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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced its advice to government for the Covid-19 vaccine programme this year.

Prescribing in patients with diabetes

This article, published in the New Zealand Journal of Primary Healthcare, sought to undertake a review of the literature about the impact of nurse prescribing on the delivery of healthcare services...

Evaluation of factors influencing antibiotic prescribing behaviour by independent nurse prescribers

To establish the factors that influence INPs' antibiotic prescribing decisions, and to compare the responses between practice settings with factors that influence medical prescribers' antibiotic...

The role of nutrition in bipolar disorder

Loots et al (2021) note that psychiatric disorders comprise 13% of the total global disease burden, with non-adherence to medication ranging from 63–74% in patients with schizophrenia and some 50% in...

A–Z of prescribing for children

There is a continuing need for pharmaceutical companies to manufacture age-appropriate medications for children. It is not just preferences for particular formulations that need to be considered, but...

Prescribing medications for Parkinson's disease

Parkinsonism is an umbrella term for conditions that present with symptoms typically seen in Parkinson's disease (which accounts for around 85% of cases of parkinsonism) (McFarland and Hess, 2017;...

A greener NHS

A new survey conducted by conservation charity the Woodland Trust has revealed 96% of GPs questioned want the government to take action to combat health threats from climate change and extreme...


Day 1: Following the diabetes & weight loss successes of GLP-1 agonists such as semaglutide, #tirzepatide is the 1st ‘dual’ incretin drug. Peptide engineering has been used to bring GLP-1 activity...

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Use of genomic medicine to uncover adverse effects related to direct oral anticoagulants

Cardiac arrhythmias represent a significant burden, affecting morbidity and mortality (Gheorghe-Andrei et al, 2018). Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, and prevalence not only...

Advancing inhaled therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: integrating clinical, economic and environmental considerations

COPD is a relatively common condition that carries a significant burden of morbidity and mortality (López-Campos et al, 2016; Safiri el al, 2022). The best estimate of diagnosed COPD prevalence in...

Safety in prescribing

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Day 1: #oxybutynin is an anti-muscarinic drug approved in 1970s for incontinence & overactive bladder. #oxybutynin remains a 1st-line drug in UK. Side effects, especially dry mouth can lead to...

New treatment hopes for Alzheimer's disease: A look at recent drug trials

Eli Lilly (2023) created donanemab, noting last year that 47% of participants taking the medication had no clinical progression at one year of the disease. However, the placebo group also had no...

Anticipatory prescribing

This article, published in the BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, is a systematic review of the evidence concerning the anticipatory prescribing of injectable medications in an adult population since...

Cockroaches and antibiotic resistance

‘Given the relative rarity of cockroaches in Ireland …. at least one avenue of future research will involve tracing the evolutionary paths taken by Pseudocitrobacter and related micro-organisms’.

A–Z of prescribing for children

Excretion is the final phase of the drug's journey as it passes through the body, and this elimination – usually by the kidneys – depends on glomerular filtration, tubular excretion and also tubular...

Management of stress urinary incontinence associated with perimenopause

Nisha, a 55-year-old female housekeeper, was referred for physiotherapy pelvic health review with a 2-year history of daily episodes of urinary incontinence when coughing, sneezing and when at work,...

Reducing the environmental impact of inhalers in primary care

The primary aim of this review was to establish how to implement sustainable inhaler changes without compromising patient care and disease control in the primary care setting. This includes a review...

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Surface area-based dosing of caspofungin in children: Answers

What is the body surface area for this child? 9.98 kg × 77.7 cm = 775.446 kg/cm 775.446/3600 = 0.2154 0.2154 = 0.464   m 2 In practice it is also...

Prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis therapy

This article, published in the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, sought to understand the knowledge, attitudes and prescribing habits of clinicians in primary care around the prescribing...

Antimicrobial treatment of neonatal meningitis

Baby A, weight 3500 g and 4 days of age, is clinically unwell with suspected neonatal meningitis. .


The idea of type 2 diabetes (T2D) being a progressive illness is almost redundant, with increasing evidence even confirming how T2D remission is possible. For example, Cucuzzella et al (2023: 146)...

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