Rosiglitazone no longer available in UK
19th October 2010
Further to our news item on the 7th October on the suspension of the licence for rosiglitazone, the two preparations containing rosiglitazone (Avandia and Avandamet, GSK) will no longer be available after the 21st October. GSK is now in the process of recalling stocks. For further information see the GSK website link below.
Annual evidence update on GI symptoms
10th October 2010
The UK NHS Evidence supportive and palliative care section (formerly National Library for Health) has produced its third annual update on the evidence for treating gastrointestinal symptoms, specifically anorexia and cachexia.
Update: propofol monograph
8th October 2010
The propofol monograph has been fully updated and has been published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management as a therapeutic review. This version supersedes the PCF3 (first print, 2007) and the website version (dated June, 2008).
Wilcock A and Twycross R (2010) Therapeutic Reviews: Propofol. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 40: 466470.
Booklet of copmpatibility charts now available
8th October 2010
We are pleased to announce that a ring bound booklet containing all the palliativedrugs.com compatibility charts is now available!
All 14 charts from the website plus some additional compatibility data for oxycodone 50mg/mL have been reproduced in a ring bound booklet on waterproof specialist paper and are a handy size for the clinic room or to put in a syringe driver out of hours box. Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd UK have sponsored the production of these and they are available free of charge from your local Napp representative (01223 424444).
We hope you find them useful, we would be grateful for any feedback on improvements or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The on line version of the charts can be found from the link below.
Rosiglitazone licence suspended
7th October 2010
Rosiglitazone will cease to be available for patients in the UK and Europe within the next few months. This follows the conclusions of the Europe-wide review saying that the scientific evidence shows that rosiglitazone is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disorders and that the benefits of treatment no longer outweigh the risks. The products affected are Avandia (rosiglitazone) and Avandamet (rosiglitazone and metformin combination). Patients should have their treatment reviewed at the earliest opportunity and should be swapped to an alternative preparation if appropriate. Further information including a letter and advice for healthcare professionals, question and answer document for patients and updated NICE guidance is available from the MHRA website link below.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day - 9 October 2010
5th October 2010
The theme for 2010 is 'Sharing the care', highlighting how good working partnerships between service providers, governments, hospitals, people living with the illness, carers and community members are vital to the provision of quality care.
- RCGP End of Life Care toolkit
- Cochrane review: Opioids for the palliation of refractory breathlessness in adults with advanced disease and terminal illness
- Methadone for pain in palliative care
- Administration of medicines in care homes
- FDA enhances warnings for opioids
- MHRA reminder of fire risk with paraffin-based emollients
- SIGN publishes CHF patient information booklet
- Sufentanil sublingual tablet patient controlled system
- New buprenorphine transdermal patches available
- Safe use and management of controlled drugs: NICE guideline published