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Almost 1.45 million Australians have some form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This equates to one in seven Australians over 40 suffering from COPD. Typical symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, chronic cough, unintended...
Drug dependence, including opioid dependence, involves a complex interplay of social, psychological and biological factors. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Describe characteristics of opioid dependence in a person Discuss the role of opioid replacement...
There is strong evidence that hospital patients benefit from pharmacists being involved in post-discharge care. But pharmacists face multiple barriers when it comes to conducting post-discharge medication reviews. If you’ve ever run or watched a relay race you’ll know...
Almost one-quarter of prescriptions in hospitals have been assessed as inappropriate, and one-third were non-compliant with guidelines, according to new data from the Hospital National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) 2017. 1 The report, which is conducted annually by the Australian...
A recent survey by NPS MedicineWise has found that more than 7 million Australians take some form of complementary medicines every day. Fifty-nine per cent of these people were also found to be taking prescription medicines. In response, NPS...
While most women experience primary dysmenorrheoa (period pain), a recent longitudinal study has revealed the extent of its impact on the academic, social and professional lives of young women.  The Australian retrospective study analysed data on dysmenorrheoa in women with...
You don’t notice it at first but you find yourself tripping over and falling a lot more – you can’t ever remember being that clumsy. Everything seems to take that much longer because your muscles don’t do what you...
‘The doctor comes with free good will, but ne’er forgets his calomel’ The highly toxic ‘cure-all’ calomel is all but forgotten today, but it was administered across the world from the 17th century until the 1950s, causing a litany of...
Research from Curtin University published in 2017 found that pharmacists providing advice to lactating mothers who are seeking complementary medicines are finding the lack of safety data on the products a barrier to effective patient care. Interviews were conducted...
A range of devices and apps are tailored to monitor and promote restful sleep. Here’s the pick of the field. Just over a third (39%) of adult patients experience some form of inadequate sleep. In the short term, this can...