Articles: 25.06 19 March 2014

Acne that is slow to clear

A 25-year-old male personal trainer had developed worsening erythematous pustules and comedones on his face, back and chest. He had always had oily skin and suffered from acne in his teenage years, but this had cleared.
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Diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition that may be underdiagnosed due to patients relying on self-care. Our Drug review discusses its diagnosis and provides a guide to current management, followed by sources of further information.
Diagnosis and management and of irritable bowel syndrome

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Lixisenatide (Lyxumia): new GLP-1 mimetic for type 2 diabetes

Lixisenatide is a new GLP-1 mimetic for use in type 2 diabetes with oral agents and/or insulin. In our New products review, Steve Chaplin presents the data relating to its efficacy and adverse events, and Dr Frank Joseph discusses its place in therapy.
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NICE neuropathic pain guidelines: clarity for initial treatment

This recently published NICE guideline on The Pharmacological Management of Neuropathic Pain in Adults in Nonspecialist Settings (CG173) replaces CG96, which was first issued in March 2010. Both of these guidelines were produced to help clinicians manage neuropathic pain in nonspecialist settings, and start by …

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Repeat prescribing: 10 tips to develop a safer system

Failure of repeat prescribing systems can contribute to patient harm. Here, the author suggests 10 tips to be incorporated into general practice systems to help prevent avoidable risks.
Repeat prescribing 10 tips to develop a safer system

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What can commissioners do to improve the use of medicines?

Our series on adherence with prescribed medications considers how it can be improved and the cost of wasted medicines reduced. Here, Jonathan Mason describes the approaches that CCGs can take to improve the use of medicines.
What can commissioners do to improve the use of medicines

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