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Grainne d'Ancona

Principal Pharmacist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Recent stories

  • Illustration of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: clinical phenotypes and implications for managementSubscription

    10 JUN 2016

    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.

  • Inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are indicated in the management of most patients with asthma and some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the image, a scanning electron micrograph (SEM) showing alveoli and pulmonary blood vessels

    Inhaled corticosteroids: managing side effectsSubscription

    18 FEB 2015Comments (3)

    Inhaled corticosteroids are commonly prescribed but need careful management to minimise the risk of side effects.

  • Our concerns with Relvar ElliptaSubscription

    PJ, 22 February 2014, Vol 292, No 7798

    We would like to alert pharmacists to the potential for inadvertent dosing errors that may occur when patients are prescribed the new Relvar Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/vilanterol) inhaler for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Pharmacists should be alert to the fact that the licensed strengths of Relvar Ellipta (92µg/22µg and 184µg/22µg) are equivalent to medium to high doses of fluticasone propionate (500µg and 1,000µg, respectively). There is no low-dose inhaled corti

  • Primum non nocereSubscription

    PJ, 7 June 2014, Vol 292, No 7813

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