PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors induce a higher response rate across a wider range of tumours than other immunotherapies.
Pipeline November 2014Subscription
The latest approvals and positive opinions from the European Medicines Agency.
How to tailor treatment for patients and ensure optimum management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Improving antimicrobial stewardshipVideoSubscription
Improve your practice and slow the increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance that already cost around 25,000 deaths across Europe each year.
NHS strikes: goodwill is a two-way processSubscription
Dave Thornton explains why the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists supports the industrial strike action over pay.
Not all NHS waste is wasteful Subscription
Amidst the drive for efficiency in the NHS, medicines waste must not be oversimplified.
How to become an independent prescriberSubscription
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.
Perhaps you’ve set up a LinkedIn account and have no idea what to use it for. Maybe you have a Twitter profile and only use it to tweet photographs of your dinner. This article explains how you can use social media to your professional advantage — increasing your chances of being spotted by an employer and getting a job offer.
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.
Proposed guideline says pharmacist medication reviews do not provide value for money for the NHS.
The European Union (EU) and the United States have criticised Russia’s move away from open trade and introduction of policies that discriminate against foreign imports, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Hospital employees who work with patients wash their hands less frequently as they get deeper into their shifts, a study finds.
A fast-track approach is needed over the next five years for the AIDS epidemic to cease to be a global health threat by 2030, according to a report by UNAIDS released on 18 November 2014.
Plans may include integrating the health service with life sciences research to bring innovations to patients faster.
What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of must-read news from the past month…
New research suggests that selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors herald worse outcomes following ischaemic stroke.
Hopes for a vaccine to tackle glioblastoma are bolstered by positive results from a phase I trial reported in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy.
Research findings support a role for memantine as a potential pharmacological treatment for binge-eating disorder.
Benedict Lam looks at an exhibition in London that brings art and science together and spoke to some of the artists to find out their inspiration
The new profiling tool on the YouGov website is entertaining but has the potential to mislead, writes Emma Page
The legacy of abuse can stay with victims for life, writes Chris Chapman, who heard escaped Westboro Baptist Church member Nate Phelps speak last week.
David Walsh describes the complicated history of the coca leaf and its use
The Paul Stolper Gallery is hosting the latest pharmacy-inspired Damien Hirst exhibition. Andrew Haynes questions whether this is art or exploitation.
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 ...
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 ...
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.’
New dosing instructions for PrezistaSubscription
New strengths of Reltebon tablets availableSubscription
Bronchostop syrup and pastilles now availableSubscription
Efcortesol and epoprostenol out of stockSubscription