Articles: 26.05 5 March 2015

An introduction to insulin pump therapy

Insulin pump therapy currently seems to be reserved for the few, yet many more type 1 diabetes patients could benefit from this delivery system. This review outlines the evidence for insulin pumps including patient selection and suggests more could be done to initiate their use.
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Dose optimisation following myocardial infarction

Dose optimisation of medicines for secondary prevention of MI provides evidence-based benefits, but studies show that ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers are prescribed at suboptimal doses on discharge and are not appropriately uptitrated thereafter. Here we look at the reasons why and the possible solutions.
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Drug driving law changes: what it means for patients

A new drug driving law comes into force on 2 March 2015. Here we look at the implications for both prescribers and patients.
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Is dosing time important for treating hypertension?

The TIME study aims to investigate the importance of time of dosing in treating hypertension and reducing the risk of cardiovascular events. Here, Professor Tom MacDonald discusses how the trial will be conducted, patient eligibility and how GP practices can aid recruitment.
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Parkinson’s disease: diagnosis and current management

Treatment for Parkinson’s should be tailored to the needs of the patient and adjusted regularly to ensure maximum efficacy and tolerability. Our drug review outlines diagnosis, drug options and advanced therapies, and the management of complications, followed by an analysis of the prescription data.
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Striverdi Respimat: once daily LABA for COPD

Olodaterol (Striverdi) is a new once-daily LABA formulated as a solution for use in the Respimat inhaler and is licensed as maintenance in COPD. Here, we present the clinical data relating to its efficacy and adverse events and comment on its place in therapy.
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Wider integration of pharmacists

There is a deepening recruitment and retention crisis in general practice where 500 GP practices could close due to an ageing workforce and recruitment and training issues. The solution is not just to increase the number of training posts, as the government has promised.
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