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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : April 2005
this month AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY APRIL 2005 vol.86 no.1021 236 cover story ADVERTORIAL Scientific evidence behind new proTract for Atopic Dermatitis A successful Australian trial is expected to pave the way towards increased use of a specific strain of probiotic—VRI Biomedical’s PCC Lactobacillus fermentum—in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in infants FEATURE ARTICLES 248 252 262 278 285 288 pharmacy professional CHOLESTEROL MANAGEMENT Low on cholesterol, high on compliance Statins have revolutionised the ability to lower cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But they come with a high PBS price tag for the taxpayer, which could be reduced if pharmacy receives a green light to monitor statin therapy compliance OSTEOARTHRITIS Simply seeking relief: Getting back to basics on pain management The withdrawal of the COX-2 selective inhibitor, Vioxx, and the subsequent decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to restrict the use of all COX-2 inhibitors—an intrinsic part of some patients’ treatment—has brought focus onto the way in which pain is managed, especially for the elderly otc marketing TREATING KIDS Being safe and friendly for the little ones Treating the health of children can pose all sorts of challenges for community pharmacies. But by creating the right environment, adhering to professional protocols and ensuring staff are appropriately trained, child healthcare in community pharmacy can be fun and rewarding pharmacy education COUNSELLING CASEBOOK Osteoarthritis and aged care–residential medication management reviews Arthritis affects around three million Australians, representing about 15 per cent of the population CURRENT DRUG INFORMATION NSAIDs and opioids compared for kidney stone pain • Statins of value in the treatment of arthritis • Use of cannabis (dronabinol) for MS • Treating high systolic blood pressure in the elderly CURRENT DRUG INFORMATION: DRUG REVIEW High dose statins: The right strategy to lower cholesterol or more complex than you think? A review of the evidence surrounding use of high-dose statins as a strategy to lower cholesterol NEW