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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : March 2005
this month AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY MARCH 2005 vol.86 no.1020 154 170 174 196 186 166 203 210 cover story ADVERTORIAL Pharmacy’s solution when headache strikes Despite a widespread belief that headaches are a trivial complaint, they can often be debilitating and indicative of other health concerns, thus requiring careful attention in the pharmacy FEATURE ARTICLES pharmacy professional CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH Dealing with our deadliest disease How can pharmacy maximise its ability to support treatment and reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of Australians? Research is attempting to find an answer to this question, with most focus on scrutinising drug therapy and enhancing education on risk factors IDENTIFYING AND TREATING PAIN Reinventing the wheel on pain Unless community pharmacy can reinvent its role of helping people in pain to find relief, easy access to OTC analgesia from supermarkets may see this important category eroded over time otc marketing ALLERGY Pharmacy’s allergic response Down-scheduling of allergy treatments has encouraged greater self-management of the condition and, therefore, confers more responsibility on pharmacy to effectively educate the allergic customer business management IT INTERCONNECTIVITY Technology in pharmacy today and beyond Whether you believe pharmacy has been quick or slow to embrace new information management technologies, one thing is certain: there’s still much more that can be done pharmacy education PHARMACY PRACTICE FOUNDATION RESEARCH The future burden of cardiovascular disease: what can pharmacists do? The growing burden of cardiovascular disease on society, barriers to treatment and how pharmacists can play a more effective role in reducing the prevalence of cardiovascular disease COUNSELLING CASEBOOK The patient at risk of platelet aggregation Heart, stroke and vascular diseases are Australia’s largest health problem, accounting for over 50,000 deaths in 2002 (37.6 per cent of all deaths) and affecting some 3.67 million in 2001 CURRENT DRUG INFORMATION Monitoring blood pressure at home Hypertension is widespread and a significant risk factor for stroke and other cardiovascular complications • Simvastatin found to be of benefit in multiple sclerosis • Vitamin D reduces falls in elderly people • Book review: Herbs and Natural Supplements OFFICIAL PUBLICATION