Journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice
(previously The Chronic*ill) ISSN: 1811-9522
The official journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice
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Issue 22 2016
Contents

Community pharmacists: An expression of gratitude
Maria Cordina

“Food allergy/intolerance testing” in dermatology - science or hype?
Liam Mercieca, Lawrence Scerri

Urticaria – diagnosis and management
Susan Aquilina

Overview of the pathogenesis and management of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Svetlana Doris Brincat, Alison Brincat, Jean Calleja Agius

Cystitis and its management
Gillian Soler

Insulin therapy in adult type 1 diabetes patients: Multiple Dose Insulin Injection (MDI) or Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII)?
Alexia-Giovanna Abela

Pregnancy and asthma
Caroline Gouder

Molecular classification of colorectal cancer
Romina Briffa, Godfrey Grech



Issue 21 2015
Contents

Evolution of JMCPP
Maria Cordina

Medicines management in the palliative care of cancer patients
Ian Mifsud, Patricia Vella Bonanno

Over-the-counter weight loss preparations
Valerie Vella

Hyponatraemia: Is it clinically relevant?
Miriam Giordano Imbroll

Heart failure in the paediatric age groupp
Victor Grech

How will personalised medicine change public health practice?
Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat

Medication wastage: the current situation
Lorna Marie West



Issue 20 2014
Contents

Awareness of gender in healthcare
Maria Cordina

The contribution of sex and gender analysis to research
Ineke Klinge

Pharmacogenetics and personalized medicine: Does gender have a role?
Anthony G. Fenech, Godfrey Grech

Exploring help seeking behaviour in health: are gender binaries useful?
Gillian M. Martin

Gender differences in health and medicine information seeking behaviour- A review
Vivien Tong, David K. Raynor, Parisa Aslani

Men and women: together in sickness and health?
Neville Calleja

Impact of gender on adherence to therapy
Rana Ahmed, Parisa Aslani

Gender specific medicine in endocrinology and metabolism
Josanne Vassallo

Gender differences in epilepsy: perceived or real?
Janet Mifsud

Coronary artery disease in women
Tiziana Felice

Psychotropic medication and pregnancy
Anton Grech

The curvy side of dementia: The impact of gender on prevalence and care giving
Charles Scerri

A global review of male offspring preference and gender bias in the caring of children
Victor Grech

Can a relationship between medicines consumption and gender be determined in Malta?
Alison Anastasi

 



Issue 19 2013
Contents

Keeping updated
Maria Cordina

Lung health and outdoor air pollution - a review
Joseph Cacciottolo

Treatment of lower urinary tract infections in an era
of increased antimicrobial resistance
Ian Mifsud

Metformin revisited – an ‘old’ drug with a ‘new’ beginning
Sandro Vella

Medicinal product quality defects reporting
Karl De Marco

Asian mosquito tiger: a nuisance, threat or both?
Tanya Melillo

The pill in the future - pharmacological contraception in science fiction
Victor Grech, Clare Thake-Vassallo, Ivan Callus

Hypopituitarism: a review on the diagnosis and management of central hypoadrenalism and hypothyroidism
Mark Gruppetta

The extemporaneous compounding of paediatric medicines at Mater Dei Hospital
Antonella Aquilina



Issue 18 2012
Contents

Change in Practice
Maria Cordina


Medication adherence: patient education,
communication and behaviour
Michael De Brincat

The Social Security Act Reform: medicines entitlement
Alison Anastasi

Management of behavioural and psychological
symptoms in dementia: NICE guidelines
and evidence-based decision-making
Janet Sultana

A new tool for improved ambulatory care antibiotic
stewardship - National Antibiotic Committee
prescribing guidelines
Michael A. Borg

Management of infection in primary care
– a case-based approach
Antonella P. Tonna, Ivan Tonna,
Gillian M. Macartney, Robert Laing


Drug use among Maltese sportsmen and gym members
– a serious, unaddressed crisis: A personal view
Mark Xuereb

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal-pharmacological
immortality in science fiction
Victor Grech, Clare Vassallo, Ivan Callus

Humanities and Medical Science - HUMS:
a novel Programme at the University of Malta
Joseph Cacciottolo

Enhancing the choice and use of medicines:
An overview of the Medicines Authority’s strategy to empower
patients and consumers and support healthcare professionals
Gavril Flores, Patricia Vella Bonanno

Medicine, healthcare, pharmacy and the law
Anthia Zammit

Indwelling urethral catheters in adults
Edward Calleja



Issue 17 2011

Contents

Pharmacy workforce in Malta
Maria Cordina

Evidence based drug therapy in the management of heart failure
Marise Gauci

Towards the use of safer medicines: why is it important
to support the national pharmacovigilance system?
Post-Licensing Directorate

Abuse of OTC and prescribed drugs: popping pills for thrills 16
Janet Mifsud

Prevention of cancer through lifestyle change and screening
Charmaine Gauci, Nadine Delicata

Pharmacogenetics: Where do we stand?
Anthony G. Fenech, Godfrey Grech

The role of prostanoids in the modern management of Glaucoma
Melvin J. Gouder

Herbal medicines: adverse effects and drug-herb interactions
Sarah Spiteri Staines



