The proportion of consultations with patients 45 years and older increased from 48 percent to 55 per cent. The report also found that the entire rate of medications indicated, supplied or suggested by GPs declined significantly, with nearly 8 million fewer prescriptions written in 2007-08 than a decade earlier. ‘However, this is partly credited to a growing proportion of prescriptions for which five repeats are becoming given,’ Professor Britt said. The increase equates to almost 9 million extra visits for chronic problems in 2007-08. A 45 %increase in pathology test orders in the last 10 years partly reflects the increasing management of chronic conditions. ‘Many patients on medicine for chronic diseases have to be monitored regularly,’ she said.The Stupak-Pitts Amendment mirrors the Hyde Amendment, in that it prohibits federal government dollars from paying for elective abortions or subsidizing insurance policies that cover elective abortions. SOURCE Americans United forever Action.. Alnylam developments Tuschl II patent estate through the USPTO Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , a respected RNAi therapeutics firm, announced today that america Patent and Trademark Office has released Notices of Allowance for three patent applications from the company's held Tuschl II patent estate exclusively.