Volume 17 (2008)

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Number Date Topics Covered
19 December 2008(document, opens in a new window)(85 KB) An up-date on the ‘Oxfordshire Prescribing Guidelines for the use of Antimicrobials in Primary Care 2008’. NICE clinical guideline 69 – “Prescribing of antibiotics for self-limiting respiratory tract infections in adults and children in primary care”
18 November 2008(document, opens in a new window)(44 KB) Statin trials update – Higher dose rosuvastatin in lower risk patients – the JUPITER study and is lower Cholesterol better? – the SEARCH continues
17 October 2008(document, opens in a new window)
(47 KB)
Guidelines for the Pharmacological Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Primary Care
16 October 2008(document, opens in a new window)(112 KB) Anticholinergics in COPD, SSRI, bleeding risk , PPIs fracture data ORACLE study
15 October 2008(document, opens in a new window)(71 KB) Nice Guidance on antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis
14 September 2008(document, opens in a new window)(30.5 KB) Prescribing of ‘Milk-Substitutes’ for babies under 1 year – Oxfordshire PCT policy
13 August 2008(document, opens in a new window)(95.1 KB) Safer Prescribing of Inhaled Corticosteroids
12 June 2008(document, opens in a new window)(49 KB) NPSA Safe Medication Practice Work Programme
11 June 2008(document, opens in a new window)(48 KB) 10mg Methotrexate tablets
10 June 2008(document, opens in a new window)
(46 KB)
Lipid Modification CG67, Type 2 diabetes CG66
09 May 2008(document, opens in a new window)(186 KB) In this issue: British Guidelines on the Management of Asthma
08 May 2008
(document, opens in a new window)(195 KB)
  • What is MDS; MDS and the DDA
  • Prescriptions for 7 days; PCT commissioned MDS service
  • Flow diagram
07 April 2008(document, opens in a new window)(137 KB)
  • Thiazides for hypertension
  • Digoxin may increase mortality in atrial fibrilation
  • Omeprazole – Clopidogrel interaction?
  • Safety concerns with rimonabant
  • Calcium Supplementation link with increased risk of cardiovascular events
  • EVRA® linked to venous thromboembolism
  • Rosiglitazone prescribing information updated
  • Ezetimibe doesn’t ENHANCE statins?
  • Generic Perindopril & discontinuation of Coversyl and Coversyl Plus
06 March 2008(document, opens in a new window)
(108 KB)
  • Recent Antimicrobial Prescribing Issues
  • Treatment of Sinusitis
  • Medicines Management Team Monitoring of Primary Care Prescribing of Out of Formulary Antibiotics
  • Draft NICE Guideline on the prescribing of antibiotics for self-limiting respiratory tract infections in adults and children in primary care
  • Current local guidance on the prescribing of antibiotics for self-limiting respiratory tract infections in adults and children in primary care
05 March 2008(document, opens in a new window)(174 KB) A Repeat Audit of Antimicrobial Prescribing across Oxfordshire PCT
04 February 2008(document, opens in a new window)
(168 KB)
  • Antimicrobial Prescribing Data
  • Consideration of DoH recently disseminated good antimicrobial prescribing practice
  • Practice Antimicrobial Prescribing Audit September 2007
  • Community Hospital Antimicrobial Prescribing Audit January 2008
  • Summary Points applicable to updated guidance
  • Principles of Antimicrobial Treatment
03 February 2008(document, opens in a new window)(148 KB)
  • Rationale for Updating the Guidance
  • Key Principles surrounding antimicrobial prescribing and A Reminder: Acid Suppression therapy and CDAD
  • Key changes to Primary Care Antimicrobial Guidance
  • Some recently published evidence related to infections
02 January 2008(document, opens in a new window)(90 KB)
  • MUR overview
  • New MUR form
  • Referral for MUR – maximising benefits
  • Priority patient groups for 08/09
01 January 2008
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  • Co-proxamol price increase
  • Fentanyl Patch safety warning
  • Statins for all diabetics?
  • Cardiovascular Safety of Glitazones in Older People
  • Atopic Eczema in Children NICE Clinical guideline 57 December 2007
  • Bath Emollients for Atopic Eczema
  • Discontinuation of Combivent inhaler
  • Tiotropium (Spiriva) Respimat
  • Drug safety update

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