We are a pill popping society, with many people believing in the concept of a ‘pill for all ills.’ In 2017/18, around 320 million prescriptions were dispensed in Australian community pharmacies. This averages out to around 13 prescriptions per person per year. While medicines can be life saving, life prolonging and improve our quality of life, they are powerful substances and may manifest unwanted effects in some people. Some 250,000 Australians are hospitalised each year due to serious drug-related events. Adverse reactions can occur within minutes, days, weeks, months or even years after commencing a medicine. In this session, Louis Roller will discuss what we need to ask our doctor and pharmacist about the medicine that has been prescribed for us.
Louis is highly qualified to speak on this topic. He has been an academic of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Monash University for 56 years, held various board positions, written extensively on pharmaceutical matters, lectures to a wide range of medical practitioners and continues to lecture to pharmacy undergraduates.