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Two additional targeted biologicals for severe chronic plaque psoriasis are now listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), offering relief for adults with the often underestimated condition. Chronic plaque psoriasis (often referred to as psoriasis) is thought to affect between...
Up to 42% of an active drug can be lost through common crushing activities, a study comparing devices and methods has found. Via a validated UV method, researchers from University of Queensland used a white, round and scored immediate release...
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...
With over-the-counter (OTC) codeine products being upscheduled, pharmacists and pharmacy staff need to review and understand every patient’s pain. In doing so, there’s an opportunity to provide better care and develop deeper relationships with those customers. Much debate and uncertainty...
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)...
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is characterised by repetitive, partial (hypopnoea) or complete (apnoea) occlusions of the upper airway during sleep, resulting in frequent arousals and sleep fragmentation. Learning objectives  After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Describe...
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...
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been ranked as serious a threat to society as terrorism. With millions of lives at risk, and trillions in GDP potentially lost, antibiotic misuse must be prevented to avoid widespread resistance. Today, no-one expects a scratch...
Evidence supports the effectiveness of meditation in managing various common conditions. These apps can guide practice. If you’re hearing mindfulness and meditation more and more in your patient discussions, you may be curious or have been asked about how...
Scenario A patient, who identi­fies as an Aboriginal person, presents to the pharmacy for her monthly prescriptions. Her prescriptions are not annotated as ‘CTG - Closing The Gap PBS Co-payment Measure’. She queries why she has to pay for her...