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13th February 2018 - Successful Accreditation
Congratulations to our partners Karingal St Lawrence Costa House (Lara, Geelong) and Opal Norah Head (NSW) for a successful accreditation. All medication management systems went very well.



19th January 2018 - Codeine
Please be diligent and remember for your residents that from 1 February 2018, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription. Research shows that current over-the-counter low-dose (<30 mg) medicines containing codeine for pain relief offer very little additional benefit when compared to similar medicines without codeine. The use of such medicines however, is associated with high health risks. Please see more information from TGA here: https://www.tga.gov.au/codeine-info-hub


  6th December 2017 - Updated Medicine Ingredient Names
Some active ingredient names used in Australia differ from those used internationally. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has updated over 200 active ingredient names used in Australia as part of their International Harmonisation of Ingredient Names (IHIN) reform. A full list is available on the TGA website. Around 90 of these changes affect medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). These new names will be incorporated within the PBS during 2018.
 
A handy counselling tool (PDF 356KB) has been produced which provides a handy table of the most common changes that will be seen by consumers and health professionals during 2018. The tool confirms that while some ingredient names are changing, the actual medicine, brand name (in most cases) and the medicine’s effect have not changed.
 
While some of the changes to active ingredient names have already appeared in the PBS Schedule, the bulk of the changes to the Schedule will be incorporated during 2018, commencing 1 January 2018. Changes will subsequently appear in prescribing and pharmacy dispensing software products that use PBS Schedule data.
 
If there are any questions with the changes, ensure you contact your Mederev consultant before administering any doses that look unfamiliar.
 

  30th November 2017 - Opal Glenmere - Successful Accreditation
Congratulations to Opal Glenmere in NSW for passing their recent accreditation with flying colours, achieving 100% compliance in the component for medication management.
 

17th November  2017 - *TGA RECALL* - Additional batches of APO-Perindopril
A further eight batches of APO-Perindopril have been recalled. Please be vigilant!
See <https://www.tga.gov.au/alert/apo-perindopril-arginine> for more information.


  14th November 2017 - Successful Accreditation
Well done to McKenzie Sutton Park in Victoria for a successful accreditation. Rest assured, with Mederev, the medication management component of accreditation is fully and comprehensibly managed so that you will never be caught off guard.
 

 
13th November 2017 - New Education Topic
New Nursing Practice education topic “Administration of Sachet Medications” is available. Please also note there is an updated list of available education topics. Please contact your Mederev Consultant pharmacist to obtain a list or to arrange a time to have any of the topics presented at your facility.
 

  12th November  2017 - *TGA RECALL* - APO-PERINDOPRIL
Please be wary that TGA has issued a recall on three batches of a commonly used anti-hypertensive; Apo-Perindopril Arginine 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg tablets. If you notice this brand being used for any of your patients, please contact your supply pharmacy immediately. 

 

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