Penicillin allergy: a practical approach to assessment and prescribing
Penicillin allergies are not always lifelong. Approximately 50% are lost over five years. A reaction to penicillin during a childhood infection is unlikely to be a true allergy.
Real-time prescription monitoring (SafeScript)
A series of three modules to train prescribers and pharmacists on the use of the SafeScript system.
Access is restricted to health practitioners in Victoria.
Venous thromboembolism: current management
Anticoagulation is indicated in most cases of venous thromboembolism.
Peptic ulcer disease and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including low-dose aspirin are some of the most commonly used medicines. They are associated with gastrointestinal mucosal injury.
Rheumatoid arthritis: getting the facts straight about methotrexate
Optimal management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis depends on successful collaboration between rheumatologists, GPs and community pharmacists.
Chronic heart failure
The clinical diagnosis of heart failure should be confirmed by echocardiogram to determine the underlying mechanism and to measure the left ventricular ejection fraction.
Long-term prescribing of new oral anticoagulants
Warfarin and the new oral anticoagulants are licensed for non-valvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism. The choice of anticoagulant depends on the characteristics of the patient and the medicine.
‘Cephalosporin allergy’ label is misleading
Penicillins and cephalosporins can cause a similar spectrum of allergic reactions at a similar rate.