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Summary of NICE Quality Standards relating to medicines: January 2016

QS112 Gastro-oesophageal reflux in children and young people

  • Infants with frequent regurgitation associated with marked distress have a trial of alginate therapy if first‑line management is unsuccessful.
  • Infants and children are not prescribed acid‑suppressing drugs if visible regurgitation is an isolated symptom.
  • Infants, children and young people are not prescribed domperidone, metoclopramide or erythromycin to manage gastro‑oesophageal reflux (GOR) or gastro‑oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) without specialist paediatric advice.

QS109 Diabetes in pregnancy

  • Women with diabetes planning a pregnancy are prescribed 5 mg/day folic acid from at least 3 months before conception.
  • Pregnant women with diabetes are supported to self‑monitor their blood glucose levels.

QS110 Pneumonia in adults

  • Adults with low‑severity community‑acquired pneumonia are prescribed a 5‑day course of a single antibiotic