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NICE Guidance - July 2013

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance for the month of July 2013. This month there are two clinical guidelines and one technology appraisal that impact upon primary care.

The Myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation guideline provides evidence-based advice on the care and treatment of adults with spontaneous onset of myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation. Although primarily aimed at secondary care this guideline does contain drug recommendation advice and links to other pertinent NICE guidance.

The Varicose veins in the legs guideline offers evidence-based advice on the diagnosis and management of varicose veins in adults aged 18 years and over. The recommendations discuss management options including advice and reassurance, interventional treatments (such as endothermal ablation, foam sclerotherapy and surgery) and compression hosiery.

The Bipolar disorder (children) - aripiprazole technology appraisal recommends this drug as a possible treatment (for up to 12 weeks) for moderate to severe manic episodes in young people aged 13 and older with bipolar I disorder.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this month's new guidance and implement any necessary changes to practice.

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