The results of the recent national pharmacy board elections are in, but there is little change to report.
It is vital that pharmacy engages with sustainability and transformation plans now to avoid being left behind.
Pharmacists have a vital role to play in tackling misuse of prescription drugs by young peopleSubscription
As more young people turn from street drugs to prescription drugs for recreation or to enhance academic performance, pharmacists need to increase their vigilance when supplying medicines, either on prescription or over the counter, and be aware of medicines’ potential to end up on the black market.
Pharmacists join the fight against hypertensionSubscription
Some pharmacists are at the forefront of tackling high blood pressure by providing hypertension services within GP practices, community clinics and pharmacies. But to improve the prevention, early detection and management of the condition, these services need to be more widespread.
Rhinovirus, the pathogen behind the common cold, can cause severe, acute lung disease in children and those with underlying respiratory conditions. Since the 1970s, vaccine development has been hindered by the presence of numerous virus serotypes and the lack of a good animal model to test vaccine candidates. However, several different research groups are now making good progress on rhinovirus vaccines, using a variety of different techniques.
Peter Noyce (1946-2017)Subscription
A visionary leader who drove pharmacy practice forward but always had time to mentor others, he was known as the most effective pharmacist of his generation.
Ian Strachan from the National Pharmacy Association explains why pharmacists should not be disheartened by the High Court’s ruling on the judicial review against the funding cuts to community pharmacy in England.
Q&A: UK general election 2017: pharmacists reactSubscription
The Pharmaceutical Journal interviews pharmacists from across the nation to get their thoughts on the results of the UK general election in June 2017.
Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 4% of all new cancer diagnoses. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals are ideally placed to offer advice to patients on the use of sunscreens to limit UV exposure, reducing their risk of developing melanoma.
Rashes in childrenSubscription
Rashes in children are common and may be difficult to differentiate by appearance alone, therefore, it is important to consider the entire clinical presentation in order to make the appropriate diagnosis.
As a British overseas territory located around 600 miles off the coast of the United States, Bermuda’s lack of a national healthcare system and borrowed legislation present unique challenges. John Bentley decribes his role and the benefits of island life.
As pharmacist lead for medicines optimisation across Defence Medical Services, Helena Pickin ensures high-quality, cost-effective prescribing in the UK and overseas. Here, she explains why and how she embarked on a career with the Ministry of Defence.
The relationship between community pharmacy and general practice has undergone significant changes over recent years, from a transactional one to that of co-managing the care of patients. However, these changes have brought new challenges. Saša Jankovic reports.
Analysis of genome-wide association studies shows that how genes interact with each other has a bigger impact on disease than single-gene effects which makes drug discovery a more difficult task.
A new study suggests that the use of statins is associated with a higher risk of developing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
The World Health Organization has split antibiotics into three categories — access, watch and reserve — in its latest essential medicines list to help ensure the right antibiotics are used for the right infections.
Pharmacy representatives dub the loss “a change moment for pharmacy” that will enable new thinking in government on pharmacy policy.
Non-adherence to antihypertensive treatment is common in the United Kingdom and Czech Republic, according to a new study.
Researchers found that thrombocytosis was found in 11.6% of men and 6.2% in women who developed cancer.
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The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has appointed ex Pharmacy Voice chair Claire Ward to build stronger ties in Westminster and ensure that a more ‘realistic and positive’ vision of pharmacy is presented to policy makers.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has made pembrolizumab (Keytruda) available for first-line use in lung cancer under the cancer drugs fund.
New diagnoses of HIV in England have fallen among men who have sex with men, with the greatest decline seen in London clinics trialling pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to figures from Public Health England.
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Suzanne-Scott Thomas, newly re-appointed chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board, said: ”I know I am in ...
NHS England has confirmed that an additional 71 pharmacies will now receive payments under the Pharmacy Access Scheme.
The US Food and Drug Administration has requested that a formulation of oxymorphone hydrochloride, marketed as Opana ER, be withdrawn from the market due to abuse, saying that the benefits of the product no longer outweigh the risks.
Aspirin and PPIs should be co-prescribed in older patients because of bleeding risk, say researchers
Patients aged over 75 years who take aspirin-based antiplatelet therapy should be co-prescribed proton-pump inhibitors because of an under-recognised risk of disabling gastrointestinal bleeding, reports a Lancet study.
The 2017 Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation benchmarking project opened for data collection on 2 June 2017.
A partnership between University College Hospital (UCLH) and University College London (UCL) aims to transform patient care around the world by making medicines safer and easier to take.
Using the new RPS websiteSubscription
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