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More needs to be done to prevent dependence on pain medication

Written by | 24 Nov 2023

Dependence on pain medication is on the rise due to lack of vigilance by medical professionals, according to a new study from the University of Surrey. Patients dependent… read more.

Nurse practitioners as safe as physicians in prescribing medication for older patients, study finds

Written by | 17 Nov 2023

Researchers at Stanford Medicine have found that nurse practitioners are no more likely than primary care physicians to inappropriately prescribe drugs to older patients  — a finding that… read more.

Primary care doctors face barriers in treating alcoholism

Written by | 30 Jul 2023

Researchers explored how primary care physicians who have some familiarity with medications for alcohol use disorder (MAUD) make prescribing decisions and identify reasons for the underuse of MAUD… read more.

Pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine in practice

Written by | 29 Jul 2023

Pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine are increasingly becoming a part of mainstream healthcare and it is an area where pharmacists have a major part to play. In this series… read more.

The challenges of developing pharmacogenomic services

Written by | 28 Jul 2023

Recent research has demonstrated the value of pharmacogenomics-guided prescribing but this is a far cry from the implementation of routine services. Dr Raliate Onatade Chief Pharmacist for North… read more.

How does pharmacogenomics work in day-to-day practice?

Written by | 27 Jul 2023

A number of examples show how pharmacogenetic testing is being integrated into day-to-day practice and helping to improve the safe and effective use of medicines, Raliat Onatade, Chief… read more.

The added value of pharmacogenomics to prescribing

Written by | 26 Jul 2023

Raliat Onatade, Chief Pharmacist for North Thames Genomic Medicines Service Alliance, recently gave the opening keynote address at the EAHP Congress in Lisbon (March 2023) on the subject… read more.

Prescribing psychostimulants for people at risk of overdose

Written by | 22 Jul 2023

Growing evidence supports prescribing psychostimulant medications to help reduce use of illegal stimulants such as methamphetamine, authors write in a CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) commentaryhttps://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.230266. Illegal stimulant use is… read more.

Easier access to opioid painkillers may reduce opioid-related deaths

Written by | 3 Jul 2023

Increasing access to prescription opioid painkillers may reduce opioid overdose deaths in the United States, according to a Rutgers study. “When access to prescription opioids is heavily restricted,… read more.

Pharmacists can now prescribe hormonal birth control in 20 states

Written by | 18 Jun 2023

Pharmacists are taking a more active role in prescribing hormonal contraceptives — a trend applauded by women who welcome easier access to birth control and sanctioned by a… read more.

Overdose deaths involving buprenorphine did not proportionally increase with new flexibilities in prescribing

Written by | 25 Jan 2023

The proportion of opioid overdose deaths involving buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder, did not increase in the months after prescribing flexibilities were put in… read more.

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