Pure addiction

Use of cocaine and higher-purity forms of ecstasy and methamphetamine is increasing among samples of people who use drugs, according to the 2018 Drug Trends National Reports from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney. The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS), which includes annual interviews with people who regularly […]

Pholcodine has a well-established favourable safety profile

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) is seeking to reassure Australians that cough and cold medicines containing pholcodine have a long history of use and a well-established favourable safety profile. Pholcodine is used as a common cough suppressant and is an active ingredient in some cough and cold products available over the counter in pharmacies. […]

Government funding boosts stroke recovery research

With one stroke occurring every nine minutes and 20 strokes a day impacting Australians of working age, Stroke Foundation has welcomed the federal government’s $1 million research boost to support treatment options to aid stroke recovery. The organisation says the ‘Return to life, return to work’ research package has the potential to provide new medicines […]

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 review a patient’s history. “SafeScript […]

Simponi listing for non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis

The federal government has opened a new front in the treatment of inflammatory arthritis, making the first ever medicine available on the PBS for people with a hidden form of arthritis where their immune system attacks the spine. Medical experts, patient groups and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson have welcomed the listing […]

Australia on track for world first to eradicate cervical cancer

Australia is set to become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer following the success of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination program and the changes to the national cervical screening program. New research from Cancer Council NSW, being presented this week at the International Papilloma Virus Conference (IPVC 2018) in Sydney […]

Expand pharmacist prescribing in new report by the Board

The Pharmacy Board of Australia has published a report about a forum it hosted to consider the need and opportunities for expanding pharmacist involvement in prescribing. The pharmacist prescribing forum’s report followed the day-long event which the board described as an opportunity to explore, identify and articulate the roles of different stakeholders to successfully develop […]

Lifestyle tips the scale in the battle over bowel cancer

A UNSW study shows that a large proportion of bowel-cancer cases in Australia are preventable with the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, particularly for men. A study by researchers from UNSW’s Centre for Big Data Research in Health has found that current rates of smoking, overweight and obesity and excessive alcohol consumption could lead to 45,000 […]

Cannabis Access Clinics consults are now cheaper

Cannabis Access Clinics has reduced the price of consults for patients in Queensland. The reduction reflects changes announced by the Queensland government on August 30 regarding streamlined access to medicinal marijuana. The new approach taken in the state expands the class of doctor who can apply and reduces the reporting requirements to make them more […]

Landmark aspirin findings

Taking aspirin daily does not prolong a disability-free life or significantly reduce the risk of a first heart attack or stroke among those aged 70 or above, according to papers published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. From a team of Monash University researchers in Melbourne, the papers reveal the results of a […]