The WMIC produces and contributes to a range of medicines-related publications for healthcare professionals and members of the public.
UKMi Medicines Q&As
Medicines Q&As are produced by UKMi pharmacists throughout the UK, and provide evidence-based, and quality controlled answers to common or unusual enquiries made to Medicines Information services.
UKMi Q&As that have been produced by and are maintained by the WMIC (the specialist UKMI centre for porphyria and complementary medicine) are listed below. These and all current UKMi Q&As are available on the Specialist Pharmacy Services website.
Note: Malathion (Derbac M) is among the suggested treatments in the above bulletin, but is currently unavailable. Alternative treatments are dimeticone and wet combing (see bulletin for details).
Cardiff & Vale UHB prescribing resources
The Good Prescribing Guide 7th edition (2014) has been updated and the November 2015 version is available to view here. There are minor changes to the central nervous system chapter.
The Guide is intended to supplement the British National Formulary and Cardiff and Vale INFORM Formulary and to provide information on evidence-based local practices within the University Health Board. The guidelines are intended for adult use only. The Department of Child Health in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board produce Clinical Guidelines for use in paediatrics.
Good practice guides
The following article was adapted from a review commissioned and written by the WMIC for the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group:
McArtney R, Bailey A, Champion H. What is a ketogenic diet and how does it affect the use of medicines? Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2016 Jul 28. pii: edpract-2014-307000. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-307000. [Epub ahead of print].
In conjunction with the Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, University Hospital of Wales, WMIC has published two articles on safe prescribing in the acute porphyrias:
Lockett CD and Badminton MN. Safe prescribing in the autosomal dominant acute porphyrias: a practical approach: Part I. Adverse Drug Reaction Bulletin. August 2015; No. 293: pp. 1131 – 1134
Lockett CD and Badminton MN. Safe prescribing in the autosomal dominant acute porphyrias: a practical approach: Part II. Adverse Drug Reaction Bulletin. October 2015; No. 294: pp. 1135 – 1138