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Vaccine rollout may face delays

11 February, 2021 by Amy Sarcevic

Insufficient manufacturing infrastructure and incorrect handling after dispatch are creating supply shortfalls and wastage around the world.

Active ingredient prescribing comes into effect

04 February, 2021 by Matthew Grant, Monash University

Doctors must now prescribe drugs using their chemical name, not brand names. That's good news for patients.

Hospital pharmacists prepare for vaccine rollout

27 January, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccinations set to roll out in less than one month, Australia's hospital pharmacists are preparing for their central role in the administration process.

How soon will we reach herd immunity for COVID-19?

25 January, 2021 by Amy Sarcevic

Achieving herd immunity for COVID-19 may be a challenge through current vaccination programs, research from the Imperial College London has found.

Delaying the second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine could be dangerous, immunologist warns

12 January, 2021 by Amy Sarcevic

An immunologist at the University of Queensland has cautioned over the UK's decision to delay second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

The psychology of anti-vaxxers

14 December, 2020 by Amy Sarcevic

Psychologists have shed light on why seemingly intelligent people ignore the evidence base supporting vaccines and label them unsafe, despite having little to no expertise on scientific methodology.

Cost and disrupted routines threaten medication safety at Christmas

07 December, 2020

The Christmas holiday period can present as a particularly challenging time for medication adherence.

The most common and costly drugs of 2019–2020

02 December, 2020

Which prescription medicines are most commonly used in Australia? Which have the greatest cost to the Australian Government?

SHPA Virtual Congress award winners announced

25 November, 2020

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) has hosted a successful, celebratory and all-virtual 2020 SHPA Virtual Congress.

Medication safety is everyone's business

05 November, 2020 by Kristin Michaels, SHPA CEO

With the use of medication being the most common healthcare intervention, the challenge of upholding safety has never been more important.

HIV study set to change international treatment recommendations

22 October, 2020

New findings by researchers at the UBC Faculty of Medicine are set to change international treatment recommendations for people with newly diagnosed HIV.

Report finds high use of antimicrobials in major cities

23 September, 2020

Sustained high use of antimicrobial medicines has been demonstrated in a five-year trend report released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

New antibiotic takes on drug-resistant bacteria

01 September, 2020

Dr Amy Cain and her colleagues have designed an antimicrobial peptide that holds promise for the future treatment of drug-resistant bacteria.

Pollution responsible for antibiotic resistance, research finds

26 August, 2020 by Amy Sarcevic

Scientists at the University of Georgia appear to have found a link between pollution and antibiotic resistance in a landmark study published this year.

Program helps pharmacists wise up to pain

31 July, 2020

A new online program has been launched to ensure pharmacists are well placed to manage pain.

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