Opioids, antidepressants and the risk of hip fracture

A recent study identified that the risk of hip fracture was increased with the use of psychotropic drugs in elderly people. The highest risk...

Pregabalin add-on for drug-resistant focal epilepsy

This evidence summary presents the best available evidence regarding pregabalin add-on for drug-resistant focal epilepsy.1 Introduction Approximately 3–3.5% of Australians will experience epilepsy at some point...

2019: A watershed year for Australian medicine safety

I am enormously proud of how our work has contributed to medicine safety and the quality use of medicines finally receiving the attention it warrants.

Call to enlist pharmacists for opioid fight as deaths rise

New Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) research has revealed the number of Australian deaths involving opioids has more than doubled in the...

Reducing influenza related hospitalisation in children

A new cohort study has found that influenza-associated hospitalisation in children is significantly more likely in those with chronic lung diseases (CLDs), despite the...

Mental health medicines and drug-related deaths

A recent study of coronial inquest findings revealed medicines relating to mental health conditions (antidepressants, antipsychotics) were most commonly implicated in non-opioid and non-benzodiazepine...