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Charles Gore, chief executive of The Hepatitis C Trust

The Hepatitis C Trust considers legal action over cap on NHS patients allowed to seek treatmentSubscription

NHS England is limiting treatment with new drugs for hepatitis C to 10,000 of the most in-need patients, prompting The Hepatitis C Trust to consider seeking a judicial review of the decision.

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UN chief lauds Pfizer’s decision to ban use of its drugs in executions Subscription

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights has praised pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s decision to ban the sale and distribution of its drugs to prisons for use in executions by lethal injection.

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One in four would visit GP if their local pharmacy closedSubscription

More than one in four people who would normally seek advice from their community pharmacy would go to their GP instead if the pharmacy was closed, according to the results of a survey released by Pharmacy Voice.

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Bernadette Brown, independent prescriber and pharmacy owner, with her daughters at the 2016 Scottish Pharmacist Awards

What makes my community pharmacy specialSubscription

Being a community pharmacy owner and an independent prescriber enables professional autonomy for pharmacists, writes Bernadette Brown.

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Communication during transfer of care of older peopleSubscription

Guidance, strategies and communication tools to support transfer of care of frail older people

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The PSNC needs to be more transparent with other pharmacy playersSubscription

By not consulting with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacy Voice on its counterproposals to the government’s funding cuts, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has dissipated the pharmacy sector’s united front against the plans.

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Tracing the development of surgery from ancient timesSubscription

This book provides a fascinating depiction of techniques used in surgical procedures throughout the ages.

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Blocking the immune system in rheumatoid arthritisSubscription

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the body. It afflicts about 1% of people in the UK and is now treated with a variety of biologic drugs that dampen the immune system in different ways

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Thirteen candidates for the pharmacy board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

What should the RPS do to ensure the professional autonomy of its members isn’t adversely affected by the working conditions imposed by employers?Subscription

Candidates explain what they think the Royal Pharmaceutical Society should do to ensure the professional autonomy of its members isn’t adversely affected by the working conditions imposed by employers.

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Mental Health Awareness

Among people under the age of 65 years, nearly half of all ill health relates to mental illness but only a quarter of all those with mental illnesses such as depression are in treatment. Here, you can find news stories and articles on topics ranging from antidepressant use during breastfeeding to the use of antipsychotics in care homes.

Image: Self Portrait 15, painted 27th June 1991 from The Self Portrait Series by Bryan Charnley. © James Charnley and SANE (www.BryanCharnley.info). Described by the artist as: "An extremely complicated picture as I feel I am closing in on the essential image of my schizophrenia."

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Making the case for drug consumption roomsSubscription

For the past 15 years, drug users living in Sydney, Australia, have had access to a safe place to inject their drugs, supervised by trained medical staff. Is it time for other cities to follow suit?

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The Pharmaceutical Journal's panel discussion: Medicines, innovation and the value of medicine

The Pharmaceutical Journal's panel discussion: Medicines, innovation and the value of medicineSubscription

Key opinion leaders were brought together to debate the controversial topic of highly priced medicines at The Pharmaceutical Journal’s panel discussion on 14 September 2015 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference in Birmingham.

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E-cigarettes in smoking cessation: a harm reduction perspectiveSubscription

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Abstract Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are novel devices that simulate aspects of cigarette smoking and deliver nicotine to users. Evidence for their efficacy in smoking cessation, based on several randomised controlled trials of older devices, suggests a modest effect. They appear to be far less harmful than tobacco smoking, but the health effects of long-term use are unknown. Possible adverse population effects of widespread e-cigarette use, such as ...

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Non-statin drugs for the management of dyslipidaemia in adultsSubscription

The role of non-statin drugs, including ezetimibe, fibrates, bile acid binders, nicotinic acid derivatives, omega-3 fatty acid supplements and PCSK9 inhibitors, for the management of dyslipidaemia in adults.

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Statins: general safety profile and association with myopathySubscription

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Abstract Statin therapy has demonstrated remarkable efficacy in reducing mortalities associated with cardiovascular diseases through preventing myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke. Despite the proven benefits of statins in this context, there are growing concerns among patients and physicians on the safety of short-term and long-term use and their adverse effects, especially muscle toxicity, resulting in non-adherence and withdrawal of the treatment. ...

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British National Formulary, 71st edition

Up-to-date, practical guidance on prescribing, dispensing, administering medicines and current best practice relating to the uses of medicines, as well as legal and professional guidelines.

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