When codeine became a prescription only drug in 2018, the number of overdoses dropped, our new research shows. But restricting sales of codeine is only one way to reduce harm from opioids.
Clinical trials are used to establish that medicines work. But these don't take into account the genetic differences between us that can mean very different outcomes for different patients.
If Australia follows international trends and allows supermarkets to open pharmacies, what are the effects on neighbouring pharmacies? And when does running a business mean health care suffers?
The 'turf war' between doctors and pharmacists we see in current debates has a long history.
Only pharmacists can own a pharmacy and you can't set one up within 1.5km of an existing one. But calls to loosen these rules could give health companies a green light to set up more chemist chains.
Whether women should need a prescription to get the pill has long been controversial. But making it available over the counter would compromise the provision of comprehensive women's health care.
New modelling shows skipping the need for a doctors' prescription and going straight to a pharmacist for the pill could save the health system A$96 million a year and improve women's health outcomes.
A greater number of medicines may soon be available without a prescription. Under the right circumstances, this would mean you could bypass the doctor and access the treatments you need more quickly.
A new statistical test lets researchers search for similarities between groups. Could this help keep new important findings out of the file drawer?
GPs have been advised to limit prescriptions for certain medical conditions. It could save the NHS a fortune.
You should be aware of the amount of genetic information you might disclose in a research study – and what the benefits and risks will be.
If you look into your kitchen or bathroom cabinet, chances are you'd find some unused medicine, much of it expired. Here's what to do with it.
Medication usage has gone through the roof in the last decade.
A new productivity report has suggested automated dispensing machines could replace pharmacists.
Your guide to a public health crisis that's likely to get worse.
How can we fight the opioid epidemic? Redesign the drugs, rethink how we assess patients and mandate prescription monitoring.
Whether you're a night owl or a morning lark, circadian rhythms control just about every aspect of your health.
A review has recommended separating pharmacists from complementary and homeopathic products.
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.
Amazon currently sells pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink, but medications are very different from books and fidget spinners.