Venous thromboembolism: current management
Anticoagulation is indicated in most cases of venous thromboembolism.
Peptic ulcer disease and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including low-dose aspirin are some of the most commonly used medicines. They are associated with gastrointestinal mucosal injury.
Rheumatoid arthritis: getting the facts straight about methotrexate
Optimal management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis depends on successful collaboration between rheumatologists, GPs and community pharmacists.
Chronic heart failure
The clinical diagnosis of heart failure should be confirmed by echocardiogram to determine the underlying mechanism and to measure the left ventricular ejection fraction.
Long-term prescribing of new oral anticoagulants
Warfarin and the new oral anticoagulants are licensed for non-valvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism. The choice of anticoagulant depends on the characteristics of the patient and the medicine.
‘Cephalosporin allergy’ label is misleading
Penicillins and cephalosporins can cause a similar spectrum of allergic reactions at a similar rate.
COPD: navigating inhaled medicines management
There are more than a dozen different inhaled medicines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and multiple devices. How can you help your patients get the best out of theirs?
Community use of naloxone for opioid overdose
Naloxone is a competitive antagonist at opioid receptors. It can be administered to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.