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Treatment of complex oral lesionsSubscription

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Patients with complex oral lesions are often prescribed treatments off-label. Pharmacists can assist in the care of these patients by counselling them on appropriate use of topical preparations.


Theophylline interactionsSubscription

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Can someone start nicotine replacement therapy while taking theophylline to manage COPD?

Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativaSubscription


Although there is no cure for this painful condition, pharmacists can play a key role in its management.


Managing heat exhaustion in primary careSubscription


Heat-related conditions account for more than 1,000 deaths in the UK each year, a death toll set to rise as extreme weather events become the new norm.

Amoebic dysentery in an elderly patientSubscription

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A 70-year-old, 47kg woman was admitted via the accident and emergency department with a 14-day history of diarrhoea with recent urge incontinence, cramping abdominal pain and three episodes of vomiting. The patient was diagnosed with amoebic dysentery. Read on to learn about the patient’s signs and symptoms.

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Are there any advantages in using heparin solutions to flush intravascular catheters?Subscription

Should heparin-based solutions be used in preference to normal saline to prevent obstruction in indwelling intravascular catheters? 

How clozapine patients can be monitored safely and effectivelySubscription

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Patients who are taking clozapine require ongoing monitoring because of the risk of serious blood dyscrasias. What should pharmacists be checking before they dispense the medicine? The drug is subject to strict monitoring requirements because it is associated with serious side effects.

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Acute management and prevention of gout


Ways to treat this painful condition that affects almost 900,000 people in the UK and how lifestyle changes can prevent further attacks.

Trichophyton interdigitale, the fungus responsible for athlete's foot.

Over-the-counter treatments for athlete's footSubscription

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This fungal skin infection is estimated to affect more than 15% of the world’s population. Make sure your pharmacy team knows how to advise patients in managing this common condition.

Propionibacterium acnes, bacteria that causes acne

Acne vulgaris Subscription


Acne affects eight out of ten teenagers and can persist into later life. Pharmacists have a wide range of treatments to offer patients.

HIV Virus

HIV: pathology, diagnosis and preventionSubscription


The human immunodeficiency virus hijacks the immune system of its host. Despite the success of antiretroviral therapy, challenges still remain in reducing the spread of the virus

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HIV: managementSubscription


Combined antiretroviral therapy is taken by people with HIV infection to prolong and improve quality of life. Patients require a high level of support to help them adhere to the complex regimens prescribed


Bedaquiline in multi-drug resistant tuberculosisSubscription


The first new anti-tuberculosis drug since 1967 could revolutionise therapy and tackle resistant strains.


Thermotherapy and cryotherapySubscription


Hot and cold therapies are widely used to treat muscle pain and sports injuries. Help your patients choose the right treatment option with our essential guide

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Heart failure: managementSubscription


Reducing mortality and delaying disease progression are two key aims of treating heart failure but, for many patients, controlling symptoms and improving quality of life are more important than longevity

Heart failure

Heart failure: clinical features and diagnosisSubscription


Around a third of patients diagnosed with heart failure will die within one year. Early identification of symptoms and diagnostic testing can lead to improved outcomes and better quality of life 


Ever heard of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?Subscription


One in 5,000 people has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome — at least twice the number as have sickle cell anaemia, phenylketonuria or haemophilia A. Learn more about it here

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