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Antibiotic therapy for
managing MRSA in
Research published in PLOS ONE has
demonstrated synergism between
Medihoney and rifampicin against
Whether honey acts to block the
rifampicin resistance mechanism in
S. aureus by preventing mutations
in the gene encoding its target,
the beta subunit of RNA polymerase,
or whether in the presence of both
honey and rifampicin the bacteria do
not survive long enough to develop
resistance, remains unclear and needs
Regardless of the reason, the data
indicates that this combination
treatment has potential in preventing
the survival of S. aureus due to
rifampicin resistance during therapy of
skin infections and chronic wounds.
In the longer term, this type of therapy
may also reduce the rate of occurrence
of rifampicin resistant bacteria in the
clinic and the environment.
The botanical origin of honey influences
its biological activity, and many different
anti-bacterial components have been
identified in honey.
These components very likely interact
with each other synergistically,
additively or even antagonistically,
so when isolated may have different
effects on bacterial growth compared to
their combined effect in honey.
*Australian Pharmacist January 2014, page 39.
Pharmacist and medical herbalist
Lu J, Carter DA, Turnbull L, et al. The Effect of New Zealand
Kanuka, Manuka and Clover Honeys on Bacterial Growth
Dynamics and Cellular Morphology Varies According to the
Species. Research article published 13 Feb 2013. PLOS ONE
Müller P, Alber DG, Turnbull L, et al. Synergism between
Medihoney and Rifampicin against Methicillin-Resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Research article published 28
Feb 2013. PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0057679
By Andrew Daniels
On 1 January the historic final step in
creating a national organisation for
all Australian pharmacists was taken
with unification of the Pharmaceutical
Society of Western Australia and the
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
This means that from 1 January
pharmacists across the whole of
Australia and across all sectors of the
profession have one unified body --
one voice -- to represent their collective
professional and business interests, and
advocate for their future.
PSA national President Grant Kardachi
said: 'The unification of the PSWA and
PSA is historic in that pharmacists now
have a truly united national body to
represent all sectors of the profession
across the whole of Australia. We
welcome our WA colleagues as full
members of PSA and all the benefits and
advantages that this brings them.
'As a united national body PSA now has
added strength to further fight for the
profession and to developed programs
and strategies to guide us into the future
and to ensure better health outcomes
for all Australians.
'This unification has come about
through the hard work of many people
and this outcome is a great credit to
I would like to provide feedback re: Jan
2014 Australian Pharmacist page 60--63.
Sore cracked lips?
I would never recommend petroleum
jelly for any purpose, when there are
very effective specific proprietary
products on the market.
These lip balms actually re
moisturise and act as a barrier in an
acceptable format -- as an example
Douglas Pharmaceuticals provide
complementary lip balms with their
Oratane (isotretinoin) products for just
Petroleum jelly is just an unacceptable
product -- presentation, feel, taste,
without a redeeming feature in
Bev Baxter PhC AAVPA
Malvern East, Victoria
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