In May 2016, the College and AJP launched the first in a new series of audible CPD activities titled 'Hear This'.
The first activity entitled, 'Hear This: Drugs in lactation', is an interview with Dr Treasure McGuire that looks at the issues about breastfeeding and lactation.
- the July edition of AJP will feature 'Medicines in Dental Care', an interview with Dr Geraldine Moses that looks at the role of pharmacists in helping people of all ages care for their teeth.
Community Pharmacy takes appropriate action in serotonin syndrome
Research recently published in the journal Pharmacy Practice (Granada) by the Australian College of Pharmacy and University of Tasmania demonstrates that Australian pharmacists recommend appropriate action to minimise the health impact of serotonin syndrome.
The research conducted was part of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s mystery shopper program found that pharmacists took direct action to minimise the harm to the patient by either advising to cease the causative agent (tramadol) or referring the patient to a doctor for assessment. Of the pharmacists who correctly identified serotonin syndrome 94% advised the patient to cease tramadol immediately and rarely sold non-prescription medicines to control the symptoms.
Manager of Education and Research at the College Dr Brett MacFarlane said,” While evidence from this study indicates that community pharmacists’ take appropriate action in management of serotonin syndrome, there is an opportunity to heighten their awareness of the signs and symptoms of the syndrome”.