Bad night’s sleep? Blame your genes.
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Whether you're a night owl or a morning lark, circadian rhythms control just about every aspect of your health.
Pharmacies are trusted medical professionals, so people trust their products.
A review has recommended separating pharmacists from complementary and homeopathic products.
Canada spends more per capita on prescription drugs than most other OECD countries.
Canada is the only nation with a broad public health system lacking universal coverage for pharmaceuticals. Despite fears that pharmacare would be too costly, it could end up saving Canadians money.
A pharmacist prepares to grind up a potion from unidentified pills the old-fashioned way.
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Amazon currently sells pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink, but medications are very different from books and fidget spinners.
If doctors prescribe generic drugs rather than their brand name equivalents, most times patients benefit.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
Pharmacists should be trusted to issue repeat prescriptions and adjust dosages, according to a new report.
A Grattan Institute report released today, Cutting a better drug deal, calls for a major shake-up of pharmacies and pharmaceutical pricing.
Patients with life-threatening diseases can legally order drugs available overseas and have them delivered to their local pharmacy. But what are the risks?
The Social Medwork is a website that promises patients legal access to medicines from overseas. How does it work? What are the risks? And why are patients turning to it to access the drugs they need?
Focusing on price instead of drug information could put patients at risk.
Every day, more discount pharmacy stores and chains are opening and assaulting health-care consumers with the “we are cheaper” message.
A small study has found that pharmacists would consider re-dispensing medications returned from other patients if they were permitted to do so.
Spider silk is just one of the ways nature has inspired innovation.
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Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
The cost-effectiveness and clinical utility of PGx tests is still uncertain.
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When you enter a Chemmart pharmacy, it's hard to miss the posters and brochures promoting its “revolutionary myDNA test”.
Pink ones are better?
Men and women may be charged differently for the same product, but the problems come when you don't have the choice.
Look for a warning on the box before you attempt to crush or chew tablets, or cut capsules open.
Some people are incapable of swallowing tablets because of physical or psychological reasons. What should they do when the doctor prescribes a drug that comes in tablet form?
Codeine-containing painkillers may soon no longer be available over the counter in Australian pharmacies.
Australia's drug regulator is looking into reclassifying codeine-based drugs as prescription-only. This is a good idea because the easy availability of these pinkillers is causing substantial harm.
Why are hospitals running out of critical drugs?
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Hospitals and pharmacies around the country are facing severe shortages of essential drugs. These shortages can limit access to critical medications and compromise patient safety, resulting in serious…
Got a drinking problem?
As a nation we smoke too much, drink too much alcohol and don’t do enough exercise. The reasons why we continue to do this despite the health risks is complex, but what is clear is that people in deprived…
Do free prescriptions lead to waste?
The call to abolish the prescription charge in England by the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin is the centre of great debate. Unsurprisingly so. The cost of making and buying pharmaceutical drugs is an emotive…
Drug companies invent hundreds of new molecules that they hope to turn into saleable medicines.
Gone are the good old days when medicines had simple, easy to pronounce names such as aspirin, paracetamol and morphine. Nowadays pharmaceutical companies almost seem to revel in giving drugs names that…
The pseudoephedrine found in cold-and-flu tablets is known to be an ‘illicit drug precursor’.
The process of buying over-the-counter cold-and-flu medicines, and the types of products available, has changed in recent years. Some pharmacies no longer stock pseudoephedrine-based products, and in others…
There’s a conflict between the need for pharmacists to maintain a profitable business and their ethical obligations to the community.
If you look at the shelves of most Australian community pharmacies or browse the pages of local internet pharmacies, you’ll see numerous examples of products making claims that can’t be supported by scientific…