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Protect medicines access --
The Generic Medicines Industry of
Australia (GMiA) has called on the
Australian Government to protect access
to medicines in negotiations on the Trans
Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
According to the GMiA, the Singapore TPP
round concluded late last year without
agreement, effectively breaching the
US deadline to reach an agreement.
This situation will place all participating
countries under increased pressure to sign
an agreement when meetings resume
The GMiA has called on the Minister for
Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, to
resist US proposals that would increase
the cost of medicines to the Australian
public, potentially undermine the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS),
and restrict access to generic medicines in
• increasing exclusive rights over patent
• increasing patent term extensions;
• extending periods of data exclusivity;
• extending Australia's periods of
The GMiA said that the US-proposed
measures represent intellectual property
privileges that would expand and prolong
patent monopolies at the expense of
affordable access to medicines.
PSA and Guild in
Community pharmacies in Queensland
will be part of a pharmacist immunisation
research pilot program.
The Queensland Branches of the
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia are
working on the project together.
The announcement comes following
consultation with the Department of
Health to obtain the appropriate legal
approval for the trial. The Queensland
nature ensures you test your personal limits
and allows you to reach your true potential as
a health professional. The academics and staff
are invariably supportive. Once the course
is completed the opportunities are endless
in that there are many pathways available to
pursue your professional career,' she said
Program Leader with the Bachelor of
Pharmacy George John said: 'The pharmacy
team at Charles Sturt University is very
proud of Belinda's achievements and also
delighted to be a part of her journey in
shaping her professional journey to become
a great pharmacist.
'I am very confident that Belinda and all
other pharmacy graduates will excel in
their profession and serve the health care
needs of Australia in both the metro and
Belinda moved to Goulburn in January
to start her internship as a pharmacist
at Goulburn Base Hospital and Blooms
In October 2013, AHPRA advised final-year
pharmacy students that they could lodge
an application for provisional registration
online before completing their approved
program of study.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA)
has reminded all applicants that they
are required to return some supporting
documents to AHPRA by mail to complete
As most interns are due to start their
internships at this time of year, the Board
has reminded them of their legal obligations
as provisionally registered pharmacists
to comply with the Board's registration
standards, including the Supervised practice
arrangements registration standard.
Supervised practice cannot be accumulated
unless an intern holds provisional
registration and has had their period of
supervised practice approved by the Board
prior to starting their internship.
Any queries regarding provisional
registration and approval of supervised
practice can be directed to AHPRA by calling
1300 419 495.
Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP) will
begin in the 2014 influenza season and
target consumers not currently covered by
the National Immunisation Program.
PSA Qld Branch President, Professor Lisa
Nissen, said the Guild and PSA would be
working with the Queensland University of
Technology and James Cook University to
ensure the pilot's research outcomes were
of the highest standard and robustness.
'We are pleased to be working with the
universities on the implementation
of this important pilot program,'
Professor Nissen said.
Queensland Branch President of the
Pharmacy Guild, Tim Logan, said the pilot
could lay the groundwork for delivering
more professional services through
'Community pharmacies are the most
accessible healthcare professionals and
so we are a natural destination for the
delivery of vital immunisation services,'
Mr Logan said.
'Through our collaboration with the
universities we will be able to collect the
essential evidence to enable us to evaluate
the role of pharmacist immunisation
services. The Pharmacy Board of Australia
and PDL will monitor the trial to ensure that
regulatory and risk management issues are
managed with their cooperation.
'This is an academically-designed trial so
participants will be targeted to fit certain
criteria to ensure the scientific robustness
of the analysis of results.
'In the early stages pharmacists seeking
involvement are advised to begin
planning to engage once government
has considered the trial and made any
necessary regulatory amendments needed
to introduce the full program.'
Professor Beverley Glass, Chair in Pharmacy
James Cook University, said she saw the
pilot as a fantastic opportunity for the
profession to demonstrate the ability to
offer this expanded service.
'Importantly this will be research informing
practice to achieve positive consumer
outcomes,' she said.
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