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Short-Course Oxycodone Packs

Clinical Articles

Over the past decade, the rate of opioid-related deaths and hospitalisations has increased in Australia. Pharmaceuticals are a significant contributing factor, responsible for 65% of opioid-induced deaths in 2016. It is estimated that between…

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Tafenoquine: A Novel Anti-Malarial

Clinical Article

Earlier this year, a small Sydney-based pharmaceutical company (Biocelect) launched its first product onto the Australian market – Kodatef® (tafenoquine) – the first new antimalarial agent in 20 years. Originally synthesised in 1978, GSK…

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Medicinal Marijuana?

Clinical Article

Any plant in the genus Cannabis is referred to as cannabis. This includes seeds, dried leaves and flowers, resins, and extracts. The endocannabinoid system found in the body and brain upon which cannabinoid chemicals…

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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

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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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