Substitution instrument extended for abatacept, while others end The Serious Scarcity Substitution Instrument (SSSI) for abatacept (Orencia), originally set to expire on 30 April, has been extended until 30 June. …

An updated version of the Australian Asthma Handbook has been released, with information on new medicines The National Asthma Council Australia today launched the Australian Asthma Handbook V2.2 which includes …

Pharmacy owners need to keep a close eye on whether the number of staff dispensing is in line with workload guidelines, says one authority In its latest circular, the Victorian …

‘Online’ GPs’ off-label prescribing of medication for weight loss key to shortage, says Twomey Diabetes patients are experiencing difficulties accessing supplies of type-2 diabetes treatment Ozempic because “entrepreneurial GPs” are …

Debbie Rigby rounds up the latest in research news Common conditions that mimic asthma Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in Australia, affecting 11% of the population. …

Pharmacist to pay costs to Pharmacy Board following dispute over registration A dispute over registration requirements has ended in a pharmacist paying costs to the Pharmacy Board of Australia, although …

Health ministry shares common signs of forged S8 scripts after warning of increasing numbers of forgeries being dispensed The NSW Ministry of Health is reminding pharmacists to “carefully scrutinise” the …

COVID-19 mRNA vaccine sends income and profits through the roof Vaccine sales for US biotech company Moderna were three times what they were for the same period last year, according …

Doctors say their “only option” has been to report pharmacists involved with the Queensland UTI trial to the state’s Health Ombudsman, AMA head reveals The Pharmacy Guild has denied claims …

For the first time in NSW, pharmacists are now able to offer vaccines to adolescents who have missed out on their school vaccinations NSW has introduced new regulations—taking effect from …

Good news for those paying the maximum PBS co-payment this week, plus a lot of research news With the election looming, politics were naturally on the agenda this week, with …

Change continues in the pharmacy vaccination space, with a “winter booster” for COVID and a wider pharmacy presence in flu vax announced. So what else is in store for this …