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Long-term use of opioids as pain relief in chronic non-cancer conditions can have serious side effects and may be fatal, study by American Academy of Neurology suggests

US neurologists warn against long-term opioid use for non-cancer painSubscription

Half of patients taking opioids for at least three months are still taking them five years later, with long-term use associated with serious risk of overdose or addiction.

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Ten years after Vioxx was abruptly withdrawn from the market, its story is still affecting society’s perception of the drug regulatory system and the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Over-the-counter medicines

OTC medicines: a breakdownSubscription

Sales of over-the-counter medicines totalled £2.45bn in 2013, up by £52.3m compared with the previous year.

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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.

Man in corner with borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder: diagnosis, clinical features and pathophysiologySubscription

People with borderline personality disorder often have difficulties in maintaining social relationships and they have a high risk of suicide.

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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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Mark Magas, principal lecturer of lifelong and interprofessional learning at the University of Cumbria

Training healthcare professionals from many disciplinesSubscription

Pharmacist Mark Magas lectures students from a wide range of healthcare professions, including paramedics, midwives and nurses.

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 registration assessment: articles and tips

In need of some last-minute advice for your registration assessment? Look no further…

Threats and the cult of vaping

Insulting and threatening people who do not agree with your views is not the way to be heard, writes Chris Chapman

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Developing international policy for interprofessional experiential education

Learning from patients and other health professionsSubscription

Students can learn important skills from interprofessional experiential education.

Toyin Tofade, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy Baltimore, launched the FIP Education Initiative (FIPEd) Global Report

A global view of continuing professional developmentSubscription

There is significant variability between continuing professional development frameworks across the world and these will continue to change and evolve.

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Hands of an elderly woman

Why stopping inappropriate medicines in elderly patients is so importantSubscription

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Pharmacists need to be bolder when it comes to recommending that unnecessary medicines be stopped in elderly patients.

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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.

Science is the backbone of the pharmacy professionSubscription

The Pharmacy Schools Council (PhSC) was disappointed to see reports in The Pharmaceutical Journal (9 September 2014) of Bill Scott’s comments at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference, which asserted a need to remove the science in the MPharm to focus on healthcare. The PhSC represents 27 schools of pharmacy ...

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects an estimated 2–5% of school-age children and young people

Only a quarter of children on ADHD drugs given psychotherapy in the United StatesSubscription

New research suggests that few children in the United States taking ADHD medication are also receiving psychotherapy.

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

Assessing health advice Subscription


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


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It is my understanding that the EU determines the [pharmacy] course requirements so that there is reciprocity. Perhaps if Scotland leaves the EU then Scotland’s Chief Pharmacist Bill Scott could get his way [with removing the focus on science for pharmacy degrees] but pharmacists there might have limited career opportunities outside the country.

Howard McNulty Stop science focus for pharmacy degrees, chief pharmacist says