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Experts are urging allergic rhinitis (hay fever) sufferers to seek the help of pharmacists, following a recent poll showing hay fever to be the most common allergic disorder in Australia; causing more than a simple case of the sniffles,...
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...
A recent study identified that the risk of hip fracture was increased with the use of psychotropic drugs in elderly people. The highest risk was seen when opioids or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants were started. While a...
Treating bacterial infections without antibiotics might sound like a problem from another time, but it is a challenge that healthcare professionals in remote areas are facing. Antibiotic shortages are transforming ‘school sores’ (impetigo), a treatable bacterial skin infection common amongst...
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...
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...
First there is the intense throbbing and pulsating headache on the one side of your head, then the nausea sets in and you want to throw up. Your vision goes blurry, and you are very sensitive to lights and...
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) recently made changes to the listings for proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in an effort to address overprescribing. The changes, which came into effect on 1 May 2019, affect prescribing of esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole and...
Laudanum’s use, and abuse, has set the tone for the use and abuse of opiates from the 17th century until the present day. From pre-history through Sumerian, Greek and Roman cultures, opium has been used for pain management. But...
Community pharmacists could more frequently give patients a choice between the two emergency contraception drugs available in Australia. The mystery shopper exercise conducted by University of Sydney researchers found that emergency contraception drug levonorgestrel (LNG) was provided 74% of the...