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


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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EDITORIAL for May 2012

From the desk of the editor

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Introducing current ideas, perspectives and issues, to the profession of pharmacy

Welcome to the May 2012 homepage edition of i2P-Information to Pharmacists. Rollo Manning has been having some time out having staples removed from the site of his open heart surgery.He is now at home recuperating in Darwin, having arrived home last Friday, beating a cold and hasty retreat from Canberra.We all wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully, he will be fit enough to contribute by next month.
This month, Pharmedia discusses the toll that is taken when someone complains about you to an authority without good cause. Well, the good news is that you can now take action to protect yourself if such a complaint is made, and that may even include action for defamation. Read about a recent case involving two doctors, with Mark Coleman drawing on personal experience to illustrate.

Harvey Mackay has an article giving great insights ino management style.
Management by choice or management by chance. Your pick.

This month we have another new contributor in the form of Dr Richard Hallinan, an addiction specialist from Sydney. Richard works closely in collaboration with Dr Andrew Byrne who has been with us for some time (also specialising in harm minimisation).

Dr Ian Colclough is back with us this month talking about electronic records He is wondering how supportive government will be to integrate the two major e-script programs (Medisecure and eRx) as being stable platforms to extend to real time monitoring for all patient dispensing.
The idea is good, the Victorian Coroner demands a system, and government wants to get some strikes on the board.
Being optimistic, it may just happen.
Gerald Quigley is back and points out that potential pharmacy patients don't know what we do and Pharmacy has not a good track record in selling its professional services.
Isn't it time that we just do it?

We also recommend that you read Kay Dunkley's article on a national Pharmacist Support Service and hinting that it could be funded through Pharmacy Board registration fees.
The doctors are lobbying for a similar scheme.
With pharmacist health increasingly a major issue, this should be recommended reading.

Chris Foster is back with seventeen suggestions to assist tax minimisation.
With the financial year ending shortly, this is the time to tidy up in preparation for that Tax Return.

Barry Urquhart is back with some great input for the management and marketing of your pharmacy.
He is always fresh with his ideas and you may need a stimulus, so get to it.

Mark Neuenschwander tells us this month that he finds it hard admitting mistakes.
Because of that he finds it difficult to share with others so that they can benefit from his experience.
How do you handle this problem seeing as we all make mistakes...because we are human.

And Neil Retallick tells us this month that given the success of fresh food traders, there is a niche for pharmacies learning the same lessons.
Finally, Loretta Marron puts the homeopaths under magnifying glass.

Enjoy your read for May.

Neil Johnston

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