Articles: 25.07 5 April 2014

A protocol for drugs that require regular monitoring

The author discusses the regular monitoring requirements of the DMARDs and other drugs and provides a protocol for blood test monitoring in general practice.
A protocol for drugs that require regular monitoring

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Atrial fibrillation: current approaches to management

Atrial fibrillation is the commonest arrhythmia and GPs have an important role to play in management. Our Drug review discusses its diagnosis and current recommended treatment, followed by sources of further information.
Atrial fibrillation current approaches to management

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Latest reviews from Cochrane

In this section we present an abstract of a review relevant to prescribing in general practice from the latest issue of The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. To view the article in full or for further information, visit www.thecochranelibrary.com
Buprenorphine maintenance versus placebo or methadone maintenance …

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Providing support to patients who wish to quit smoking

Smoking cessation is the most cost-effective intervention for the prevention and treatment of smokingrelated disease. Here, the authors discuss the available products for aiding smoking cessation and how to support patients wishing to quit.
Providing support to patients who wish to quit smoking

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Salt in effervescent and dispersible medications: prescriber beware

Salt is ubiquitous in modern society and we have developed an addiction to salt that has adversely impacted public health not only in ‘developed’ nations but also in poorer nations that have acquired a taste for high-salt, high-fat, Western fast-food diets.
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Summary of the 2013 American lipid guidelines

Strengths of this protocol include a more evidence-based approach and a move away from specific cholesterol targets, a practice never supported by clinical trial evidence. Concerns include extensive industry connections among half of the guideline panel, a calculator that does not reliably predict risk, a …

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