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Optimising asthma care and greener inhaler prescribing

Overreliance on short-acting bronchodilators (SABA) can indicate poor disease control. Three or more days a week with any need for SABA is a pragmatic threshold for uncontrolled asthma (NICE, 2017)....

Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

Seasonal asthma: should it be managed differently?

Asthma is an inflammatory condition where the airways have become hyperreactive in response to a trigger (eg house dust mite, pollen, cats, viruses and temperature changes). The inflammatory cascade...

Prescribing for respiratory disease

This original research study, published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases, aimed to provide an overview evaluation of the clinical safety of delaying antibiotic commencement for upper...

Remote consultations, prescribing and virtual teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic

Before the pandemic, the modernisation of the NHS included digitalisation and the use of remote consultations (NHS UK, 2019; Welsh Government, 2019; NHS Digital, 2020). There had been a slow but...

Small steps, big changes

I suppose I should begin this editorial by letting you know I have now had my second COVID-19 vaccination! I know I am part of a growing number of those afforded increased protection from the virus,...

Polypharmacy and multimorbidity

This Canadian review paper by Potempski and Bilimoria (2021) aimed to highlight the common phenomenon of polypharmacy in the light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. They begin by pointing out that...

The role of community pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pharmacies have played a vital role during the pandemic, not only by ensuring a stable supply of key medicines, but also in becoming an information hub regarding the virus. Many pharmacies are now the...

Inhaled therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Pharmacological treatment includes ensuring that all patients with COPD are offered pneumococcal and annual influenza vaccination (NICE, 2019). Although not exclusive to COPD, the London Respiratory...

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