December 2019 Newsletter

High blood pressure? The findings of a large study into the effects on when to take high blood pressure medications (antihypertensives) suggest that taking these medications at bedtime maybe the best time. High blood pressure is a very common condition that is often treated with antihypertensive medications prescribed by your …

November 2019 Newsletter

Measles, a highly infectious disease The Tasmania Government recently announced that a free measles ‘catch-up’ vaccination for eligible Tasmanians from GPs is available and will soon be available from pharmacies. Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that can have serious and even fatal consequences. The first …

August 2019 Newsletter

Winter takes its toll ‘Tis the season for coughing as the depths of winter takes its toll. Patients have been flocking to pharmacies across Tasmania looking for the treatment to stop the incessant coughing during and following a cold. Though coughing is a very annoying symptom for patients and close …

July 2019 Newsletter

Proton Pump Inhibitors The medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been a part of therapy for conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and other acid related disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach and intestines) since the early 1990s. PPIs have effectively and safely managed reflux, healed gastric …

June 2019 Newsletter

Always tired? Do you ever feel like you are always tired and exhausted no matter how much you sleep? If you do, you are suffering from fatigue. Each year, approximately 1.5 million people visit their local doctor about fatigue. Fatigue is a symptom rather than a condition, which is generally …

May 2019 Newsletter

Don’t have the motivation to exercise? Getting motivated to exercise during the long winter months is a hard task for many people. Many of us tend to hibernate away from the cold wet darkness of the winter nights, snuggling up with a hot chocolate and the TV remote. Getting that …

March 2019 Newsletter

Pill testing at festivals … is one of a set of harm minimisation strategies that can potentially save lives. This month’s article will look at why introducing pill testing facilities at festivals will help reduce harm to people and improve the health of our society. In no way does pill …