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Dr Weekes is a registered Pharmacist,
and has been at the helm of NPS since
Dr Weekes said, 'The RUM Project provides
a very important service for consumers
to help them safely dispose of unwanted
and out of date medicines, and reduce
their risk of medication misadventure.
As someone who is passionate about
quality us of medicines and safe
medicines I am delighted to be joining
Mr Messer was the Consumer
representative on the PBAC for over
10 years, and Chair of Cystic Fibrosis
Association of Australia.
Mr Plunkett said, 'These appointments
expand the level of experience already
present at the RUM Project Board.
The RUM Project has worked closely
with the NPS and the CHF, which are
important resources for such a consumer
focussed program. I am delighted to see
these additions to the successful RUM
Electronic Self Care Fact Cards
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's
popular and informative Self Care Fact
Cards are now available electronically for
use on PCs, laptops or tablets.
These comprehensive and easy-to-use
health advice resources are a great
way to enhance customer loyalty
and engagement. Key benefits of the
• 100 common health topics covered
• Can be discussed with your customers
• Can be emailed to your customers
• Can be printed for your customers
PSA is keen for all pharmacists to see the
benefits of this initiative, and experience
how these resources can boost customer
service in the pharmacy.
To let the profession see the great benefit
of using these cards, PSA is offering
pharmacists the opportunity to sign up
for a free, one-month demonstration.
The trial consists of a sample of six
eFactCards covering Acne, Children's
pain and fever, Asthma medicines,
Diabetes type 2, Headlice, and Headache.
The eFactCards are designed to save
space in your pharmacy and provide
choice in how to access these to fit your
The full range of eFactCards is available for
free to Self Care pharmacies as part of their
program, and PSA members can purchase
A new feature is that you can now email
information to customers -- taking
your pharmacy's service beyond the
To sign up simply go to www.psa.org.au/
selfcare and fill in the online form, or call
our team on 1300 369 772.
PSA challenges consumer
Misinformation being spread by a coalition
of groups purporting to represent
consumers has been challenged by the
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
The coalition, comprising the Consumer
Health Forum, ACOSS and Choice, claims
the pharmacy profession is trying to get
the Government to back away from price
disclosure which is providing cheaper
medicines for consumers.
This is completely untrue.
Then Acting National President of PSA, Joe
Demarte, said the pharmacy profession
has agreed with the Government to the
processes surrounding price disclosure
and these are already resulting in cheaper
medicines for consumers.
Mr Demarte said it was disappointing
that the consumer groups seemed to be
singling out pharmacists who provide a
pivotal health service for the community.
'I am at a loss as to why anyone would
seek to put community pharmacists
out of business when these are the
very professionals who help manage
and improve the health outcomes of all
Australian consumers,' Mr Demarte said.
'The issue over price disclosure is that
the Government has broken an existing
contract with the pharmacy profession
and has unilaterally accelerated the
process to a level which is unsustainable
for the pharmacy profession and this
will see an extra $835 million loss to
community pharmacies over four years.
'This will result in the loss of programs and
services that pharmacies cross subsidise
'It may also result in staff losses and
perhaps even closure of some pharmacies,
especially in one-pharmacy country towns,
where such closure would be catastrophic.
'We all want cheaper medicines but the
process must be managed in a way that
not only provides cheaper medicines for
consumers but also does not damage
pharmacy's ability to provide medicines
equitably across Australia.
'The pharmacy profession has worked
constructively with the Government on
price disclosure to bring down the cost of
medicines but this latest imposition was
enacted unilaterally without consultation.'
Mr Demarte said Australia's Pharmaceutical
Benefits Scheme was the envy of the
world and successive governments have
recognised the benefits of enabling access
for consumers to heavily subsidised
medicines through agreements with the
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