Health

Testogel to restart supply

  The manufacturer of testosterone replacement therapy Testogel (1% transdermal testosterone gel) has confirmed that stock levels of its widely prescribed sachet presentation will return to normal by August 1. According to Besins Healthcare, the shortfall in global supply of Testogel sachets reported in March has been addressed and it …

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Queensland pharmacy council

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Queensland branch has provided its submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the establishment of a pharmacy council and pharmacy ownership in Queensland. Guild Queensland Vice-President Kos Sclavos says the establishment of a pharmacy council will bring Queensland into line with all other Australian jurisdictions and …

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Montelukast safety review

The TGA is undertaking additional risk-mitigation activities following a new safety review of  asthma medication montelukast. The government had requested the TGA conduct a safety review of the drug following reports in the media of serious neuropsychiatric events occurring in association with montelukast in children and adolescents. The review evaluated …

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Second indication registered for cancer combo

Opdivo (nivolumab) 3mg/kg, in combination with another Bristol-Myers Squibb immuno-oncology agent, Yervoy (ipilimumab) 1mg/kg, is now registered by the TGA for the treatment of patients with intermediate/poor-risk, previously-untreated advanced renal-cell carcinoma (RCC). This registration has been granted under the new TGA priority review process aimed at expediting evaluation timeframes of …

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Hypoglycaemia focus in diabetes rethink

A psychology researcher at Victoria’s Deakin University has joined an international project pushing for a rethink on how diabetes is treated, with an aim to address hypoglycaemia. The four-year, $42 million Hypo-Resolve project brings together researchers, clinicians, industry and those living with diabetes to increase understanding of the causes and …

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No vitamin D link to brain health

New research from South Australian scientists has shown that vitamin D is unlikely to protect individuals from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or other brain-related disorders. A report released in the science journal Nutritional Neuroscience said the researchers had failed to find solid clinical evidence for vitamin D as …

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Close the wound gap

Pharmacists are being urged to take a leading role in dealing with Australia’s “hidden affliction” of chronic wounds during Wound Awareness Week (July 15-21). Although chronic wounds can be healed, they often go untreated because Australians are “blind to wounds’” according to Wounds Australia, with many not recognising that when …

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NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year

Katherine Pollard was named NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia last week. PSA NSW branch president Professor Peter Carroll presented the award to the University of New England student, who will compete against the winners from the other states and territories for the national …

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