Articles: 25.03 5 February 2014

Flu vaccine reduces risk of adverse CV events in high-risk patients

This meta-analysis found that the influenza vaccine is associated with a significantly lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in adults with coronary disease.
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Improving health outcomes by reducing medicines waste

Our series on adherence with prescribed medications considers how it can be improved and the cost of wasted medicines reduced. Here, Professor David Taylor looks at the causes of avoidable drug waste and the savings that can be achieved.
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Management of herpes simplex and varicella-zoster infections

Herpes simplex and zoster infections are common and can result in significant morbidity. Our Drug review discusses the choice of drugs available for treatment and prophylaxis, followed by sources of further information and an analysis of the prescription data.
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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
PPAR-g agonists for preventing recurrent stroke and …

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Recommendations from the Tricker and Clothier reports

In our series on the history of prescribing policy, Dr Darrin Baines traces how successive governments have attempted to curb drug costs. Here, he describes the evolution of the BNF and the recommendations made by the Tricker and Clothier reports.
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Respimat vs HandiHaler: a lesson in asking the right question

Evidence should support or refute theories and hypotheses and be designed with sufficient scientific rigor to allow precise methods of observations, measurements, experiments and conclusions. Advancement of scientific knowledge relies on several tiers of evidence collection, aiming to deduce mechanisms and infer treatments.
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Sayana Press: first LARC for subcutaneous administration

Sayana Press is the first long-acting reversible contraceptive given by sc injection. In our  ew products review, Steve Chaplin presents the clinical data relating to its efficacy and adverse effects and Dr Gbolade discusses its place in contraception.
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