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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...

Hyperinsulinaemia

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)...

A–Z of prescribing for children

Distribution is the second part of the pharmacokinetic process after Absorption, and it is here where drugs pass from the bloodstream to the body’s organs and tissues. When prescribing for children,...

Co-production of teaching content and delivery with an NHS service user group

Collaboration between NHS stakeholders and higher education institutions is well established, with many innovative and beneficial links with clinical colleagues. Developing this to include service...

Enablers and barriers to pharmacists and nurses becoming independent prescribers

A total of 20 IP students agreed to be interviewed, of whom 15 were pharmacists and five nurses, representing 12% and 16%, respectively, of the total number of students in the IP course during the...

Antimicrobial treatment of neonatal meningitis: answers

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

Planning for winter pressures

Amid worsening winter pressures for the NHS, there are warnings from health professionals that industrial action ‘could see one of the most difficult starts to the year for health services across the...

VORTIOXETINE

Day 1: #vortioxetine is a unique antidepressant, discovered from exploring bis-aryl-sulfanyl amine compounds. It is categorised as a ‘serotonergic’ drug, acting both as an SSRI & as a serotonin...

Your free revalidation toolkit

A free revalidation portfolio and CPD resource for nurses and midwives.

Updates

Nearly four out of five (78%) family doctors across the UK are experiencing moral distress while caring for their patients.

Effective medicines optimisation

Winter is very much upon us, and I know there is the usual increased pressure in many areas, with influenza and winter vomiting virus doing the rounds. This pressure to deal with acute situations can...

Drug Breakdown: Colchicine

With the help of Prescribing and Therapeutics Training Ltd and the Journal of Prescribing Practice, you can earn your 1-hour CPD certificate.

The importance of communication as a prescriber

‘Prescribers should become aware of the characteristics of the setting in which they work, and be conscious of how this may influence communication and patient interactions’.

Prescribing cascades

This research, published in the Journal of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety sought to implement a high-throughput signal detection programme using a sequence symmetry analysis to identify...

Children's spacers for the treatment of asthma: Top 10 tips

The purpose of the spacer device is to act as an intermediary chamber into which a pressurised metered dose inhaler (pMDI) can discharge the drug. This slows down the drug, which is propelled at force...

Drug interactions and hormonal contraception

CYP450 enzymes increase clearance of contraceptive hormones, making them less effective. This includes all combined hormonal contraceptives, all progestogen-only pills (POP), the etonogestrel implant...

The current state of paediatric non-medical prescribing

DPP supervision during and after NMP training can also be considered as a human factor, despite research showing that DPPs, on the whole, are enthusiastic about supervision (Jarmain et al, 2023)....

How should we approach prescribing for persistent pain in primary care?

Shared decision making is crucial to the pharmacological management of persistent pain. This involves discussion about risks, benefits and potential consequences to facilitate formulation of a plan...

Maintenance And Reliever Therapy (MART) for young people with asthma

MART as a regimen works because it allows for automatic self-titration. By its very nature, the patient will take more ICS doses when they are symptomatic and default to baseline (preventer therapy...

Updates

A researcher from the University of Glasgow has received funding to develop new wearable technology capable of measuring the progress of neuromuscular diseases. Professor Hadi Heidari has been awarded...

Menopause and menstrual health policy

A recent study explored menstrual health and menopause at work, the results of which are being used to inform new NHS Scotland policy.

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Domperidone

Day 1: After recognition that early antipsychotic drugs acting on dopamine pathways had an impact on vomiting, the search was on for an anti-emetic without extra pyramidal side-effects (EPS)....

Prescribing in cancer care

This article, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, sought to review the evidence surrounding nurse and pharmacist review of patients undergoing systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT).

Excipient induced laxative thresholds

Based on the information above, what is the minimum expected amount of sorbitol (in g) for an adult that could produce a laxative effect?

A–Z of prescribing for children

It has been more widely accepted in recent years that the inclusion of patients in the therapeutic prescribing process is more beneficial to the patient, and concordance considers the wishes and...

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