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June 2019

The below online CPD modules from the December edition of Australian Pharmacist are available free for PSA members.

Colds and influenza

This article is intended to educate pharmacists about, the common cold and influenza. Areas covered include evidence-based use of different treatment strategies, how colds and flu can be prevented, what are the typical signs and symptoms of colds and flu, when best to use influenza vaccines, treatments including medicinal, non-pharmacological as well as complementary therapies commonly used for colds and flu, and when to refer the patient to a doctor.

Proton pump inhibitor deprescribing

This article is intended to educate pharmacists about the recommendations for proton pump inhibitor (PPI) treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), including deprescribing, as well as recognising the harms associated with long-term use of PPIs, and the role that pharmacists play in supporting patients with GORD, including provision of advice on lifestyle, medicines, and stepping-down treatment.

Functional gastrointestinal disorders in paediatrics

In this article we cover the prevalence, and signs and symptoms, of common functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs), such as colic, constipation and regurgitation in infants, and their impact on both the infants and their parents.

Precision medicine and biomarker profiling in pharmacy practice

Over the last 10 years, sweeping changes have occurred in the biomedical arena, with the development of a new area of medicine termed, ‘precision medicine’. This article will examine the different aspects of this treatment approach, which seeks to target a patient’s more personal health profile. For pharmacists this may lead to new professional pathways with biomarker testing services available in their pharmacy.

Past journals

PSA members can view articles and submit answers to assessment questions from Australian Pharmacist CPD from the previous 24 months by clicking the links below.