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CPD : Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin syndrome may occur following the use of certain serotonergic medications or drugs. Symptoms vary from mild to severe and may include some of the following:

  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • tremor
  • Headaches
  • Loss of coor

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News: Proton pump inhibitors increase stroke risk

The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) is associated with an increased risk of first stroke, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Danish Heart Foundation. The study included 244,679 people, of which 44% had received a prescription for a PPI. After adjusting for age, sex, hyperte

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News: Pfizer appeal unsuccessful

After an unsuccessful appeal by Pfizer to have a patent ruling overturned, we may well see prescriptions for Lyrica being switched back to generic pregabalin. The patent that covered Lyrica use in generalized anxiety disorder and epilepsy expired in July 2014 but a second patent that protects the

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CPD: Dengue Fever

Although dengue fever is not found in the UK, it is widespread in many parts of the world including Southeast Asia, Africa, South and Central America, the Indian Subcontinent and Australia. The disease is caused by a viral infection that is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms develop suddenly approxim

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News: More pharmacists in GP surgeries

In July 2015, NHS England launched a pilot scheme that involved the recruitment of 490 pharmacists into GP surgeries with aim of increasing capacity in general practice and freeing up GP time with a particular focus on helping manage and support patients who take medications for chronic diseases.

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News: Link between hormonal contraceptives and depression

A new study published in Jama has linked the use of hormonal birth control and depression. Researchers in Denmark analysed 14 years worth of data that involved over 1 million women and found that there was an 80 percent increase in relative risk amongst women who take combined hormonal c

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News: New Vitamin D recommendations

With the dark winter nights fast approaching what better time to discuss a topic which is particularly relevant at this time of year. By now may of you will be aware of the new recommendations from the governments advisory committee on nutrition that advise everybody to consider taking vitamin D

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News: Ibuprofen in chickenpox - to recommend or not to recommend?!

Those of you who are active on Facebook may be aware of the controversy surrounding the use of ibuprofen in chickenpox. Ibuprofen has traditionally been recommended as part of the mainstay of chickenpox treatment (alongside paracetamol, antihistamines and topical antipruritic/cooling preparations

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News: Encouraging the use of e-cigarettes

According to a report published by the Royal College of Physicians, healthcare professionals should encourage smokers to replace their tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes. Since their introduction to the market in 2004, e-cigarettes have become increasingly popular amongst smokers and their usag

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CPD: Bowel Cancer

Since April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, there is no better time to brush up on your knowledge about this disease, which is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK.

Symptoms of bowel cancer include the following:

  • a persistent change in bowel habit -

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CPD: Summary Care Record

The NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record that was introduced with the aim of supporting patient care. These documents contain a summary of key clinical information about a patient, including the medicines that they take, conditions that they suffer from and any allergies that the

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CPD: Brivaracetam

An analogue of levetiracetam has recently been licensed as adjunctive therapy for partial-onset seizures in patients with or without secondary generalisation. The drug, called brivaracetam, binds to synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A) which is known to modulate neurotransmitter release.

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CPD: Vortioxetine

Vortioxetine is a new antidepressant which is recommended for the treatment of major depressive episodes in adults which have responded poorly to at least two antidepressants within the current episode.

The mechanism of action of vortioxetine is not fully understood but it is thought th

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News: Decriminalisation of dispensing errors delayed

Back at the start of 2015 the government drafted proposals that would essentially end the automatic criminalisation of pharmacists who make dispensing errors. I think it’s safe to say that pharmacists nationwide gladly embraced the prospect of no longer automatically committing a criminal a

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CPD: Antibiotics in pregnancy

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat (or in some cases prevent) a vast array of infections, but when the patient is pregnant, even more careful consideration must be put into choosing a suitable antibiotic that will be effective at combating infection whilst minimising risks to both the p

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CPD: Bacterial vaginosis

Introduction

Bacterial vaginosis is a condition of the vagina which is caused by an abnormal growth of bacteria. It occurs as a result of an imbalance in the normal bacterial flora of the vagina.

Prevalence of bacterial vaginosis

Bac

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