Issue 16 2010
Contents

Practicing in the best interest of the patient
Editorial

Counterfeit medicines
Maria Cordina

Medicines and the internet
Segundo Mariz

Pharmacy practice in a European perspective
Th(Dick) F.J. Tromp, Kirsten Holme Christensen

Photosensitivity: light, sun and pharmacy
Mark L. Zammit

Sun and sea in summer
Victor Grech

Causes of cough
Lorna Marie West

Pain management in palliative care - choice of analgesia
Helen McClay

Aspects of HIV infection and treatment
Daniela Mallia

 



Issue 15 2009
Contents

Good Pharmacy Practice
Editorial

Working towards enhancing pharmacy practice in Malta
Victor Scerri

Pruritus
Dino Vella Briffa

Food-drug interactions: Do they really matter?
Valerie Vella

The clinical relevance of pharmacokinetics and drug interactions with anti epileptic drugs
Janet Mifsud

Pricing of medicinal products: considerations in a small market state
Claude Farrugia, Kiriasis Savvas

Biotech drugs: biological therapeutic agents
Godfrey Grech, Anthony Fenech

The European Court of Justice on the liberalisation of community pharmacy services
Francesca Buttigieg

The roles and responsibilities of the qualified person in the pharmaceutical industry
Rachel Cilia Pisani, Gabrielle Vella Brincat, Claude Farrugia

 



Issue 14 2008

Contents

Diversity in practice
Editorial

Insulin in the management of diabetes mellitus
Ruth Theuma

Long-acting beta2-adrenoreceptor agonists: salmeterol and formoterol
Lorna Marie West

Probiotics: which, when and why?
Valerie Vella

An international overview of some pharmacist prescribing models
Valerie Vella

Code of Ethics for the Pharmaceutical Profession
Pharmacy Council Malta

The Pharmaceutical Unit
Vanessa Bugeja

The impact of EU legislation on medicines in Malta
Vanessa Bugeja

Policy principles for a competitive healthcare environment
PRIMA

EU twinning: ‘Light’
Joseph Busuttil

Primary care: quo vadis?
Isabel Stabile, Jean Karl Soler

 


Issue 13 2007

Contents

Prescribing, dispensing and patient safety
Editorial

An update on the management of hypertension
Marise Gauchi

A focus on the newer antibiotics targeting Gram-positive bacteria
Antonella P. Tonna, Ivan Tonna, Paul Cuschieri

Pharmacogenetics: the path to personalized prescribing
Anthony G. Fenech

Benzodiazepines: benefits versus risks
Lorna Marie West

Personal experiences of health and illness on the web:
A resource for patients, carers and health professionals

Kath Ryan, Andrew Herxheimer

Health perceptions and adherence to diet
Josianne Scerri, Eamonn Ferguson, Christian A. Scerri

Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease – GORD
Valerie Vella

Medicines: mere generic facts
Vanessa Bugeja

 


Issue 12 2007

Contents

Supporting healthcare professionals in their war against obesity
Editorial

Malta: an obesogenic island in the Mediterranean
Maria Ellul

Addressing the nutrition extremes
Claire Sillato Copperstone

Seven star pharmacists
Gauden Galea


Tackling obesity: the big challenge
Geof Rayner

Childhood obesity: a critical Maltese health issue
Victor Grech

Pathogenesis of obesity
Josanne Vassallo

Weight management: an evidence-based approach
Roberta Borg Costanzi

The weight reduction service organised by the
Health Promotion Department, Malta

Maria Ellul

Knowledge, attitude and behaviour change in participants attending
 an eight-week weight reduction programme

Vanessa Bugeja

Options in the pharmacological management of morbid obesity
Eileen Vella

Nutritional recommendations for people with diabetes
Mario Caruana

Administration of drugs to patients with swallowing difficulties
Corinne Bowman

Are chondroitin and glucosamine in combination effective in the treatment of osteoarthritic pain?
Mario R. Sammut

 



Issue 11 2006

 
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Issue 10 2005

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Issue 9 2005
 

Contents


COPD: a public health problem requiring attention

Joseph M Cacciottolo, Maria Cordina

 

 



Issue 8 2004

Contents
Working with the patient
Editorial

Multidisciplinary professional interaction
Josanne Vassallo

The role of communication skills
Marja Airaksinen

Warfarin

Antonella Tonna and Anne Gilchrist

Equity and solidarity in healthcare
Mary Anne Sant Fournier

Drugs in renal failure
Corinne Bowman

The AD/HD family support group
Tessa M Anastasi

The scaly scalp
Dino Vella Briffa

 



Issue 7 2003

 

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Issue 6 2002

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Issue 5 2001

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Issue 4 2000

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Issue 3 1999

Contents

 


Malta guidelines for the management of COPD
University of Malta, Department of Medicine St. Luke's Hospital, Malta College of Family Doctors, Malta College of Pharmacy Practice


Malta guidelines for the management of COPD
 

Contents

Introduction

What is COPD?

What causes COPD?

How does COPD present?

How is COPD assessed?

How is COPD managed?

How are exacerbations managed?

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