Welcome to the current edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine, dated Monday 27 November 2017.
Finally, we have some sensible news on the safe vaccine front and coercive government policy (no jab-no play) in the form of a letter to the South Australian state government from the RACP requesting that a modification be made to proposed legislation.
In part, the letter states:
“The RACP is very concerned about section 96C of the draft amendment which proposes to deny attendance not only to child care, but also to pre-school, to children who do not meet Australian immunisation requirements.
In the older preschool group, any incremental benefit from this proposed measure in strengthening protection against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) is miniscule, as Australia has high overall rates of immunisation and children over 2 years of age have received most vaccines and boosters.
This means any increase in protection for other children from exclusion of incompletely immunised children from pre-school is negligible, whereas that the detrimental effects of lack of access to early childhood education and care on a child’s long-term development are potentially very large.
As paediatricians who advocate for the welfare of children, we are bound to draw attention to the enormous body of research demonstrating the benefits of childhood education before school commencement, especially in disadvantaged households.
Denial of this access is a serious matter, with likely long-term adverse consequences for the healthy development of the children involved.
In this context, the risk of VPDs to fully vaccinated children from children who are under-vaccinated is often exaggerated.”
While there is still a long way to go before all of the “wrongs” concerning Australian vaccination policy are rectified, with denied human rights yet to be fully reinstated, there is at least a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
A report from Robert Kennedy’s Mercury World Project that appears in this edition of i2P proves beyond any doubt that vaccines are unsafe, are not properly tested and are causing great damage to our youngest population group.
The people responsible need to be held accountable and prosecuted for promoting vaccines as “safe”- when they don’t even have evidence to support such claims.
Australia appears to have become a “test bed” to implant faulty vaccine science as part of a mainstream culture, deliberately ignoring safety issues and creating the culture of a medical police state – as in Victoria.
This has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the world, as US investigative journalist Jon Rappoport reports internationally:
“Australia vaccination; all doctors under the gun; minister of health keeps lying
In fact, that doctor, by implication, will be considered “rogue.”
He could be prosecuted.
He could be denied a way to earn a living.
Let Minister of Health Hennessy prove her point that all vaccines are safe and effective. Starting now.
That’s called fake scientific news.”
Or do pharmacy leaders find it less problematical to hide under the radar, allowing the youngest members of our communities to face a range of unnecessary and damaging health issues.
i2P remains safe vax, endorses vax principles, but is totally against false marketing through unprincipled thought leaders misusing their influence.
It’s time for all health professionals to stand up and declare their opposition to this type of “fakery”.Our lead article in this edition concerns one of the more recent problems to beset community pharmacy, which is the problem of global pharma’s refusing to distribute through full-line wholesalers, electing instead to deal directly with community pharmacies.
While it allows a drug manufacturer to claw back some of the wholesaler’s margin for enhancement of their own “bottom line” it has an opposite effect for community pharmacies that now have to invest more time in order preparation at their cost while simultaneously not having the business scale to purchase and receive maximum discounts.
The problem is of a scale where government intervention is now required.
But in the interim, pharmacy needs to protect and insulate its supply chain against rapid cost increases.
That would mean a reduced loyalty level with traditional wholesalers and the development of an IT-based software exchange system to manage the problem.
I2P suggests a solution.
Read: Pharma Logistics Changes Will Add Costs to Community Pharmacy – Wholesalers Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
We endeavour to deliver information that will have short-term or long-term impacts on pharmacy.
Blockchain technology, we believe, will drive patient communications and industry processes into the long-term.
It is disruptive technology that pharmacists must embrace if they are to remain relevant as a health profession.
Knowledge is power, so pharmacists, through their leader organisations, must ensure that awareness of blockchain technology is continually monitored and pharmacist innovation is encouraged to build pharmacy-specific platforms that will create unique access points to blockchain capable of generating opportunities for new revenue streams.
Understanding this technology is the key to embracing it, and driving it for future benefit.
Peter Sayers has compiled an article discussing the technology.
Read: Blockchain – a trust system that could underwrite health information exchanges and integrate with other trust systems
Pharmacy has always provided health solutions for patients that have been practical and economical, and to the maximum level of their competence.
For that reason they have become a highly respected health modality.
Extreme ideology perspectives that form part of global pharma’s marketing activities have become disruptive because medical thought leaders have been paid to offer opinions not rooted in scientific evidence.
Integrated medicine is seen as competitive to mainstream medicine because it may compete with government health expenditure budgets and thus open warfare exists at the very fundamentals of health services.
This is not sustainable and pharmacists know that an integrated wellness model is one that best suits its patients.
As Geral Quigley suggests, specialist education is the best form of protecting the delivery of integrated medicine.
