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- Pharmaceuticals, pharmacists and profits: the Pharmacy Guild perspective
- Pharmaceuticals, pharmacists and profits: a health policy perspective
- Differences in Australian and New Zealand medicines funding policies
- Macitentan for pulmonary arterial hypertension
- Afatinib for non-small cell lung carcinoma
- Dolutegravir for HIV infection
- Riociguat for pulmonary hypertension
- Asia Pacific Conference on National Medicines Policies - Conference Report
- Independent therapeutic advice: How achievable is it? - Independence Forum
The history of Australian Prescriber
The misadventures of celebrities regularly highlight the growing problem of misuse of prescription drugs. Malcolm Dobbin reports that deaths involving prescription drugs now exceed those caused by car crashes.
When used appropriately, taking several prescription drugs together can be beneficial. Ruth Webster and Anushka Patel discuss the prospects for polypills in preventing cardiovascular events.
Serious adverse events can result not only from prescription drugs, but also from over-the-counter medicines. Helen Crilly and Michael Rose explore the link between pholcodine cough mixtures and anaphylaxis during surgery. Jerome Sarris reminds us that even herbal medicines – such as those used for mental health – can interact with other drugs. [There is a Continuing professional development activity associated with this article]
The prevalence of problem allergies appears to be increasing. It is therefore appropriate for William Smith to assess the role of allergen immunotherapy, including sublingual immunotherapy.
The diagnosis of diabetes is also increasing and Michael d'Emden proposes changing the diagnostic process. Measuring glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) is a simpler method than the traditional oral glucose tolerance test.