Paracetamol - Friend or Foe?

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Paracetamol is widely believed to be one of the safest medicines we have, especially in children. Yet paracetamol is the leading cause of acute hepatic failure in Western countries, and accounts for a large proportion of paediatric admissions. With over 50 years experience in pharmacology, Associate Professor Louis Roller produces an informative and frank talk on the safety and action of the most ubiquitous medicine in the world that will have you thinking twice before popping that next tablet...


Portrait of Louis Roller
Louis Roller

Louis has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for some 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 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 with Jenny Gowan since 1995 writes articles on Disease State Management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well 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 (as well as the above) include singing in a choir, visiting schools re bullying (Courage to Care) giving talks to U3A groups and similar groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics. See Educator Profile

CPD16m of CPD
First Published10 April 2017
Updated10 April 2017
16 December 2018
Pain Management
Medication Safety
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