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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : February 2005
s over the counter Therapeuticshas confirmed the low level of drug interactions with paracetamol. Paracetamol is one of the most commonly used analgesic antipyretic drugs worldwide, and few clinically significant drug interactions have been Review finds lack of paracetamol interactions A new review published in the current issue of the American Journal of documented. Toxicologist Dr Alison Jones, director of the National Poisons Information Service in the UK, and her colleagues reviewed the evidence on potential interactions with warfarin, and concluded that the discrepancies between observational studies and those in healthy volunteers made it Andrews TUMS for tummies A NDREWS TUMS is an effective antacid remedy to relieve symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Andrews TUMS contains calcium carbonate, so it works fast to alleviate heartburn and indigestion. It also provides calcium for normal growth and development of the skeleton. Aluminium and magnesium free, it is suitable to use in pregnancy from the fourth month onwards. It is available in convenient, pleasant-tasting, chewable orange tablets. According to GSK, Australian Drug Information 2003 states that no other antacid takes care of heartburn and indigestion faster. Fast acting Andrews TUMS is being launched with new eye-catching HE Shi’Jäno world-patented range of premium skin care products has been promoted extensively on daytime segments of the popular Good Morning Australiaprogram over the Christmas holiday period. Shi’Jäno is the only non-prescription skincare cream whose effectiveness in the treatment of wrinkling and sun damage has been verified in a clinical trial conducted at Sweden's world- famous Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and published in the British Journal of Dermatology. The study Shi’Jäno consumer promotion T difficult to confirm any clinically significant interactions occur. ‘Paracetamol really is remarkably clear of interactions with other compounds,’ said Dr Jones. ‘Animal experiments show how some compounds modify paracetamol hepatoxity but these compounds are unlikely to be important at therapeutic doses’. packaging and a new advertising campaign targeting women and health professionals. GSK advises that consumers should always read the label, use only as directed and if symptoms persist, be encouraged to return to the pharmacy for advice. According to a GSK research study, 35 per cent of Australians suffer from heartburn and indigestion. ¦ The eyes have it A ¦ CCORDING to the Clear Insight report (August 2004), Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness and vision loss in Australia. Bausch & Lomb has, as part of its commitment to perfect vision and enhanced life, introduced Ocuvite PreserVision (120 tablets). Ocuvite PreserVision is a new high- potency antioxidant and zinc combination, shown to be effective in decreasing the progression to advanced AMD in certain individuals, in the 10-year National Eye Institute (NEI) Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). ¦ found Shi’Jäno reduced fine lines and wrinkling by an average of at least 51 per cent and up to 65 per cent over twelve weeks. Pharmacists can order direct from distributors ReBorne Australia on 1300 723 698 or from their Mayne wholesaler. ¦ Erratum I N the December 2004 issue of AJP, we reported that Nurofen for Children Infant Drops claimed an ‘onset of pain relief in 15 minutes’.This was the result of an error in a media release and should have read ‘onset of fever relief in 15 minutes’.¦ THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY VOL 86 FEBRUARY 2005 ? 101