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Murray Aitken, executive director of QuintilesIMS and co-author of a new report on system therapeutics

Q&A: Pharmacists must be ready to provide precision medicinesSubscription

Murray Aitken, co-author of a new report on system therapeutics, including precision medicines, explains to Julia Robinson the important role pharmacy will play in providing precision medicines.

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How to identify and manage ‘problem’ excipients in medicines for childrenSubscription

Children may be exposed to potentially harmful excipients, essential components of drug formulations, through unlicensed and off-label use of adult medicines. Excipient exposure should be minimised, although a medicine containing a problem excipient may be indicated, but only after a careful risk–benefit assessment.

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Despite setback, new combination therapies are still the future for multiple myelomaSubscription

Several clinical trials have been stopped because of safety concerns, but pharmaceutical companies should not lose their nerve.

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Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor is first to pass CQC inspection across all categories of care

Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor is the first online service to be passed as providing safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led services in accordance with the relevant regulations in the latest round of inspections of online providers of primary care, carried out by the Care Quality Commission.

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How to identify and manage ‘problem’ excipients in medicines for childrenSubscription

Children may be exposed to potentially harmful excipients, essential components of drug formulations, through unlicensed and off-label use of adult medicines. Excipient exposure should be minimised, although a medicine containing a problem excipient may be indicated, but only after a careful risk–benefit assessment.

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James Andrews, national quality pharmacist, Virgin Care.

How I support community health services as a national quality pharmacistSubscription

The opportunities for pharmacists within the community services sector are huge, says James Andrews.

Nick Thayer, pharmacy services lead for Well

What I do as pharmacy services lead for an independent pharmacy business

Nick Thayer has always been vocal about the value and importance of local pharmacy services. Here, he describes how he is leading their development to ensure that community pharmacy remains a priority.

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Ash Soon, newly re-elected president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Ash Soni returns to RPS presidencySubscription

Community pharmacist Ash Soni has again been elected as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

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Medicines optimisation in dementia: the role of the community pharmacySubscription

Community pharmacists are well placed to assist in the early identification of dementia, as well as to help patients to manage their medicines. However, a wider role for pharmacists, for example, conducting medicines reviews in patients’ homes, will depend on how their clinical role develops.

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Multiple myeloma: an expensive revolutionSubscription

New treatments for this rare form of cancer have transformed patient survival rates, but the benefits have come with huge costs.

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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.

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Special report

Promoting self-care this summer

Pharmacists are well placed to help patients take care of themselves — from advising on sun protection and skin cancer risk to offering tips on managing hayfever. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on self-care and help patients in your community pharmacy to help themselves stay well this summer.

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Murray Aitken, executive director of QuintilesIMS and co-author of a new report on system therapeutics

Q&A: Pharmacists must be ready to provide precision medicinesSubscription

Murray Aitken, co-author of a new report on system therapeutics, including precision medicines, explains to Julia Robinson the important role pharmacy will play in providing precision medicines.

Pipette dropping liquid into test tubes pipette, research and development

Despite setback, new combination therapies are still the future for multiple myelomaSubscription

Several clinical trials have been stopped because of safety concerns, but pharmaceutical companies should not lose their nerve.

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The cholesterol and calorie hypotheses are both dead — it is time to focus on the real culprit: insulin resistance

Emerging evidence shows that insulin resistance is the most important predictor of cardiovascular and type 2 diabetes.

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Science of sunscreenSubscription

Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma could be prevented through better knowledge of sun damage and how to protect against it.

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Heparin-induced thrombocytopeniaSubscription

Heparin is widely used for thromboprophylaxis or as a treatment in many clinical situations, however, it can cause serious adverse effects. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), an immune-mediated adverse drug reaction, is associated with high morbidity and mortality if undiagnosed.

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Chronic oedema: treatment and the impact of prescribed medicinesSubscription

Early diagnosis of lower limb oedema is crucial to prevent early oedema becoming chronic. Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are ideally placed to identify patients on certain medicines at higher risk of oedema, and should be aware of signs of chronic oedema when assessing patients to allow for prompt referral.

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David Scott, lecturer in the pharmacy department of the University of Malawi, Africa, with students and pharmacists

Developing pharmacy in Malawi

Malawi needs more pharmacists, but lack of money means many students cannot afford to go to university.

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Acceleration of the United States on-demand genetic testing industry

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing services are making comeback, but there have been concerns about their appropriateness.

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Living in a microbial worldSubscription

I contain multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life, by Ed Yong.

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Safe dispensing in community pharmacies: applying the software, hardware, environment and liveware (SHELL) model

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The human aspects of the community pharmacy work system are vulnerable to medication-related errors. Established models of human error can identify actual or potential hazards, and are important in our understanding of the interaction between human and system factors that influence performance. The software, hardware, environment and liveware (SHELL) model, a traditional human factors framework, is used in this article to classify potential sources of error in community ...

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Examining the implications of analytical and remote monitoring in pharmacy practiceSubscription

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Remote patient monitoring (RPM) incorporates digital technology that collects health data from individuals in one location and electronically transmits secure data to healthcare providers in a different location for review and assessment. This allows healthcare professionals to make recommendations to optimise patient care without the patient having to be in the healthcare setting. With the implementation of RPM, pharmacists can use objective data obtained by remote ...

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Ceftazidime-avibactam: a novel cephalosporin/β-lactamase inhibitorSubscription

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Over the past decade, infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative organisms have increased. The limited availability in treatment options for these infections prompted both the UK to create a five-year antimicrobial resistance strategic plan to stimulate the development of new antibiotics, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America to call for ten new antimicrobial agents to be developed by 2020. Ceftazidime-avibactam is a combination of a third-generation ...

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Management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease: current and future treatmentsSubscription

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterised by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and affects patients’ quality of life. Treatment of IBD involves induction and maintenance of remission. Current available therapies include anti-inflammatory aminosalicylates and corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents, antibiotics and biologic agents. Some patients are not fully responsive to conventional treatment or lose efficacy over time. Recently approved ...

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Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy: insight from the Community Pharmacy Future modelSubscription

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In the face of funding and efficiency cuts to community pharmacy, the role of the sector is coming under increasing pressure. The importance of outcomes evidence (particularly health economic evidence) is being brought sharply into focus. The profession must come together to produce the evidence needed to justify the services provided by community pharmacy and to support its future development. This article uses the Community Pharmacy Future (CPF) project, and the services developed ...

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A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription

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Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in ...

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Research article

Molecular model of C-reactive protein

Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practiceSubscription

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of infection and inflammation. It is high in bacterial infections but very low or close to zero in viral infections. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England and Wales’s health technology assessment body, has issued guidance on pneumonia in adults; it recommends point-of-care (POC) CRP analysers when clinical assessment is inconclusive. If the CRP level is less than 20mg/L, no antibiotics ...

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