Articles: 30.01 January 2019

Overprescribing in the spotlight

In this editorial, Dr Rupert Payne, Consultant Editor on Prescriber, discusses the best ways of solving the problem of overprescribing in the

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Diagnosis and management of chlamydia: a guide for GPs

Chlamydia is a common sexually-transmitted infection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. This article discusses its diagnosis and treatment, and considers the GP’s role in management.

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Chronic heart failure in adults: diagnosis and management

NICE published a new guideline in September 2018 on the diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure in adults (NG106). This article provides a summary of the guideline and how it differs from previous NICE guidance and the 2016 SIGN guidance

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The management of overactive bladder symptom complex

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a symptom complex characterised by urinary urgency, with or without urgency incontinence, usually associated with increased daytime frequency and nocturia. This article discusses our current understanding of OAB and its recommended management

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Janus kinase inhibitors for inflammatory bowel disease

NICE recently recommended the janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor tofacitinib (Xeljanz) for second-line treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis. This article summarises the efficacy for tofacitinib in inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), and discusses a new JAK inhibitor, filgotinib, that has shown promise in Crohn’s disease

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Medicines-related harm in the elderly post-hospital discharge

Awareness of the risks of medicines-related harm in the elderly can enhance medicines safety in vulnerable patients. This article examines the risk factors for medicines-related harm and the recommended strategies to reduce these risks

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Peramivir for the treatment of uncomplicated influenza

Peramivir (Alpivab) is an intravenous antiviral medicine licensed for the treatment of uncomplicated influenza in adults and children from the age of two years. This article examines its efficacy and adverse effects

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The importance of an accurate medication profile

An accurate medication profile is one essential component for reducing the risk of a patient experiencing medicines misadventure, but these profiles are frequently inaccurate and unreliable, says Angus Thompson

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