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Primary Prevention: a Low-Dose Aspirin Story

Clinical Article

The benefits of low-dose aspirin in the prevention of cardiovascular events have been investigated since the 1970s following studies that finally elucidated the pharmacodynamics of aspirin, including inhibition of platelet aggregation. In 1974, a…

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Hand-Foot Syndrome

Clinical Article

Hand-foot syndrome is a side-effect which can occur with treatment with some cytotoxic drugs (e.g. capecitabine, fluorouracil, liposomal doxorubicin and cytarabine) as well as multikinase inhibitors (e.g. pazopanib, sorafenib and sunitinib). Hand-foot syndrome is…

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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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