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Around one in 16 Australians will suffer from depression at some time during their life.1,2 What evidence is there that complementary medicines such as S-Adenosyl-L-methionine and St John’s wort offer any relief?  The World Health Organization has predicted that depression will...
Accredited pharmacist and Credentialed Diabetes Educator Angelica Rostov details how pharmacists can advance their diabetes education. The following changes are now in place for those who are either undertaking or considering undertaking the diabetes educator qualification. To become a Pharmacist Diabetes...
Topical corticosteroids are used for various dermatological conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Describe common misconceptions and misunderstandings of topical corticosteroids Identify current evidence and recommendations on the safety...
A study has found a pharmacy-driven protocol using nasal swabs to assess methicillin‑resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in pneumonia cases holds promise for reducing unnecessary use of vancomycin, recommended when there is a high risk of MRSA infection. Researchers at a...
As the fatal consequences of prescription overdoses have climbed in Australia, a recently published  study from Monash University identified key factors that could indicate a predisposition to persistent opioid use in patients without cancer.   The population-based study examined a...
With over-the-counter (OTC) codeine products being upscheduled, pharmacists and pharmacy staff need to review and understand every patient’s pain. In doing so, there’s an opportunity to provide better care and develop deeper relationships with those customers. Much debate and uncertainty...
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer and melanoma in the world, but studies have found that non-cardio selective beta-blockers such as propranolol exhibit anti-tumour effects. Before the age of 70 years, at least 2 in 3 Australians...
Cannabis is the most popular recreational drug used in the world. The use of cannabis or cannabinoids is referred to as medicinal cannabis. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Identify medicinal cannabis products available Describe...
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterised by joint inflammation. The immune system attacks the tissue lining the joints (synovial membrane), causing joint pain, swelling and stiffness. It usually occurs in joints on both sides of the...
A commonly-used treatment for Alzheimer's disease could reduce the risk of stroke among people with dementia. The Australian-Swedish study, co-authored by Monash University researchers, focussed on the effect of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs), which are commonly prescribed to relieve symptoms of...