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Low Dose Methotrexate for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Clinical Article

There is some uncertainty about the precautions that need to be taken while preparing and administering low dose methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients either in the ward or at home. Like most drugs,…

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Introduction to the storage of medications in a private hospital setting

Clinical Article

Medication schedules Different medication schedules are handled differently when brought into a hospital setting. Types of medication schedules seen in a hospital setting can include schedule 2, 4, 4D and 8. Schedule 2 medications…

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Lactulose for Hepatic Encephalopathy

Clinical Article

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a syndrome that may occur in chronic and acute liver dysfunction. It involves a spectrum of neuropsychiatric symptoms and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Signs and symptoms can…

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Proton Pump Inhibitor Restrictions

Clinical Article

Restrictions have recently increased for the provision of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The following changes were implemented on 1st May 2019: Standard dose PPIs changed from restricted benefit…

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Prevention of Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection

Clinical Article

Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of infectious diarrhoea in hospitalised patients. This anaerobic, spore-forming bacteria is prevalent in the environment and can be spread directly or indirectly via the faecal-oral route. C….

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Updates to the Australian Asthma Handbook

Clinical Article

Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting one in nine Australians. The condition is characterised by hypersensitivity and inflammation of the airways which results in symptoms such as cough, wheeze, chest tightness, and breathlessness….

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Management of Psoriasis (Apr. 27 2017)

Grains: Friends or Foes? (Apr. 12 2017)

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To Quit or not to Quit (May. 26 2016)

Herbs and Liver Enzymes (May. 12 2016)

April 2016

Infective Endocarditis (Apr. 28 2016)

Febuxostat in chronic gout (Apr. 14 2016)

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Brentuximab Vedotin (Oct. 29 2015)

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Bell’s Palsy (Jun. 25 2015)

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MedsCheck in Hospitals (Nov. 28 2013)

Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 14 2013)

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ACE and ARB Combination (Mar. 20 2013)