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Tired of choking on giant pills? There is a simple solution

Forget crushing your pills and losing some of the active ingredients in the process – if swallowing large pills and tablets is a problem for you, talk to your doctor about compounded liquid medication. Not many people know that compounding pharmacies can make up many popularly-prescribed medications as easy-to-swallow liquids, troches, or even smaller specific-dose 

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There’s a shortage of antidepressants in the US. Will Australia join the queue?

Global drug manufacturers including U.S. pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, have indicated a sudden surge in demand for a range of popular antidepressant medications has left them unable to fill many of their current orders. Some manufacturers say they are having trouble sourcing reliable supply of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients), while others say an unexpected increase in 

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Calls for country of origin to be mandatory on pharmaceutical labelling

With the Covid pandemic shining the spotlight on gaps in Australia’s pharmaceutical supply chain, a logistics and economics think-tank is calling on the government to compel drug manufacturers to disclose the country of  origin of all active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) in their products. Logistics expert, John Blackburn, Chair of the Institute of Integrated Economics Research 

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Why scientists are excited by first trial of new Covid vaccine

A U.S company specialising in vaccines has released results from the first stage of human trials of their new Covid-19 vaccine, showing early trial participants have the same neutralising antibody in their blood as those who have contracted and recovered from the coronavirus. In a press release issued on May 18, pharmaceutical giant, Moderna, said 

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Low Vitamin D levels linked to rapid progression of emphysema

A new study from Korea has found that severe Vitamin D deficiency in male patients with respiratory and obstructive lung conditions was associated with a more rapid progression of emphysema. 151 male subjects with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) were divided into four study groups based on the severity of their Vitamin D deficiency: sufficient, 

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Is it menopause or could it be your thyroid?

When women in their 40s and 50s notice a drop in energy, changes to sleep patterns, an increase in depressed moods and unexplained weight gain, they often chalk it up to the beginnings of menopause – but could the real culprit be a thyroid disorder? Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by an underactive thyroid not 

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The future of pharmacy in a post Covid Australia

The Covid-19 crisis has taken Australia’s pharmacy sector on a roller coaster ride in recent months with no one able to say for sure what the future of the industry will look like. However what is almost certain is that pharmacy will not simply go ‘back to normal’ once the coronavirus pandemic is declared contained. 

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