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The Scottish Polypharmacy Guidance app in practice
Medication reviews are an integral part of effective medicines optimisation. The NHS Scotland Polypharmacy Guidance – Medicines Review provides an app that is convenient to use in all care settings, giving users access to up-to-date, evidence-based guidance. Currently, pharmacists conduct medication reviews using a combination of personal experience and national guidance; however, there is no agreed protocol for this. In this scoping exercise, eight medication review pharmacists from two neighbouring trusts conducted medication reviews for 64 patients to explore how the clinical section of the app compared with their usual care in terms of identifying drug-related problems across various care settings.
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Making sense of antisense oligonucleotide therapy
Unlike conventional medicines, antisense oligonucleotides (ASO) work by addressing the genetic changes underlying a disease. One ASO, nusinersen, is already on the market for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, and several more ASO therapies in development hold potential for other neurological and neuromuscular conditions, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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“Alexa… what pills do I need to take today?”
Can personal digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa help to improve patients’ adherence to their medicines? Here, the authors discuss the potential and the limitations of this technology, and describe their pilot study in patients with diabetes and other underlying health conditions.
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