Pharmacovigilance in palliative care
Patients receiving palliative care are at high risk of adverse effects from drugs. As these effects can be difficult to distinguish from the symptoms of the terminal illness, harm from medicines is often not recognised.
Debra Rowett and David Currow, Aust Prescr 2014;37:204-9
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.
Fatigue: a diagnostic approach
Diagnosing causes of fatigue - meet Arya Saab, for the last two months she has been feeling tired and has asked for some tests to determine the cause of her fatigue.
Statins: optimising therapy
How do we optimise a patient’s statin therapy for the management of dyslipidaemia with minimal side effects?
Blood pressure: measure, manage & monitor
This interactive case study has been designed to help you improve accuracy in identifying elevated blood pressure in patients as well as better interpret the results of both in-clinic and out-of-clinic assessments.
How to manage warfarin therapy
Long-term treatment with warfarin is recommended for patients with atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke and those with recurrent venous thrombosis or prosthetic heart valves.
Philip A Tideman, Rosy Tirimacco, Andrew St John, Gregory W Roberts
Aust Prescr 2015;38:44-8
Safety through reporting
This free course will guide you through the adverse event reporting process. Reporting adverse events is important to ensure that therapeutic products continue to be safe.
P-glycoprotein and its role in drug-drug interactions
Efflux transporters such as P-glycoprotein play an important role in drug transport in many organs. In the gut, P-glycoprotein pumps drugs back into the lumen, decreasing their absorption.
Andrew Finch and Peter Pillans, Aust Prescr 2014;37:137-9
Choosing a combined oral contraceptive pill
The combined oral contraceptive pill is an effective contraceptive method which can also offer other benefits. However, other contraceptive options should be discussed. If the pill is the chosen method, prescribe a pill with the lowest effective dose of oestrogen and progestogen.
Mary Stewart and Kirsten Black, Aust Prescr 2015;38:6-11