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Blood pressure devices giving inaccurate readings, study findsSubscription

Blood pressure devices designed for use at home can give inaccurate readings for as many as 15% of users.

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Penicillin allergy rates may be wildly overestimatedSubscription

A study finds 94% of participants wrongly believed they were allergic to penicillin.

Women with epilepsy should be made aware of the risks associated with their medication before becoming pregnant

Study measures impact of epilepsy drugs in uteroSubscription

Women with epilepsy should be warned upon diagnosis that some treatments for the condition may cause adverse effects on the neurodevelopment of unborn babies.

Identifying patients at risk of diabetes

Identifying patients at risk of diabetes

With 11.5 million people at risk in the UK, it is essential to recognise the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Cangliflozin and dapagliflozine are used to treat diabetes as each blocks the reabsorption of glucose in the proximal convoluted tubule of the kidneys

Canagliflozin and dapagliflozin interactions in diabetes treatmentSubscription

Find out which interactions are associated with the latest antidiabetic medicines.

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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.

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Pharmacy workforce remains a dilemmaSubscription

Reforms to pharmacy education and training will now proceed without a cap on student numbers, but there may well be unintended consequences.

Patrick LF Zuber, group leader for global vaccine safety at the World Health Organization, talks to John Zarocostas about vaccine safety, the Ebola vaccine and new vaccines in the pipeline.

Q&A: Ensuring vaccine safety is no easy taskSubscription

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Patrick LF Zuber, group leader for global vaccine safety at the World Health Organization, talks about vaccine safety, the Ebola vaccine and new vaccines in the pipeline.

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

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

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Which career pathway: community or hospital pharmacy?Subscription

Are you trying to decide between the hospital and community sectors? Gareth Malson explains what you can expect from both, including responsibilities, salaries and career progression.

The use of zero-hour contracts — especially in skilled professions such as the NHS — has long been controversial. On one hand, the NHS saves money by only paying people as and when they are needed to work, but, on the other hand, the employer has no guara

Working as staff bank members in hospitals offers pharmacists flexibility and variety Subscription

There are advantages and disadvantages for NHS employees who work only when they are needed. New legislation is set to protect them a little more.

James Kingland, president of the National Association of Primary Care, argues that questions should be asked about how local enhanced services money is being recirculated

Questions should be asked about how health commissioners recirculate funding to GPsSubscription

Income from local enhanced services that were historically delivered by GPs could and should be open to competition, not just recycled to general practice, according to the president of the National Association of Primary Care.

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.

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How pharmacists in Scotland can help combat antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

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Jacqueline Sneddon, project lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, and Annamarie McGregor, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, explain how pharmacists in Scotland can improve antimicrobial stewardship.

Why elderly care must be a priority for pharmacists in WalesSubscription

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Health minister calls for pharmacists to focus on polypharmacy and over-treatment in the elderly.

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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.

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Psychedelics: entering a new age of addiction therapy

Psilocybin, the compound that makes mushrooms magic, is showing promise as a treatment for several psychiatric illnesses.

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.

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Experimental drug holds promise for Ewing sarcoma patientsSubscription

Strategy for interfering with DNA repair offers potential treatment for Ewing sarcoma.

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Disappointing results for fish oil in atrial fibrillation trialSubscription

Study suggests high doses of fish oil supplements do not reduce atrial fibrillation, a common type of irregular heartbeat.

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New technique produces chirally pure moleculesSubscription

Researchers based in the US look at a new way to create chirally pure molecules to help discover drugs.

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Phantom pharmacist returns to scene of his error

Roger Poole tells the spooky story of the pharmacist who hanged himself after accidentally poisoning his apprentice.

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.

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E-cigarettes: proceed with cautionSubscription

I note that your online poll suggests support for the sale of e-cigarettes in pharmacies (2014;293:412). It is not clear who you polled but that is beside the point.

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 ...

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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