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Apotex Managing Director Roger
Millichamp, said the agreement was a
reflection of the combined strengths of
the two organisations.
'The proven competencies of both Apotex
and Symbion around product quality,
patent expiry pipeline, wholesale service
delivery and retail support provide
the foundation for the commercial
imperatives that lie ahead for retail
pharmacy,' he said.
The World Packaging Organisation has
awarded Webstercare its WorldStar
Packaging Award in the Medical and
Pharmaceutical Category for the Personal
Medication Planner (PMP).
Gerard Stevens, was
told the exciting
news in December.
The Award will
be presented at
Ceremony in Sydney on May 9.
Webstercare's Personal Medication
Planner was eligible for the Award
following its two awards at the
Packaging Council of Australia Awards.
The WorldStar Competition is in its 44th
year. It highlights and demonstrates the
continual advancement in packaging
and creates a dynamic standard of
international packaging excellence from
which others may learn. The Awards
are only open to entry by organisations
who have won in an approved national
competition around the world.
'We are honoured our packaging design
has been recognised at both a national
and international level,' Mr Stevens said.
He said the PMP, developed, designed
and manufactured in Australia has been
specifically designed for the 'young'
older Australians who are out and
about, focusing on life and good health
-- and making sure they look after their
'The Personal Medication Planner is
a portable, lightweight disposable
package that protects medication from
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damage, spilling or spoiling, while stored
in a handbag, luggage or sitting on a
'We are thrilled that these awards
recognise how vital packaging is in
the healthcare area. This award is an
enormous achievement for us. It shows
that we have done what we set out to
do, create a new design that integrates
all the elements needed to support an
individual's commitment to great health
while enjoying life,' Mr Stevens said.
Fight bowel cancer in
FOBruary, a collaboration between
Let's Beat Bowel Cancer and Bowel
Cancer Australia, is a health promotion
campaign aimed at reducing the number
of deaths caused by bowel cancer.
FOBruary urges Australians aged 50 and
over to take a FOB (Faecal Occult Blood)
Test during the month of February to
screen for bowel cancer.
Each year, more than 14,000 Australians
are diagnosed with bowel cancer and
around 4,000 Australians die from
it which is more than from breast or
During February all pharmacists and
their staff are being urged to encourage
relevant patients aged 50 and over to
purchase a BowelScreen Australia FOB
Test. Many Australians are unaware the
test is easy, non-invasive and can be done
in the privacy of their own home.
In January the Federal Government
funded National Bowel Cancer Screening
Program (NBCSP) sent an iFOB Test
(immunochemical Faecal Occult Blood
Test) to Australians turning 50, 55, 60 and
65 only, excluding millions of people.
Julien Wiggins, chief executive, Bowel
Cancer Australia said pharmacists and
pharmacy staff have met a critical need
by making bowel cancer screening
accessible for those Australians who
want to take action against this
'Pharmacists will be supported by a
national advertising and media relations
campaign, highlighting the need to do a
FOB Test and the options for purchasing a
BowelScreen Australia® test kit,' he said.
Pharmacies interested in providing the
BowelScreen Australia® Program to their
community may contact 1800 55 65 75
(option 3) or email: bernadette.david@
Neither Let's Beat Bowel Cancer nor
Bowel Cancer Australia receive any
benefit, financial or otherwise, from the
promotion of BowelScreen Australia kits.
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