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Ten-year study by Takeda calls into question pioglitazone’s link with bladder cancer

Use of the diabetes drug pioglitazone is not associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, the drug’s manufacturer Takeda has claimed.

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Protein aggregation: formulating a problemSubscription

A better understanding of the interactions between therapeutic proteins and silicone oils, air bubbles and other particles inside prefilled syringes is prompting new approaches to formulation and syringe design.

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Organ-on-chip technology to revolutionise drug developmentSubscription

Pioneering work creating organ models aims to predict the human response to a protein in order to assess whether it is a suitable drug target.

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Pharmacists serve on the front line and back at homeSubscription

Pharmacists were among the men and women who served in the First World War, through enlisting in the army, serving on the home front, or maintaining pharmaceutical services.

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Reporting concerns and whistleblowingSubscription

How to raise concerns and develop a positive whistleblowing culture to safeguard your patients.

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New priorities for palliative careSubscription

Palliative care

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Atrial fibrillation guideline updatesSubscription

How the latest clinical guidelines change the management of a cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1% of adults in the UK.

Elizabeth Scahill, teacher-practitioner at Medway School of Pharmacy

Showcasing life as a community pharmacistSubscription

Teacher-practitioner Elizabeth Scahill divides her time between lecturing university students and training pharmacy staff.

Special report: The Ebola outbreak

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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. As of 26 August 2014, there were 3,069 cases and 1,552 deaths.

No vaccine currently exists to prevent infection, and the majority of people who succumb to disease will die. Local healthcare workers and international organisations are struggling to contain the disease while pharmaceutical companies scramble to push experimental vaccines through clinical testing. ideas and perhaps provide a more positive view of community pharmacy.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a Public Health Event of International Concern (PHEIC) and warns that up to 20,000 people could be affected in the next nine months. Visit the special report

No more Mr NICE guy… can we continue to afford new cancer medicines?

Consultant cancer pharmacist Steve Williamson speculates on the future of funding to cancer drugs following the announcement of changes to the Cancer Drug Fund

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Fictional pharmaceuticals

Steve Bremer provides a summary of fictional drugs created for television series, books and films.

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Carbapenems have stood the test of time so far but resistance is emergingSubscription

Jenny Bryan takes a look at the discovery of carbapenem antibiotics and their role as the last line of defence against drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria.

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Pharmacy can help fight against EbolaSubscription


As West African countries struggle to manage the current Ebola outbreak, more needs to be done internationally to improve the capabilities of the local pharmacy workforce.

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Joep Lange

A pioneer in AIDS research from the very startSubscription


Dutch researcher Joep Lange dedicated his career to groundbreaking HIV and AIDS research and was passionate about improving access to antiretroviral therapy in developing countries.

Software issues lead to loss for pharmacySubscription

I came across the following dispensed prescriptions the other day while doing a locum shift. They were both essentially computer system problems, but I found them concerning nonetheless.

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Mixed results for heavy metal emissions from e-cigarettesSubscription

Emission of two toxic heavy metals – chromium and nickel – is significantly higher with e-cigarettes than with normal cigarettes, research shows.

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John Cromarty, chairman, Scottish Pharmacy Board

The RPS is heading in the right directionSubscription


Scottish Pharmacy Board chairman John Cromarty takes stock of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and finds significant progress has been made.

Helen Gordon

Providing standards and resources — and paying tribute Subscription


RPS chief executive Helen Gordon looks at initiatives to provide the professional leadership pharmacists seek.


A weight off your shouldersSubscription


Why being overweight does not necessarily mean being unhealthy


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