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As the custodians of medicine safety, promoting the judicious, quality and safe use of medicines is key to pharmacists’ roles. But it is also important to work with other health professionals to improve outcomes for all Australians. At the Medicine...
Better use of existing funding, leveraging digital health and empowering consumers are the keys to improving medicine safety. These were the main themes to come out of discussions at the Medicine Safety Forum held in Canberra on Tuesday. Convened by the...
Most Australian GPs have used a placebo in practice at least once, with active placebos used far more than inert placebos, a new study has found. Published this week in the Australian Journal of General Practice,1 the results of a...
More than 62,000 hospital admissions for heart failure in Australia could have been prevented and more than 400,000 bed days avoided, according to new data released last week from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).1  That equates to,...
Evaluation overseas has found pharmacist prescribing to be safe, clinically appropriate and well-received by patients. Pharmacy groups have long called for changes to allow pharmacists to prescribe specified medicines such as the oral contraceptive pill.  In countries where this extension to...
The Federal Government has committed to improving medicine safety in aged care, as part of a $537 million response to the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Released last month, the report identified three...
Almost 10% of residents in aged care facilities were prescribed an antimicrobial, mostly commonly cefalexin and clotrimazole, but the majority had no documented signs of infection, The 2018 Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey has found. Published early ahead of...
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has supported PSA’s call for better dispensing authorities without prescriptions for people with chronic disease during natural disasters and emergency situations. Asked if it was in favour of pharmacists having greater autonomy...
Brad Butt MPS has been named the 2019 UTS Most Innovative Pharmacist for his pioneering work in men’s health. Mr Butt established Men’s Health Downunder at his pharmacy in Cooleman Court, Canberra in 2013. With prostate cancer the second-most diagnosed cancer...
State and federal health departments have advised of options available to pharmacists in parts of NSW and Queensland affected by this week’s catastrophic-level fires. Under the existing three-day emergency supply rule they can dispense medicines without a prescription until ‘at...