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When Over the Counter Medicines Become Drugs

59m of CPD
Louis Roller
21 September 2017

Medicines that do not need to be medically obtained via a prescription can still be misused and even abused. Over the counter medicines can be purchased from pharmacies, health food retailers and even supermarkets. The most common culprits include medicines that are frequently administered by nurses. Found out why these substances are fraught with danger.


Louis Roller


Associate Professor Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for over 50 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, particularly the Antibiotic Guidelines. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, particularly antibiotics, as well as giving many talks to the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. As at the end of April, he had delivered 42 talks to U3A Stonnington and an equivalent number to other U3A groups. With Dr Jenny Gowan, over the last 20 years, he has written articles on disease state management in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy. 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.


Roger Horsley20 Jun 2018
Excellent and informative

shannon Rasmussen31 May 2018
Very passionate.

Maribel Parnis14 May 2018
He was very clear and informative. Useful information was obtained listening to this content.

Devika Nandanimala21 Apr 2018
Very interesting

Aimee Rattenbury21 Apr 2018
I found this video informative and very helpful

Simon Elmaleh13 Apr 2018
Top notch

Gabriella stuart10 Apr 2018

Wadzana Nollie HWATA02 Apr 2018
Good presentation

Lei Zhang27 Mar 2018
good presentation

Patricia wilson01 Mar 2018
Interesting base level conversation starting information. Not at a level where you could influence much change in a workplace e.g. Influencing prescribers, but good to know for a personal level anyway.

Emily Gillies13 Nov 2017
Brilliant lecture.

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