Articles: 27.01 January 2016

Carrying out a structured medication review

As part of our series on the NICE guideline on Medicines Optimisation, Sharon Coane and Rosalyne Payne discuss the NICE recommendations relating to medication review and how to put these into practice effectively.
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Management of atopic eczema in children

Atopic eczema is a common condition, affecting about a fifth of children in the UK. Although the severity varies, it can cause great distress to a child and their family. This article discusses the evidence based management of atopic eczema in children.
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New drug treatments for cancer: what the future holds (full article)

Cancer drug research is a rapidly expanding field, with thousands of new products in active development. Danny Buckland discusses how innovative new cancer treatments coming to the market and the associated financial pressures will impact on the NHS and patients in the UK.
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NICE guideline: diagnosis and management of the menopause

The new NICE guideline on the menopause published in November provides information on diagnosis and the risks and benefits of HRT to enable shared decision making between women and healthcare professionals. Steve Chaplin provides an overview of the guidance.
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OpenPrescribing: simplifying comparison of prescribing data

Each month, the NHS in England publishes anonymised data on the drugs prescribed by GPs. OpenPrescribing. net is a new website that allows easier comparison of this data at both practice and CCG level.
OpenPrescribing simplifying comparison of prescribing data

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Properties of GLP-1 agonists and their use in type 2 diabetes

There are currently four glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists licensed for use in the treatment of type 2 diabetes in the UK: dulaglutide, exenatide, liraglutide and lixisenatide. Steve Chaplin gives an overview of their indications, mode of administration and adverse effects, and Professor Stephen Bain …

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Safe, rational prescribing with a focus on polypharmacy (full article)

Dr Rupert Payne, currently NIHR clinical lecturer in general practice at the University of Cambridge, has been appointed as Prescriber’s new consultant editor. Joy Ogden speaks to him on his background and his plans for his new role.
Rupert Payne has many claims to fame. The …

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The role of NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates (full article)

NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates support and promote high quality, safe, cost-effective prescribing and medicines optimisation within their local area. Joy Ogden speaks to practising Associates to find out more about what they do and the rewards associated with the role.
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Topical treatments for scalp psoriasis: evidence-based guide

Scalp psoriasis can significantly affect quality of life and its treatment presents unique challenges. This article provides an overview of the evidence-based management of scalp psoriasis in primary care, with an emphasis on topical treatments.
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