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Guidelines for stroke management have been updated. The time window for thrombolysis has been extended to 9 hours if brain imaging shows it will be of benefit, according to updates to the Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management.1 And, in...
Adapted by Ann Winkle MPS. Regulatory bodies are warning of the potential for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) as a serious complication of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor therapy, particularly in people who undergo surgical or medical procedures.1 Many patients presenting with SGLT2...
The balance between adequate pain relief and safety with opioids is now more achievable with the release of a handy new resource for patients on discharge from hospital. NPS MedicineWise produced the patient resource as part of a broader opioid...
Men who have sex with men and use the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention pill have lower anxiety, new Australian research has revealed. Those who take the pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (PrEP) against HIV infection have significantly lower levels of HIV-related anxiety,...
With increasing overdose deaths from both prescription opioids and heroin, naloxone nasal spray – now listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – is a life-saving and easy-to-use opioid reversal agent to stock in your pharmacy. And pharmacists this week have...
As regulatory bodies restrict or ban carisoprodol, the highly addictive but effective muscle relaxant still dominates the US prescription drug market. Carisoprodol, marketed in the United States1 as Soma and Vanadom, was one of the first anxiolytic drugs sold on...
While far more research is necessary, recent initial evidence points to diet-based, flavenoid-rich cocoa or dark chocolate having beneficial effects on the fatigue of people living with MS. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory condition affecting the central nervous system....
When medication charting involves a pharmacist as well as a doctor, medication error rates in hospital admissions are significantly reduced, according to a new study.1 Researchers from Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) at the Monash Institute...
In a move aimed at reducing antibiotic resistance, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended that four of the most widely prescribed antibiotics in Australia have the default repeat options removed. Amoxycillin, amoxicillin–clavulanic acid, cephalexin and roxithromycin are the...
The National Asthma Council has highlighted the vital role community pharmacists can play in identifying at-risk patients, following a drop in overall asthma deaths since 2016.  Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released last month show there were 389 asthma-related deaths...