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David Reddy, Medicines for Malaria Venture’s chief executive officer

David Reddy: delivery of new anti-malaria drugs to developing countries is vital in fight against the diseaseSubscription

David Reddy, Medicines for Malaria Venture’s chief executive officer, discusses developments in the fight against the disease ahead of World Malaria Day on 25 April.

Melanoma therapy that targets PD-1 recommended for EU approvalSubscription

The European Medicines Agency has recommended granting a marketing authorisation for new melanoma treatment nivolumab.

Scientists have created a therapy that could outsmart cancer cells (pictured) that are immune to certain treatments, according to a recent study

New therapy to tackle treatment-resistant cancersSubscription

Scientists have developed a therapy that could outsmart cancer cells that have become immune to certain treatments, according to a study published in Cancer Cell.

Skin cancer drug fast tracked under early access scheme

Clinical Pharmacist’s monthly news round-up: the top 10 in the past monthSubscription

What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of must-read news from the past month.

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Joint replacement surgery (pictured) should be considered when a patient with OA suffers persistent debilitating symptoms despite treatment

Osteoarthritis: managementSubscription

A wide range of drug classes are used to treat osteoarthritis, although there is a lack of detailed guidance because of the variable nature of the condition.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis (in the image, X-ray of knee with OA). Typical OA features seen on X-ray include joint space narrowing, bone spurs, subchondral sclerosis and subchondral cysts

Osteoarthritis: pathophysiology and diagnosisSubscription

The diagnosis of the degenerative disorder osteoarthritis is based on clinical signs and risk factors.

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Incompatibility poses a constant risk when mixing medicines but it can be avoided by understanding the chemical reactions taking place. In the image, a group of IV drips in hospital

Mixing medicines: how to ensure patient safetySubscription

Incompatibility poses a constant risk when mixing medicines but it can be avoided by understanding the chemical reactions taking place.

Scarlet fever is an infectious disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus (GAS), pictured

Scarlet fever: acute management and infection controlSubscription

With England facing increased levels of scarlet fever for the second consecutive year, find out how to identify and treat this communicable disease.

Linaclotide, lubiprostone and prucalopride are some of the latest medicines for the management of constipation. In the image, barium enema x-ray of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Linaclotide, lubiprostone and prucalopride interactionsSubscription

How to avoid potential pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions with the latest medicines for managing constipation.

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As the May 2015 UK General Election approaches, party campaigns have swung into motion, manifestos launched, party lines drawn and political rhetoric ramped up. In the image, the houses of Parliament

General election promises should be based on evidenceSubscription

When it comes to developing policy, politicians should heed the best available evidence. Election promises should be no different.

The Pharmaceutical Journal approached the three main political parties to find out their views on health-related policy matters

UK political parties discuss healthcare and pharmacy issues ahead of general electionSubscription

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Ahead of the UK public going to the polls on 7 May in the 2015 general election, the three largest political parties in Westminster respond to questions on the big issues in healthcare and pharmacy.

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Displaying a poster at a conference is a good way to disseminate your research. This guide will explain how to create an effective poster and the pitfalls to avoid.

Preparing a research poster for a conferenceSubscription

Displaying a poster at a conference is a good way to disseminate your research. This guide will explain how to create an effective poster and the pitfalls to avoid. 

An internet pharmacy is a business worth considering. Here are advice, rules and regulations for setting one up

Advice, rules and regulations for setting up an internet pharmacySubscription

There are 496 distance-selling pharmacy websites currently registered in the UK. What do pharmacists who want to set up their own online pharmacy need to know? 

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Clinical trials and the rules that govern them are coming under pressure for an overhaul. In the image, a researcher checks storage of samples in freezer

Clinical trials and tribulationsSubscription

A shake-up of the way clinical trials are conducted is on the horizon, with the aim of improving access to medicines.

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Neuropathic pain (NP) is notoriously difficult to treat. Average daily pain scores were reduced significantly more with combination therapy than with either nortriptyline or morphine alone.

