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Antibiotic Allergy – Mislabelling Contributes to Resistance

The Lancet has published a¬†global update on antibiotic allergy epidemiology, classification, mechanisms, and management – highlighting the public health importance of reported/recorded penicillin allergy. Antibiotics are the commonest cause of life-threatening immune-mediated drug reactions that are considered off-target, including anaphylaxis, and organ-specific and severe cutaneous adverse reactions. However, many antibiotic reactions documented as allergies were unknown or not Continue Reading »

Bricanyl Turbohaler – UK Shortage

Bricanyl Turbohaler is the ONLY terbutaline inhaler marketed in the UK. Astra Zeneca UK Ltd have notified the Department of Health and Social Care of a temporary shortage and interruption to supplies. Some stock may be available during December 2018, but the shortage is unlikely to be fully resolved until the end of January 2019. The NHS Specialist Continue Reading »

Catheter-Associated UTIs – new NICE Antibiotic Use Guideline

NICE have published the latest addition to the growing suite of resources on antibiotic prescribing for common infections: a guide to treating catheter-associated urinary tract infections¬†(CAUTIs). The guideline includes recommendations on: treatment advice when an antibiotic prescription is given reassessment referral and seeking specialist advice self-care choice of antibiotic prevention Like other NICE Antibiotic Use Guidelines, the CAUTI Continue Reading »

Influenza – Antiviral Prescribing Guidance

Public Health England have published udated guidance on how to manage suspected or confirmed ‘flu using antiviral agents. – with a new frequently asked questions section. The guidance covers: definitions treatment of suspected or confirmed influenza post-exposure prophylaxis supply of zanamivir acqueous solution use of anti-virals in pregnancy, breastfeeding, hepatic or renal dysfunction