Tag Archives: medicines

More patient input in PBS advocated

Australian patients should be given a greater say in which medicines receive government reimbursement, according to the ‘Broadening the Evidence’ report launched this week. Patient advocacy organisations, government representatives and patients themselves gathered in Sydney this week at the launch of the report, commissioned by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Australia The …

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‘Micro submarines’ inside body could deliver meds

UNSW engineers have shown that ‘micro submarines’ powered by nano-motors could navigate the human body to provide targeted drug delivery to diseased organs without the need for external stimulus. Cancers in the human body may one day be treated by these tiny, self-propelled ‘micro-submarines’ delivering medicine to affected organs after …

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Guild launches online opioid course

The Pharmacy Guild’s Learning and Development platform features a new online course, ‘Opioid substitution therapy: A guide for pharmacists’. The module includes the pharmacological basis for using substitution therapy, its benefits and aims for treatment. The course also provides preliminary information for pharmacists who wish to initiate an opioid substitution …

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SafeScript already saving lives

SafeScript is already saving lives and keeping patients with prescription medication addictions safe from harm. In its first two months, SafeScript has alerted doctors and pharmacists in western Victoria to almost 3,300 patients at risk of harm or overdose from visiting multiple clinics or pharmacies. Deaths caused by prescription medicine …

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Take three tips with travel

With many Australians travelling to see relatives during the summer, this is a good time for pharmacists to be educating customers on safe travel with medicines, according to Webstercare Managing Director Gerard Stevens. He has provided three tips aimed at giving customers peace of mind regarding their medications this holiday …

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Opioid action urgent

New data showing increasing opioid-related harm and misuse in Australia has added to the growing impetus for collaborative and effective nationwide action, says the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA). The ‘Opioid harm in Australia and comparisons between Australia and Canada’ report reveals deaths involving opioids have almost doubled …

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Victoria combats drug misuse with SafeScript program

The PSA says it welcomes the launch of Victoria’s real-time prescription monitoring  program, SafeScript, aimed at tackling rising prescription-drug-related deaths. SafeScript will automatically transmit pharmacies’ prescription records for high-risk medicines to a centralised database. It will use these records to send notifications to prescribers and pharmacists when they need to …

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Monopolies threat to PBS medicines access: NPSA

Without urgent action to stamp out monopolies in the nation’s medicine supply chain, access to essential medicines could be jeopardised and people living in remote and regional areas could end up paying more for PBS medicines than those in urban centres, according to the National Pharmaceutical Services Association. NPSA Chair Mark …

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