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A monthly audio round-up detailing the contents of the latest issue of DTB.
For 50 years, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) has provided rigorous and independent evaluations of, and practical advice on, individual treatments and the overall management of disease for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. DTB has always been wholly independent of the pharmaceutical industry, Government and regulatory authorities. DTB is also free of advertising and other forms of commercial sponsorship.
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A monthly audio round-up detailing the contents of the latest issue of DTB.
For 50 years, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) has provided rigorous and independent evaluations of, and practical advice on, individual treatments and the overall management of disease for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. DTB has always been wholly independent of the pharmaceutical industry, Government and regulatory authorities. DTB is also free of advertising and other forms of commercial sponsorship.
Please subscribe to the DTB podcast to get episodes automatically downloaded to your mobile device and computer. Also, please consider leaving us a review or a comment on the DTB Podcast iTunes podcast page - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/dtb-podcast/id307773309.
* The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice and it is not intended to function as a substitute for a healthcare practitioner’s judgement, patient care or treatment. The views expressed by contributors are those of the speakers. BMJ does not endorse any views or recommendations discussed or expressed on this podcast. Listeners should also be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions. By listening to this podcast, listeners agree not to use its content as the basis for their own medical treatment or for the medical treatment of others.

    Medicines and global warming, donanemab for AD, and cytisine for smoking cessation

    Medicines and global warming, donanemab for AD, and cytisine for smoking cessation

    In this podcast recorded in early April, James Cave (Editor-in-Chief) and David Phizackerley (Deputy Editor) talk about the May 2024 issue of DTB. They discuss the editorial that highlights the effect medicines have on greenhouse gas emissions and the need to consider the environmental impact of all aspects of the patient care pathway​ (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/5/66). They review the results of a study that assessed the effect of donanemab on early symptomatic Alzheimer's disease​ (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/5/67). The main article considers the evidence for cytisine, a nicotine receptor partial agonist, that has recently been licensed to facilitate quitting smoking​ (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/5/71). They begin by highlighting some useful resources relating to the safe use of valproate.
     
    Other links:
    https://www.england.nhs.uk/patient-safety/sodium-valproate/ 
    https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/decision-support-tool-is-valproate-the-right-epilepsy-treatment-for-me/
    https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/valproate-safety-measures
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/valproate-use-by-women-and-girls
     
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    • 26 min
    Drug safety alerts, valproate safety (again) and a new contraceptive POP

    Drug safety alerts, valproate safety (again) and a new contraceptive POP

    In this podcast recorded in early March, James Cave (Editor-in-Chief) and David Phizackerley (Deputy Editor) talk about the April 2024 issue of DTB. They discuss the editorial that questions whether drug safety alerts are effective in changing practice and whether more needs to be done to implement safety recommendations (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/4/50). They review the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's latest risk minimisation measures for using valproate, which include a guide for healthcare professionals, a guide for patients, an annual risk acknowledgement form and an information card for patients (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/4/53). The main article considers the evidence for a new progestogen only pill containing drospirenone (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/4/55). They begin by discussing recent concerns over neuropsychiatric reactions associated with montelukast.Please subscribe to the DTB podcast to get episodes automatically downloaded to your mobile device and computer. Also, please consider leaving us a review or a comment on the DTB Podcast iTunes podcast page (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/dtb-podcast/id307773309). If you want to contact us please email dtb@bmj.com. Thank you for listening.

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    Protecting consumers, tramadol-warfarin interaction and very low calorie diets

    Protecting consumers, tramadol-warfarin interaction and very low calorie diets

    In this podcast recorded in early February, James Cave (Editor-in-Chief) and David Phizackerley (Deputy Editor) talk about the March 2024 issue of DTB. They discuss the editorial highlighting the important work that the founders of The Medical Letter, Worst Pills, Best Pills and Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin did to scrutinise the safety of medicines and the need to challenge the processes by which medicines are licensed, appraised, commissioned and promoted (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/3/34). They review a coroner's Prevention of Future Deaths report that highlighted an interaction between tramadol and warfarin (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/3/36). They also talk about a study that compared the emergency contraceptive efficacy of levonorgestrel plus piroxicam with levonorgestrel plus placebo (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/3/38). The main article considers the effectiveness of low or very low calorie diets in achieving remission of type 2 diabetes (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/3/39).
     

