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Cities compete to host EMASubscription

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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.

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Editorial

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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).

Features

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Innovation in acne treatment is long overdue but the treatment pipeline looks promisingSubscription

25 OCT 2017By

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.

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Relocation of the EMA: implications for medicines regulationSubscription

23 OCT 2017By

On 20 November, the General Affairs Council of the European Union will officially announce the new location of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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Non-invasive glucose monitoring for diabetes: five strategies under developmentSubscription

12 OCT 2017By

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 ...

Comment

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The Medical Costs Act — what it means for pharma and pharmacySubscription

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Legal expert Andrew Sweetman explains the new Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act and its implications for pharmacy.

Books and Arts

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How telomeres affect your health and longevitySubscription

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The telomere effect by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel

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Comprehensive drug reference resource from the American Society of Health-System PharmacistsSubscription

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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

Marie-Paule Keiny, World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director-general for health systems and innovation

Q&A: Progress in seasonal influenza vaccines but world still short of capacity for pandemic vaccinesSubscription

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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.

Learning article

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Communicating with parents and involving children in medicines optimisationSubscription

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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.

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How to diagnose and manage Trichomonas vaginalisSubscription

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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.

Careers

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Civilian pharmacy roles in the Ministry of DefenceSubscription

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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.

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How Karen Baxter's career evolved from clinical pharmacy to content strategy Subscription

By Angela Kam

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.

Amit Dhand, best selling crime author and pharmacist

Fact or fiction? My career as a pharmacist and best-selling authorSubscription

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The world of pharmacy has changed so much in recent years, but is still misunderstood by the media, says Amit Dhand.

News

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Public Health England to consider removing travel vaccinations from NHS prescriptions

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.

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Pharmacists urged to have flu jab

A letter has been sent to all pharmacists in direct contact with the public urging them to get vaccinated against flu this winter.

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Peer discussion element of revalidation challenged by pharmacists

Moves by the professional regulator for pharmacists to discuss their practice with a peer as part of new revalidation proposals are facing opposition.

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Chief medical officer warns antibiotic resistance could signal 'end of modern medicine'

England’s chief medical officer Sally Davies has warned that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it would spell “the end of modern medicine”.

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Rebalancing Board chair acknowledges pharmacists' 'considerable fears' around supervision

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.

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New leadership programme for community pharmacists

A tailored leadership programme for community pharmacists has been launched.

News in brief

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Preventive HIV drugs could cut new infections by a quarter

18 OCT 2017

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.

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Wellcome Trust launches global project to map antibiotic resistance

17 OCT 2017

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.

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London health and care devolution plans to be finalised by end of year

11 OCT 2017

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.

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NICE issues new guidance on spotting child neglect or abuse

9 OCT 2017

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.

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Diarrhoea treatment associated with serious heart problems

2 OCT 2017

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.

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RPS in Wales to focus on palliative and end-of-life care and NHS 111Subscription

29 SEP 2017

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.

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MHRA warns students against self-prescribing

28 SEP 2017

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.

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175 years of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society MuseumSubscription

The Museum was set up to be a scientific reference resource of materia medica for students of the Society’s newly established School of Pharmacy.

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How we can increase turnout to RPS board electionsSubscription

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The RPS needs to be more engaged with the membership in order to increase voter turnout, says English Pharmacy Board member Sid Dajani.

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Event report: Scottish National Seminar 2017Subscription

Health literacy, revalidation and the Scottish government’s strategy for pharmacy ‘Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care’ were high up the agenda at the 2017 Scottish National Seminar.

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RPS in Wales to focus on palliative and end-of-life care and NHS 111Subscription

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.

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It’s in our hands: RPS campaign on antimicrobial stewardship encourages good handwashing Subscription

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More than 80% of adults in the UK do not wash their hands for long enough to prevent infection, according to a survey conducted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

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