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NHS England’s decision to cap access to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved hepatitis C treatments has been attributed to their cost. These antiviral medicines have led to vast costs for national healthcare systems and huge profits for the pharmaceutical industry. So it is understandable that the mainstream media and general public assume that the cost to the NHS (either per patient or in absolute terms) is prohibitive.
I would like to highlight the devastating consequences that delayed referrals are having on people with inflammatory arthritis.
'Don’t wait to anticoagulate' projectSubscription
I was interested to read the news story ‘Many atrial fibrillation patients at risk of stroke treated with aspirin over anticoagulants’ (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, 24 June 2016), which outlines the finding that significant numbers of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are not being prescribed the most effective form of ...
Patients receiving nasal irrigation showed greater improvement after six months.
Smoking cessation advisers report a lack of interpersonal skills to deal with smokers and say they are not paid enough by the NHS to provide the service.
Further trials are required after buprenorphine implant showed success in opioid-dependent patients with stable abstinence.
Medical marijuana saves health system moneySubscription
Introduction of medical marijuana legislation linked to decrease in prescriptions for other medicines, saving US$165.2m per year, researchers discover
Patients commonly ‘self-prescribe’ antibioticsSubscription
Ibuprofen and toremifene inhibit Ebola virusSubscription
Healthcare professionals should be aware of the principles of antimicrobial treatment and the need to reduce inappropriate prescribing to retain the effectiveness of drugs currently available.
Abstract Background: Many patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection lie undiagnosed and a significant proportion of patients that have been identified are disengaged from specialist services. The Isle of Wight (IOW) typifies this issue, with an estimated 200 undiagnosed patients with HCV infection and a small number of known cases engaged with specialist services. Aim: To reduce the burden of undiagnosed HCV ...
Abstract Allergic rhinitis results from an immunological abnormality in which atopic individuals produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) to allergens (e.g. pollen, house dust mites, animal dander and moulds). IgE activates mast cells, which respond by releasing inflammatory mediators. Histamine stimulates the early symptoms, predominately mucus production, nasal itching and sneezing. Leukotrienes and cytokines attract and activate eosinophils to cause allergic inflammation, ...