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Viagra (sildenafil) can now be sold to men suffering from erectile dysfunction in New Zealand without a GP prescription

New Zealand allows access to sildenafil through pharmacySubscription

Men suffering erectile dysfunction in New Zealand are now able to buy sildenafil from specially trained pharmacists without a GP’s prescription.

Facilities providing hospital care for elderly patients in Wales have revealed medicines management shortfalls, report finds

Review calls for improvements to medicines management in Welsh hospitalsSubscription

Unannounced inspections of facilities providing hospital care for elderly patients in Wales have revealed serious shortfalls in medicines management.

Fractured osteoporotic hip of an elderly woman after a fall. Around one in three people aged over 65 years falls at least once a year. This increases to around 50% of people older than 75 years

Preventing falls in older people

How pharmacy teams can reduce the risk of falls in elderly people by identifying risk factors and managing medicines.

Complications after cardiac surgery can be life-threatening but are manageable with appropriate drug treatment

Cardiac surgery: caring for a patient and managing complicationsSubscription

Life-threatening complications following cardiac surgery are common, but can be managed with appropriate treatment.

Interpreting ECG to minimise patients' risk of heart symptoms caused by long QT syndrome

Long QT syndromeSubscription

How to interpret ECG readings in long QT syndrome and minimise patients’ risk of heart symptoms caused by this cardiac arrhythmia.

Basic & applied pharmacokinetics self assessment, by John E. Murphy

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Putting your skills in pharmacokinetic equations to the test.

Healthcare staff and pharmacists go on strike but this should not compromise patient care

Strike action must not put patients at riskSubscription

There might be strength in numbers, but industrial action must not compromise patient care.

The UK process for evaluating vaccines by the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) lack transparency and needs to be reformed urgently

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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation needs to be more open about how it decides which vaccines should be recommended for use in the UK.

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Omar El-Gohary, superintendent pharmacist at Chemist Direct

Connecting with hard-to-reach patients via an online pharmacySubscription

Superintendent pharmacist Omar El-Gohary enjoys the challenge of combining medicines, business and technology expertise in his role at online pharmacy Chemist Direct.

When conflicts in pharmacy workplaces occur, management must step in

Dealing with bullying, harassment or abuse in the workplaceSubscription

Disagreements often occur in hig- pressure pharmacy workplaces. However, when issues become more serious, higher management and external organisations may need to become involved.

Women should pursue senior leadership roles in the pharmaceutical sector, says Helena Morrissey, keynote speaker at The Women in Healthcare Science Leadership Symposium hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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A Royal Pharmaceutical Society event encourages women in pharmacy to pursue senior leadership roles.

Panelists at the Pharmacy Show debate if e-cigarettes should be sold in pharmacies or not

Should pharmacies sell electronic cigarettes?Subscription

As the UK sees the massive growth of vapers, the e-cigarette industry and pharmacy leaders debate the merits of selling e-cigarettes in pharmacies at the Pharmacy Show.

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Women should pursue senior leadership roles in the pharmaceutical sector, says Helena Morrissey, keynote speaker at The Women in Healthcare Science Leadership Symposium hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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A Royal Pharmaceutical Society event encourages women in pharmacy to pursue senior leadership roles.

Mair Davies

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A new generation of RPS members is invigorating local practice forums in Wales, says Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board.

Special report

The Ebola outbreak

Timeline, ebola virus outbreak 2014

The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease is by far the biggest on record in terms of numbers of people affected and geographical spread. It is also the first time the disease has spread through a large urban environment. Since it began in Guinea in December 2013, it has spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

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Researchers are investigating strategies to combat outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-COV)

Investigating treatment strategies for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirusSubscription

Researchers are investigating a number of ways to combat the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, including using existing drugs.

Management of whistleblowers in the healthcare sector

Creating a culture of whistleblowing for pharmacists Subscription

How do we improve the treatment of whistleblowers in the healthcare sector?

Gene therapy is now used to treat a variety of eye diseases

Gene therapy: a treatment coming of ageSubscription

A decade ago many people had written off gene therapy altogether but now there are dozens of trials in progress around the world.

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Gold nanopraticles could be a viable drug delivery system because of their ability to penetrate into the skin, study finds

Study identifies how gold nanoparticles penetrate skinSubscription

Scientists have identified key characteristics that enhance a nanoparticle’s ability to penetrate skin which could have implications for the delivery of medicines.

Human embryonic stem cells show evidence of medium to long-term safety and graft survival when transplanted into patients, study finds

Human embryonic stem cells appear to be safe for use in macular degenerationSubscription

Visual acuity improved in the eyes of patients with macular degeneration being treated with embryonic stem cells.

Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting (known as PTAS) plus medical therapy was associated with a higher likelihood of stroke than medical therapy alone, report the study authors

Review considers strategies for intracranial artery stenosisSubscription

Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting (PTAS) and medical therapy is linked with a higher risk of stroke than medical therapy alone.

Reconsider student intake controls

HEFCE and HEE have announced that they will not be introducing a cap on pharmacy student numbers. Sultan Khan explains why he disagrees with this decision.

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Pharmacy is striding forwards

Sandra Gidley reports on the discussions she led at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference.

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Pharmacies should be involved in child protection measuresSubscription

The government initiative to spread public awareness about Ebola would have been considerably impaired had it not recognised the potential of pharmacies to inform, monitor and reassure.

The pharmacy degree risks becoming less attractive to studentsSubscription

We are extremely disappointed with the decision made by MP Greg Clark that it “is not necessary to implement a specific student number control for pharmacy”. As we set out in our response to the consultation in 2013, the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) does not support a free-market-based approach to the management of student numbers. We believe that a control at the point of entry would have the least impact on concerned parties. We hope that the minister’s comments ...

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Perversely the funding settlement actually drives contractors further towards item numbers rather than service provision by making them do more dispensing to be in with the remotest possibility of attaining the same revenues.

Tariq Atchia Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding deal