Read: No Evidence? ….Who’s kidding whom?
“The science is settled”.
So say the people who promote vaccination as some form of extreme medical ideology.
“Scientism is settled” is a more accurate description of the manipulation of the science surrounding vaccines – and it is certainly “unsettling” to hear the dishonest claims that blare out in all forms of media.
“First do no harm” is the concept that underwrites all medical practice.
Australian vaccination policy is so poor and damaging, that it beggars belief that legislators can be so close to manufacturer sales objectives as to guarantee them a market through coercive legislation that involves simultaneous removal of patient choice.
The evidence supporting vaccine policy failure and its lack of safety is becoming so voluminous that it will eventually destroy the unnatural power alliance that desperately tries to hold it all together.
Read: The Safe Vaccine Debate – 1. AVN: Pro-vaccine doctors group opposes South Australia’s proposed ‘No Jab No Play’ law 2. Robert Kennedy’s World Mercury Project: FDA’s ‘CBER’ – Asleep at the Switch Again – An Ongoing Saga • World Mercury Project 3. Elizabeth Hart’s Overvaccination.net: Political influence, vaccination policy and the media – the Ronan Farrow example
WHO has made a statement saying that cannabis should be decriminalised world-wide because existing laws cause health discrimination.
In Australia, patients are being actively discriminated against as police are instructed to enforce existing laws and close down “illegal” supplies, leaving critically ill people with no workable solutions for their health problems.
Flawed health policy generates bad laws and lowered community respect for policy and laws.
Yet again, Pharmacy is in a position to provide solutions very simply and simultaneously create opportunity for the profession to treat chronically ill patients efficiently and economically.
Pharmacy leaders need to be proactive in the regulatory area because other health professionals are actively competing to lock pharmacy out of any opportunity whatsoever.
Potential for pharmacists is found in the compounding of THC and CBD in specific ratios to match the best result for patients with chronic illness.
Further pharmacist potential also lies in using cannabinoids in harm minimisation programs involving opioid dependencies and as an adjunct for the management of pain.
Pharmacists also need to be active and have a voice in the regulation of these substances ensuring that maximum patient access can be obtained through the application of Schedule 3 of the Poison’s Act.
Read: Understanding Medical Cannabis – 1. Ganjapreneur: Poland Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect; Products to be Sold in Pharmacies 2. Global News: Shoppers Drug Mart looking to hire brand manager for medical marijuana – Toronto 3. Global News: University of Saskatchewan professor to study marijuana as medicine – Saskatoon
The article titled below was written by well-known Australian medical doctor, Ian Brighthope.
He is an advocate for clinical nutrition and wellness approaches to medicine and health.
The original article appeared in OMNS in June 2012 and we have republished it in i2P so that readers can be made aware of how little effective progress has been made in gaining government support for more effective health and illness-prevention strategies for Australians.
The US-based Commonwealth Fund ranked Australia’s health system as number two amongst OECD countries in July 2017 (but with a future trend showing a decline).
What was not highlighted in their report was the beneficial effect of private citizen initiative (over 70 percent of the Australian population) simply adopting alternative medicines, such as nutritional supplements.
This is a hidden component of the Commonwealth Fund Report.
With the ageing population and subsequent increase in chronic illness, government can ill afford not to adopt a proven and obvious alternative to the illness-drug strategy, that is simply too costly and failing the health levels for all Australians.
Read: OMNS – The Forces Against Health in Australia – Nutritional medicine could save hundreds of millions of lives, but vested interests actively pursue the opposite.
Any business, particularly in these days of disruption by technology, needs to engage in a sense of urgency, simply as a means of insulation against technology disruption.
Urgency will get you along your vision journey at a faster pace, and to a point of advancement that will have a less damaging consequence than if you had embraced the status quo.
Urgency promotes readiness and that requires a reading capacity across more than one industry to enable you to understand the nature of the disruption heading your way.
Get with it.
The rate of change will continue to increase – a sense of urgency will help you to adapt.
Read: Why do we need a sense of urgency?
And we conclude our offering for this current edition with a range of media releases from a number of pharmacy leadership organistions.
PSA – http://i2p.com.au/psa-media-releases-1-joining-forces-advanced-practice-collaborative-to-lead-progress-on-advanced-practice-2-aboriginal-health-service-pharmacist-committee-holds-inaugural-meeting-3-new-6cpa-reso/
NPS – http://i2p.com.au/nps-media-releases-1-survey-finds-australian-millennials-confused-about-antibiotics-2-surgical-antimicrobial-prophylaxis-preventing-infection-or-increasing-resistance-3-evidence-based-not-for/
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Editor, i2P E-Magazine,
Monday 27 November 2017