Articles: 30.05 May 2019

Improving prescribing for young and old

In this editorial, Rupert Payne, Consultant Editor on Prescriber, discusses two topics relevant to very differentends of the age spectrum: the declining rate of vaccinations and the role of clinical pharmacists in optimising medicines delivery for older patients in care homes. 

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Prioritising research into age-related macular degeneration

As life expectancy increases, the number of people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is set to rise dramatically, meaning it could become the next public health crisis. Existing treatments are of limited benefit, but researchers are exploring several avenues that could lead to new therapies

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Medicines optimisation in East Sussex care homes

Clinical pharmacists now have an important role in medicines optimisation within the care home setting. In this article, the authors discuss their approach to medication reviews and medicines optimisation in care homes in East Sussex.

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Introducing the Prescribing Skills Assessment box sets

All recently-qualified medics will be familiar with the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA), an examination that must be passed before doctors can move on to their F2 foundation year. Now, the British Pharmacological Society, which co-created the PSA, is championing wider use of its Prescribing Skills Assessment – the cloudbased learning platform that underpins the PSA – and is introducing a series of ‘box sets’ to test prescribers in various areas of prescribing

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Management of the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies

The idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) – comprising polymyositis, dermatomyositis and inclusion body myositis – are a rare group of disorders characterised by muscle inflammation. This article discusses the causes, symptoms, assessment and treatment of these disorders, and the GP’s role in management

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Tackling the declining uptake of childhood vaccinations

There has been a recent fall off in immunisation rates in England, and in 2017–18, coverage declined again in nine of the 12 routine vaccinations in preschool children. This article examines the reasons why, and looks at ways to combat the decline

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Nyxoid (naloxone) nasal spray for opioid overdose

Nyxoid (naloxone) 1.8mg nasal spray was recently launched as emergency therapy for known or suspected opioid overdose in both medical and non-medical settings. This article summarises the product’s indications, recommended use, advantages and disadvantages and place in therapy

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