Cities compete to host EMASubscription
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has assessed the bids of 19 cities that have applied to host its headquarters following the UK’s exit from the European Union in 2019. The final relocation decision will be made by the European Council on 20 November 2017.
Avoiding medicines stalemate post BrexitSubscription
With three rounds of negotiations concluded and little agreed, the reality of a no-deal Brexit looms large over both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Current treatments for acne are effective but regimens are complex and side effects are common. Better understanding of the pathology of acne is leading to identification of new, safer, treatment targets, and dermatologists and researchers in the field are excited about the pipeline.
On 20 November, the General Affairs Council of the European Union will officially announce the new location of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
People with diabetes must regularly check their blood glucose levels to know how much medication to use, or to keep track of fluctuating levels. This monitoring is generally done at home using a finger prick blood test. Although accurate, this test can be messy and inconvenient, and there are concerns that many patients are not testing themselves as frequently as they should. A simple, pain-free, non-invasive method would mark a major improvement in diabetes care. Various companies ...
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How telomeres affect your health and longevitySubscription
The telomere effect by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel
Comprehensive drug reference resource from the American Society of Health-System PharmacistsSubscription
This new edition of the popular drug reference includes oncology drugs approved under the US Food and Drug Administration’s accelerated approval programme.
Q&A: Progress in seasonal influenza vaccines but world still short of capacity for pandemic vaccinesSubscription
Marie-Paule Kieny from the World Health Organization discusses efforts over the past decade by the global agency to enhance seasonal influenza vaccine efficacy and production capacity, to ensure there is sufficient pandemic vaccine production, and to promote the effective development and deployment of pandemic vaccines by developing countries.
Although children take responsibility for taking their medications at different ages, involving parents, and where possible children, in decision making is key to medicines optimisation.
How to diagnose and manage Trichomonas vaginalisSubscription
Trichomonas vaginalis, also known as trichomoniasis, is a curable sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a parasite, Trichomonas vaginalis. The majority of infected individuals are asymptomatic or have non-specific symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. Therefore, appropriate treatment and prevention strategies are important to prevent its spread.
A large number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are currently working in various capacities in the Defence Medical Services, safeguarding the health of our military personnel. Saša Jankovic discovers what opportunities and challenges face pharmacy staff in the DMS.
Twenty years after registering as a pharmacist, Karen Baxter, director of content strategy for Pharmaceutical Press, reflects on her move into publishing and shares some advice for others considering a similar career change.
The world of pharmacy has changed so much in recent years, but is still misunderstood by the media, says Amit Dhand.
A review by Public Health England (PHE) on whether travel vaccinations should be removed from NHS prescriptions has been requested by the chief executive of NHS England.
A letter has been sent to all pharmacists in direct contact with the public urging them to get vaccinated against flu this winter.
Moves by the professional regulator for pharmacists to discuss their practice with a peer as part of new revalidation proposals are facing opposition.
England’s chief medical officer Sally Davies has warned that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it would spell “the end of modern medicine”.
The pharmacy Rebalancing Board has no plans to add to its membership nor make changes to the way that it is looking at the supervision issue, the chair of the board, Ken Jarrold, has told The Pharmaceutical Journal in an exclusive interview.
A tailored leadership programme for community pharmacists has been launched.
News in brief
Providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to men who have sex with men (MSM) who are at high risk of HIV infection could help to prevent up to one in four cases of HIV, a study has found.
A global project to help track and document diseases associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been launched, according to UK health charity the Wellcome Trust.
The agreement for health and care devolution in London is due to be finalised by the end of 2017, according to the chair of the London Health and Care Devolution Programme Board, Will Tuckley.
Pharmacists should look out for potential signs of child neglect, such as parents or carers failing to administer essential prescribed medicine or not taking their child to follow-up appointments, updated guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have said.
The MHRA has warned of serious cardiac adverse reactions in patients misusing or abusing loperamide by taking high or very high doses of the drug.
Palliative and end-of-life care will be a major focus for the Royal Pharmaceutical (RPS) Society in Wales during the next year, Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board has said.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a strong warning to students about the risks of self-prescribing and self-medicating with medicines bought online.