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Latest Veterans MATES brief on medicine-induced dry mouth

An overturned pill bottle on its side with a close-up of the spilt yellow tablets.Friday, 25 January 2019 — Reducing the impact of medicine-induced dry mouth is the latest educational brief developed for health providers by the Veterans’ Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (Veterans’ MATES).

The brief focuses on medicines that affect salivary gland function and outlines strategies to reduce the impact of dry mouth.

“Having a dry mouth from the use of medicines is common, particularly among older people.1-4 If left untreated, dry mouth can interfere with oral health and function, affect general health and significantly impair quality of life.4-6” For the full brief, visit veteransmates.net.au.

Other recent topics include Proton Pump Inhibitors, Osteoporosis, and Preventing Falls.

DVA developed Veterans’ MATES with the aim of improving the use of medicines and related health services in the veteran community.

Administrative claims data are used to provide direct patient-based feedback to medical practitioners regarding medications dispensed to their veteran patients. This information is tailored to an individual doctor's practice. The GP login facility allows registered practitioners to obtain their practice specific information. This information is available for doctors only.

Supporting educational material is sent to the medical practitioners, community pharmacists and accredited pharmacists. Identified veterans are also mailed educational brochures. A team of clinical experts contribute to the writing of this up-to-date health and medicine information which is specifically tailored for veterans and their health professionals.

Further information

  1. Website: veteransmates.net.au
  2. Veterans’ MATES Health Professional Helpline: 1800 500 869

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