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Inhaler Switching - No Evidence of Negative Impact on Patients or Healthcare Utilisation

A self-controlled case series study led by researchers from the National Heart & Lung Institute and published in Thorax has found that "switching to an equivalent inhaler in patients with asthma or COPD appeared safe and did not negatively affect patient’s health or healthcare utilisation." The researchers identified a cohort of 569,901 asthma and 171,231 COPD regular inhaler users and …

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Managing Medicines for Adults receiving Community Social Care - Top Tips

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Royal College of General Practitioners have collaborated to produce "Top tips for managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community" - a resource for GPs and pharmacists, part of the Involved and informed: good community medicines support  intiative to encourage better medicines support for people who are receiving social care services in …

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AECOPD - CRP testing reduces antibiotic use

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have published a Signal highlighting the conclusion of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine: "CRP-guided prescribing of antibiotics for exacerbations of COPD in primary care clinics resulted in a lower percentage of patients who reported antibiotic use and who received antibiotic prescriptions from clinicians, with no evidence of harm." …

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Opioids for Persistent Pain - PROMPPT intervention

The National Institute for Health Research are funding a five year research programme to design and test a Proactive clinical Review of patients taking Opioid Medicines long-term for persistent Pain led by clinical Pharmacists in primary care Teams (PROMPPT intervention). The programme starts with the Q-PROMPPT study. Q-PROMPPT will use a range of methods to find out about patients, clinical pharmacists and GPs’ experiences and views on: …

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Polypharmacy - London RMOC Subgroup Report

The Polypharmacy Working Group of the London Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee have published an updated version of their report on Medicines Optimisation Reviews to Reduce Inappropriate Polypharmacy and Promote Safe Deprescribing. The report explains that the "...Working Group has been established to identify the key features of polypharmacy and to summarise how medication review can be used to address inappropriate …

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Social Care - Managing medicines

The Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have launched ‘Top tips for managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community’. The guide, for GPs and pharmacists, draws on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guideline and quality standard on managing medicines in the community. Areas covered include shared decision-making, the inclusion …

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BREXIT - Medicines Supply FAQs & Information for Patients

NHS England have revised the "Continuity of Supply Frequently Asked Questions" page in the "Preparing for EU Exit" section of their website and the "Getting your medicines if there's a 'no-deal' Brexit" page on the NHS website has been updated. The FAQs explain the government’s approach to ensuring that medicines continue to be available if there is a no-deal EU exit …

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