NPS Medicinewise - What's new http://www.nps.org.au en-au Latest tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests from NPS Medicinewise Copyright 2012 NPS Medicinewise Health/Medicines http://www.nps.org.au/__data/assets/image/0011/167159/RSSlogo.png What's new — NPS Medicinewise http://www.nps.org.au Look locally before buying overseas prescription medicines online - it could save your life and your wallet NPS MedicineWise is urging Australians to explore all local options with their specialist or healthcare professional before buying medicines online that have not yet been approved in Australia. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/look-locally-before-buying-overseas-prescription-medicines-online http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/look-locally-before-buying-overseas-prescription-medicines-online Where to start with osteoporosis: GP survey results We surveyed Australian general practitioners about their management of osteporosis after participating in an NPS educational visit on this topic. Read the results of the survey here. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/evaluation/gp-survey-results/where-to-start-with-osteoporosis-gp-survey-results http://www.nps.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/evaluation/gp-survey-results/where-to-start-with-osteoporosis-gp-survey-results Will your medicines survive the Sydney heatwave? With temperatures in Sydney expected to reach the high 30’s this weekend, it’s important to think about how to look after your medicines. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/will-your-medicines-survive-the-sydney-heatwave http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/will-your-medicines-survive-the-sydney-heatwave COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Find reliable independent health and treatment information about COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease COPD: navigating inhaled medicines management How to manage a stepwise approach to COPD management: Case study for GPs, pharmacists or nurses Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/cpd/activities/case-studies/copd-inhaled-medicines http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/cpd/activities/case-studies/copd-inhaled-medicines Professional development for COPD Find free continuing professional development (CPD) activities for Australian health professionals on COPD management. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:00:13 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/professional-development http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/professional-development Research summary for COPD A summary of key research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from around the world. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:53:59 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/research-summary-for-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/research-summary-for-copd Clinical resources and tools for COPD Links to Australian and international guidelines, resources and tools to help you manage COPD. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:50:59 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/clinical-resources-and-tools-for-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/clinical-resources-and-tools-for-copd How to care for your inhaler Looking after your inhaler ensures it will work correctly and provide you with the right dose of your medicine. Find out how. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:19:52 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd/how-to-care-for-your-inhaler http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd/how-to-care-for-your-inhaler How to use your inhaler correctly Using your inhaler correctly is important. Find out about common inhaler mistakes and when to check your technique. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:17:16 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd/how-to-use-your-inhaler-correctly http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd/how-to-use-your-inhaler-correctly Inhaler devices COPD medicines are usually taken with an inhaler device. There are lots of different kinds of inhalers – find out more about them and how to use and care for them. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:04:54 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd How to look after yourself when you have COPD There are many ways to keep yourself as well as possible with COPD. Find out how to help prevent exacerbations and stay out of hospital. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:50:39 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/medicines-and-treatments/looking-after-yourself http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/medicines-and-treatments/looking-after-yourself Medicines for COPD COPD medicines include bronchodilators which widen airways in the lungs to make breathing easier, and inhaled corticosteroids which reduce inflammation and swelling. Find out more about COPD medicines. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:42:32 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/medicines-and-treatments/medicines-for-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/medicines-and-treatments/medicines-for-copd What is COPD? COPD is a long-lasting lung disease where the small airways in the lungs are damaged. Find out more about symptoms, causes and how COPD is diagnosed. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:38:02 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/what-is-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/what-is-copd The value of spirometry in clinical practice Spirometry is the best way to diagnose fixed airway obstruction such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) yet it remains vastly underutilised. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/publications/health-professional/nps-news/2017/the-value-of-spirometry-in-clinical-practice http://www.nps.org.au/publications/health-professional/nps-news/2017/the-value-of-spirometry-in-clinical-practice Latest edition of Australian Prescriber out now The latest issue of Australia's free, national, independent journal of drugs and therapeutics is now available. Australian Prescriber facilitates debate about complex, controversial or uncertain therapeutic areas. Some of the highlights of the February issue include:Drugs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Midazolam for status epilepticus, Compounded medicines Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Latest-February-edition-of-Australian-Prescriber-out-now http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Latest-February-edition-of-Australian-Prescriber-out-now Treating prolonged epileptic seizures in children A new article published in the February edition of Australian Prescriber gives an update on the treatment of prolonged seizures (status epilepticus) in children. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Treating-prolonged-epileptic-seizures-in-children http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Treating-prolonged-epileptic-seizures-in-children Whatever happened to the compounding pharmacists? A new article in the latest issue of Australian Prescriber explains that the art and science of compounding medicines is alive and well in Australia. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Whatever-happened-to-the-compounding-pharmacists http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Whatever-happened-to-the-compounding-pharmacists COPD medicines and inhalers: stepping through the options General practitioners (GPs) can keep up to date with the latest structured approach to help clarify where the newer options, including fixed-dose combination inhalers, fit within the latest COPD-X management guidelines. Book a free educational visit now. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:18:31 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/cpd/activities/educational-visits/copd-medicines-and-inhalers-stepping-through-the-options http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/cpd/activities/educational-visits/copd-medicines-and-inhalers-stepping-through-the-options Prescription-only codeine? Talk to your doctor about the many ways to manage pain Products containing codeine will be available on prescription only from 1 Feb 2018. NPS MedicineWise is urging people to talk with their doctor or pharmacist about the best way to manage pain following this decision. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/prescription-only-codeine-talk-to-your-doctor-about-the-many-ways-to-manage-pain http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/prescription-only-codeine-talk-to-your-doctor-about-the-many-ways-to-manage-pain