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  • Interactions between alcohol and sedatives Subscription

    12 AUG 2014 15:08

    5 August 2014: As part of The Daily Mail series that looks at food and drink interactions with medicines, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman Neal Patel was interviewed. The article explained that because alcohol is a depressant, it should not be consumed with certain drugs, such as sleeping tablets or strong painkillers including morphine. “If you take a combination, then you may in extreme cases become unconscious,” said Patel. “One glass of wine and a ...

  • NICE draft guidance recommends nalmefene for alcohol dependence Subscription

    18 JUL 2014 0:00

    Draft guidance issued for consultation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended nalmefene (Selincro; Lundbeck) for the treatment of alcohol dependence in heavy drinkers who do not require immediate detoxification. NICE recommends that nalmefene is prescribed ...

  • Technician who worked after drinking alcohol struck off

    3 JUN 2014 15:00

    Working in a pharmacy while under the influence of alcohol has led to the removal of a pharmacy technician from the Register, by order of the fitness-to-practise committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

  • Nalmefene: choice in alcohol dependence Subscription

    27 SEP 2013 10:17

    Gareth Malson reports on a new drug licensed for those who cannot completely abstain

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    Alcohol scratchcards offer useful screening tool Subscription

    12 SEP 2013 15:52

    Community pharmacists could screen people for alcohol problems using alcohol awareness scratchcards, a London-based evaluation has concluded.

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    Pilot suggests benefits from brief alcohol interventions Subscription

    14 AUG 2013 13:04

    Devon Local Pharmaceutical Committee has collected evidence that alcohol interventions can be successfully delivered through the pharmacy team and can make a positive difference to drinking levels, according to Mark Stone Devon LPC project pharmacist.

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    Alcohol scratchcards are a useful icebreaker Subscription

    9 AUG 2013 13:24

    Alcohol awareness scratchcards should be made available at all community pharmacies in Glasgow, it has been recommended following a successful pilot of the initiative. The pilot demonstrated that scratchcards provide a useful icebreaker for pharmacists and pharmacy staff to start a discussion with members of the public about alcohol.

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    Baclofen — from standard treatment for spasticity to managing alcoholism Subscription

    12 JUN 2013 12:38 By Jenny Bryan

    Baclofen has been used for treating spasticity for many years before losing out to gabapentin. Recently its use in alcoholism has sparked new interest. Jenny Bryan explains

  • Drugs bill for alcohol dependence rockets over decade

    4 JUN 2013 14:23

    The NHS drugs bill to treat patients with alcohol dependence in England has rocketed by 70 per cent over the past decade, according to latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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    Nalmefene launched to help reduce alcohol consumption Subscription

    7 MAY 2013 16:55

    A new medicine, nalmefene, has been launched for the treatment of alcohol dependence in adults which, in combination with counselling, can reduce the number of heavy drinking days and total alcohol consumption, compared with placebo and counselling alone.

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