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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : February 2005
this month 96 90 102 FEATURE ARTICLES pharmacy professional ASTHMA Action on asthma Pharmacists can play a major role in supporting the elderly with asthma but before launching into education on medications and their delivery, a pharmacist first has to determine how they will get the messages through DIABETES Pharmacy sweet on diabetes... But can it cope? Pharmacy is working with partners and building a case for extending its role in the primary care of people with diabetes. But does it have the capacity to deliver more professional services? EYE CARE Eyes on the prize Combining professional and retail management expertise in the eye care market delivers healthcare results for the customer and dividends to the pharmacy 128 121 pharmacy education COUNSELLING CASEBOOK Reducing the complications of diabetes Diabetes mellitus has a massive impact on the health of Australians. The disease may result in a range of complications responsible for disabilities, reduced quality of life, shortened life expectancy, and pregnancy-related complications for the mother and foetus or newborn baby. CURRENT DRUG INFORMATION Use of selegiline for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease Monoamine oxidase type B inhibitors have been used either alone or in addition to levodopa in both early and later Parkinson’s disease in the hope that they may slow disease progression. • Pravastatin therapy in children with familial hypercholesterolemia • Raloxifene and Premarin are both effective for bone density in postmenopausal women • SSRIs and tricyclics associated with comparable suicide rates • Aspirin reduces the risk of breast cancer • Treatment of breast cancer: exemestane compared with tamoxifen • Significantly higher compliance with topical therapy for the treatment of psoriasis OFFICIAL PUBLICATION AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY FEBRUARY 2005 vol.86 no.1019