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A pharmacist-led intervention targeted towards reducing the prevalence of sedative prescription in aged care has reduced antipsychotic prescribing by 13% and that of benzodiazepines by 21%. The University of Tasmania team led by Prof Greg Peterson and Dr Juanita Westbury...
There is strong evidence that hospital patients benefit from pharmacists being involved in post-discharge care. But pharmacists face multiple barriers when it comes to conducting post-discharge medication reviews. If you’ve ever run or watched a relay race you’ll know...
Identifying and managing pain in children is a vital role for pharmacists. Commonly encountered paediatric pain can be categorised as pain associated with infection (e.g. otitis media, pharyngitis and viral infections of the mouth), normative pains (e.g. colic, growing...
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...
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 Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has made an interim decision to upschedule modified release (MR) paracetamol tablets from 1 October 2019 due to safety concerns. The medicine will change from Schedule 2 (Pharmacy Medicine) to Schedule 3 (Pharmacist Only) in...
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is an inflammatory skin condition that mostly affects young children. However, a recent report shows it may affect older adults more often than previously thought. The report, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows a U-shaped...
Checking technicians would allow pharmacists to spend more time on patient-focused activities in both community and hospital pharmacy settings, New Zealand research has found. Based on overseas models in the US and UK, where a specific checking technician role has...
Endometriosis can result in reduced quality of life and significant burden to the health system. This evidence summary presents the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of oral contraceptives for the management of pain associated with endometriosis. For the full...
Concerns over the overuse of antipsychotics in Residential Aged Care Facilities have reached a high tide – but so have efforts to address the issue by giving pharmacists a larger role to play. 'The hallmark of a civilised society is...