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Pharmacy staff profile

Dr Prasad Nishtala

PositionSenior Lecturer
Research summaryGeriatric pharmacoepidemiology

I currently teach clinical pharmacy at undergraduate level. I coordinate a full paper PHCY 473 (full year, 28 hours contact time, 25 hours paper coordination role). In addition, I also coordinate the central nervous system module in the quality use of medicines module, PHCY 473 (full year, 15 hours contact time, 20 hours coordination role).


I have established my own pharmacoepidemiology research group funded by multiple research grants ( I am a Registered Pharmacist in Australia, Associate of the Australian College of Consultant Pharmacy, and Member of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology. I hold consultant roles in professional practice in Australia for over a decade.

My research focus includes:
  • Quality Use of Medicines
  • Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychotropic Pharmacotherapy

Dr Nishtala on Google Scholar


Nishtala, P. S., Chyou, T.-y., Held, F., & Le Couteur, D. G. (2018). Association rules method and big data: Evaluating frequent medication combinations associated with fractures in older adults. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pds.4432

Bala, S. S., Narayan, S. W., & Nishtala, P. S. (2018). Potentially inappropriate medications in community-dwelling older adults undertaken as a comprehensive geriatric risk assessment. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00228-018-2412-x

Nishtala, P. S., & Chyou, T.-y. (2017). Exploring New Zealand prescription data using sequence symmetry analyses for predicting adverse drug reactions. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics, 42(2), 189-194. doi: 10.1111/jcpt.12491

Narayan, S. W., & Nishtala, P. S. (2017). Development and validation of a Medicines Comorbidity Index for older people. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 73(12), 1665-1672. doi: 10.1007/s00228-017-2333-0

Bachmann, C. J., Aagaard, L., Bernardo, M., Brandt, L., Cartabia, M., Clavenna, A., … Nishtala, P. S., … Taylor, D. (2017). International trends in clozapine use: A study in 17 countries. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 136(1), 37-51. doi: 10.1111/acps.12742