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A once-daily, single inhaler triple therapy for  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is set to be listed on the PBS from 1 July. The triple-therapy inhaler Trelegy Ellipta (fluticasone furoate, umeclidinium and vilanterol) is indicated for long-term maintenance treatment...
Research highlights the vital role HMRs play in averting medicine misadventure. In 2016, members of the PSA Accredited Pharmacist Leadership Group (APLG) undertook an audit to determine the clinical impact of HMRs on patients. The aim of this audit...
We know that there are high levels of medicines use in the aged care setting, which is not surprising given the demographics of residents and prevalence of multimorbidity. We also know that there are problems with medication management in this...
This evidence summary presents the best available evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of a combination of antidepressants and benzodiazepines for adults with major depression compared to antidepressants only. For the full review, refer to Antidepressants plus benzodiazepines for...
Since 1 April, medicines crucial to those suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease have become available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The listed medicines include brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris), safinamide (Xadago) and riluzole (Teglutik). Brentuximab vedotin Brentuximab vedotin is...
The shift from viewing pain as simply a symptom opens up opportunities to greatly improve the way it is treated, writes PainWISE MD Joyce McSwan MPS. How can pharmacists get behind it? Pain science has changed. For a very long time,...
While around 176 million women worldwide suffer from endometriosis, awareness of the condition amongst both the public and healthcare practitioners remains low. Pharmacists can make a valuable impact by raising awareness of the symptoms of endometriosis and providing support...
Thalidomide’s period of use may have been short but its ramifications have lasted decades, both for people who suffer deformities from its effects and how we now regulate medicines. Like many ‘wonder drugs’ of the 20th century, thalidomide was first...
Recent research has shed light on a potential new avenue to reduce insulin requirements for people with type 1 diabetes. An estimated 1.2 million Australians (6%) live with diabetes, not including gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is one of the...
Vegan diets are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers and youth, especially females, due to the perceived health benefits of a plant-based diet. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Describe the principles and philosophy of...