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From pharmacy technician to pharmacistSubscription

There is no easy career path for pharmacy technicians who want to become pharmacists. Steve Hemsley finds out more about the process and how some technicians have made it work.

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Pharmacy organisations in the UK: a complicated webSubscription

Pharmacy is a diverse profession and this is reflected in the wide variety of organisations that can represent the interests of pharmacists, pharmacy owners, trainees and students. 

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Healthcare professionals can report adverse effects of legal highs through new website

UK regulators have launched a pilot of a Yellow Card-type scheme for reporting adverse effects associated with legal highs and other illicit drugs.

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How to support cancer patients in community pharmaciesSubscription

Every community pharmacy team will come into contact with cancer patients or their family members. This article aims to provide community pharmacists and healthcare professionals with the tools to be able to speak confidently to patients with cancer and summarises the useful resources available.

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From pharmacy technician to pharmacistSubscription

There is no easy career path for pharmacy technicians who want to become pharmacists. Steve Hemsley finds out more about the process and how some technicians have made it work.

John Mowat, multi-site pharmacy manager for LloydsPharmacy and lead pharmacist based in the Carleton Clinic, a mental health hospital in Carlisle

My life as a mental health pharmacist in a specialist hospital

As a multi-site pharmacy manager for LloydsPharmacy and lead pharmacist based in the Carleton Clinic, a mental health hospital in Carlisle, John Mowat talks about his career and role in providing the medication supply service for Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust.

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Welsh parliamentary review of health and social care — RPS members invited to contribute Subscription

The Welsh government is undertaking a parliamentary review into the long-term future of health and social care in Wales.

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New urgent drug supply scheme adds a layer of difficultySubscription

The new urgent medicines supply service takes the load off out-of-hours GP services, but adds bureaucracy for patients and pharmacists.

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Understanding irritable bowel syndrome: bugs, brains and leaky barriersSubscription

Research indicates that there are multiple causes for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and that most of them may involve the microbiome.

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Searching for new medicines to treat alcohol addictionSubscription

Only a few drugs are licensed to treat alcoholism and, although reasonably effective, they are not suitable for everyone. Increased understanding of the underlying neuroscience of alcohol addiction is revealing a wealth of new possible drug targets, and a number of trials are under way.

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Special report

Community pharmacy cuts

On 21 March, the UK High Court will consider two legal actions against the government’s decision to cut community pharmacy funding. The joint hearing will consider cases put forward by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA). Follow the judicial review with The Pharmaceutical Journal’s special report on community pharmacy cuts.

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Headaches in children: An unmet need

Pharmacist Christine Glover discusses the need for greater awareness and better management of paediatric headache in community pharmacy.

This article was commissioned, briefed and fully funded by RB.

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Room for improvement with the new community pharmacy urgent medicine supply schemeSubscription

The new urgent medicine supply scheme from NHS England requires more thought and revision.

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Why legal action is not the best way to address the community pharmacy funding crisis in England

As pharmacy contractors in England suffer budget cuts and their leaders instigate legal action, Northern Ireland pharmacy contractor Terry Maguire argues why this might not be a good idea and what English contractors might learn from their Celtic cousins.

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Diagram showing different pharmacy organisations in the UK and who they represent

Pharmacy organisations in the UK: a complicated webSubscription

Pharmacy is a diverse profession and this is reflected in the wide variety of organisations that can represent the interests of pharmacists, pharmacy owners, trainees and students. 

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Multiple myeloma: pharmacological management

Although multiple myeloma is currently regarded as being incurable in the majority of patients, the outlook for patients diagnosed with the condition has improved markedly over the last 40 years, with survival rates quadrupling. Significant advances in both treatment and supportive therapies have contributed to these improved outcomes and are discussed in this article.

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Clostridium difficile: diagnosis and treatment update

There are around 12,000 cases of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) each year in the UK and during 1999 to 2007, deaths from CDI peaked at around 4,000 per year. This article summarises diagnosis and management, as well as the current therapeutic options for CDI, including faecal microbiota transplant.

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Clinical Pharmacist calls for papers on long-term conditions

We are calling for article submissions that highlight best practice in relation to the management of long-term conditions.

Panic over “symptomatuc refief” for throat problems

The reported shortage of a popular throat mixture has sent panic across the entertainment industry because of its popularity with actors, singers and performers.

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The acid watcher diet: a 28-day reflux prevention and healing programme, by Jonathan Aviv

Changing eating habits to reduce gastro-oesophageal reflux disease symptomsSubscription

The acid watcher diet: a 28-day reflux prevention and healing programme, by Jonathan Aviv

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Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practiceSubscription

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of infection and inflammation. It is high in bacterial infections but very low or close to zero in viral infections. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England and Wales’s health technology assessment body, has issued guidance on pneumonia in adults; it recommends point-of-care (POC) CRP analysers when clinical assessment is inconclusive. If the CRP level is less than 20mg/L, no antibiotics ...

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Assessing the impact of a targeted pharmacist-led anticoagulant review clinicSubscription

Local guidance, supported by the 2014 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline CG180 for atrial fibrillation (AF), recommends that patients receiving inadequate anticoagulation with a vitamin K antagonist (VKA), including time in therapeutic range (TTR) of <65%, should be reassessed. These patients were identified by the anticoagulation monitoring service (AMS) and highlighted to GPs for review. However, up to 59.3% of patients received ...

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Integrating community pharmacy testing for hepatitis C with specialist careSubscription

Many patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection lie undiagnosed and a significant proportion of patients that have been identified are disengaged from specialist services. The Isle of Wight (IOW) typifies this issue, with an estimated 200 undiagnosed patients with HCV infection and a small number of known cases engaged with specialist services. Aim: To reduce the burden of undiagnosed HCV on the IOW and link new diagnoses directly ...

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The impact of the human papillomavirus vaccine in Scotland: a changing landscapeSubscription

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In the UK, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women aged under 35 years. Human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 (both high risk) are necessary precipitants in at least 70% of cervical cancers but may contribute to more than 80% of cervical cancers in Scotland. Both the prophylactic bivalent (Cervarix; GlaxoSmithKline) and quadrivalent (Gardasil; Merck) vaccines prevent infection with HPV types 16 and 18, and have been shown to induce avid and sustained neutralising ...

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Management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease: current and future treatmentsSubscription

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterised by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and affects patients’ quality of life. Treatment of IBD involves induction and maintenance of remission. Current available therapies include anti-inflammatory aminosalicylates and corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents, antibiotics and biologic agents. Some patients are not fully responsive to conventional treatment or lose efficacy over time. Recently approved ...

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British National Formulary, 71st edition

Up-to-date, practical guidance on prescribing, dispensing, administering medicines and current best practice relating to the uses of medicines, as well as legal and professional guidelines.

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