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Police in Hong Kong are using tear gas and pepper spray to control thousands of protesters, who have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the government’s role in selecting candidates to lead Hong Kong

Hong Kong pharmacists call for police to stop using tear gas against protestersSubscription

Pharmacists and pharmacy students are working in first aid stations, while community pharmacists are supplying emergency medicines, including bronchodilators, analgesics and saline solutions for washing wounds to treat those affected by the use of chemicals.

Timeline of the ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014

A visual guide to the Ebola virus epidemic Subscription

As the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic continues to escalate, we chart the latest epidemiological data alongside an insight into the pathology of Ebola virus disease and the biological processes being targeted by drug and vaccine developers.

Aspirin is one of the most common drugs with an estimated 700 to 1,000 clinical trials conducted each year

A history of aspirinSubscription

Aspirin was one of the first drugs to come into common usage and it still one of the most researched drugs in the world, with an estimated 700 to 1,000 clinical trials conducted each year.


Still feeling the Vioxx painSubscription

Ten years after Vioxx was abruptly withdrawn from the market, its story is still affecting society’s perception of the drug regulatory system and the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Pomegranate and other citrus fruit juices can interact with common medicines and put patients at risk

How fruit juice interacts with common medicinesSubscription

How fruit juices can interact with common medicines and put your patients at risk.

Stephen Hawking, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, during a TED conference

What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?Subscription

The ‘ice bucket challenge’ was started to raise awareness of ALS; find out more about this fatal neurodegenerative condition.

Borderline personality disorder and mental health

Borderline personality disorder: managementSubscription

Although a wide variety of psychotropic medicines are used for borderline personality disorder, there is a weak evidence base and treatment is controversial.

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FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

FIP International conference, Bangkok 2014

Just under 2,000 attendees gathered in Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (31 August-4 September). The theme of this year’s congress is “Access to medicines and pharmacists today, better outcomes tomorrow”.

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Appraisals are an important part of the development of staff within a community pharmacy

How to implement staff appraisals in community pharmacySubscription

The importance of formal appraisals and how to implement them in a community pharmacy setting.

Promoting excellence in pharmacy in ScotlandVideo

Hamish Wilson, the Vice Chair of Healthcare Improvement in Scotland, and Alpana Mair, the Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, discuss the future of the Prescription for Excellence programme in Scotland, how they plan to help pharmacists expand their clinical role and the possible impact of the Scottish referendum.

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The electronic prescription is one of the answers to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt challenge that the NHS to go paperless by 2018

Clarity and accuracy of electronic prescriptions questionedSubscription

Research has highlighted potential pitfalls of using electronic systems for prescribing.

Developing international policy for interprofessional experiential education

Learning from patients and other health professionsSubscription

Students can learn important skills from interprofessional experiential education.

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The Pharmacy Show 2014

The Pharmacy Show is the UK’s largest CPD training, education and sourcing event for community and hospital pharmacy. Now in its 8th year, it takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th October in Hall 19, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham (Postcode for Sat Nav; B40 1NT). With five FREE conference streams, social and networking events, and thousands of specialist pharmacy products and services from more than 400 premier suppliers, the Pharmacy Show is unmissable for pharmacy contractors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, counter staff and pharmacy buyers.

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Dirk Mentzer, chair of the European Medicines Agency

Increasing paediatric medicines research in the European UnionSubscription


Paediatrician Dirk Mentzer, chairman of the Paediatric Committee of the European Medicines Agency, explains what can be done to promote research into medicines used by children in the European Union.

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A range of measures can be employed to improve access to medicines in developing countries, but it is a global struggle

Access to medicines is a global struggleSubscription

A range of measures can be employed to improve access to medicines in developing countries, but there is no simple solution.

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Joep Lange

A pioneer in AIDS research from the very startSubscription


Dutch researcher Joep Lange dedicated his career to groundbreaking HIV and AIDS research and was passionate about improving access to antiretroviral therapy in developing countries.

We need to embrace science more positivelySubscription

Two items attracted my attention in a recent issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal. The first was the report on the development of advanced clinical academic training of pharmacists “which will support the advancement of a relatively small cohort of pharmacist each year… to the overall benefit of pharmacy as a profession” (2014;293:226), ...

Vaccination against the high-risk human papilloma virus (HPV) in 16 and 18 year-old teenage girls offers long-lasting protection

Researchers find HPV vaccination provides long-term protectionSubscription

New research suggests that vaccination against the high-risk human papilloma virus types 16 and 18 offers long-lasting protection.

Miles Mack, from Royal College of General Practitioners and Jonathan Burton, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, on their collaboration

Working together for the benefit of healthcare professionals, patients and the publicSubscription

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Jonathan Burton and Miles Mack provide a summary of the recent collaborative work between the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales

Striving to improve standardsSubscription


Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales, looks at what is being done across Wales to improve patient care in light of the ‘Trusted to care’ report.

Smart health choices: making sense of health advice

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‘Smart health choices: making sense of health advice’ by Les Irwig, Judy Irwig, Lyndal Trevena & Melissa Sweet.


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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