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Medicines and pregnancy
The Australian Self-Medication
Industry (ASMI) has warned consumers
that over-the-counter analgesics, like
all other medicines, should only be
used during pregnancy on the advice
of a doctor. The comments were made
in response to an observational study
reported in the Journal of the American
Medical Association -- Pediatrics that
suggested an association between
the use of paracetamol in pregnancy
and the development of attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
in children. ASMI Regulatory and
Scientific Affairs Director Steven
Scarff said the study highlighted the
importance of not taking a medicine's
safety for granted during pregnancy.
Almost six in 10 women in the target
age groups for breast or cervical
screening participated in these
programs in 2011 or 2012, according to
information released by the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
It shows that 55 per cent of women
aged 50--69 had a mammogram
through BreastScreen Australia in 2011
or 2012. That is just over 1.4 million
women and similar to the rate in
Government expenditure on the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
is sustainable and actually declined
last financial year. In the past few
months, major reports from three
separate government agencies have
confirmed that PBS expenditure is
contained and that price disclosure
is delivering savings far in excess
of what was expected. The regular
Medicines Partnership of Australia
(MPA) PBS Scorecard update released
in March outlines the current state
and trajectory of PBS spending, as
confirmed by the Department of
Health, the Federal Treasury, and the
the process of implementation, also
termed facilitators and barriers or
determinants of practice.5 These may
have more importance or influence at
particular stages and will vary between
pharmacies and services. Strategies
and interventions, the actions taken
by the implementation team, should
be employed and targeted towards
the factors. Evaluation and outcomes
involves indicators of the passage
through the stages, measures of the
factors, formative and summative
evaluation of the strategies and
The ACT Early Career Pharmacist (ECP)
Working Group truly outdid themselves
with more than 40 guests gathering to
the East Hotel on Thursday 6 March.
The evening kicked off with PSA
CEO Liesel Wett giving an inspiring
presentation on leadership and
management, which was followed by an
evening of speed networking. Six guest
speakers from various fields spoke to
one group of students at a time about
their career, before the students rotated
to the next table to hear from a guest
speaker from a different field. The guest
speakers provided an introduction
to their role and then encouraged
attendees to ask any questions they may
have had relating to that particular field.
Overall the evening was extremely
well received. Next year is sure to be an
even bigger and better event. Watch
A roaring success
"This night exceeded my expectations", was the feedback from one of the
many attendees at the annual Welcome to the Profession.
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