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In this new regular series, AP is delving into the medicine catalogues of pharmacists of days past, to unearth often surprising remedies, like selling cigarettes for asthmatic children. Long before Camels became the doctor's cigarette of choice, asthmatics were being...
One in six Australians receive a mental health-related prescription each year.1 Almost half the population is set to experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.2 Pharmacists play a vital role in alleviating their burden. How to help a...
In the second of a six-part series, we expand on the PSA Choosing Wisely recommendations, taking a closer look at polypharmacy. The PSA’s Choosing Wisely recommendations includes a statement about polypharmacy and deprescribing (Box 1).1-8 PSA’s statement recognises that while...
On 19 June, the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act 2017 comes into effect in Victoria. In preparation, there are several things that pharmacists need to be aware of. Victoria’s Acting Minister for Health Martin Foley recently announced that all dispensing...
We know that there are high levels of medicines use in the aged care setting, which is not surprising given the demographics of residents and prevalence of multimorbidity. We also know that there are problems with medication management in this...
The emerging role for Australian pharmacists working in general practices is seen by many pharmacists as an exciting new career opportunity. It is supported and promoted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Australian Medical Association and the Royal...
Momentum for pharmacist prescribing continues to grow, with a third of participants at a recent forum calling for the profession to move forward with developing models for the practice in Australia. For its Pharmacist Prescribing Forum earlier this year, the...
Medicine access, technological disruption to traditional care models, ethical dilemmas and gender equity dominated the program for the 79th International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) Congress. The congress wrapped up in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday attended by 2,652 delegates...
Significant levels of ‘high-risk’ medications in Australian aged care facilities provide an area of need for future roles for pharmacists, the PSA19 conference was told yesterday. And antimicrobial use, as well as wider medication ‘stewardship’, were key areas pharmacists could...
Emergency department (ED) presentations for non-urgent care can be lessened through improved healthcare services in the community, a new report has found. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report sought to understand who uses emergency services and for what...