Articles: 24.19 5 October 2013

Evidence-based guideline for exercise-induced bronchospasm: pre-exercise SABA still mainstay

The American Thoracic Society recommends formal postexercise spirometric testing in patients with suspected exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). In those patients with confirmed EIB, preexercise use of an inhaled short-acting beta-agonist (SABA) is still the mainstay.
Evidencebased guideline for exercise induced bronchospasm pre exercise SABA still mainstay

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From the NIS to the NHS via the Floating Sixpence

In our new series on the history of prescribing policy, Professor Darrin Baines traces how successive governments have attempted to curb drug costs. Here, he outlines some of the measures introduced in the earliest days.
From the NIS to the NHS via the Floating Sixpence

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Introduction of biosimilars: not to be confused with generics

Generic versions of branded medicines have been with us for a long time – there was a proliferation of generic versions of aspirin, for example, when Bayer’s patent expired in 1917. We will all be familiar with the process through which generics are introduced to …

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Lisdexamfetamine: new secondline treatment option in ADHD

Lisdexamfetamine is a prodrug of dexamfetamine indicated for the treatment of ADHD. In our New products review, Steve Chaplin presents the clinical data relating to its efficacy and adverse effects, and Dr David Hayward discusses its place in treatment compared with methylphenidate.
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New from NICE

Clinical guideline. The management of urinary incontinence in women. CG171.
New from NICE

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Treatment options in the management of rosacea

Rosacea can be triggered by many factors, and lifestyle advice, trigger avoidance and skin care should underpin drug treatment. Here, the author discusses the clinical subtypes of rosacea and the treatment options.
Treatment options in the management of rosacea

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Trends in prescribing in general practice, 2002–2012

Steve Chaplin analyses the changes in GP prescribing volume and cost in England in the previous decade and between 2011 and 2012.
Trends in prescribing in general practice 2002 2012

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URTIs: recommended diagnosis and treatment in general practice

Although antibiotics have only a minor role to play in the management of most upper respiratory tract infections, it can be difficult to recognise when there might be serious complications. In our Drug review the authors describe the features and usual treatment of common URTIs, …

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