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Lecture Overview

Antihistamines are often a first-line therapy used to relieve symptoms of allergies. Many are available over the counter without a prescription. Are they safe and what evidence is available to demonstrate their efficacy?


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Louis Roller

Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for 56 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia, including the Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been and is on the editorial board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook and has contributed significantly to all three editions of Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge and writes articles on disease state management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well as the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. He still lectures to pharmacy undergraduates on a number of topics. He has particular interests in drug interactions and pharmacogenomics and William Shakespeare. He has served as a committee member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch since 2008. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and, in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. His current activities include singing in a choir, visiting schools about bullying (Courage to Care), and giving talks to U3A groups and appropriate aged-care accommodation groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics. See Educator Profile


52 Total Rating(s)
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Riya Thapa
30 May 2019


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Anna Carter
27 May 2019

Good resource. Relevant update on antihistamines.

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Patricia Gardner
26 May 2019

Well presented and easy to understand.

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Margaret Smith
26 May 2019

Interesting, presented well.

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Emily Kaye Price
25 May 2019

Good in depth presentation with excellent detail. Engaging presenter, full of knowledge and willing to share.

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Sarah Major
25 May 2019

Love his sense of humour, excellent presenter, useful information!

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Geetha Rani Ammini
23 May 2019


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Jamie Koopman
21 May 2019

This lecture was not lengthy, however very informative and enjoyable

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Tracy Kiddle
21 May 2019

This was a great lecture nice and short and informative.

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Katrina Ruth Wilkinson
18 May 2019

Short interesting presentation which provided relevant information.