Feel the Bern: The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) 2018 research conference roundup, y’all!

by Dr Ollie Minton, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Brighton, UK I couldn’t get to Bournemouth for this year’s Association for Palliative Medicine conference so went for complete palliation (soins palliatifs, dude) in Switzerland, instead. The conference side-programme did not, on this occasion,  involve a day visit to the Dignitas clinic, which I did point out […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries.   Safety updates Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) alert: T34 syringe pumps CME has identified that there can be a ± 2mm overall size difference between battery brands used […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries. Safety updates Drug name confusion MHRA have highlighted the risk of confusion between similar sounding or similar looking drug names. This follows more reports, including cases with fatal outcomes, of confusion […]

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From will to live to will to die: oncologists, nurses, and social workers identification of suicidality in cancer patients. Granek L, Nakash O, Ariad S, Chen W, Birenstock-Cohen S, Shapira S, Ben-David M Support Care Cancer. 2017 Dec;25(12):3691-3702 A qualitative study in Israel, interviewed 20 nurses, 23 oncologists and 18 social workers and used grounded […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 37,000 members from 153 Countries. Safety updates Updated advice on switching brands of anti-epileptics MHRA has updated their advice, published in 2013 (see our news item), regarding switching between different manufacturer’s products. For anti-epileptic drugs listed […]

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Effect of an Indwelling Pleural Catheter vs Talc Pleurodesis on Hospitalization Days in Patients With Malignant Pleural Effusion: The AMPLE Randomized Clinical Trial. Thomas R, Fysh ETH, Smith NA, Lee P, Kwan BCH, Yap E, Horwood FC, Piccolo F, Lam DCL, Garske LA, Shrestha R, Kosky C, Read CA, Murray K, Lee YCG. JAMA. 2017 […]

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Respiratory adverse effects of opioids for breathlessness: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Verberkt CA, van den Beuken-van Everdingen MHJ, Schols JMGA, Datla S, Dirksen CD, Johnson MJ, van Kuijk SMJ, Wouters EFM, Janssen DJA Eur Respir J. 2017 Nov 22;50(5). The effect of opioids on respiration in patients with advanced disease and chronic breathlessness was systematically […]

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Is the rationale more important than deception? A randomized controlled trial of open-label placebo analgesia. Locher C, Frey Nascimento A, Kirsch I, Kossowsky J, Meyer A, Gaab J. Pain. 2017 Dec;158(12):2320 2328. Healthy volunteers were recruited to an experimental heat pain analgesia randomized controlled trial. Forty healthy volunteers in each group were randomly assigned to […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries. Safety updates Buccolam pre-filled syringes: medicines defect information MHRA has highlighted reports that the translucent tip-cap of Buccolam (midazolam) oromucosal syringes (all strengths) sometimes remains on the syringe tip when the […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries. Safety updates Gabapentin: risk of severe respiratory depression The MHRA has highlighted a rare risk of severe respiratory depression in patients taking gabapentin even without concomitant opioids. Dose adjustments may be […]

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