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Lionel Reilly was the youngest of six boys who grew up in Coburg in
Victoria. Of the brothers three became pharmacists. Duncan, who died
in 2005 after a 55 year career in his Gertrude Street pharmacy in Fitzroy,
Ian, the one of the six brothers still living who had a pharmacy in North
Carlton, and Lionel.
After completing his schooling at
Carey Baptist Grammar in Kew, Lionel
was apprenticed to Darcy Sykes’ at his
pharmacy in Thornbury. As soon as he
qualified Lionel married Moira, the love
of his life. They lived above a pharmacy
in Moorabbin. Later he worked for his
brother Ian in North Carlton.
In 1959 Lionel opened a pharmacy in
North Fitzroy, where he loved working
with the Italian community with their
great food and real coffee. Pharmacy
assistants who had all immigrated from
the same village of the Island of Elba
made up a terrific team, and Lionel was
a caring and encouraging team leader.
The advice he dispensed to young
shop assistants has lived on as a family
saying – ‘never run after a man or a tram,
there will be another one along in a
Twenty years on, the local Italian
community started to disperse to new
outer suburbs, and trendies had moved
into North Fitzroy. Dad summarised
pharmacy as ‘We Sell Pills.’ These new
people were young and didn’t get sick
and didn’t buy pills so much. So he
Lionel moved on to Chirnside Park
before purchasing Dickson’s Pharmacy
in the Kew junction. Dickson’s logo
suggested it was ‘since 1851’ but this
was probably the original pharmacy in
Geelong. He owned a second pharmacy
in Coburg with his brother Ian in the
1970s as well, and the two loved having
meetings at Flemington race course,
especially if there was a tip from a local
GP who owned horses. The tip would
often come in handy, paying for lunch.
A PSA member throughout
his pharmacy life, Lionel loved
nurturing young employees whether
undergraduate pharmacists or
assistants. I worked with him for a
decade at Dickson’s once I qualified and
he was a great mentor to me.
He was an active member of Victorian
Chemists’ Golf and the Carnival was
always an important part of his year.
Lionel died on 14 March after a battle
with cancer, and my family would like to
warmly thank the many people from the
pharmacy fraternity who have passed
on their condolences.
BY NICHOLAS REILLY
Changes to cautionary
advisory label 4
Cautionary advisory label (CAL) 4 has
been revised in the latest edition of the
Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and
Handbook (APF23) in order to reflect two
different drug interaction mechanisms.
Do not take dairy products, antacids or
mineral supplements within two hours
of each dose of this medicine.
Label 4a is recommended for tetracyclines,
oral bisphosphonates, fluoroquinolone
antibiotics and other medicines that
bind with metallic ions to form poorly
soluble complexes that are less readily
absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract.
The revised wording of this label now
also encompasses interactions with other
mineral supplements (e.g. magnesium
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before
taking medicines for heartburn, reflux
Label 4b is recommended for medicines
that have markedly reduced absorption
in the presence of increased gastric
pH (e.g. itraconazole). This reduction
in absorption can potentially reduce
therapeutic efficacy. Classes of
medicines that can raise gastric pH
include antacids, H
‐ antagonists and
proton‐pump inhibitors. These classes
of medicines vary in their duration
of action, and management of the
interaction may need to be tailored to
the specific interacting medicines and
individual patient factors.
The use of these labels does not
diminish the need for adequate verbal
counselling. Antacids, H
proton‐pump inhibitors and mineral
supplements are all available
over‐the‐counter and consumers may
not be aware that these products can
adversely interact with other medicines.
Pharmacists are advised to use their
clinical knowledge and professional
judgement to decide when to apply
these labels, and provide verbal
information about the interactions and
appropriate management strategies.
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