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Pharmacists when co-locating with GPs play a valuable role in reducing over-prescribing in older patients. Over 12 months, pharmacists in an ACT-based pilot study recommended deprescribing in several cases where older patients were unnecessarily taking medicines for a range of...
The feet and toenails are prone to a variety of infections, as they are frequently exposed to a moist environment through the regular use of footwear. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Recognise the signs...
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...
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...
Arthritis Australia has launched a National Strategic Action Plan which resolves to prevent arthritis, invest in research, and improve treatment and support for people living with the condition. Arthritis is a leading cause of chronic pain in Australia. Around four...
Immediate patient access to antibiotics through pharmacies has been recognised as a factor in addressing antibiotic misuse in the community, as antimicrobial resistance increases. A study conducted across 90 rural and metropolitan Western Australian community pharmacies has examined the abilities...
Having a pharmacist in a general practice can be a powerful tool for changing other healthcare practitioners' attitudes towards pharmacy scope of care, a pilot study has shown. Presenting at PSA18, the University of Canberra’s Dr Mark Naunton discussed some...
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...
Cocaine has a long history of use in the treatment of pain and inflammation – and in recent decades as a recreational drug. Cocaine is an extract of the leaves of the coca plant, which has been grown in...
As cold and flu season reaches fever pitch, the demand for complementary medicines to help prevent and manage colds and influenza is increasing. A new paper emphasises the risks associated with these medicines, and the role pharmacists have in...