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Regime change afoot at the ABPI
At its recent annual conference, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry declared a mission to salvage its members’ damaged reputation. Incoming President Lisa Anson set out a “bold and ambitious” raft of policy aims that may raise eyebrows among those members of the UK medical profession and the public disenchanted with an industry at the centre of the recent price-hiking scandals.
Rob Munro

Seeking more investment to create a world-class NHS
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry held its annual conference in April to launch its own General Election manifesto and present a wide variety of speakers from the NHS, industry, patient groups, academia and UK political parties. Joy Ogden reports on the organisation’s future industrial strategy.
Joy Ogden

Treating scabies infestations in children and adults
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Scabies is a skin condition caused by a burrowing mite infestation that usually presents as an itchy papular rash. This article describes how to recognise a scabies infestation and examines the efficacy and suitability of the various treatment options.
Chin Whybrew

Preparing medical students for the realities of NHS prescribing
Professor Simon Maxwell is medical director of the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) and professor of student learning at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. He is also a consultant physician at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. He talks to Kate Stewart about the PSA and the impact it is having on prescribing education in the UK and beyond.
Kate Stewart

Rising to the challenge of male hormonal contraception
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Despite decades of research, and surveys showing that the majority of men are willing to try it, a reversible male hormonal contraceptive (MHC) has not yet reached the market. There have been many scientific and regulatory barriers to development but recent advances indicate that MHC is at last a realistic prospect.
Mark Greener

The Gateway-C project: helping GPs to detect cancer earlier
As part of the NHS cancer vanguard programme, Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation is testing a number of ways to improve cancer treatment in Greater Manchester and eastern Cheshire. One of its major pilots is a digital platform designed to help GPs detect cancer earlier, called Gateway-C. This article focuses on that project and its aims.
Angela Dowden

Diagnosis and management of nonmelanoma skin cancer
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Nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common form of skin cancer and the prime risk factor is exposure to sunlight. This article describes the main types of NMSC and their clinical presentations, and discusses the management options available.
Janet Angus

Assessment and management of cerebral palsy in the under-25s
In January, NICE published its first guideline on cerebral palsy (NG62), with the aim of improving the diagnosis and treatment of children and young people across England. This article provides a summary of the guidance.
Steve Chaplin 

Implementing NICE guidance to maximise success
Implementing NICE guidelines can be very demanding, not least because of the sheer volume of guidance being published. This article provides an overview of the help prescribers can get with implementation, and considers the key elements needed for successful implementation as well as the potential barriers.
Joy Ogden

Brexit and the EMA: what’s next for the UK?
When Theresa May triggered Article 50 on 29 March, the UK began a two-year process of negotiations to exit the EU, which is likely to include a divorce from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). But what will fill the gap left by the EMA and what will be the impact on new drugs coming to the market?
Danny Buckland

Antimicrobial stewardship: changing the public’s behaviour
In January, NICE introduced its second guideline on antimicrobial stewardship (NG63), this time focusing on increasing awareness and changing behaviour in the general public. The new guideline covers the correct use of antimicrobial medicines and the dangers associated with their overuse, as well as providing guidance on preventing and controlling infection.
Steve Chaplin 

When patients try your patience
A full history is invaluable to the GP but, says Dr David Delvin, some patients simply take things too far.
David Delvin

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