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editorIt is now 50 years since the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee was established following the discovery that thalidomide had caused birth defects. Thalidomide was used to manage morning sickness, so there is concern about treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Tricia Taylor tells us about the current guidelines, and Debra Kennedy reviews how the harms of drugs in pregnancy are classified.

Antenatal assessments have advanced since 1963 and Jon Hyett discusses the developments in screening for Down syndrome.

Advances in genetics have led to a better understanding of drug metabolism. Ben Snyder explains why this is important for codeine in his article on the pharmacology of opioids.

While technological advances can result in better treatment, the benefits will be lost if the drugs are taken inappropriately. Rohan Elliott evaluates the evidence for using dose administration aids. This article will be the first subject for Australian Prescriber's new continuing professional development activities for pharmacists.

Volume 37 Number 2 April 2014

Classifying drugs in pregnancy D Kennedy

Treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy T Taylor
Appropriate use of dose administration aids RA Elliott
Revisiting old friends: update on opioid pharmacology B Snyder

Diagnostic tests
Non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome J Hyett


Dental notes
Opioids in dental practice
Medicines Safety Update

New drugs
Clevidipine for hypertension
Glycopyrronium bromide for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Ivacaftor for cystic fibrosis
Meningococcal B vaccine for immunisation
Micafungin for invasive candidiasis
Mirabegron for overactive bladder

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