The April issue of Pulse magazine includes a major investigation uncovering the worries around online prescribing services.

There has been a proliferation in such services in recent years, but Pulse revealed that regulators have found such services unsafe, and have blamed them for a number of deaths. GPs have described the world of online prescribers as akin to the ‘Wild West’, with the authorities struggling to keep up with the pace of change.

Our annual writing competition also revealed the next generation of superb GP writers. We asked readers to tell us of a time when they or a loved one were in the role of the patient. Some were funny, others were true tear jerkers. But they are all well worth a read.

Elsewhere, we provide advice on why children with asthma don’t need smaller doses of their inhalers, we review the latest on the Bawa-Garba case that shook medicine, and editor Nigel Praities gives a heartfelt thanks to readers in his last ever Pulse editorial.