50% of patients don’t stick to their long term medical treatment plan – why this is a problem for aged care providers

In the aged care environment ensuring patients take all their medication every time is a constant challenge. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in their report ‘Adherence to Long-Term Therapies – Evidence for Action’ claims that in developed countries 50% of patients on long-term treatment plans don’t take their medications as prescribed. These 50% skip their 

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High dose vitamins found to reduce side effects of chemotherapy

Cancer patients who take high doses of antioxidants, such as vitamins A, B-carotene C, D, E, K and melatonin, experience a marked reduction in some of the more toxic side effects associated with chemotherapy, according to an academic review. The review, conducted by researchers from D.Y. Patil University, analysed 138 peer-reviewed articles, including clinical trials, 

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Could we soon be collecting our meds from a supermarket locker?

A supermarket co-operative in the UK is trialling an ‘Amazon locker-style prescription service’ that has the potential to disrupt the way traditional community pharmacies do business. The UK-based Co-operative Group has announced they’re about to trial a ‘click-and-collect’ service that would see patients submit their script online via a digital app on their mobile phone. 

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Do we still need compounding pharmacies in today’s modern world?

Compounding pharmacies are often referred to as ‘old-fashioned’ pharmacies; sometimes with reverence, and sometimes with a sigh. The term comes up because there was a time when all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies. Medications were made on site in the dispensary using the raw ingredients stipulated on a doctor’s script. With the advent of mass- manufacturing 

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Election over. What now for medicine?

It will be another 3 years (or so) before we get to enjoy our next federal democracy sausage, so in the meantime, what changes can we expect to see in the pharmaceutical sector? Let’s have a look at what the election results will mean for medicines: The LNP has promised $614 million in funding for 

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The most common cause of hypothyroidism and how to prevent it

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is a deficiency of iodine in the diet. In recent years much attention has been paid to the theory that autoimmune diseases may be the prime driver of hypothyroidism, however according to The Australian Thyroid Foundation, iodine deficiency is still the number one antagonist. And according to the Foundation 

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