Early recognition of coeliac disease through community pharmacies: a proof of concept study

International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, Feb 2017

Heidi Urwin, David Wright, Michael Twigg, Norma McGough

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Early recognition of coeliac disease through community pharmacies: a proof of concept study

Early recognition of coeliac disease through community pharmacies: a proof of concept study Heidi Urwin 0 1 David Wright 0 1 Michael Twigg 0 1 Norma McGough 0 1 Dear Editor 0 1 0 Coeliac UK , 3rd Floor, Apollo Centre, Desborough Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 2QW , UK 1 School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia , Norwich NR4 7JT , UK In the publication of our proof of concept study [1], we incorrectly described the point of care test Simtomax as - measuring both total IgA and IgA tTG antibodies. The test detects total IgA, recommended by NICE, and both IgA and IgG antibodies against deamidated gliadin peptides, ensuring those with IgA deficiency are identified, reducing the risk of false negative results. The revised NICE guideline for coeliac disease acknowledges the rising evidence of point of care tests and as a result removed the statement ‘do not use point of care tests’ from their previous guidance [2]. 1. Urwin H , Wright D , Twigg M , McGough N. Early recognition of coeliac disease through community pharmacies: a proof of concept study . Int J Clin Pharm . 2016 ; 38 : 1294 - 300 . 2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence . NICE guideline NG20; Coeliac disease; recognition, assessment and management 2015 [cited 2016 Aug 3] Available from : https://www.nice.org.uk/ guidance/ng20.


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Heidi Urwin, David Wright, Michael Twigg, Norma McGough. Early recognition of coeliac disease through community pharmacies: a proof of concept study, International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 2017, 491, DOI: 10.1007/s11096-017-0432-8