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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : May 2008
business management updates Guild and sigma in joint training program T he Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Sigma Retail have formed a strategic AJP march 08 office ad 7/3/08 12:11 PM Page 1 alliance to jointly deliver a national learning and development program for Sigma’s branded pharmacies, along with selected independent pharmacies aligned to the Sigma Embrace Program. The Guild and Sigma facilitators will unite to deliver 140 classroom-style sessions to an anticipated audience of 10,000 to 15,000 participants across metropolitan and regional centres throughout Australia. Kos Sclavos, Guild president said occasionally the Guild’s training division delivers tailored third- party self-funded training solutions, which are separate commercial arrangements. ‘It helps ensure we keep the best and brightest in our training divisions and keep assistants trained...Sigma was previously using another third- party provider for all its needs. This deal is pleasing because face-to-face meetings are hard to fund and beyond the Guild’s resources.’ He added that unlike state government-funded traineeships the Guild was also able to charge differential rates for non-Guild members and members. ‘Training functions in the Guild are quite different from other areas, such as IR advice where only members get the service,’ he told the AJP. n company news Medicines Australia makes things patently clear I n the wake of continued claims that pharmaceutical companies are still offering healthcare professionals perks in return for attending educational events, Medicines Australia claims to have set a global precedent by publishing the details of medical education events held or sponsored by its member companies. The report shows that 14,633 educational events for doctors and other healthcare professionals were held or sponsored by 42 Medicines Australia member companies during the six months to 31 December 2007. Subsequent reports will be published every six months. Medicines Australia chief exec- utive Ian Chalmers said he hoped publication of the report would help the public better understand the pharmaceutical industry’s role in medical education. ‘The Australian pharmaceutical industry is now the global leader in terms of transparency and accountability,’ Mr Chalmers said. The cost of hospitality (travel, accommodation and catering) listed in the Medicines Australia report was $16.4m. The total cost of events, including hospitality, speakers, event organisation, venue hire and other related expenses was $31m. n MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE RUN YOUR PHARMACY WITH EASE Fred Office is new management software that provides an easy to use and powerful approach to running a pharmacy. Fred Office allows you to quickly see how your business is operating. It brings all of your dispense, POS and other systems into one package that looks and works just like Microsoft Outlook. Visit www.fredoffice.com.au or call the Fred team on 1800 888 828 to find out more and arrange a demonstration. SUPPORT FROM THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW You can depend on the team who know pharmacy to provide fast, reliable service 7 days a week.