Combining nortriptyline with morphine may provide superior analgesia over monotherapiesSubscription

For patients with neuropathic pain, average daily pain scores were reduced significantly more with combination therapy than with either nortriptyline or morphine alone.

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Treatment with cannabidiol, an extract of marijuana, reduces seizure frequency for patients with certain epilepsy conditions, new research suggests. In the image, a cannabis plant

Marijuana liquid may play a medicinal role in epilepsySubscription

Treatment with cannabidiol reduces seizure frequency for patients with certain epilepsy conditions, research suggests.

Study reveals that 5.8% of primary-school children (10–11 years) and 12.3% of secondary school children (11–16 years) have used e-cigarettes. In the image, a young boy uses an e-cigarette

More than 1 in 10 secondary school children have used e-cigarettesSubscription

Study reveals that 5.8% of primary school children (10–11 years) and 12.3% of secondary school children (11–16 years) have used e-cigarettes.

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A new structural model for enamel

Researchers in Illinois have found that rodent enamel is similar in structure to human enamel. This model could help to improve current fluoride treatment and dental health in humans.

Yawning warning: why do we yawn?

Yawning is contagious, even between members of different species. But why is it that we need to yawn?

David Herold, Pharmacist who helped Lincoln's assassin

The pharmacist who helped Lincoln’s assassin

Pharmacist David Edgar Herold helped John Wilkes Booth to escape after he had assassinated Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865.

Self-perception and the perception of others

Everyone has a distorted view of their own body, according to recent research. Drinking alcohol, or believing you have drunk alcohol, can alter your self-perception further.

Canine and electronic noses and their medical applications

Research has shown that dogs can detect volatile compounds in human breath that indicate different types of cancer. Prototype ‘electronic noses’, such as the Na-Nose, can also detect cancer from patients’ exhaled breath.

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Step into the limelight – pharmacists to take the lead in advancing the management of acid reflux

So, step into the limelight!  In this article we review the current thinking in the management of heartburn and acid reflux in community pharmacies, and provide guidance and practical tools for the entire pharmacy team to support a customer-centric approach to care.

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Less than 1% of NHS 111 callers are directed to a pharmacy. In the image, an elderly woman dials NHS 111

Why doesn't NHS 111 refer patients to pharmacists?Subscription

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Less than 1% of NHS 111 callers are directed to speak to a pharmacist. Stephen Robinson asks why and looks at what can be done to increase referrals.

Applicants are about to undergo their final assessment as the RPS Faculty prepares to accept the first pharmacists with less than ten years’ experience

Tough, costly, rewarding: how 12 pharmacists found the RPS Faculty processSubscription

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As the RPS Faculty prepares to accept the first pharmacists with less than ten years’ experience, Stephen Robinson explores the views of those applicants about to undergo their final assessment.

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The RPS should say no to remote supervisionSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) must become robust in defending the current practice where community pharmacists are always present and available in the pharmacy to deliver hands-on pharmaceutical care. I am not against the introduction of technology, and telepharmacy etc have their place. However, the threats are real that, sometime in the future, it may be made possible by legislation for remote supervision to become the norm or that the the Medicines (Pharmacies) (Responsible ...

Consider patients’ biopsychosocial factorsSubscription

In your interview with deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Bruce Warner (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:420), you mention that: “A Cochrane review found that current methods to improve adherence to medicines are not effective and concluded that it is uncertain how adherence to medication can be consistently improved.”

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Special report

UK general election 2015

UK General Election 2015

The British public will decide the next UK government on 7 May in the 2015 general election. Unsurprisingly, healthcare and the NHS feature heavily in political party campaigns and manifestos. Here you can find our coverage of the elections, with a special focus on healthcare and pharmacy.

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I know of pharmacists who have left the profession due to a loss of confidence after making an error. As a profession we do not take this seriously enough.

Kay Dunkley How do you feel after you’ve made an error?