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Type: Journal article
Title: A fistful of prescriptions: is there a better way?
Author: Frank, Oliver Ralph
Alderman, Christopher P.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2011; 40(9):659-659
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0300-8495
School/Discipline: School of Population Health and Clinical Practice : General Practice
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Oliver Frank, Chris Alderman
Abstract: Since the inception of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in the late 1940s there has been a dramatic increase in the range of medicines that are available to the Australian community. The simultaneous rise in the prevalence of chronic disease means that many patients are taking multiple medicines on a long term basis, with a concommitent increased risk of drug related problems including adverse effects, and drug-drug interactions and drug-disease interactions.
Keywords: Pharmaceutical policy -- Australia; Chronic diseases -- Australia -- Statistics; Patients -- Medical care; Drugs -- Side effects; Drug interactions; Drugs -- Prescribing
Rights: Copyright © 2011 RMIT Publishing
RMID: 0020112590
Published version: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2011/september/a-fistful-of-prescriptions/
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