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We could end up paying hundreds of millions more for drugs if United States trade negotiators get their way. United States negotiators want 12 years of exclusivity and extended protection for cancer therapy drugs in order to encourage innovation. The issue has pitted the United States, which has argued for longer protection, against Australia and other delegations who say such measures would strain national healthcare budgets and keep life-saving medicines from patients who cannot afford them.
Gympie residents now have increased accessibility to local immunisation services, with Gympie Amcal delivering pharmacist-administered vaccinations against three highly-contagious diseases –influenza, measles and whooping cough.
Gympie Amcal Max is one of 200 pharmacies across Queensland currently participating in the second phase of the Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP), which is investigating the benefits of having registered pharmacists provide vaccines in a community pharmacy setting.
QPIP has been authorised by the Queensland Government, as part of a commitment to increase immunisation rates in Queensland, and provide Queenslanders with greater access to medical services. QPIP is being delivered in partnership with The Pharmacy Guild, The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, James Cook University and Queensland University of Technology.
As the community’s most accessible and frequently used health care providers, pharmacists have a unique opportunity to boost immunisation rates.
One in six Australians are likely to experience depression and one in four likely to experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Research shows that 65% of people who have experienced a mental health disorder in the last 12 months did not seek help. These statistics clearly show there is more need now than ever before for pharmacists to play a role in mental health in the community.
Chronic pain affects around 20% of Australian adults.
Chronic pain is usually defined, in medical terms, as constant daily pain that is present for at least three of the preceding six months. Chronic pain can have many causes, sometimes it's the result of a severe injury or a disease (eg, arthritis) but it can also have no diagnosable cause.
Prevalence of chronic or persistent pain rises as people age.
Most patients with chronic pain use at least one medicine – and many rely solely on medicine to manage their pain. However, chronic pain is complex and good management requires a mix of physical, psychological and medical treatment. Often opioid narcotics are prescribed as 'pain killers', but their use is limited. Medicines should only be seen as part of a comprehensive pain management plan, rather than an end in themselves.