Category Archives: Resources

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

Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidance – NICE & PHE Update

Primary care guidance on management of common infections produced by Public Health England (PHE) has been used as the core source document for regional antimicrobial prescribing  guidelines for many years. NICE have been producing complementary antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for just over a year – with two-page visual summaries available for: sinusitis; sore throat; otitis media; prostatitis; lower UTI; Continue Reading »

Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes – little if any benefit for most

The NHS National Institute for Health Research has published a SIGNAL article highlighting a systematic review of 24 studies (including 5,454 people) investigating the value of self-monitoring of blood glucose by people with type 2 diabetes who are not treated with insulin. The NIHR SIGNAL concludes that “patients with type 2 diabetes who monitor their blood glucose themselves may Continue Reading »