During conflicts, humanitarian bodies not only face the obvious security risks of reaching people in need, they also have to deal with the growing bureaucracy involved in getting medicines to them.
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How to treat the symptoms of the most common cause of non-traumatic disability in young adults.
Hypertension: pathophysiology and diagnosisSubscription
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the leading risk factor associated with death in the world but is largely asymptomatic and often undetected in patients.
Inhaled corticosteroids: managing side effectsSubscription
Inhaled corticosteroids are commonly prescribed but need careful management to minimise the risk of side effects.
Careful titration of the skeletal muscle relaxant tizanidine is required to avoid dose-related hypotension, and its serum levels can be increased by drugs that inhibit CYP1A2.
‘Stockley’s drug interactions 2015 pocket companion’, edited by Claire L Preston.
Resource to help you learn about self-careSubscription
‘Handbook of non-prescription drugs: an interactive approach to self-care 18th edition’, editor in chief Daniel L. Krinsky.
Supporting vulnerable patients with addictionSubscription
In her role as an advanced pharmacist in addictions, Elizabeth Marr supports patients who often face prejudice in society. Here, she describes the challenges she faces.
The pharmacy department at Watford General Hospital recently introduced longer weekend working hours. Operational manager Sue Schechter describes how they made the changes without causing too much disruption to the staff.
Former RPS president Ian Caldwell diesSubscription
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Ian Caldwell was RPS president in 1996–1997
Gaps in pharmaceutical care in hospitals at weekends can’t be filled with existing staffing and resources, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Scientists have identified an important pathway used by the Ebola virus to gain entry into cells that may lead to new therapeutic approaches.
The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in patients receiving antithrombotic therapy after myocardial infarction doubles the risk of further heart attacks, researchers find.
A drug candidate known as “eCD4-Ig” — a fusion of CD4-Ig with a small CCR5-mimetic sulfopeptide — has efficiently neutralised 100% of a diverse panel of HIV-1, HIV-2 and simian immunodeficiency virus isolates.
A study using data from the UK has observed a protective effect of statins against liver cancer, an effect previously seen in countries with high rates of the disease.
A literature review has found that pharmacists operate within a highly-regulated environment that creates the potential for moral distress to occur.
Pharmacy student Rutendo Muzambi describes her experience of working at a spinal injury centre in New Delhi, India
Removing objects from young children’s noses can be challenging. ‘Watch and wait’ and the ‘parent’s kiss’ are two techniques available.
Research suggests that patients undergoing surgery experience less anxiety and pain when they are distracted.
Small simple chain antibodies from sharks may be used to generate lead compounds in inflammatory disease and cancer.
Fourth-year pharmacy student Alisha Sodhi shares her advice for securing adhoc shadowing experiences and placements in hospitals
The way pharmacists work will not changeSubscription
I wish to comment on Brian Curwain’s letter on the government’s proposal to decriminalise dispensing errors (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:211). I am not convinced that the decriminalisation of dispensing ...
Prescription charge system doesn’t make senseSubscription
I was interested to read that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called for wholesale reform of the NHS prescription charge system (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:189). I was surprised to read that 36% of community pharmacists, GPs and nurses think that the current system is acceptable and appropriate.