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Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: “lives are at stake”

Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: “lives are at stake”

So here’s a question, or two. For months, we’ve been hearing many different experts and health organisations warning about the risks to health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which Trade Minister Andrew Robb hopes might be finalised during talks in Hawaii this week. Q: Have any health ministers, in any jurisdiction, taken steps […]

New campaign urges doctors to stop seeing drug reps

New campaign urges doctors to stop seeing drug reps

A new campaign, to be formally launched at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners conference in Adelaide on Saturday, will urge doctors to stop seeing pharmaceutical company reps. The “No Advertising Please” campaign aims to reduce inappropriate and harmful prescription of medications. It asks doctors to take a pledge – already signed by more […]

The TGA – a watchdog with dentures?

The TGA – a watchdog with dentures?

Note: A response from the TGA was added on 28 March – see bottom of post. Questions are again being raised about the effectiveness of the Therapeutic Goods Administration as a regulator, with two Canberra University academics suggesting that “a culture of regulatory inertia” is entrenched at the TGA. *** Canberra Law School academics Bruce […]

From nurse prescribing to an Australian experiment: some recent news in primary health care

From nurse prescribing to an Australian experiment: some recent news in primary health care

There is an international trend towards nurses having a greater role in prescribing of medicines, And The evolution of primary health care organisations in Australia. These issues are explored in the latest articles profiled by the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service. *** Expanding role of nurses improves patients’ access to medicines Melissa Raven writes: […]

Our medicines supply is not as secure as you might assume

Our medicines supply is not as secure as you might assume

Are we doing enough to identify and address current and potential problems with the supply of essential medicines? This is one of many questions raised by a thought-provoking article in the current Medical Journal of Australia, titled A Pandora’s box: sustainable pharmaceutical supply (abstract only free). One of the authors, Dr Simon Quilty, an Advanced […]

Here’s an alternative to the pharmaceutical patents rip-off

Here’s an alternative to the pharmaceutical patents rip-off

This article was first published at The Conversation. Philip Soos writes: Over the last couple of decades, the pharmaceutical industry has come under attack for its perceived shortcomings amid claims that its greedy, profiteering nature has caused significant harm. However, these problems stem not from the profit motive, but rather because in 21st-century, technologically advanced […]

Some wider context to debate about listing medicines on the PBS

Some wider context to debate about listing medicines on the PBS

Glenn Salkeld, professor of health economics at the University of Sydney, provides some useful context to the debate about listing of new medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This article was first published at The Conversation. *** Beyond a lobby-driven debate Glenn Salkeld writes: The fanfare around Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s announcement yesterday that […]

So the Government wants to get serious about cutting PBS spending? Here’s how…

So the Government wants to get serious about cutting PBS spending? Here’s how…

The Federal Government has drawn widespread criticism for its decision to defer PBS listing of medicines approved by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee But there are other ways it could save money on the PBS. And the Government can’t say it hasn’t been told about these (although those urging spending cuts are rarely as vocal […]

The budget pain was not so bad after all: consumer health group

The budget pain was not so bad after all: consumer health group

Carol Bennett, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, writes: I would describe last night’s health Budget lock-up as a very quiet gathering which is probably a good indication of general approval by the sector (no easy feat to achieve!) Quite rightly, there has been almost universal approval for the additional $1.5 billion investment in mental […]

Consumer health group continues campaign of outrage over medicines access

Consumer health group continues campaign of outrage over medicines access

The Consumers Health Forum replies below to my recent Croakey post on changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and access to new medicines… Carol Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum, writes: In her comment piece “Restricting access to new medicines: beyond the outrage” (Croakey, April 29), Melissa Sweet, paraphrasing Health Minister […]