Articles: 24.23-24 December 2013

An embarrassing rash

Working as a concierge in a four-star hotel had become increasingly stressful for this 30-year-old overweight man with psoriasis, not least because the requisite black uniform highlighted the thick scale that flaked from his scalp, the unpredictable hours made regular application of creams almost impossible …

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Antimicrobial resistance: the UK strategy to avert disaster

The UK five-year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013–18 was recently published by the Department of Health. Signed off by Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, and Nigel Gibbens, the Chief Veterinary Officer, and their counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is a …

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Farewell from the editor

After 23 years at the helm of Prescriber I am hanging up my editing pen. It was April 1990 when I watched the first issue of Prescriber come off the presses and being sent to doctors and pharmacists around the UK.
Dec edit farewell from the …

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Labour and Conservative prescribing policy, 1964–79

In our series on the history of prescribing policy, Professor Darrin Baines traces how successive governments have attempted to curb drug costs. Here, he describes the recommendations made by the Sainsbury Committee.
Labour and Conservative prescribing policy 1964–79

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New from NICE

This clinical guideline updates and replaces the 2007 guideline on secondary prevention (CG48) and the technology appraisal of clopidogrel (TA80). Most of the changes reflect new thinking about drug therapy.
New from NICE

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Recommended management of common bacterial skin infections

Topical treatment of bacterial skin infections should be reserved for very mild cases, other wise systemic antibiotics are recommended. Our Drug review discusses the features of common infections and their usual treatment, followed by sources of further information.
Recommended management of common bacterial skin infections

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The prescribing year: 2013

2013 witnessed the emergence of clinical commissioning groups but ended with worrying stories of poor hospital care. NICE guidance continued apace and there were an encouraging number of new cancer drugs.
The prescribing year 2013

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