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 »

Medicinal Cannabis – Limits on Prescribing

The Chief Medical Officer, National Medical Director and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer have written to GPs to explain changes to regulations covering medicinal use of cannabis-based products – and the anticipated effects on prescribing practice. Prescribers may find the following extracts from the letter helpful: Due to the limited evidence base and their unlicensed nature, the Government has chosen 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 »

Keep Antibiotics Working – 2018 Refresh

Public Health England have refreshed & relaunched the Keep Antibiotics Working Campaign for the 2018/19 autumn/winter season – to help front-line healthcare professionals educate the public about appropriate use of antibiotics. The updated campaign uses the strap-line “Take Your Doctor or Nurse’s Advice on Antibiotics” and personalises messages about resistance, with the following statements: Taking ANTIBIOTICS when you Continue Reading »