A dose of your own medicine

One of our friends is in the terminal phase of cancer. He was suffering quite a lot of pain so he was seen by one of the truly wonderful MacMillan Nurses. The nurse decided to give …

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Trial behind closed doors?

“An MP’s Committee has warned that drugs companies routinely withhold results of clinical trials from doctors, leaving them poorly informed about how to treat patients” This report from the Public Accounts Committee arose as a result …

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Statin The Obvious?

If ever there was a “wonder drug”, then a statin would have a good chance of being called by such a name.  New guidance from America suggests that even more people would benefit from taking a …

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Salting It Away

Doctors have known for years that soluble (effervescent) preparations of drugs such as paracetamol contain quite high levels of salt.  They assumed, wrongly as it turns out, that patients did not take enough of the drugs …

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Is It The End For INR?

Treating patients with warfarin has always been a problem.  Even frequent regular INR testing fails to result in the majority of patients having clotting times within the recommended limits all the time. Now, all that could …

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Think Differently

This was the title of a one day conference held to publicise the new anti-diabetic drug, dapagliflozin.  Quite a good title really seeing the novel approach of the drug to inhibit the reabsorption of glucose in …

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