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OTC casebook: Thrush

We take a look at the treatment options for vulvo-vaginal candidiasis. 

OTC casebook: Topical analgesics

Alan Nathan takes a look at the main types of topical analgesics.

OTC medicines casebook: Insomnia

Alan Nathan looks at a complex condition that affects many people.

OTC casebook: Pain

Alan Nathan examines the symptoms and OTC treatments for pain. 

Menopause for thought

Around one in 100 women experience the menopause before the age of 40. Alan Nathan answers some common questions.

No antibiotics for acute cough

Honey and over-the-counter guaifenesin or dextromethorphan have some remedies should be a patient’s first evidence of benefit for the relief of cough choice to treat a cough, not antibiotics.

Sourcing Specials

Victoria Goldman explores what you should expect from your specials supplier. 

New psoriasis medicine from Janssen

Janssen has launched Tremfya (guselkumab) in the UK for adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

ESPAUR reveals antibiotic consumption data

Penicillins, tetracyclines and macrolides remain the most common drug classes prescribed in 2016.

New flu vaccine for over 65s

The new adjuvanted influenza vaccine boosts the immune response in adults aged 65 years and over, offering greater protection.

Thea Pharma ceases to market Teoptic

Thea Pharmaceuticals is withdrawing supply of Teoptic 2%.

Special requests

We take a look at recent developments in the specials market

Viagra and the hard facts

Steve Ainsworth reflects on a long road of quackery before the emergence of a potent product

Speedy specials

While many pharmacy teams appreciate that most specials products have overnight delivery, it seems not all do. Charles Gladwin reports



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