[NPS]: Updates in November


Australian Prescriber is an independent peer-reviewed journal providing critical commentary on therapeutic topics for health professionals and health professional students. It reviews recent evidence where therapy is evolving and comments on newly marketed drugs in Australia.

Australian Prescriber is a free publication released six times a year and is available in print and online.

Volume 35 Number 6 December 2012: http://www.australianprescriber.com/magazine/35/6/issue/187.pdf

eLearning @ NPS

eLearning @ NPS is a digital newsletter containing news and updates about NPS online learning resources. It is published four times a year.

The online learning resources support quality use of medicines and medical tests, both in a hospital and practice setting, and are available free to health professionals, students and academics. The learning modules address topics including medication safety, confident and rational prescribing, and more.  Many modules attract continuing professional development points.

Academics are invited to include NPS eLearning modules in their curriculum.

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eLearning @ NPS November 2012

Be more productive using Google Drive – Polypharmacy, the most popular NPC module – Attention course coordinators! Need to enrol your cohort for NPC in 2013? – The MedicineWise Practitioner – NIMC a finalist for AITD Learning Award.

Medicinewise News

Medicinewise News provides health professionals with up to date, succinct and independent information on therapeutic topics and related issues. It offers evidence-based advice on quality prescribing and use of medical tests. Medicinewise News replaces the former NPS News and Practice Review.

Medicinewise News is a free publication available in print and online.

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NPS Direct

NPS Direct is a new monthly e-newsletter for Australian health professionals, designed to meet your information needs and keep you up to date with the latest evidence on medicines, medical devices and current health topics.

With concise articles about relevant health topics, each issue will provide:

  • information about medicines and medical devices
  • evidence-based articles dealing with current health topics
  • links to publications and resources
  • access to accredited online learning activities.

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Immunisation — physicians call for vigilance not complacency

The 2012 Royal Australasian College of Physicians Immunisation Position Statement supports a holistic approach to immunisation, including improving communication with patients, parents or carers; advocating the benefits of routine vaccination; and keeping up to date with current immunisation recommendations.

Do statins reduce cancer-related mortality?

A recent retrospective cohort study of people diagnosed with cancer showed a 15% average reduction in death from cancer among people using statins before and after diagnosis compared with those who had never used statins. However, this trial had several limitations, and further prospective clinical trials are required to investigate whether statins may be associated with reduced cancer-related mortality.

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NPS News

NPS News is now combined with Practice Review in a new publication called Medicinewise News. See Medicinewise News for more information. Past issues of NPS News are still available to view online (see below).

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Type 2 diabetes

Focuses on the role of drug treatments to reduce cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes, requires management of lifestyle, BP, lipids and glucose.

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NPS RADAR: independent, evidence-based assessment of new drugs, new PBS listings and the latest research for doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals.

NPS RADAR provides health professionals with timely, independent evidence-based information on new drugs and medical tests and changes to listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

NPS RADAR is print-published three times a year, in line with major updates to the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits, so it is available around the time when new medicines can be prescribed or dispensed.

Our free NPS RADAR email alerts keep subscribers up to date with new drugs and medical tests in between printed issues.

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Pregabalin (Lyrica) for neuropathic pain

Pregabalin is a treatment option to relieve pain and improve quality of sleep in postherpetic neuralgia and painful diabetic neuropathy.

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) for stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation

Rivaroxaban has a new listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme as a once-daily oral anticoagulant for stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

Brief item: quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine

In 2013 the recombinant quadrivalent human papillomavirus (types 6, 11, 16 and 18) vaccine (4vHPV) will be available on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for boys aged 12–13 years.

Brief item: PBS listing for rivaroxaban (Xarelto) for DVT

From 1 December 2012, rivaroxaban can be prescribed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to treat acute symptomatic deep vein thrombosis (DVT) without symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE) and to prevent recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Rasagiline (Azilect) for Parkinson’s disease

Rasagiline is a new irreversible monoamine oxidase type-B (MAO-B) inhibitor for reducing off-time and motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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NPS RADAR December 2008

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NPS RADAR August 2007

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Nurse Update

Nurse Update is a digital newsletter for nurses that promotes quality use of medicines and medical tests in nursing practice. Articles contain information about current NPS therapeutic programs and focus on practical ways nurses can help their patients. The newsletter also features links to other NPS learning resources for nurses, including publications and online learning modules.

Nurse Update is published six times a year.

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Latest issue of Australian Prescriber out now

The August 2012 issue of Australian Prescriber is out now and looks at long-acting beta2 agonists, medical management of endometriosis, management of cystic fibrosis in adults, and more.

Feed your competency

Covers drug use evaluation (DUE) and other tools & resources for registerdd nurses 2:39 PM 19/11/2012 for aged-care facilities, the latest NPS case study, on Intensifying glycaemic control; activities for practice nurses; Medicinewise Practitioner online modules for nurse practitioners; the National Inpatient Medication Chart.

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New medication safety online learning program

NPS MedicineWise, with the assistance of NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group (NSW TAG), has developed an interactive Medication Safety online learning program as a national resource for hospital-based nurses. The program explores the various causes of medication errors, provides a broad perspective of medication safety and equips nurses with the knowledge and skills to help prevent errors from occurring in the workplace.

NPS MedicineWise would like to know what you think

The NPS team is looking to find out more about practice nurses’ attitudes, beliefs and behaviours, to help us inform our upcoming therapeutic topics. By being involved in a telephone interview, you can help us to develop evidence-based therapeutic programs and resources that meet the clinical needs of practice nurses.

NPS MedicineWise launches new program on type 2 diabetes

The latest therapeutic program from NPS MedicineWise, Type 2 Diabetes: Priorities and Targets, encourages health professionals to take a holistic approach when caring for their patients with type 2 diabetes and to address blood pressure and lipids as a priority.

Type 2 diabetes webinar for nurses

NPS MedicineWise will host a free live webinar on Thursday 1 November, 2012 for diabetes educators, nurse practitioners, practice nurses, rural and remote nurses and registered nurses with an interest in type 2 diabetes.

Cough and cold medicine warning for children

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has released new advice restricting the use of cough and cold medicines in young children. This advice comes amid concerns they have limited efficacy and may even be harmful.

Nursing Insight Group

NPS is establishing a Nursing Insight Group to provide high-level guidance and advice to enhance the support we offer to the nursing profession. We invite applications from nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives with an interest in improving utilisation and knowledge about medicines and medical tests

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Nurse Update September 2012

Practice Review

Practice Review (formerly known as Prescribing Practice Review) is now combined with NPS News in a new publication called Medicinewise News. See Medicinewise News for more information.

Past issues of Practice Review are still available to view online (see below).

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