Thursday, May 30, 2019

Symptoms in the Pharmacy A Guide to the Management of Common Illness (5th Edition)

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This is the fifth edition of our book. Among the important changes since the last edition is the move of more medicines from the prescription-only medicine (POM) category to the pharmacy (P) medicine category. Omeprazole was the first proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to move to the P category in 2004. The move of simvastatin to over-the-counter (OTC) availability is another landmark change. Here, the pharmacist’s skills in questioning and explaining in relation to risk assessment for heart disease are paramount, as are links to other health professionals.

There have also been important changes in the National Health Service (NHS) since the last edition. In many areas NHS-funded community pharmacy Minor Ailment Schemes are now in operation. Under these schemes patients who are exempt from prescription charges can obtain free treatment from the pharmacy. Thus more people will consult the pharmacist for advice who previously consulted their doctor, and this role of the pharmacist may develop into independent prescribing. The existing schemes are well used, particularly for children’s minor illness. We have thus expanded our explanation of common childhood illnesses to enable the pharmacist to manage where appropriate, to reassure and refer when necessary.

1. Introduction: How to use this book, 1
2. Respiratory Problems
3. Gastrointestinal Tract Problems
4. Skin Conditions
5. Painful Conditions
6. Women’s Health
7. Eye and Ear Problems
8. Childhood Conditions
9. Insomnia
10. Prevention of Heart Disease
Appendix: Summary of symptoms for direct referral

Author Details
"ALISON BLENKINSOPP" BPharm, MRPharmS, PhD Professor of the Practice of Pharmacy
Department of Medicines Management Keele University, Staffordshire.

"PAUL PAXTON" MB, ChB, FRCGP, DRCOG General Practitioner Cambridge.

"JOHN BLENKINSOPP" MB, ChB, BPharm, MRPharmS Senior Research Fellow Department1 of Medicines Management Keele University Staffordshire.

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