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1. The use of tear gas to control civil unrest is accepted practice by government authorities worldwide. It is rarely used in Hong Kong but during a recent riot at a Vietnamese detention centre large quantities were used and this was cause for some concern. 2. All patients presenting to the British Red Cross Clinic after the incident were seen by one of the(More)
Five hundred and sixty-three university students were interviewed to survey the practice of self-medication which was found to be very prevalent (94.0%). The most commonly used items included remedies for cough and cold, antipyretics and analgesics. Topical preparations and Chinese herbal medicines were also frequently consumed. Self-medication items were(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with acute schizophrenia who are agitated typically manifest worse overall symptomatology and are generally more challenging to treat than nonagitated patients. In order to determine whether baseline agitation level influences treatment response, the effects of oral aripiprazole in acute patients with schizophrenia experiencing either(More)
Many analytical methods exist for the assay of paracetamol in biological fluids, including colorimetry with chemical derivatization, direct spectrophotometry, chromatographic methods and immunoassays. Their development has been largely driven by the needs of clinical toxicology requiring the rapid, reliable and highly specific estimation of paracetamol in(More)
We measured gastric emptying, using the technique of paracetamol absorption, in eight women on their first and third postpartum day. Gastric emptying was rapid and there was no difference between the first and third day in the time to peak plasma concentration of paracetamol. Six women returned after six weeks for a further study. Gastric emptying was still(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the usage patterns of antidiabetic and antihypertensive drugs and to identify any discordance between recommended management guidelines and clinical practice in two study locations. DESIGN Prescription survey. SETTING A government- operated general outpatient clinic (GOPC) and a medical/geriatric specialist clinic (SC)(More)
To control benzodiazepine abuse in Hong Kong, the Government's Pharmacy and Poisons Board reclassified benzodiazepines as Dangerous Drugs in October 1990. Apart from formal prescriptions, detailed records were then required for the supply and dispensing of these drugs. These regulations were applied initially only to brotizolam, triazolam and flunitrazepam,(More)
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