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 Continue Reading »

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 Continue Reading »

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 Continue Reading »