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Weekly Dose: flibanserin, the drug that gives women one extra sexually...

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug flibanserin (sold under the brand name Addyi) for the treatment of women with hypo-active sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in August 2015. Australia hasn’t followed suit, though flib

Weekly Dose: penicillin, the mould that saves millions of lives

In developed countries, infectious diseases accounted for most deaths until very recently. And in developing countries, infectious diseases remain the cause of death for a large percentage of the population. It is in this setting that the discovery o

Weekly Dose: Naloxone, how to save a life from opioid overdose

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, used as an “antidote” for opioid overdose which includes heroin, and opioid pain medicines such as morphine, fentanyl and codeine. It has been used since the 1970s by ambulance services and hospital emergency departm

Weekly Dose: teriparatide, the osteoporisis drug that forms new bone

Teriparatide is an injectable drug to treat severe osteoporosis, a condition where mineral loss causes the bones to become brittle and to fracture easily. Teriparatide improves bone strength by stimulating the formation of new bone. It does this by i

Weekly Dose: Valium, the ‘safer choice’ that led to dependence and...

Valium is a brand name for diazepam, which belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Also included in this class are temazepam, oxazepam, nitrazepam, clonazepam, alprazolam, midazolam and flunitrazepam. Benzodiazepines remain among the most

Weekly Dose: new morning after pill makes it difficult to choose...

Almost 200,000 unplanned pregnancies occur in Australia each year, though not all go full term. Safe and effective emergency contraception is necessary to help prevent unintended pregnancies in people who do not wish to fall pregnant. Until 2015, the