Warfarin/Antibiotic Interactions; RGH E-Bulletin

Interaction

While alternative oral anticoagulant drugs such as dabigatran have recently been developed, warfarin is currently still the most commonly used and only PBS-listed oral anticoagulant in Australia for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolism in patients with mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation and deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus. Warfarin exerts its therapeutic action as a vitamin K antagonist, lowering the amount of vitamin K available for the production of important clotting factors.

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A joint initiative of the Patient Services Section and the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service of the Pharmacy Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia. The RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin is distributed in electronic format on a weekly basis, and aims to present concise, factual information on issues of current interest in therapeutics, drug safety and cost-effective use of medications.
Editor: Assoc. Prof. Chris Alderman, University of South Australia – Director of Pharmacy, RGH © Pharmacy Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia 5041.

You Gotta Take The Antibiotics

I think this initially came from Congress, an Aboriginal Health Service in Alice Springs. However no one there claims it. Please contact me if you know who made it.

Simple drug education involving local kids covered in sheets of material. I’d like to try a version of this (and perhaps other health information) involving local people and performed in ‘language’. I think it would work best with the kids in front of the camera at the start or the end of the video so community members watching the video recognise the participants. And the participants can show their family and explain it to them.

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