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Targeting the CGRP protein could lead to a preventative treatment for migraineSubscription

It’s been a long time coming, but a new class of drugs targeting the CGRP protein could be the first preventative treatment specifically developed for migraine to hit the market.

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Local versus national: minor ailments services across Great BritainSubscription

Different parts of Great Britain have taken different approaches to offering minor ailment services. A national service provides consistency, whereas local schemes can adapt to local needs. 

Bruce Warner, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer for England

Pilot areas named for community pharmacy urgent medication referral scheme

NHS England has published details of a new service that will see patients referred by NHS 111 to community pharmacies for urgent repeat medicines.

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How to write a research article to submit for publicationSubscription

Pharmacists and healthcare professionals who are undertaking research should have an understanding of how to produce a research article for publication, and should be aware of the important considerations relating to submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

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Vanessa Kingsbury, managing director of Buttercups Training, and Tony Allen, chief executive of apprenticeship and skills consultants at AAS Ltd

How the apprenticeship levy will affect your businessSubscription

The apprenticeship levy is changing and will affect all employers. Vanessa Kingsbury and Tony Allen explain how your business can benefit.

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Trying hard: how I tackle my career as a professional rugby player and working as a pharmacist

As a professional rugby player and pharmacist, Ross Wardle fields questions from his colleagues about doping and is concerned about long-term health problems associated with the sport.

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Sandra Gidley, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board

RPS 'delighted' with proposed changes to supervision of pharmacists training to be prescribersSubscription

Source: MAG / The Pharmaceutical Journal Sandra Gidley, chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, says the RPS is surprised and delighted to see the GPhC consultation ...

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Targeting the CGRP protein could lead to a preventative treatment for migraineSubscription

It’s been a long time coming, but a new class of drugs targeting the CGRP protein could be the first preventative treatment specifically developed for migraine to hit the market.

Dispensing pharmacist talks to a patient during a minor ailments consultation at Copes Pharmacy

Local versus national: minor ailments services across Great BritainSubscription

Different parts of Great Britain have taken different approaches to offering minor ailment services. A national service provides consistency, whereas local schemes can adapt to local needs. 

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Inadequate funding hampers research into chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseSubscription

A lack of funding for research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as difficulties in conducting clinical trials, make finding new treatments for this respiratory condition challenging. But there are glimmers of hope, such as reversing steroid resistance and identifying subpopulations of patients in order to speed up clinical trials.

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Comprehensible reference text on injectable drugsSubscription

Handbook on injectable drugs 19th edition, Editor-in-chief Gerald K McEvoy

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Special report

World AIDS Day

Great progress has been made in many countries to tackle the HIV epidemic. A newly diagnosed patient with access to the latest antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to have a normal life expectancy. Yet, over 30 years since the emergence of the virus, and 28 years since the first World’s AIDS Day, much more needs to done to bring these advances to developing countries and to reach groups at high risk of HIV transmission.

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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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Focus on Dry Eye

People visit pharmacies to seek advice on everything from hay fever to stomach bugs and sprained wrists. While it is known that people also ask their pharmacist about dry eye, we know little about the frequency of such complaints or how knowledgeable pharmacists are in providing quality care, since they receive little formal training on the condition.

The Pharmaceutical Journal has joined forces with UK health company RB and surveyed members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to gauge how commonly dry eye is seen in the pharmacy and devise an independent editorial campaign to address the learning needs of pharmacists.

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Dangers with inappropriate use of long-acting beta agonists Subscription

Caution is required when prescribing or dispensing long-acting beta agonists to manage airways diseases, such as asthma.

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Thomas Geoffrey Booth (1928-2016)Subscription

Thomas Geoffrey Booth, past president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, founded the UK’s first department of pharmacy practice.

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Osteoporosis: moving beyond bisphosphonatesSubscription

Bisphosphonates are the mainstay of osteoporosis treatment but as more is elucidated about the underlying pathology of the condition, new drug targets are being investigated.

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How to identify causes of a subtherapeutic INRSubscription

Pharmacists and healthcare professionals are often involved in the management of patients with subtherapeutic international normalised ratios (INRs), the cause of which is important to identify because this will affect decisions and the subsequent management of the patient.

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Reducing antipsychotic prescribing in people with learning disabilities Subscription

Pharmacists and healthcare professionals are ideally placed to review and reduce inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medicines in people with learning disabilities safely and effectively.

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Smooth transfer of care will help reduce medication errors

David Gibson recently spoke at a training course for GP practice pharmacists about how pharmacists can help ensure smooth transfer of care of patients between settings.

Pharmacy in the UK: a perspective from Hong Kong

Choy Tsun Ho and Ho Wing Hei Phoebe, two undergraduate pharmacy students from Hong Kong, describe their experiences of UK pharmacy during an exchange programme in 2016.

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Research article

Molecular model of C-reactive protein

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

Abstract Background: 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 ...

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

Abstract Background: 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. ...

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Integrating community pharmacy testing for hepatitis C with specialist careSubscription

Abstract Background:  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 ...

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis should be a key component of a comprehensive HIV prevention package fully funded on the NHSSubscription

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Abstract Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the medication taken by HIV-negative individuals to reduce their risk of contracting HIV infection. The large evidence base for the use of PrEP has been reviewed and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), a specialised agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the National Institute for Health and Care ...

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Conventional therapies and emergent precision medicines for cystic fibrosis: challenges and opportunitiesSubscription

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Abstract Around 27 years ago, the discovery of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene – responsible for causing cystic fibrosis (CF) – marked a significant moment in the history of the condition. Despite the early promise of this target for gene therapy, a universally successful treatment has proven elusive in the ensuing years. While clinical trials involving gene therapy continue to make progress, the ‘magic bullet’ remains some ...

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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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