Lifetime prevalence of acute pain leading to the use of analgesics approaches 100% in the general population, and pharmacists are a pivotal first point of contact for patients in their journey to better pain management. Noting the need for pharmacists to be more aware of their evolving role as a community pharmacist, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare partnered with MIMS Education to organize a workshop that served as a platform for robust knowledge-sharing. Below are highlights from the workshop.
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that
can present in many different forms. However, it is principally
characterized by dry skin, intense itching, and the presence of
inflammatory skin lesions. [J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
2016;30:604-618; N Engl J Med 2008;358:1483-1494; Lancet
Dr. Yeo Khung Keong, Dr. Wiwun Tungsubutra, Prof. Peter Collins, 20170831100001
Agents such as beta-blockers and calcium antagonists have been the cornerstone of treatment for stable angina for some time. However, new options are emerging for patients who remain inadequately controlled on conventional therapies. At a recent Menarini-sponsored symposium held during the APSC Congress 2017 in Singapore, three experts discussed the current treatment landscape, as well as changing paradigms and new effective options for patients with symptomatic angina.
Prof. Peter Collins, Prof. Giuseppe Mancia, Prof. Carolyn Lam, Dr. Choo Gim Hooi, 20170712103633
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death worldwide
and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future due to both the
ageing population and the increasing prevalence of risk factors such as
hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and diabetes. CAD is also the primary risk
factor in the development of heart failure (HF). At the 2nd Asia Pacific
CardioConnect Meeting in Hong Kong sponsored by Menarini, a group of
international and regional experts discussed current strategies for
managing stable CAD and HF and highlighted areas where patient outcomes
may be improved.
The University of Science, Malaysia (USM) team, led by Professor Dr Lee Yeong Yeh was recognized for its outstanding research submission that links poor hygiene practices in flood-affected areas to the increased risk in communicable intestinal infections in parts of Malaysia.
Rupatadine at either 10 or 20 mg delivers superior improvements in nasal and ocular symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis compared with placebo, with both doses well tolerated by adult and adolescent patients, according to the results of a phase III trial.
Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is effective in reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but having a “super-donor” is key, a study presented at UEG* Week has shown — highlighting the importance of donor selection for the success of FMT as a treatment for IBS.