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Boosting drugs manufacture in poor countries will improve health outcomes, UN investment forum toldSubscription

Increasing pharmaceutical production in poor countries — especially in sub-Saharan Africa — could improve access to affordable medicines, experts say. 

Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) shows high cure rates for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI),pictured, or infectious diarrhoea

Research confirms faecal microbiota transplantation is safe and effectiveSubscription

An age-old treatment has shown remarkable clinical cure rates for Clostridium difficile infection, achieving far better outcomes than antimicrobial therapy.

Effective treatments against multi drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are lagging, says latest World Health Organization (WHO) report

Effective treatments lagging behind for multidrug-resistant TB, says WHOSubscription

There are still major gaps in delivering effective treatments to patients suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a report finds.

Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment is based on combination chemotherapy

Lymphomas: current and future treatment options

The management of lymphomas involves a range of different chemotherapy schedules, with novel medicines emerging and offering better treatment options.

Coloured micrograph of lymphoma cancer cells in a lymph node

Lymphomas: pathogenesis, clinical features and diagnosis

Lymphomas are some of the most common cancers in the UK, with a wide variation in disease progression and prognosis between subtypes.

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.

Jane Coleborn

What are the barriers to closing the gender gap in senior roles in pharmacy?Subscription


More research needs to be done to examine why women are under-represented in senior roles in the profession.

The big fat surprise: why butter, meat and cheese belong in a healthy diet, by Nina Teicholz

Fat: friend or foe?Subscription


Why saturated fat could actually be good for you.

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

Test your knowledge of pharmacokinetics Subscription


Putting your skills in pharmacokinetic equations to the test.

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MOOC's infographic on geographic distribution of students and courses offered

MOOCing a change — using online courses to enhance your learning and reach a wider audienceSubscription

Massive open online courses present learners with a new way to access information and interact with other participants. Setting one up can help you reach a diverse global audience.

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.

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.

Local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) should merge to win bids for services from commissioning bodies

Local pharmaceutical committees should consider mergingSubscription

Local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) should consider merging to improve their chances of winning bids for services from commissioning bodies.

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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

Supporting women in healthcare leadership rolesSubscription


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

Mair Davies

Strengthening participation in Welsh local practice forumsSubscription


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.

Read the special report

NHS Benchmarking Network aims to benchmark pharmacy-related productivity in the NHS

Measuring productivity does not always reflect performance Subscription

A project that aims to benchmark pharmacy-related productivity in the NHS raises concerns for pharmacists.

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?

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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.


Pharmacy is striding forwards

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

Other blogs

E-cigarettes in pharmaciesSubscription

I attended this year’s Pharmacy Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 5–6 October 2014 and saw a large number of exhibitors flogging their e-cigarette products to attendees, many of whom are pharmacists. How can pharmacists encourage patients to give up smoking while at the same time promote the sale of e-cigarettes? My local Boots pharmacy has a display stand of e-cigarettes right next to the dispensary and ...

Integrating science into practiceSubscription

I agree with other correspondents that science is integral to pharmacy practice but we also need to balance our application-to-practice credentials with our scientific background.

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Reader's comment

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