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Hepatitis C is a blood-borne single-stranded RNA flavivirus with six major genotypes, affecting an estimated 185 million people worldwide.

Latest advances in hepatitis C therapySubscription

The availability of new protease inhibitors is revolutionising the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection.

Regulators and pharmaceutical companies are monitoring social media posts for potential adverse drug reaction signals

Searching social networks to detect adverse reactions

Regulators and pharmaceutical companies are monitoring social media posts for potential adverse drug reaction signals.

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Light micrograph of liver sarcoidosis, a non-malignant immunological disorder characterised by non-caseating (non-necrotising) granulomas.

Identifying and managing sarcoidosisSubscription

Sarcoidosis is a complex immunological disorder that requires careful management and vigilant monitoring.

Light micrograph of kidney collecting ducts, which along with the distal convoluted tubule is the site of action for potassium-sparing diuretics

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The different mechanisms of action that classes of diuretic have means they can be used to treat a variety of conditions.

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Learning articles of the year: check your knowledge of subjects ranging from ebola to QT syndrome.

Highlights of CPD and learning in 2014Subscription

Try our clinical quiz, taken from this year’s learning articles, and check your knowledge of subjects ranging from Ebola to QT syndrome.

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The public's trust in pharmacy is a mixed pictureSubscription

When it comes to developing pharmacists’ clinical roles, the engagement of patients and the public may be the sticking point.

Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs for Children and Adolescents

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Writing a good covering letter for a pharmacy job can help you stand out from other applicants

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Writing a cover letter that helps you stand out from other applicants can be challenging. Pharmacy career consultant Amy Zydzienowski, from Vertica Career Consultants, explains how it is done.

Amira Guirguis, a researcher, is designing a model to improve on-site identification of new psychoactive substances of misuse

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Researcher Amira Guirguis is designing a model to improve on-site identification of new psychoactive substances of misuse. She explains why the work is vital to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent avoidable deaths.

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Attendees at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) conference in 2014. Employers urged to add Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) membership to pharmacy job descriptions.

Employers urged to add RPS membership to pharmacy job descriptionsSubscription

Group of London pharmacy employers says joining professional membership bodies can boost career development and improve patient care

Pharmacists are set to work alongside emergency department staff at up to 36 A&E units across England from March 2015 in a significant expansion of an NHS pilot programme

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Large expansion of NHS pilot project will see many more pharmacists working in emergency departments.

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Eculizumab — with £340,200 price tag — gets go ahead from NICESubscription

Eculizumab, dubbed “the world’s most expensive drug”, is being made available on the NHS in England following guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

European drug manufacturers have developed a communications framework which could help prevent medicines shortages

Drug manufacturers propose alert system to mitigate medicine shortagesSubscription

European drug manufacturers have developed a communications framework which they claim could help prevent medicines shortages or lessen their impact.

People aged over 65 who take some common over-the-counter or prescribed medicines for allergy, depression or an overactive bladder have an increased risk of developing dementia

Older patients taking anticholinergic drugs are at risk of dementiaSubscription

People aged over 65 years who take some common over-the-counter or prescribed medicines for allergy, depression or an overactive bladder have an increased risk of developing dementia.

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UK deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) have declined by 60% since the 1970s

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Population-wide approaches to risk-factor control have had a far greater impact on the reduction of deaths from coronary heart disease than use of primary prevention medication.

Recent small studies have raised concerns that use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients undergoing surgery may be associated with anastomotic leak at the surgical junction

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Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients undergoing surgery may be associated with anastomotic leak at the surgical junction, research confirms.

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A tattoo-based iontophoresis-sensor platform holds considerable promise for efficient diabetes management, say researchers

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A tattoo-based iontophoresis-sensor platform holds considerable promise for efficient diabetes management, say researchers.

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The Pharmaceutical Journal's top 5 comment pieces of 2014

Benedict Lam takes a look back on the most popular and talked about comment pieces of 2014

Most popular features of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Most popular features of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Using visual representations of data to tell a story is proving popular, with infographic features taking first, second and third place in the top five features of 2014.

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Top 10 learning articles of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Our response to the Ebola outbreak is a sign of how our learning content is changing to meet your needs.

Domperidone must be supplied on prescription, MHRA rules

Top 10 news stories of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Harriet Adcock provides a rundown of the top ten news stories of 2014.

Making foods more filling could help tackle obesity

Adding a chemical that helps to cause satedness after eating to food may help to reduce the amount that individuals eat and therefore reduce weight gain.

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An alternative buzzword for 'medicines optimisation'Subscription

‘Medicine optimisation’ may indeed be the new buzzword but it does not lend itself to the acronym. Neither does it suit the Plain English brigade because it is rather ponderous. I suggest something far snappier which should please all sides: “best use of medicines”. Allan G. Jones Rhuddlan, Rhyl

What is causing the delay to decriminalising dispensing errors?Subscription

Well hooray and alleluia! A ray of common sense pierces the clouds of officialdom. Now community pharmacists will not have to “dob themselves in” to the authorities until legal defences are put in place to counter the strict liability offence that arises when a dispensing error is made. I would like to claim my blog (The Pharmaceutical ...

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We do view our profession very pessimistically. It is almost assumed by all that the status quo will remain. As clinical services move to the community pharmacy setting and we begin to manage patients there, the demand for skilled prescribing pharmacists will increase.

Johnathan Laird Pharmacy workforce remains a dilemma