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'The AMH Children's Dosing Companion
will provide a powerful tool to help
Australian practitioners achieve
quality use of medicines and optimise
The initial release includes monographs
on 230 drugs, covering more than 90% of
current PBS paediatric prescribing in
Australia. More drugs will be added with
each six-monthly update. In addition, it
contains more general information on
paediatric prescribing and managing
drug use, including off-label use and
other hard-to-find data.
It has been developed with the support
of all State Health Departments through
the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory
Council (AHMAC), as part of the Paediatric
Pharmaceuticals Prescribing Resource
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Australian rst for Clyk
Australian pharmacies are the first
pharmacy professionals in the world
to distribute Bayer's Clyk digital oral
contraceptive dispensers. According to
Bayer this recognises the important role
that pharmacists have in providing advice
to women and in particular in the area
The dispenser is essentially a dose
administration aid that enables women
to track their monthly Yaz Flex (20 μg
ethinyloestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone)
contraceptive pill taking and supports
the flexible Yaz Flex regimen3,4 which
allows women to reduce the number and
manage the timing of periods they have.
According to Dr Terri Foran, sexual health
physician at the Royal Hospital for Women
in Sydney contraceptive pills remain
the preferred method of contraception
Speaking at a media launch last month
for the new device she said: 'As the
pace of life becomes increasingly hectic
for the modern woman -- who may be
simultaneously juggling study, work, kids,
relationships, irregular hours, and travel
-- the ability to take the pill correctly, so
that it affords maximum protection from
pregnancy remains a key issues. There is a
crying need to make contraception easier
to manage,' she said.
The Clyk is designed to support the Ya z
Flex regimen by activating audio and
visual alarms reminding women to take
their pill on time and advising women
what to do if one or more pills are missed.
Importantly the device effectively
alerts women to the need for additional
contraceptive methods due to missed
pills and guides women through their
personal cycles, including the four-day
pill free interval.4
Speaking at the launch, Pharmacy
Guild National President, Kos Sclavos,
said that pharmacists regularly
Dr Terri Foran and Kos Sclavos
advise women on contraception and
'With the new Clyk device we now have a
real opportunity to engage more deeply
in conversation with women, reinforcing
our role as a trusted healthcare
professional, providing information on
contraceptive choice and quality use of
medicines', he said.
Bayer is providing a complete Click
with Clyk demonstration kit to all
pharmacies this month. The company
has also developed a training package
in conjunction with the Pharmacy Guild,
including education modules.
1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Health Services: Patient
experiences in Australia. 2009
2. Research methodology: Survey commissioned by the
Menzies-Nous Australian Health Survey, Oct 2012.
3. Yaz Flex approved product information. Jan 2013.
4. Clyk instructions for use booklet. Bayer Australia.
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