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Consumers need much better information about complementary medicines

We’ve already heard buckets of criticism of the deal between the Pharmacy Guild and Blackmores, which would have seen pharmacists prompted to promote Blackmores products as “companions” to certain popular medications. In the article below (first published in Medical Observer), Dr Ken Harvey, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health at La Trobe University, looks [...]

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Some reaction to the news on the Pharmacy Guild and Blackmores

Some pithy comments have already landed on the previous post covering the canning of the controversial deal between the Pharmacy Guild and Blackmores, which would have seen pharmacists prompted to promote Blackmores products as “companions” to certain popular medications. Here is some more reaction: from Dr Ken Harvey, the  National Prescribing Service and Senator Richard [...]

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Pharmacy Guild deal with Blackmores ends in tears

Some extremely interesting conversations must have been occurring behind closed doors in pharmacy-land, in the wake of the disastrous deal between the Pharmacy Guild and Blackmores. According to a Guild statement reproduced in full below, the deal – for pharmacists’ computer systems to prompt them to discuss Blackmores products with patients picking up a prescription [...]

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Some searing critique of the health system from John Menadue and others at the national rural health conference

Two particularly searing critiques of the health sector were given yesterday on the final day of the national rural health conference in Perth. John Menadue, of the Centre for Policy Development, titled his paper, “Beating the hospital obsession; the key to rural health reform is in primary care”. (Update: you can now watch his presentation [...]

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John Menadue’s sizzling critique of politics, the media and more

Thanks to the many Croakey readers and contributors who came along to the New News conference in Melbourne last week, to discuss the opportunities of the digital revolution for supporting a healthier public debate. It was good to see you there and from Croakey’s perspective, it was a reminder of how the Internet can be [...]

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A comic tale involving the AMA, the Pharmacy Guild (and no superheroes)…

KAPOW! WHAM! BAM! That, dear reader, is the comic book image that springs to mind* while observing the recent collision of two of the most powerful lobby groups in the health and medical industry. The AMA took on the Pharmacy Guild with this swift upper cut, calling for doctors to be allowed to own and [...]

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A who’s who of lobbyists in health

There’s an interesting analysis at Crikey today about the implications of Dr Andrew Pesce’s election as AMA president. I wish I’d read it before giving a talk to health policy students at the ANU yesterday about lobby groups in health. Of course, you always end up preparing for these things at the last moment, generally [...]

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