    Link

    Mathew R. Prescribing isn’t a single act—getting it right requires time and effort. BMJ 2024;384:q279 (https://www.bmj.com/content/384/bmj.q279)Please subscribe to the DTB podcast to get episodes automatically downloaded to your mobile device and computer. Also, please consider leaving us a review or a comment on the DTB Podcast iTunes podcast page (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/dtb-podcast/id307773309). If you want to contact us please email dtb@bmj.com. Thank you for listening.

    • 27 min
    ADHD medicines shortages, fluoroquinolone safety, drugs not to prescribe

    ADHD medicines shortages, fluoroquinolone safety, drugs not to prescribe

    In this podcast recorded in early January, James Cave (Editor-in-Chief) and David Phizackerley (Deputy Editor) talk about the February 2024 issue of DTB. They discuss the editorial that highlights problems associated with shortages of ADHD medicines.  They talk about two safety alerts issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency that focus on the adverse effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics on physical and mental health.  The main article considers various NHS initiatives that have attempted to limit primary care prescribing of drugs that are deemed to have limited clinical value. They begin the podcast with sad news of the death of Dr Sidney Wolfe (1937-2024), a colleague and friend who co-founded the US Health Research Group and Public Citizen (a nonprofit consumer advocacy organisation) and who was "a towering public health leader and an unparalleled consumer champion". 
     

    Links

    Remembering Sid Wolfe: https://www.citizen.org/remembering-sidney-wolfe/
    Mandatory disclosure of all pharmaceutical and medical device companies’ payments to healthcare providers: learning from the US: https://dtb.bmj.com/content/60/4/52
    Worst Pills, Best Pills: https://www.citizen.org/topic/safe-affordable-drugs-devices/worst-pills-best-pills/

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    • 26 min
    Continuity of care, statins and myasthenia gravis, and acne

    Continuity of care, statins and myasthenia gravis, and acne

    In this podcast recorded in BMA House in December, James Cave (Editor-in-Chief) and David Phizackerley (Deputy Editor) talk about the January 2024 issue of DTB. They discuss continuity of care in general practice and the benefits it offers (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/1/2). They discuss a safety alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency that highlights a very small number of reports of new-onset or aggravation of pre-existing myasthenia gravis associated with statins (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/1/4). The main article is an overview of the management of acne (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/62/1/6). They begin the podcast by providing a brief update on the results of a trial that assessed the effect of semaglutide on cardiovascular outcomes in people aged ≥45 years with cardiovascular disease (but not diabetes) and a BMI ≥27 kg/m2 (plot spoiler: make sure you know your ARRs from your RRRs).
    Please subscribe to the DTB podcast to get episodes automatically downloaded to your mobile device and computer. Also, please consider leaving us a review or a comment on the DTB Podcast iTunes podcast page (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/dtb-podcast/id307773309). If you want to contact us please email dtb@bmj.com. Thank you for listening.

    • 17 min
    Rationalising blood tests, bempedoic acid and CV outcomes and semaglutide for obesity

    Rationalising blood tests, bempedoic acid and CV outcomes and semaglutide for obesity

    In this podcast, James Cave (Editor-in-Chief) and David Phizackerley (Deputy Editor) talk about the December 2023 issue of DTB. They discuss monitoring drugs in primary care and the need to rationalise the number of blood tests undertaken (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/61/12/178). They talk about a study that reported the effect of bempedoic acid on a composite cardiovascular outcome (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/61/12/180). The main article is a review of semaglutide as an option for weight management and discusses the evidence for its use and some of the hype that has surrounded the its launch (https://dtb.bmj.com/content/61/12/182). They begin by responding to a listener's complaint about terminology.
     
    Related link: Aronson JK. When I use a word . . . Medicines regulation—apothecaries, quacks, chemists, druggists, pharmacists. BMJ 2023;383:p2603. https://www.bmj.com/content/383/bmj.p2603 
     
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
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21 Ratings

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Always interesting

As a GP, I listen to a lot of medical podcasts. This is one of my favourite. They have a healthy scepticism of drugs and therapeutics and the industry, and look carefully at the evidence. I think this is the BMJ group’s best podcast.

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Great podcast for prescribers- highly recommended

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