Publications

Publications

 

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.

What is the risk of GI bleeding with SSRIs?

Which commonly used nebuliser solutions are compatible?

What is the equivalent dose of oral prednisolone to IV hydrocortisone?

How should intravenous potassium chloride be administered in adults?

What effect does metformin have on hirsutism/acne?


Porphyria

What medicines are considered safe in the acute porphyrias?

How should haem arginate (human hemin) be administered in the management of acute porphyrias?

What advice should be given to patients with porphyria who intend to travel?

What are the restrictions on prescribing for patients with non-acute porphyria?

Are topical medicines safe in people with porphyria?

What is the most suitable treatment for acne in a patient with porphyria?

What advice should be given to people with porphyria who are undergoing dental procedures?


Complementary medicine

Chondroitin – drug interactions

Chondroitin – what are the adverse effects?

Is it safe to take herbal medicines during pregnancy?

Is it safe for breast feeding women to take herbal medicines?

Considerations when addressing questions about potential for adverse effects and drug interactions with homeopathic remedies.


Bulletins

Head Lice – January 2014

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

Good Prescribing Guide and INFORM Formulary

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

How to do an enquiry on adverse effects of complementary or alternative medicines

How to do an enquiry on interactions between complementary or alternative medicines and conventional medicines

 


Other publications

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