This year is likely to be a challenging one for the pharmacy profession. Shona Kirk asks some leading pharmacists to outline their key priorities and challenges for 2010.
Bivalirudin has been newly licensed for use in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention who have ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). It is also licensed for patients with unstable angina and non-STEMI. This article describes its use. By Mojgan Sani.
The ACUITY trial concluded that anticoagulation with the thrombin inhibitor bivalirudin was as effective as current treatments in patients with acute coronary syndromes. However, the results should be interpreted with caution, say Anthony Grosso and Pritesh Bodalia.
This month the Department of Health called for immediate action to improve the safety of medicines use in care homes. This follows a recent study highlighting a high rate of medication errors among care home residents. This article outlines what we have learnt from that study and recommends how pharmacists can improve the use of medicines in this vulnerable population. By David Alldred, Nick Barber, Claire Standage and David Raynor.
A fundamental change is needed for pharmacists to get the best clinical value out of medicines. This requires pharmacists in all sectors of the profession to work together in a clinical approach, says David Branford.
Prescriber’s Corner describes situations encountered by pharmacist prescribers and invites you to consider clinical decisions about the patient. In this case, you are managing a patient who is suffering from gastrointestinal discomfort after meals. By Andrew Husband and Anne-Marie Bailey.
An electronic learning package has been developed by pharmacists at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to consolidate e-prescribing training and introduce information sources that are helpful to junior doctors. This article describes its implementation. By Barry Juraj, David Henry, India Hardy and Neil McCall-Peat.
Steve Williamson is a consultant pharmacist for cancer services at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the North of England Cancer Network, and is also an independent prescriber. This article describes his diverse role. By Shona Kirk.
A pharmacist-led medication management clinic (MMC) that supports women’s healthcare in mid-life has been established in the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust. This article describes results from an audit showing that the clinic supports continuity of care. By Chhaya Prasannan-Nair, Nuttan Tanna and Joan Pitkin.
Drug safety, system design and maintaining quality were issues discussed at this year’s American Society of Health-System Pharmacists midyear clinical meeting. Hannah Pike reports.
As pharmacists become increasing specialised, their professional support requirements are changing. In this article Philip Brown draws parallels with the medical profession to explain why pharmacists need more than one professional body.