Publication Date 01/04/2014         Volume. 6 No. 3   
Information to Pharmacists


From the desk of the editor

Business is tight!
Cash flow has evaporated!
The PGA calls for unity while simultaneously dismembering the business of consultant pharmacists.
The federal government continues to strip massive funds from the PBS to the extent that it is gasping for air.
Oh, and I forgot, the Revive Clinic thinks that pharmacists cannot vaccinate patients in community pharmacies ( It is actually a warehouse pharmacy group trying to destabilise the market here to push fellow-pharmacists off balance by supporting the Revive group).
Even wage-earning pharmacists have discovered that they have not had a rise in their pay over the past five years

read more
open full screen

Recent Comments

Click here to read...

Traditional remedy heals wounds

Staff Writer

articles by this author...

Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues

New pharmaceutical products based on plants used in traditional Cook Island remedies could be on sale within two years, following research carried out at UNSW.
Dr Graham Matheson, who grew up in the Cook Islands and is now an emergency physician in Sydney, is undertaking a PhD at UNSW about the plants.
His interest in traditional remedies was ignited in 2003 after two sporting teammates made spectacular recoveries from serious bone fractures after they used traditional plant-based remedies.

“One mate was facing the possibility of having his foot amputated after he suffered a leg fracture that led to compartment syndrome, a complication that causes tissue death in a limb due to a lack of oxygenated blood supply,” Matheson recalls.

Despite being advised not to run again, the man sought treatment from the Islands’ Koutu Nui (tribal chiefs) and made a full recovery, playing soccer and rugby the next year.

Dr Matheson recognised, as a doctor and a Cook Islander, he was uniquely placed to assess the potential of the remedy with evidence-based medicine.

He sought and gained permission from the tribal chiefs to conduct the research and established a company that permits the traditional owners to share in financial benefits arising from the commercialization of his research. Since then, international efforts have been stepped up to stop biopiracy, or the misappropriation of genetic resources and Indigenous knowledge.

His work with UNSW Professor Bill Walsh, who heads the Surgical & Orthopaedic Research Laboratories at the Prince of Wales Hospital, has shown that extract from one plant had “dramatic” results, promoting large amounts of new bone formation within a week.

An extract from three other plants applied to the skin can improve wound healing and repair ageing skin.

Dr Matheson hopes there will ultimately be a new industry for the Islands, with the first product likely to be an anti-ageing one.

Dr Matheson, the Koutu Nui and UNSW are major shareholders in the company, Cimtech.

Return to home

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a genuine visitor, to prevent automated spam submissions.
Incorrect please try again
Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

Clinical Newsfeed

health news headlines provided courtesy of Medical News Today.

Click here to

If any difficulty is found in subscribing, please use the "Contact Us" panel found in the navigation bar with the message "subscribe" and your email address.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format

  • Copyright (C) 2000-2014 Computachem Services, All Rights Reserved.

Website by Ablecode