Articles: 24.08 19 April 2013

Cardiovascular risk and NSAIDs: prescribing slow to change

NSAIDs expose patients to cardiovascular risk. There is no pharmacological fix other than a decision not to prescribe, or to choose an NSAID with the lowest known risk.
Cardiovascular risk and NSAIDs prescribing slow to change

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Flutiform, a new steroid/longacting beta-agonist inhaler

Flutiform is a new inhaled steroid/long-acting betaagonist combination containing fluticasone and formoterol. Here, the authors give details of the clinical trial results regarding its efficacy and safety and discuss its place in the treatment of asthma.
Flutiform a new steroid longacting beta agonist inhaler

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Fungal skin infections: current approaches to management

The dermatophyte skin infections tinea capitis, tinea pedis and onychomycosis are common and challenging to treat. Our Drug review focusses on key points and advances in their management, followed by further sources of information.
Fungal skin infections current approaches to management

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Guidelines not helpful in patients with multiple conditions

Although some of the findings and conclusions of these authors are arguable and subject to interpretation bias, the points are well taken and have been supported by other authors: evidence-based guidelines, while laudable, are based largely on studies of younger patients with single conditions and …

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How the NHS pays for drugs – and when the system fails

Steve Chaplin describes how the prices that the NHS pays for drugs are calculated and when anomalies arise.
How the NHS pays for drugs and when the system fails

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Inhaled corticosteroids for subacute cough in children

While inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) can potentially reduce cough associated with airway inflammation and airway hyper-reactivity, use of ICS in children is not without potential adverse effects.
Inhaled corticosteroids for subacute cough in children

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Managing children with protracted bacterial bronchitis

Our series Prescribing in hildren gives practical advice for the successful management of childhood problems in general practice. Here, the authors discuss the diagnosis of protracted bacterial bronchitis and its management.
Managing children with protracted bacterial bronchitis

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New from NICE

NICE’s quality standards are intended as succinct definitions of best clinical practice so that standards for quality care are available to the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers.
New from NICE

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Recognition and treatment of medication overuse headache

Medication overuse headache is a common condition responsible for a high number of referrals to secondary care. Here, the author discusses its recognition and management.
Recognition and treatment of medication overuse headache

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