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Drug error impact revealed

A new report has revealed that medicine-related problems result in 250,000 Australians being hospitalised each year and another 400,000 presenting to emergency departments, with at least half of the cases preventable. The problems include medication errors, inappropriate use, misadventure and interactions. The ‘Medicine safety: Take care’ report, developed for the …

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Add us to the MBS: PSA

The recommendation to add pharmacists to the list of eligible allied health professionals to access Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items, for medication management services for patients with complex care requirements, is an important investment in the safe and effective use of medicines, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) said. The …

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PSA prioritising medicine safety

Innovative and cost-effective solutions to current health system challenges, including harm caused by medicine misuse, have been recommended by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) in their pre-budget submission. PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman says PSA’s recent report Medicine Safety: Take Care, released last week, shows medicine safety is a …

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TGA approves new weight loss medication

Contrave, a dual acting oral weight loss medication which helps control hunger and cravings has been approved by the TGA. It is the first combination of naltrexone – an opioid antagonist, and bupropion – a dopamine and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, both of which are approved and have been in use …

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World Cancer Day – take action and get screened

When people think of going to the dentist, most cross their fingers that their dentist won’t recommend a filling, but many don’t consider the possibility of oral cancer. On World Cancer Day (February 4), the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is recommending that Australians schedule regular check-ups with their dentist which …

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Wildcard winner named

Alyssa Murray from Queensland has won the NAPSA Wildcard for entry to the 2019 PSA Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) Award. PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman announced the award at the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association Congress Gala Ball in Adelaide and congratulated Ms Murray on her exceptional …

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