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Acute pain

Teeth x-ray, dental pain concept

NSAIDs preferred choice for acute dental pain, review finds

30 MAY 2018

Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, with or without paracetamol, can provide a better balance of benefits and risks compared with opioids for the treatment of acute dental pain, a review has revealed.

Older man with low back pain sitting on a bed

Treatment for low back pain often not following evidence, researchers warn

27 MAR 2018

Patients with low back pain are often subjected to a raft of treatments which are not recommended, a series of articles in the Lancet has highlighted.

Woman opening blisterpack of ibuprofen tablets

No difference in cardiovascular risk of selective and non-selective NSAIDs, study finds

26 FEB 2018

Most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have similar cardiovascular safety profiles, when given as a low-to-moderate daily dose for a short-term treatment period, a new study has concluded.

Packets of ibuprofen

Which? uncovers lack of advice from pharmacies

21 FEB 2018By Kathy Oxtoby

Three in ten pharmacies are failing to give important safety advice to customers buying over-the-counter medicines, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Girl with migraine

Migraine days cut by almost half in phase III trial

4 DEC 2017

The number of migraine days per month has been significantly cut in people with episodic migraine, results from a phase III trial of the monoclonal antibody erenumab have found.

Pharmacy practice

Senior woman opening pill box

How pharmacists can encourage patient adherence to medicines

1 AUG 2018By ,

This article outlines how community pharmacists can play an important role in medicines adherence, including examples of how to reinforce treatment.

Pharmacist speaks with patient in consultation room

How to provide patients with the right information to make informed decisions

19 JUN 2018By

A tailored approach can help pharmacists support patients to make better treatment choices, resulting in more successful outcomes.

Mother speaking to pharmacist and child looks at camera

Communicating with parents and involving children in medicines optimisation

24 OCT 2017By

Although children take responsibility for taking their medications at different ages, involving parents, and where possible children, in decision making is key to medicines optimisation.

Person using the new BNF app

How to use the new BNF and BNF for Children app

25 JUL 2017By ,

Around 500,000 print copies of the BNF and BNF for Children are distributed to healthcare professionals each year. A new app which combines BNF and BNF for Children content ensures the availability of drug information through a smart device.

Pharmacist in consultation with patient

How to build and maintain trust with patients

15 NOV 2016By ,

Patients are more likely to open up and disclose information if they trust their pharmacist or healthcare professional, and a better quality of interaction may result in greater patient autonomy and shared decision-making.

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