What is a Patient familiarisation program?

What is a Patient familiarisation program?

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, so there’s reason to be sceptical when one is on offer. Drug Manufacturers are employing a new strategy called Patient Familiarisation Programs, in which patients are being provided with free drugs. Sound like a good...
Pill popping nation

Pill popping nation

Consumer Affairs reporter Karen Carey examines whether Australians are taking too much medication. Tonic TV |T-S014 I S01E05
Making sure things go well

Making sure things go well

How to prevent the health care system from injuring you While medications and medical technology have enormous potential to help people, they also injure tens of thousands of people every year because of side effects or being used in the wrong way. The knowledge...
Medication errors

Medication errors

Every year millions of people suffer adverse medicines events that lead to harm, hospitalisation and sometimes even death, and the worst thing is that most of these events are preventable. It’s important you know what you’re taking, why you’re taking it and how to...
Medication and your genes

Medication and your genes

Pharmacogenomics is the ethnical term for the way individuals respond to medicines depending on their genes. It has the potential to save money and also to save lives, and for people for cancer it could identify the treatment that can kill the cancer before the cancer...
Sunlight and your medications

Sunlight and your medications

Professor Erik Eliasson from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden suggests the weather may be a factor in determining how well medications work. The answer may be in our vitamin D levels, which go up in summer and down in winter, and could have major health implications...
What are generic medicines

What are generic medicines

Generic medicines can be confusing. Tonic’s consumer affairs reporter Karen Carey sorts fact from fiction.
What actually is a medicine

What actually is a medicine

Most people think of medicines as a pill given to you by your doctor – but medicines come in all forms and it’s important to know not only what you’re taking but why you’re taking it. Tonic’s Consumer Affairs reporter Karen Carey explains what constitutes a medicine...
Staying safe from harm

Staying safe from harm

Karen explores recent data of Australians being harmed by their healthcare and its potential implications. Tonic TV | T-S007 | S01E10