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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...
Australia is in the midst of a record-breaking heatwave – with Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and NSW all reaching maximum temperatures of 8-12°C above average. Parts of South Australia, Victoria and NSW are expected to reach...
Dementia Australia recently called for shared responsibility between healthcare professionals and aged care organisations in the care of people living with dementia. But where do pharmacists fit into this equation? Dementia Australia CEO Marie McCabe said that a collaborative approach...
The discovery of sodium thiopental ushered in the era of modern intravenous anaesthesia, but its darker side as a ‘truth serum’ and use in lethal injections made it a household name. Sodium thiopental (also known as sodium pentothal) was first...
What is best practice for community pharmacists for addressing GP prescribing errors? One outcome of a pharmacist’s responsibility may be the need to contact a prescriber to clarify a dose, resolve a duplication in treatment, ­flag a potential interaction or...
The introduction of direct-acting antivirals therapies for hepatitis C in 2016 has contributed to a 20% decline in deaths attributed to the disease, but a drop in the number of people accessing the cure has public health authorities worried. This...
Research from the University of New South Wales National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has shown a decline in illicit low-dose codeine use since the February rescheduling. The report shows 14% of the 910 metropolitan-based participants in the national...
Scenario: You have decided to run a cardiovascular screening and risk assessment service in the pharmacy. The target screening group is ‘all willing patients over the age of 45 years without a known history of cardiovascular disease (CVD)’. What do...
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....
Obesity is a chronic and complex health condition, with obese people being at significantly higher risk of morbidity and mortality. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Describe risks and complications associated with being overweight or...