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MeReC Rapid Review Launched

The National Prescribing Centre has launched a new category of MeReC publications. As detailed in MeReC Extra 22 the Rapid Reviews will only be available online.

Readers can register to receive an email notification when new Rapid Reviews are published.

The topic of the first Rapid Review is the results of the ESPRIT Study. This study was prospective and randomised by design and examined the primary composite outcome of death from all vascular causes, non-fatal stroke, non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI), or major bleeding complications. Patients were randomised to aspirin (30-325mg daily, mean 75mg) with or without dipyridamole (200mg twice daily).

The result was that significantly fewer patients in the dipyridamole arm had a primary outcome event compared to those in the aspirin only arm. This finding supports the recommendations in the NICE Guidance on Vascular Disease - Clopidogrel and dipyridamole.

Action: Rapid Reviews promise to be a useful tool to aid prescribing decisions. Clinicians are encouraged to subscribe to the email notifications.

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