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Immortalised in Australian slang, the analgesic phenacetin (used in Bex powder) is wrapped up in the development of the modern pharmaceutical industry and has shaped our attitude to the use of over-the-counter analgesics. Acetophenitidine (sold as phenacetin) was developed by...
Changes to regulations on opioid supply in Australia came into effect this week, with new Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listings resulting in smaller quantities and restrictions around opioid prescribing for pain treatment.
The TGA has approved a new preventative treatment for migraine, with a new medicine that targets the calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor. Patients experiencing migraine will soon have a new preventative medicine available that targets the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor....
Amendments to the S3 listing for salbutamol released last week will ease dispensing restrictions, hopefully reducing patient frustration and stopping unacceptable abuse experienced by some pharmacists.
The Federal Government is calling on community pharmacists to help vaccinate millions of Australians against COVID-19.
Scenario A 70-year-old male patient is being discharged from hospital today and you note that swallowing difficulties are detailed in his case history. The dispensing pharmacist has dispensed the patient’s discharge medications and has labelled simvastatin with cautionary advisory label...
One in six Australian pharmacists are pro-life and oppose elective termination of pregnancy. But this does not diminish their responsibilities to patients. Marie enters your pharmacy and hands you a prescription for MS-2 Step. You can see that she has...
Liquorice has been put to varied use since the beginning of recorded history. Today, largely unregulated ‘herbal’ remedies are sold, and people even use it as a shampoo.
The TGA has told pharmacists, prescribers and patients to expect a shortage of Estradot (estradiol) HRT transdermal products until July 2021.
A 33-year-old woman was seen by an obstetrician. The patient did not know if she had previously had chickenpox. Her varicella-zoster antibody titre signified non-immunity. She had not been vaccinated. Three months later, she became pregnant. She was told...