Health

Paracetamol: rescheduling sought for modified release

The recommendation to reschedule modified release paracetamol 665mg as S3 (pharmacist only) has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild. Guild National President George Tambassis said rescheduling modified release paracetamol to S3 would result in patients benefiting from the required interaction with their community pharmacist. “Quite clearly, with a rescheduling consumers …

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Calls for transparency over payments from big pharma

While transparency around payments by the pharmaceutical industry to doctors is in decline in Australia, payments to other non-prescribing healthcare professionals are less well understood, says a research letter published this week. New analysis in the letter, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reveals pharmaceutical industry payments to Australian non-prescribing healthcare …

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Coles looking out for 21m customers in heart project

Coles is partnering with the Heart Foundation to encourage its 21 million weekly customers to look after their hearts. The partnership comes as Coles deploys automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during June to all the retailer’s 820 supermarkets, to provide rapid aid to customers or team members having a sudden cardiac …

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Swamped hospitals’ A&E under pressure

Record numbers of patients are swamping emergency departments across NSW, with critically ill patients needing treatment within 10 minutes waiting for more than an hour at a major Sydney hospital. The rising numbers, well above population growth levels, show no sign of slowing as the state enters the winter flu …

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Sleep apnoea led to snooze on wheelchair drive

More than 80 per cent of people with quadriplegic spinal injuries have sleep apnoea, but despite its significant effect on their lives, many don’t know they have it, Melbourne researchers have found. The researchers from The Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS) at Austin Health and The University of Melbourne …

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Guild supports Bowen as Shadow Health Minister

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has congratulated opposition MP Chris Bowen on his appointment as Shadow Health Minister. Guild Acting National President Trent Twomey says Mr Bowen’s extensive political experience will be invaluable in the health portfolio. “The Pharmacy Guild has long had a strong working relationship with Mr Bowen …

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It’s black news for charcoal toothpaste

A new report in the British Dental Journal (BDJ) has concluded that a range of harmful attributes surround charcoal toothpaste use. Manufacturers of toothpaste containing charcoal typically claim it whitens teeth and removes stains, but the BDJ report found some products were harmful to teeth. With the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) …

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$5m funds for eating disorders research

The Australian government is providing $5 million for ground-breaking research into the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders. Around one million Australians live with an eating disorder. They are extremely complex illnesses and have one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric condition. The two projects funded …

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