Articles: 25.13-16 July-August 2014

A hot, erythematous leg

This 54-year-old man with morbid obesity had attended the emergency department with a hot, erythematous left leg. This was his fourth episode of cellulitis in six months and he had just completed a two-week course of flucloxacillin from his GP.
A hot erythematous leg

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Are the newer anticoagulants less likely to cause intracranial haemorrhage?

This meta-analysis of randomised trials comparing newer anticoagulants against warfarin or aspirin for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) showed that patients in the treatment groups had fewer intracranial haemorrhages (ICHs) than those in the control groups.
Are the newer anticoagulants less likely to cause intracranial haemorrhage

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Avanafil (Spedra): increasing the choice of PDE-5 inhibitors

Avanafil is a new PDE-5 inhibitor for treating erectile dysfunction. In our New products review, Steve Chaplin presents the data relating to its efficacy and adverse effects.
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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
Blood pressure lowering efficacy of monotherapy with …

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Foundations to support adolescents n managing their medicines

Adolescence is a challenging period of transition. Gaining independence and increased responsibility for decision making are key characteristics that define adolescence. Managing medicines, independently and responsibly, is an extra burden facing adolescents with a long-term condition.
Foundations to support adolescents in managing their medicines

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GP guide to the diagnosis and management of conjunctivitis

There are several causes of conjunctivitis and it is important to make the correct diagnosis to avoid complications. In our Drug review the authors describe the clinical features and recommended management of conjunctivitis, followed by an analysis of prescription data.
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New from NICE

NICE recommends canagliflozin (Invokana), the second SGLT2 inhibitor introduced in the UK, as a component of dual or triple therapy and in combination with insulin to treat type 2 diabetes.
New from NICE

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Pharmaceutical care: the blueprint for modern pharmacy

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 proposals for greater pharmacist involvement in patient care.
Pharmaceutical care the blueprint for modern pharmacy

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Warfarin Patient Safety: free analysis tool for GP practices

The authors describe how the freely available Warfarin Patient Safety audit tool can help GP practices manage their warfarin patients more safely and effectively.
Warfarin Patient Safety free analysis tool for GP practices

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