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A recent study of coronial inquest findings revealed medicines relating to mental health conditions (antidepressants, antipsychotics) were most commonly implicated in non-opioid and non-benzodiazepine accidental drug-related deaths, with increasing prevalence over the 5-year study period.1 Although pharmacists were not implicated...
A seven-year international study has found aspirin is not beneficial in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease for those aged over 70. The ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) trial found that daily low-dose aspirin (100mg) did not...
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...
Methaqualone was one of the most abused prescription drugs worldwide during the 1970s. Thankfully, the world woke up to its destructive capacity. Methaqualone was first synthesised in India in 1951, where it was originally formulated as an anti-malarial drug. As...
Can oxybutynin be useful for some patients who are unsuited for hormonal pharmacotherapy? Some people might describe hot flashes as an unannounced and brief feeling of intense heat, with the sensation that their body is on fire and they...
People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease often experience symptoms of apathy, which can be treated by pharmacological and behavioural interventions. The purpose of this evidence summary is to present the best available evidence regarding the pharmacological management of apathy in...
Experts are urging allergic rhinitis (hay fever) sufferers to seek the help of pharmacists, following a recent poll showing hay fever to be the most common allergic disorder in Australia; causing more than a simple case of the sniffles,...
Most people with clinically severe obesity live and die without the underlying disease having ever been treated, leading global expert in obesity, Professor John Dixon told PSA19 at the weekend. Pharmacists, like other health practitioners, accept that patients with diabetes...
dry eye

Dry eye

Pharmacists play a referring role in supporting patients with dry eye. Dry eye is a common problem, increasing in older age. Most cases are mild, and treatable with topical lubricants and minimising precipitants. However, without clinical investigation it may be...
Hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease, affecting 1.13 billion people worldwide, including six million adult Australians. Research has indicated that a new pharmacological approach to treatment could be imminent,1 following the results of a recent study in mice.2 Despite...