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Health

New limits start today for these medicines

Smaller pack sizes for opioid-based prescriptions come into effect today, with your long-term health front and centre.

COVID-19

Pandemic panic buying means hundreds of medications are in short supply

People panic buying medication during the pandemic has led to a shortage of around 600 medicines, including many used to treat life-threatening and chronic conditions.

Finance

What is the PBS? And how does it work?

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) began in 1948, providing 139 ‘life-saving and disease preventing’ medicines free of charge for the whole community.

COVID-19

Experts advise now is the time to update your medicines list

If you take one or more regular medicines, now is the time to make sure you have an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take.

COVID-19

Why you may want to stay away from pharmacies – for now

Patients are presenting with prescriptions from GPs even after they’ve been tested for COVID-19 and asked to go into isolation.

Health news

Researchers find cancer-fighting potential in non-cancer drugs

Medicines often prescribed for diabetes, inflammation and even one that treats osteoporosis in dogs, can also kill cancer cells in the laboratory, according to an exciting new study.

COVID-19

Researchers discover potential new therapy for osteoarthritis

Scientists have found a drug that can interrupt the body’s response to injury and potentially slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

Medication

Why you must review your medicines regularly

Doctor warns that it’s critical to review any medicines regularly to see if changes are warranted.

Finance

How Australia’s medicine prices rate against the rest of the world

While the cost of these medicines may be burning a hole in your pocket, you may be surprised to learn that Australia has some of the world’s cheapest prescription drugs.

Health news

We’re wasting our money on these supplements, review finds

Thirty per cent of adult Australians have a vitamin D deficiency, yet review debunks mass use of supplements.

Health news

Pharmacist shares tips and gadgets for safe holiday travel

Many older Australians will be hitting the roads, skies and seas this holiday season, and many will need to take essential medicines with them. Pharmacist Gerard Stevens shares his top tips to ensure safe travel with medications.

News

Opioid abuse and antibiotic misuse identified as critical threats

Opioid deaths are now more common that fatalities caused by illegal drugs, and antibiotic misuse has now been identified as a critical threat to public health.

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