Tag Archives: NPS MedicineWise

Meds safety unites healthcare sector

Better use of funding, leveraging digital health and empowering consumers and the workforce were among strategies discussed at the first Medicine Safety Forum this week. More than 100 experts representing the breadth of healthcare, including government and consumers, were challenged to “think differently” on the safe use of medicines as …

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Smoke season calls for review of asthma plans

As smoke from fires along the east coast of Australia continues to impact on air quality, NPS MedicineWise has issued a reminder to people with breathing conditions to follow advice from their doctor and healthcare professionals, limit time spent outdoors and avoid vigorous exercise. NPS MedicineWise medical adviser Dr Jill …

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Travellers urged: carry medicines documents

The detention of an Australian for bringing prescription medicines into Bali without sufficient documentation has prompted a timely reminder for travellers. With the holiday season approaching, NPS MedicineWise is reminding Australians to plan ahead when they are travelling with medicines. NPS Pharmacist and Medicines Line Team Lead Nerida Packham says …

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Patient guide in move to reduce opioid harm

With pharmaceutical opioids linked to daily deaths and hospitalisations in Australia, a patient education guide has been launched. The guide, released this week by the NPS MedicineWise ‘Choosing Wisely Australia’ (CWA) initiative, is part of a national effort to help reduce the number of Australians experiencing harm from pharmaceutical opioids. …

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At issue: the merits of hay fever options

It’s spring, but help is at hand for Australians seeking hay fever medicines, including antihistamines, decongestants and corticosteroids, according to NPS MedicineWise. This year, to help people with seasonal allergies navigate what has been described as a medicine jungle, the organisation is providing information and advice on hay fever (allergic …

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Anti-acid meds linked to future health risks

National initiatives have failed to reduce prolonged use of anti-acid medicines in Australia, according to a new UNSW study. Australians’ use of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medicines to manage gastrointestinal acid-related disorders, such as heartburn or acid reflux, is among the highest in the world. In 2017, an estimated 15 …

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New grant supports specialist prescribing of bDMARDs

A consortium of health organisations has been awarded a new grant that will improve the use of biologic Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (bDMARDs). The bDMARDs grant that is $8.4 million over three years will enable consumers to get the most benefits from these complex medicines. “bDMARDs are a class of medicine …

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CALD communities face difficulties with medication info

During the annual Be MedicineWise week (August 19-25), NPS MedicineWise is working together with pharmacists in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to help all Australians with knowing the language of medicines.  This is to ensure all Australians know and understand the medications they are taking, along with understanding the …

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