Six-monthly monitoring of HbA1c may be too frequent for diabetes patients

December 7, 2012

Source: Nursing Times.net

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Date of publication:  November 2012

Publication type: News

In a nutshell: This article reports the findings of a study published by NHS Diabetes and Oxford University which indicates that 6 monthly monitoring of HbA1c among some patients with type 2 diabetes may be too frequent and cause unnecessary treatment changes.

Length of publication: 1 web page 

Some Important Notes: The full reference for the original study is  Aronson J, et al. Optimal prescribing of glucose lowering therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes. University of Oxford 2012

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Diabetes prescriptions top 40 million in England after 50 per cent rise in six years

September 10, 2012

Source: The Information Centre

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Date of publication:  August 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report focuses on primary care,and shows that diabetes drugs are taking up a bigger share of both total drugs dispensed and the total net cost to the NHS each year.

Length of publication: 1 web page 

Source: NHS Networks


Prescribing for type 2 diabetes in primary care: optimising the role of the community pharmacist

August 9, 2012

Source: Primary Health Care Research & Development, FirstView Article

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Publication type: Journal article

Date of publication: 13 July 2012

In a nutshell: This audit identified several ways in which community pharmacists could improve the use of medicines and treatment of co-morbidities in people with type 2 diabetes. The researchers suggest that, as community pharmacists see patients on a regular basis, they have the opportunity to establish long-term relationships. Pharmacists could also look at the need for additional medicines to be prescribed, and improving dose optimisation and patient adherence to therapy.

Length of publication: One web page

Some important notes: Original article may be available via your local NHS library service.  Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.