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Prescribed analgesics in pregnancy and risk of childhood asthma

Exploration of Swedish register data shows no association between analgesic use (opioids, anti-migraine drugs and paracetamol) during pregnanacy and the incidence of childhood asthma/wheeze at 4 years of age. 

European Respiratory Journal 2019. 


The development of a role description and competency map for pharmacists in an interprofessional care setting

Pharmacists are increasingly being included as members of general practice primary care teams. The aim of this literature review is to establish the activities of pharmacists in general practice to inform the development of a comprehensive role description and competency map. Seven GP pharmacist role sub-categories were idenified: medication management, patient examination and screening, chronic disease management, drug information and education, collaboration and liaison, audit and quality assurance and research.

Int J Clin Pharm 201).


An evaluation of the role of practice pharmacists in Australia

Results of an online survey and interviews with practice pharmacists indicate the following roles in general practice: medication reviews, verifying the appropriateness of prescriptions, counselling and promoting adherence and providing education to other allied health professionals in the practice. The major facilitator identified was enhanced communication.

Int J Clin Pharm 201).


At-risk children with asthma

This systematic review of 688 papers explored risk factors for asthma attacks in children (5–12 years). Previous asthma exacerbations, persistent symptoms and poor access to care were associated with greatly increased risk of exacerbations. A moderately increased risk was associated with suboptimal drug regimen, comorbid atopic/allergic disease, poverty and vitamin D deficiency. Environmental tobacco smoke exposure, younger age, obesity and low parental education were associated with slightly increased risk.

Thorax 2018;73:813–824.


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