In this issue
Approval of the first over-the-counter topical retinoid in the United States is a welcome move and should be replicated in other countries.
Pharmacists and healthcare professionals are ideally placed to review and reduce inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medicines in people with learning disabilities safely and effectively.
Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practiceSubscription
Abstract Background: C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of infection and inflammation. It is high in bacterial infections but very low or close to zero in viral infections. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England and Wales’s health technology assessment body, has issued guidance on pneumonia in adults; it recommends point-of-care (POC) CRP analysers when clinical assessment is inconclusive. If the CRP level ...
Campaign to raise eye drop technique awarenessSubscription
In summer 2016, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust launched its pharmacy-led #knowyourdrops campaign. Its main objectives are to promote and encourage good eye drop compliance, provide support to patients, carers and staff regarding best techniques for administering eye drops, and demonstrate the range of available compliance aids and review their benefits for individual patients.
I read the letters from Charles Gore (Clinical Pharmacist 2016;8:232) and Anja St. Clair Jones (Clinical Pharmacist 2016;8:264) ...
Obtaining patient feedback via a forum groupSubscription
In October 2014, the pharmacy department of Walsall healthcare NHS Trust, which provides general hospital and community services to approximately 260,000 people in Walsall and surrounding areas, set up a pharmacy patient forum group (PPFG). The main aim of the PPFG was to obtain an insight from end users with a view to helping the trust and department to achieve a high quality patient experience. The idea behind setting up this group was inspired by pharmacy team members who wanted ...
Let us be pharmacists in GP practicesSubscription
It was interesting to read discussions about working in GP practice (Clinical Pharmacist 2016;8:202). There is a vital role for a pharmacist in every GP practice, but a job title without the word ‘pharmacist’ would seem to be ill advised.
In 2012, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended that the routine annual influenza vaccination programme should be extended to children aged from 2 years to 17 years of age. These children would receive the nasal flu vaccine.
Laquinimod reduced the number of mice who developed multiple sclerosis in one model, and slowed disease progression in another.
Fruits and vegetables lower blood pressure and slash medication costs for kidney disease patientsSubscription
The cost of antihypertensive drugs nearly halved when researchers assigned patients to eat alkali-inducing fruit and vegetables.
When used during respiratory illness in children, paracetamol is not associated with a higher risk of asthma exacerbations than ibuprofen.
Progesterone accelerates recovery from flu virusSubscription
Progesterone was found to enhance recovery from influenza in mice and so could also have benefits for humans during disease outbreaks, say researchers