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Drug interaction resources: mind the gaps

Authors
  • Grannell, Louise
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian Prescriber
Publisher
NPS MedicineWise
Publication Date
Feb 03, 2020
Volume
43
Issue
1
Pages
18–23
Identifiers
DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.2020.005
PMID: 32139958
PMCID: PMC7026916
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Drug interactions can lead to significant toxicity or loss of clinical effect. The risks increase with the number of drugs the patient takes General and specialised drug interaction resources are available. Access to up-to-date electronic resources is encouraged There are gaps in the information on interactions for new drugs, those with complicated metabolism and drugs with limited use. It may be necessary to use multiple resources to find the information When assessing information about interactions, clinicians should evaluate the relevance for each patient. In high-risk situations, expert advice can be valuable Clinicians should report new or unusual drug interactions to the Therapeutic Goods Administration

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