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An area of pharmacy practice that is
particularly relevant to work health and
safety is the preparation and dispensing
of hazardous medicines. Medicines are
considered hazardous if they exhibit one
or more of the following properties in
humans or animals:3
• teratogenicity or other developmental
• reproductive toxicity
• organ toxicity at low doses
• structure and toxicity profiles of
new drugs that mimic existing drugs
determined hazardous by the above
Hazardous medicines not only pose a
risk to patients because of cell toxicity
but they also have risks for health
workers and the environment. It is
therefore important to follow applicable
practice standards when handling
hazardous medicines. These include
specific Australian Standards4 as well
as professional practice standards.
For example the standards developed
by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of
• Standards of Practice for the Provision
of Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Services
• Standards of Practice for the Safe
Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs in Pharmacy
• Standards of Practice for the
Transportation of Cytotoxic Drugs
from Pharmacy Departments
• Standards of Practice for the Provision
of Oral Chemotherapy for the
Treatment of Cancer.
1. Safe Work Australia. Harmonisation -- Background. At:
2. Safe Work Australia. Jurisdictional progress on the model
work health and safety laws. At: www.safeworkaustralia.
3. NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs
in Healthcare Settings 2012. At: www.cdc.gov/niosh/
4. Standards Australia. At: www.standards.org.au/search/
5. The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia. SHPA
Practice Standards. 2013. At: www.shpa.org.au/Practice-
Self Care promotion
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's
Self Care program now provides
everything a pharmacy needs to run a
targeted health promotion.
PSA CEO Dr Lance Emerson, said health
promotions were an important part of the
changing pharmacy landscape.
'Running a successful health promotion in a
pharmacy helps the business make the most
of the Community Pharmacy Agreement
incentives while improving health outcomes
for consumers,' Dr Emerson said.
'In recognition of this, PSA's Self Care
program has tailored many of its resources,
available only to subscribers in the
program, to focus on health promotions.
This bank of resources will make it easy
for pharmacies to run a health promotion
each month -- helping them to connect
with their local community while
improving the health of their customers.'
Dr Emerson said regular health
promotions also helped to strengthen the
pharmacy's image as a health destination.
'In addition, it enables the pharmacy to
access Government funding through
the Pharmacy Practice Incentives (PPI)
provided for under the Fifth Community
Pharmacy Agreement,' he said.
The 12 health topics currently available are:
asthma, dose administration aids, hay
fever, head lice, home medicine reviews,
immunisation, MedsChecks, pain, skin
conditions, sleep, smoking cessation and
To join Self Care contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
au or telephone: 1300 369 772 and talk to
the Self Care team.
For each topic, Self Care pharmacies can
access a one page 'how to' document
showing the steps in running a health
promotion, and a detailed Self Care ACTION
planner to plan and run a successful
promotion. Subscribers can also order
a free marketing kit containing posters
and related Fact Cards. In addition, Self
Care pharmacies undertaking a health
promotion have the facility to incorporate
The Health Column into their marketing,
access presentations to educate and
empower staff, presentations to engage the
community, and resources and tools related
to the topic.
To find out more about the Self Care Health
Promotion Resources visit: www.psa.org.au/
Pharmacy Only brand a
catalyst for growth
As concerns grow over the impact of price
disclosure cuts, pressure is building on
OTC categories to drive profit in pharmacy,
according to Ego Pharmaceuticals. And,
with this in mind the company is driving
a continuing increase in growth across
its brands 'in correlation to their ongoing
commitment to pharmacy'.
Ego's Managing Director Alan Oppenheim
said Ego's strongest performing brand QV
was delivering 7% of the market growth
in the skincare category within pharmacy,
recording a market share of 52%.1
'Ego Pharmaceuticals believes the strong
growth is a direct reflection of the strategic
focus to remain in pharmacy exclusively.
Our relationship with Australian pharmacy is
stronger than ever and our commitment is
beneficial for the success of both our brands
and pharmacy. We're working closer than
ever with dermatologists, nurses and GP's,
while increasing our marketing to continue
to drive consumers into pharmacy to
purchase our products,' Mr Oppenheim said.
He said every marketing dollar that
Ego spent directed people to visit
pharmacy and no other retailer. The
sun care category in pharmacy grew
by 12% overall with Ego's SunSense
range increasing by 32% -- the highest
contributor to category growth.2
'Make your time spent on recommendation
of product focus on Pharmacy Only brands.
Support your business. Do you want your
staff recommending a brand that the
consumer will buy next week at grocery?
Make a difference to your business where
the government decisions cannot affect
you,' Mr Oppenheim said.
1. Aztec Pharmacy Data, 5/5/14, Cleansers, Moisturises &
Sensitive Skin Market
2. Aztec Suncare Pharmacy, Value MAT to 04/05/14.
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