NPS Direct – May 2013

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New dietary guidelines

9 years since Vioxx — NSAIDs still a concern

NSAIDs are essential medicines for many people experiencing all levels of pain. However, they may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Are you up to date with the latest research?  Read more


New dietry guidelines

Will new dietary guidelines improve health?

The 2013 NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines are out. Not much has changed from the previous 2003 guidelines but the evidence has strengthened. Despite a decade of guidelines, rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes continue to rise. What can be done?  Read more


New dietry guidelines

Incretins and pancreatitis — is there a problem?

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing pancreatitis but the risk may be higher in people taking incretin-based medicines. How can you manage this risk while offering the latest treatments to your diabetes patients?  Read more

Five messages from NPS MedicineWise about:

Medicine safety

1. Updates from the TGA

The TGA medicine safety bulletin is an essential resource to keep you informed on medicine safety, including emerging safety issues. The updates are published each month in Australian Prescriber.   

2. Help patients track their medicines?

The NPS Medicines List can help your patients understand and keep track of their medicines. A new iPhone app is available with additional features, such as a schedule and reminder.   

3. Useful resources for nurses

Nurses have a challenging, but influential role in counselling patients on medicine safety. We have resources available to support nurses working in the frontline of patient care.

4. Online learning course

A medicine safety course is available that explores causes of medication errors. It provides knowledge and skills to help prevent errors from occurring and focuses on how to increase safety for your patients.

5. How to report safety concerns?

The TGA encourages reporting of all suspected adverse reactions to vaccines, and prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines. Report any concerns to help monitor the safety of medicines in Australia.   

Is antibiotic use overestimated?

How many patients who are given a prescription for antibiotics by their GP actually take them? A consortium of 14 European research networks has carried out a prospective study to find out.

Accidently dropped in the eye: over 1200 medicine mishaps

Between 2004 and 2011 there were 1290 cases of people accidentally dropping a wrong medicine in their eye. Products with a similar appearance to eye medicines are the most common cause of error, but safety tips can be used to prevent accidental administration.

Be aware: perindopril+amlodipine PBS listing differs from label

A potential for confusion when prescribing fixed dose combination products containing perindopril and amlodipine (Coveram and Reaptan) has arisen due to a discrepancy in the order in which the components appear in the PBS listing compared to the manufacturers' labelling.

Promoting safe use of oral anticoagulants — for pharmacists

Since 2008, new oral anticoagulants have become available as alternatives to warfarin. To clarify the role of these newer agents and put them into context with warfarin, participate in our latest Pharmacy Practice Review. Earn 8 hours of Group 2 CPD points (16 credits).

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