
are funded by the Commonwealth
Department of Health and Ageing,
and are part of the Fifth Community
Medicare Locals --
By Andrew Daniels
two initiatives: Medicare Locals
(ML) and the Personally Controlled
Electronic Health Record.
'Currently no-one is responsible for
ensuring local communities have
the right mix of health services.
Pharmacists should be looking to be
actively involved in MLs. They will
engage and work with all healthcare
professionals including pharmacists.
'The Government has flagged its
interest in introducing flexibility in
funding to allow Medicare Locals to
respond to local needs,
' she said.
Ms Huxtable said that within the
framework of the current reforms the
Government is working to achieve
an enhanced role for community
pharmacy that recognises its skills,
expertise and important role in
providing Australian with primary
health care services.
She said eHealth initiatives would
transform how information supports
health care services, help reduce
waste and inefficiency and allow
better and safer health care that is
responsive to patient needs.
The blurring of lines between generic
and originator products does not mean
that there will be any closer alignment
or merger of Medicines Australia
and the Generic Medicines Industry
Association in the near future.
Dr Martin Cross, President of GMiA,
said at present there was a growing
number of originator companies now
saying, 'we have a problem and we
have to look for other sources of
income. These companies are now
claiming a stake in the generic space,
Dr Cross said.
'So there is already a hybrid situation
where originator companies are also
producing generic products. What has
happened recently is that more and
more of the originator companies have
decided they want their cake and eat
it too. They are playing on both sides.
Most of the big companies are moving
into this area.
Dr Cross said that while hybrid
blending was occurring in the industry
this did not mean GMiA and MA
needed to unite.
Pharmacists have been encouraged to
get involved with Medicare Locals.
Rosemary Huxtable, Deputy Secretary
of the Department of Health and
Ageing, told delegates to the APP
conference that the Government is
focused on primary health care reform
and how to get maximum benefit for
each health dollar. She spoke about
'We are not absolutely aligned and
there are many, many areas where
there is a conflict of interest between
the originator companies and the
generic companies, most specifically
in the use of intellectual property as
weapon at the end of the running out
of the contract,
' he said.
An inspiring visitor to this year's APP
conference showed how something as
simple as a vitamin tablet can change
or even save a life.
Philanthropist and founder of Vitamin
Angels, Howard Schiffer visited APP
after a trip to Laos to announce a
partnership with Sanofi Aventis'
Nature's Own vitamin brand which will
donate 25 cents to Vitamin Angels for
every pack of multivitamins sold and
for the first six months, 25 cents from
every pack of fish oil sold.
Each donation allows Vitamin Angels
to provide essential nutrients to one
or more children in need for one year.
In the first 10 weeks of the program
Nature's Own donated enough for
220,000 children to be treated.
California-based Vitamin Angels
is dedicated to reducing child
mortality by providing essential
nutrients, in particular vitamin A and
multivitamins to infants and children
under the age of five years.
Mr Schiffer said that Vitamin Angels
operates in 43 countries and in 2010
reached more than 24 million children.
He said 95% of the donations went
directly to the children.
"Like every trip this latest mission to
Laos reconfirmed the difference that
vitamins really do make to children in
need. Now through our partnership
with Nature's Own, Australian
pharmacies are in a position to help us
deliver that message.
Vitamin Angels has more than 100
similar partnerships with companies in
the US, Canada and Europe. For more
information on Vitamin Angels visit;
Pharmacy Guild President Kos Sclavos with
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