Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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Cutting Red Tape in Infrastructure Services

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Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues

The Productivity Commission has recently released a report titled "The Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business: Social and Economic Infrastructure Services research report". It was released on the 15th September 2009 and highlights aged care and health along with a range of other general infrastructure services. The following information gives a brief overview.

The Productivity Commission's latest report, Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business:Social and Economic Infrastructure Services Sector – identifies ways to reduce the regulatory burdens on businesses in aged care, health, child care, education, information media and telecommunications, energy and transport.

The Commission found that much of the regulation in the sector has the desirable objective of managing risk and ensuring service quality. But it can have the unintended consequence of reducing businesses' flexibility in responding to consumer and user requirements, as well as adding a cost burden to their operation.

Inconsistency of regulations across jurisdictions in the transport, education and energy sectors remains also a continuing concern, despite governments' agreements for reform. There needs to be a movement beyond these high level agreements to substantially reduce the regulatory burden faced by businesses, according to the Productivity Commission.

'Reducing red tape in these sectors is not just a matter of reducing business costs – it will improve business flexibility and allow for better, cheaper and more responsive services for consumers and users of those services', Commissioner Angela MacRae said.

The Commission identified several key areas where regulations can be made less burdensome for business while maintaining or improving services. These include exploring options to free up the supply constraints on aged care services. Also the responsibilities between regulatory bodies should be clarified and a more targeted risk-management approach adopted in administering regulations in aged care and child care.

The Commission has concluded that significant benefit would arise from increased regulatory flexibility of local presence and content requirements for radio, and reducing the TV sports antisiphoning list. Similarly, the announced reforms in the education sector should include approaches to streamline reporting requirements across the sector.

The concerns with regulations raised by business to this review are varied, but many stem from broader ongoing deficiencies in regulatory processes. The Commission has recommended that there be greater transparency and consultation with stakeholders when developing and administering regulations.

For those interested in downloading sections of this report please go to:
http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/study/regulatoryburdens/social-economic-infrastructure/report

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