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editorThe misadventures of celebrities regularly highlight the growing problem of misuse of prescription drugs. Malcolm Dobbin reports that deaths involving prescription drugs now exceed those caused by car crashes.

When used appropriately, taking several prescription drugs together can be beneficial. Ruth Webster and Anushka Patel discuss the prospects for polypills in preventing cardiovascular events.

Serious adverse events can result not only from prescription drugs, but also from over-the-counter medicines. Helen Crilly and Michael Rose explore the link between pholcodine cough mixtures and anaphylaxis during surgery. Jerome Sarris reminds us that even herbal medicines – such as those used for mental health – can interact with other drugs. [There is a Continuing professional development activity associated with this article]

The prevalence of problem allergies appears to be increasing. It is therefore appropriate for William Smith to assess the role of allergen immunotherapy, including sublingual immunotherapy.

The diagnosis of diabetes is also increasing and Michael d'Emden proposes changing the diagnostic process. Measuring glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) is a simpler method than the traditional oral glucose tolerance test.

Volume 37 Number 3 June 2014

Editorial
Anaphylaxis and anaesthesia – can treating a cough kill? H Crilly, M Rose
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Articles
Pharmaceutical drug misuse in Australia M Dobbin
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The ‘polypill’ in the prevention of cardiovascular disease R Webster, A Patel
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Allergen immunotherapy WB Smith
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Nutrients and herbal supplements for mental health J Sarris
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Diagnostic tests
Glycated haemoglobin for the diagnosis of diabetes M d'Emden
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Letters to the editor
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Features
Medicines Safety Update
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New drugs
Crizotinib for non-small cell lung cancer
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Pasireotide diaspartate for Cushing's disease
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Regorafenib for colorectal cancer
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Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, emtricitabine, elvitegravir, cobicistat for HIV
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Vorinostat for cutaneous T cell lymphoma
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