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Cost is a major factor associated with non-adherence to asthma treatment in Australia, recent research revealed. Healthcare providers can assist patients with adherence by discussing more cost-effective treatment options. In an online cross-sectional survey conducted between December 2015 and March...
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...
In the second of a six-part series, we expand on the PSA Choosing Wisely recommendations, taking a closer look at polypharmacy. The PSA’s Choosing Wisely recommendations includes a statement about polypharmacy and deprescribing (Box 1).1-8 PSA’s statement recognises that while...
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...
In the first of a six-part series, we expand on the PSA Choosing Wisely recommendations. This month: beware the prescribing cascade. The decision to initiate a medication is a complex one1 and whilst prescribers strive to act in the best...
Neuropathic pain is defined as ‘pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system’.1 It is associated with impaired quality of life. Around 7–8% of adults have chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics. A quarter of people...
A medication that promises to alleviate symptoms of severe asthma is now listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) under Section 100, giving patients access to the potentially life-saving treatment.   There are 2.5 million Australians (10% of the population)...
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...
Meningococcal disease is an acute bacterial infection that can affect the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), or the blood (septicaemia); whilst some patients can have a combination of both. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: ...
As awareness of transgender people grows, so does the need for healthcare professionals to be educated in the area of transgender health. A recent article in Australian Prescriber draws on ‘decades of experience’ to give practitioners fresh insight into...