Thursday, May 30, 2019

Symptoms in the Pharmacy A Guide to the Management of Common Illness (6th Edition)

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This is the sixth edition of our book and appears almost two decades after the first. Among the changes since the fifth edition is the move of more medicines from the prescription-only medicine (POM) category to the pharmacy (P) medicine category. New sections and case studies on chloramphenicol eye drops and ointment for infective conjunctivitis, sumatriptan for migraine and amorolfine for fungal nail infections are thus included.

There have also been important changes in the National Health Service (NHS). The importance of self-care is increasingly recognised. Independent prescribing by pharmacists has been introduced and some community pharmacists are treating minor ailments as prescibers either in their pharmacy or in a general practice setting. NHS-funded community pharmacy minor ailment schemes have spread to more areas in England. A national scheme has been introduced in Scotland and a national service is under discussion in England. Under these schemes patients who are exempt from NHS prescription charges can obtain free treatment from the pharmacy. Thus more people will consult the pharmacist for advice who previously consulted their doctor. The schemes are well used, particularly for children’s minor illness and we have further expanded our explanation of common childhood illnesses to enable the pharmacist to manage where appropriate, to reassure and refer when necessary.

Introduction: How to Use This Book, 1
1. Respiratory Problems
2. Gastrointestinal Tract Problems
3. Skin Conditions
4. Painful Conditions
5. Women’s Health
6. Eye and Ear Problems
7. Insomnia
8. Prevention of Heart Disease
Appendix: Summary of Symptoms for Direct Referral

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

"PAUL PAXTON" MB, ChB, FRCGP, DRCOG Former GP and GP Trainer Working as Training Consultant and Volunteer Advocate Cambridgeshire Independent Advocacy Service, Cambridge.

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

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