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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : September 2006
NEW IN 2006 The AJP is now available online FREE to subscribers. ? View the complete AJP online, page by page, every month. ? Hyperlink through to in-depth articles and websites. ? Powerful text searching across the current issue and back issues for fast and efficient referencing. As an AJP subscriber, you can access the AJP Online for FREE, but we need your email address first! Just use the address sheet for this issue to write your email address and fax it back to us on (02) 9818 7811 NON SUBSCRIBERS can go to www.ajp.com.au to subscribe to the online version. 4 10 12 14 15 18 news and review NEWS • Flawed assumptions discredit Woolies’ savings projections • Government’s will to create headroom for PBS pricing questioned • Ranbaxy PBS supply mystery • Code appeal steels competition regulator PDL RISK MANAGEMENT NEWS Partnerships in pharmacy Robert Toth and Kathy McCarthy CAPITAL HILL A good...err, well...lamebrain policy Canberra correspondent FROM THE PRESIDENT Unintended consequences in generics reform proposal Kos Sclavos, Pharmacy Guild of Australia FROM THE PRESIDENT Arm’s length is the way to go Brian Grogan, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia pharmacy professional UPDATES • Review examines asthma self-management options • PSA warns against restrictions on compounding • NPS program focuses on analgesic use • Hayfever: a missed opportunity • Pharmacist soldiers of operation 50 per cent • Principles for safer use of medicines • Alzheimer’s disease: cost and treatment • The wry side of the counter 26 HOSPITAL TALK Hospital pharmacy research and publication John Low 55 60 61 62 month next 54 28 42 44 52 MEDICATION MANAGEMENT IN REVIEW Working together to reduce adverse drug events Dr Jenny Thomson product news ETHICAL • Remicade • Humira • Prexige • Fosamax Plus • Gardasil OTC • Xenical • Accu-Chek Smart Pix • Diflucan Duo • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Gold • Zaditen complementary medicine The controversies about vitamin E: what are the facts? Lesley Braun company news API relies on ‘great team’ to win back confidence, as search for missing millions continues management MANAGEMENT UPDATES • Mastering sales and profits • Cold and flu customer protocol • E-evolution: Deal with poor security and unite the profession RETAIL MANAGEMENT Even loyalty needs relevance Bruce Annabel HEALTH ECONOMICS The perils of forecasting Michael Tatchell events • Calling conquistador pharmacists • Photo show for ’07 • Step right up • 2006 conferences • Living better in Cairns PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL: Mental health; Respiratory health OTC/MARKETING: Allergy BUSINESS: Pharmacy careers The Australian Journal of Pharmacy is an independent journal owned by Australian pharmacists through their membership of Pharmaceutical Defence Ltd THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY VOL.87 SEPTEMBER 2006 ? 2