NPS Medicinewise - What's new en-au Latest tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests from NPS Medicinewise Copyright 2012 NPS Medicinewise Health/Medicines What's new — NPS Medicinewise Independence and trustworthiness remain core to NPS MedicineWise Over the past few days media reports have claimed NPS MedicineWise has has sold its soul to big pharma by ‘selling access to our data program’ and ‘taking drug company cash to educate GPs’. Dr Lynn Weekes, NPS MedicineWise CEO, sets the record straight and clarifies the situation directly with you. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1000 ‘Dr Google’ is here to stay — So how do you do it safely? Almost four out of five Australians (78%) report that they look for information about medicines on the internet, according to a new 2016 survey* released during Be Medicinewise Week (22-28 August). Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +1000 Occasional medicine users not getting the full benefits of their medicines Survey findings* released for Be Medicinewise Week (22-28 August) have revealed that occasional users of medicines—including prescription, over-the-counter, and alternative or complementary forms of medicines—are potentially not getting the full benefits from their medicines, compared to people who take medicines more often. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +1000 Be Medicinewise Week: Helping Australians take charge of their medicines Be Medicinewise Week (22-28 August) kicks off around Australia, with the theme of ‘take charge’ of your medicines. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +1000 Don't be embarrassed: Take charge of your medicines! As Be Medicinewise Week (22-28 August) kicks off around Australia, NPS MedicineWise is encouraging anyone who takes medicines—whether regularly or only occasionally—to feel confident about asking questions about their medicines. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +1000!! Be Medicinewise Week Be Medicinewise Week (22-28 August 2016) promotes safer and wiser use of medicines. Find out more. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1000 Be Medicinewise Week 2016: ask the right questions Medicines can play an important role in supporting people’s health and wellbeing. Most of us have had to take medicines at some point of our lives. This Be Medicinewise Week we will be raising awareness on the importance of ‘asking the right questions’. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1000 Be Medicinewise Week 2016: ask the right people Work with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to better understand your health and any medicines, tests and treatments you might need. This information can help you to take responsibility for your health and wellbeing and make better decisions. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1000 Be Medicinewise Week 2016: follow the right advice Always follow instructions from your doctor or pharmacist and read the labels and packaging of your medicines carefully. Taking a medicine incorrectly could mean you end up with too little or too much of it in your body–so you may not get the full benefit, or you could be at greater risk of side effects. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1000 Media alert: Strontium (Protos) for osteoporosis no longer on the PBS As of 1 August 2016, the osteoporosis medicine strontium is no longer available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Mon, 08 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +1000 Sore throat and sinusitis, and the few benefits of antibiotics An analysis of the evidence in the latest issue of Australian Prescriber suggests antibiotics have very few benefits for treating sore throat and acute sinusitis. Both conditions are common reasons for visits to the doctor. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +1000 Australia’s top 10 drugs The latest issue of Australian Prescriber lists the top 10 drugs used in Australia and shows there is an emerging challenge of funding new and expensive drugs. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +1000 Latest edition of Australian Prescriber out now This edition of Australian Prescriber covers: Prescribing psychotropic drugs to adults with an intellectual disability, Managing behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia, The management of gout and Transparency in the pharmaceutical industry Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +1000 Strontium (Protos) no longer on the PBS Strontium ranelate (Protos), a prescription medicine used to treat severe osteoporosis, will be deleted from the PBS from 1 August 2016. Find out more. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:16:36 +1000 NPS Direct – July 2016 Antibiotics use in Australia / Strontium PBS delisting / Be Medicinewise Week Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1000 Bromhexine in cough and cold medicines: a safety update The TGA recently released a safety update on bromhexine-containing cough and cold medicines after a small number of cases of allergic and skin reactions. Find out more. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:04:56 +1000 Clinical Services Specialist VIC Are you a qualified health professional who is passionate about driving positive change in the Australian healthcare landscape? Deliver innovative programs to targeted healthcare professionals. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1000 Antimicrobial use and resistance in Australia: keeping Australia informed and prepared For the first time, a comprehensive picture of antimicrobial use and resistance in Australia is now available in one report – AURA 2016: First Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health, released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1000 Decision pathway for PBS-listed treatment selection Osteoporosis treatment can prevent fractures. Find a decision pathway for selecting PBS-listed osteoporosis medicines (bisphosphonates, denosumab and raloxifene) here. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1000 #savethescript films #SaveTheScript was an industry-first short film competition, dedicated to raising awareness about antibiotic resistance. Together, Tropfest and NPS MedicineWise invited entrants to use their passion for creative storytelling to make a difference to our future by creating a 45 second short film to help raise awareness that antibiotics are losing their power. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1000