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The new antiplatelet drugs help to improve the survival of patients with acute coronary syndrome. Praveen Indraratna and Christopher Cao remind us that the drugs also create problems if major surgery is needed. Austin Ng and Leonard Kritharides inform us about the other factors cardiologists consider in their preoperative assessments.
Assessing the patient is also very important when deciding whether to prescribe testosterone. Donald Perry-Keene says the hormone should not be used to manage non-specific symptoms such as reduced energy or poor concentration.
Judicious prescribing is also needed in palliative care. Debra Rowett and David Currow are concerned that adverse effects may be overlooked.
Terminal illness is likely to affect drug disposition. Bruce Charles believes that population pharmacokinetics can help us investigate drugs in patient groups that are difficult to study, including children.
While some children may be prescribed drugs such as imipramine for incontinence, Gail Nankivell and Patrina Caldwell advise that conservative treatment should be tried first.