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Jiri Hrdy, one of the researchers who reported their findings at the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne, Australia

Probiotics correct immune function in babies at risk of allergySubscription

In children who received a probiotic at birth, some functional characteristics of regulatory T cells improved, study finds.

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Warning labels do not reduce medicine-related traffic accidents

Pictogram warning labels for drugs used to manage anxiety and insomnia do not reduce the risk of patients being responsible for a motor crash in the long term, a French study has found.

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Alastair Buxton, director of NHS services at the PSNC

Community pharmacy forward view sets out plans to support ‘high performing’ NHS

A vision in which pharmacy is the first port of call for non-emergency episodic care and facilitates personalised care for people with long-term conditions has been laid out by the profession.

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How to tailor medication formulations for patients with dysphagiaSubscription

An overview of dysphagia and how to ensure patients are receiving the safest and most efficacious oral formulations.

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Advising patients on prevention and management of sporting injuries in the pharmacySubscription

How to identify common sporting injuries and provide specific advice to patients on their effective management, including the role of over-the-counter pharmacological treatments, as well as when to refer for specialist assessment and treatment.

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Placements for pharmacy students and trainees in GP practices and primary careSubscription

Preregistration trainees can now take advantage of opportunities in primary care. Gareth Malson finds out more.

Sallianne Kavanagh, a pharmacist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Practical ways pharmacists can gain leadership skillsSubscription

Sasa Jankovic takes a practical look at how pharmacists can seek opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

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John McAnaw, chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Pharmacists need to protect their professionalism as pressures increase, says chair of Royal Pharmaceutical Society ScotlandSubscription

Speaking at the annual Pharmacy Management Forum on 24 August, RPS Scottish Pharmacy board chair, John McAnaw, urged pharmacists to focus on their professionalism. 

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Infographic explaining the pathology and treatment types of dry eye disease

Dry eye: pathology and treatment types

The underlying disease process in dry eye disease causes deterioration of the tear film, which leads to either mild or more serious forms of the condition. A variety of treatment types may offer symptomatic relief.

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Principles of initiating antimicrobial therapy and empiric prescribingSubscription

Healthcare professionals should be aware of the principles of antimicrobial treatment and the need to reduce inappropriate prescribing to retain the effectiveness of drugs currently available.

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Chronic spontaneous urticaria: clinical features, diagnosis and managementSubscription

Defined as the non-inducible recurrence of wheals, angioedema or both for six weeks or more, chronic spontaneous urticaria is a difficult to diagnose and debilitating skin condition. Pharmacists should be aware of the clinical features in order to identify and manage this condition effectively.

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Learn everything you need to know about compounding drugsSubscription

The art, science, and technology of pharmaceutical compounding 5th edition by Loyd V Allen Jr.

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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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Understanding the benefits of liposomal eye sprays for dry eye patients

24 AUG 2016Updated: 25 AUG 2016

“At RB, we’re committed to supporting community pharmacies to ensure they are able to provide the very best help and advice to meet the needs of patients. Providing suitable products, information and referring patients when appropriate, are crucial elements of primary healthcare. Therefore, it’s of the upmost importance that you have access to high quality, up-to-date and evidence-based training that can be used as part of your own continuing professional development, and to help educate ...

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Special report

Hepatitis awareness

Hepatitis is usually caused by a viral infection but can also result from liver damage caused by drinking alcohol. People infected with the hepatitis A or B virus usually recover in a couple of months. But over 200,000 people in the UK are affected by Hepatitis C. After years or even decades, infection can lead to liver damage that is potentially life-threatening. On this page are a number of articles related to hepatitis, including coverage of the advent of new and highly effective drugs for Hepatitis C, how they work and also the struggle for the health system to afford them.

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T-cell therapies for cancer: from outsider to pharmaceutical darlingSubscription

Less than a decade ago, work on T-cell therapies by a handful of researchers was snubbed by their peers but now the field has exploded, money has poured in and there is a race on to see who can bring the technology to patients the quickest.

The vanguard clinical pharmacists at the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

New care models: the role of pharmacy in vanguard pilotsSubscription

Pharmacists are taking on roles in vanguard projects, working in both hospital and community settings as part of multidisciplinary teams that are developing new models of care.

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Changing prescribing habits is easier said than done

Pharmacist independent prescriber Valerie Sillito explains how difficult she finds it to break out of old habits when prescribing for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Matthew Syed, a British journalist, author and broadcaster

Healthcare needs a change of culture if it is to thrive and grow

If the healthcare industry is to move forward over the next 20 years, the culture of blame needs to change to encourage healthcare professionals to report errors so that others can learn from them.

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Research article

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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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Pharmacy at home: service for frail older patients demonstrates medicines risk reduction and admission avoidanceSubscription

The Exeter Cluster Pharmacy (ECP) team is part of an integrated community health and social care service, providing domiciliary medicines optimisation to around 145,000 people. The service undertakes clinical medication reviews for frail older people at home, assessing their risk of medicine-related harm in order to reduce these risks and potentially prevent hospital admissions.  Objective: An evaluation was completed in 2014 to assess the level of service ...

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Improving long-term adjuvant anti-oestrogenic therapy for breast cancerSubscription

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Abstract Long-term (five years) adjuvant tamoxifen treatment for oestrogen receptor-positive, or ER-positive, breast cancer post-surgery is recognised as a major advance in healthcare. Clinical trials comparing standard and extended tamoxifen therapy found a major decrease in mortality occurred in the ten years following a decade of adjuvant therapy. Studies in premenopausal breast cancer patients showed that ovarian function suppression (OFS) plus an aromatase ...

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Allergic rhinitis: impact, diagnosis, treatment and managementSubscription

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Abstract Allergic rhinitis results from an immunological abnormality in which atopic individuals produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) to allergens (e.g. pollen, house dust mites, animal dander and moulds). IgE activates mast cells, which respond by releasing inflammatory mediators. Histamine stimulates the early symptoms, predominately mucus production, nasal itching and sneezing. Leukotrienes and cytokines attract and activate eosinophils to cause allergic inflammation, ...

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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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