Clinical Services > Pharmacy

Federal govt commits to real-time monitoring of prescriptions

03 August, 2017

$16m invested for the national rollout of real-time prescription monitoring to prevent misuse and loss of life.


Ketamine for depression: long-term use concerns

03 August, 2017

Ketamine is increasingly being used off-label to treat depression, but the long-term effects have not been examined.


Antibiotic use in Australian infants 150% higher than UK, other countries

28 July, 2017

Infants are being unncessarily treated with antibiotics for viral infections, increasing the risk of antimicrobial resistance.


Vaccine holds hope for protection against gonorrhoea

13 July, 2017

The meningococcal group B vaccine appears to reduce one's chances of contracting gonorrhoea.


Aussie GPs greatly overprescribing antibiotics for ARIs

11 July, 2017

Antibiotics for throat and lung infections are being prescribed at rates four to nine times higher than recommended, impacting antimicrobial resistance.


Some acid reflux drugs raise death risk 25%

11 July, 2017

It may be time to restrict the use of widely available proton pump inhibitors, researchers say.


Global database matches patients to clinical trials

10 July, 2017

Patients could benefit from access to developing technology and increased speed to market of life-saving medications.


Skin cancer prevention is the best (and cheapest) medicine

06 July, 2017

Skin cancer treatment costs 30 times more than prevention.


Digital version of Australian Injectable Drugs Handbook 7th Edition now available

23 June, 2017

The Australian Injectable Drugs Handbook (AIDH) 7th Edition is now available, updated and digital, for healthcare professionals administering injectable drugs to patients.


Automated pharmacy means more time for patient care

28 April, 2017

At the heart of this automated pharmacy system are drug dispensary robots that can precisely scan, move and store more than $200,000 worth of medicines each day.


Thunderstorm asthma and the role of the hospital pharmacist

18 April, 2017 by Kristin Michaels*

On the evening of 21 November 2016, after a wild and windy thunderstorm, the city of Melbourne was plunged into a 'thunderstorm asthma' epidemic.


Australia's domestic supply of medicinal cannabis begins

10 March, 2017

Domestic commercial farming licences for medicinal cannabis will mean faster access to the drug by qualified doctors for their patients.


A better drug deal for Australians

08 March, 2017

'Cutting a better drug deal', a report released by the Grattan Institute, shows Australians are paying up to five times the price for a group of seven commonly prescribed drugs.


How fake drugs end up in our public health system (and how to spot them)

01 March, 2017 by Bruce Baer Arnold, University of Canberra

We do not have a strong sense of how many counterfeit drugs are in the public health system and if you are relying on medication to support your health, you want it to work.


Codeine will be script-only from 2018

21 December, 2016

"It's important that people realise that the decision's been taken based on safety predominantly and based on the risk of abuse," Dr Tim Greenaway said.


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