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How the latest NICE guidelines affect the recommended treatments for this complex mental health condition.

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PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors induce a higher response rate across a wider range of tumours than other immunotherapies.

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Asthma management is based on a stepwise approach that should see medicines added or stopped based on patient symptoms.

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The latest approvals and positive opinions from the European Medicines Agency.

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How to tailor treatment for patients and ensure optimum management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Improve your practice and slow the increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance that already cost around 25,000 deaths across Europe each year.

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Amidst the drive for efficiency in the NHS, medicines waste must not be oversimplified.

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You have been working in community pharmacy for a few years but are keen to switch to the hospital sector. How likely are you to get the job that you want — and how can you improve your chances of success?

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Gaining a non-medical prescribing qualification allows pharmacists to diagnose conditions and prescribe medicines to patients. If you are innovative in your practice and think laterally, many opportunities present themselves, says independent prescriber Anja St Clair Jones.

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David Branford, English Pharmacy Board chairman, says the government’s decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could lower the quality of applicants and lead to greater unemployment levels.

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Proposed guideline says pharmacist medication reviews do not provide value for money for the NHS.

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NHS staff in Wales on ‘Agenda for change’ pay scales will receive a 1% consolidated pay rise from April 2015 in a deal agreed between unions and the Welsh government.

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GPhC reviews fitness-to-practise guidelinesSubscription

Pharmacists who are dishonest with patients when care goes wrong could be removed from the professional register, the General Pharmaceutical Council has proposed.

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New research suggests that selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors herald worse outcomes following ischaemic stroke.

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Research findings support a role for memantine as a potential pharmacological treatment for binge-eating disorder.

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Disillusioned with the future of pharmacySubscription

After becoming qualified and working as a locum community pharmacist for over a year, I am already disillusioned by what the future of pharmacy will be. I agree with Adnan Baig’s letter (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014:293:524) regarding how an uncontrolled, competitive market will undermine the profession. Throughout my studies I have worked hard with the hope of becoming ...

Without access to medical records, MURs cannot be conducted properlySubscription

A medicines use review (MUR) can only be done properly if the pharmacist has access to the medical records of the patient. I believe this is only possible if the MUR is conducted in a doctor’s surgery. I spent three months working in a large medical practice where I had access to the patient’s medical records. With this information, I was able to make a proper assessment of the patient’s needs. Also, community pharmacists are under pressure to meet MUR targets, which doesn’t help because ...

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Anna Cichowska, consultant in public health strategy for NHS England and Mark Gilchrist, consultant pharmacist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust discuss the challenge of antimicrobial resistance and highlight key areas of concern.’

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Antimicrobial resistance

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Around 25,000 people die in the European Union each year from infections resistant to antibiotics. Third-generation cephalosporins are often useless against common bacteria like Escherichia coli, and fluoroquinolones are no longer the treatment of choice for gonorrhoea because resistance has become widespread. Here, you can find news stories and articles about the issue.

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We do view our profession very pessimistically. It is almost assumed by all that the status quo will remain. As clinical services move to the community pharmacy setting and we begin to manage patients there, the demand for skilled prescribing pharmacists will increase.

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