In this issue
Economic, manufacturing and regulatory factors can affect drug shortages and supply chain disruption. By using a mixed-methods approach involving an online survey, semi-structured interviews and three targeted focus groups aimed at acute care hospitals in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, this study determined that over half of the responding acute care hospitals did not have 76–100% of medicine lines fulfilled within 8 weeks of a disruption in the supply chain.
Since many deaths from asthma could be prevented with the correct treatment, pharmacists should have a greater role in ensuring patients receive the right medicines and referring patients who do not have well-controlled asthma.
Pharmacists should note the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s updated guidance on use of pharmacological thromboprophylaxis in a range of hospitalised patient groups.
Smoking remains the single biggest preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Wales, and a significant cause of health inequality. Pembroke Dock, a town in south-west Wales, has a population of around 10,000 people. ...
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects around 1.2 million people in the UK and has an impact across NHS services. Patients frequently present acutely in the emergency department with an exacerbation of the disease and rely heavily on community ...