Lecture Overview

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.


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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


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Roger Horsley
20 Jun 2018

Excellent and informative

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shannon Rasmussen
31 May 2018

Very passionate.

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Maribel Parnis
14 May 2018

He was very clear and informative. Useful information was obtained listening to this content.

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Devika Nandanimala
21 Apr 2018

Very interesting

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Aimee Rattenbury
21 Apr 2018

I found this video informative and very helpful

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Simon Elmaleh
13 Apr 2018

Top notch

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Wadzana Nollie HWATA
02 Apr 2018

Good presentation

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Lei Zhang
27 Mar 2018

good presentation

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Patricia wilson
01 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.

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First Published23 October 2017
Updated23 October 2017
Expires 21 September 2018
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