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Older patients are more susceptible to harm from polypharmacy and transfer between care settings can result in medication discrepancies. To address this issue Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, conducted a pilot project, where prescribing support via a pharmacist and pharmacy technician were offered to GPs through conducting post-discharge medication reviews in patients who were aged ...
Colin Michie’s article on the risks of vitamin D self supplementation makes many useful points, including the risks associated with excess vitamin D (Clinical Pharmacist, 2016;8:131). But there is one major issue that was not highlighted: the vast majority of vitamin D products sold through pharmacies and elsewhere ...
A downside to electronic prescribingSubscription
I write regarding your excellent review in the May edition of Clinical Pharmacist (2016;8:144).
Recent headlines in national media have declared that asthma is ‘overdiagnosed and trivialised’. But as I am sure your readers know, these news stories are masking a deeper issue: there is no simple diagnostic test for asthma. It is shocking that in the 21st century we still do not have a simple test to be able to tell if someone has asthma, a condition so ...
The paper by Cope et al. (Dental consultations in UK general practice and antibiotic prescribing rates: a retrospective cohort study, Br J Gen Pract 2016) is a timely update on dental ...
Large analysis of data shows taking aspirin within two weeks of transient ischaemic attack or stroke cuts risk of secondary stroke by over 90%.
Data show babies born to women who used SSRIs also had lower Apgar scores and were more likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care.
New research into harmful effects of PPIs suggests that the drugs impair vascular cells.
Study findings could inform the development of more effective and safe treatments for depression.
Pregabalin linked to major birth defectsSubscription
New target for HIV vaccine foundSubscription
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: clinical phenotypes and implications for managementSubscription
Phenotyping patients with chronic obsructive pulmonary disease allows their separation into distinct categories that differentiate their prognosis and response to treatment, producing clinically meaningful outcomes.
Abstract Long-term (five years) adjuvant tamoxifen treatment for oestrogen receptor-positive, or ER-positive, breast cancer post-surgery is recognised as a major advance in healthcare. Clinical trials comparing standard and extended tamoxifen therapy found a major decrease in mortality occurred in the ten years following a decade of adjuvant therapy. Studies in premenopausal breast cancer patients showed that ovarian function suppression (OFS) plus an aromatase ...