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Obesity and the cardiovascular system

Charting obesity Subscription

In the UK, the prevalence of obesity is continuing to grow, bringing with it a whole host of hidden diseases affecting a number of body systems — from cardiovascular to skeletal.   

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A crisis hidden in plain sight? Prescription opioid misuse in the UKSubscription

The United States is in the grip of an opioid misuse epidemic, with 142 opioid-related deaths every day. Could prescription painkiller misuse reach crisis levels in the UK too?

Legal and illegal drugs

Clinical management of drug misuse and dependence: an updateSubscription

July 2017 saw publication of the fourth edition of ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, also known as the Orange Book, which provides guidance that supports healthcare professionals in the field of dependence on illicit and licit medicines. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of this online-only update and what the changes mean for practice.

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Draft law to lift threat of prosecution for pharmacistsSubscription

Straightforward change to anachronistic law that criminalised honest errors has taken a decade.

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'No deal' Brexit would cause 'extensive problems' for the NHS, says Nuffield Trust

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would do serious damage to an already overstretched NHS, the Nuffield Trust has cautioned

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Legal and illegal drugs

Clinical management of drug misuse and dependence: an updateSubscription

July 2017 saw publication of the fourth edition of ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, also known as the Orange Book, which provides guidance that supports healthcare professionals in the field of dependence on illicit and licit medicines. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of this online-only update and what the changes mean for practice.

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Hepatitis C and the potential for care delivery in the community pharmacySubscription

Community pharmacists are uniquely placed to deliver hepatitis C virus testing and treatment, and could help efforts in reaching the World Health Organization target for elimination of the disease by 2030.

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Managing risk and protecting patient safety as an internal audit manager for GSK GlobalSubscription

The career opportunities for pharmacists in industry are extensive says Hannah Le. Keep an open mind and don’t limit yourself — you might discover the career you always wanted, but never knew existed.

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Tech pioneers: pharmacists in technology and software developmentSubscription

Technology enables better healthcare, so it comes as no surprise that many pharmacists are dedicating their careers to developing digital solutions to optimise patient health outcomes.

Sarah Cavanagh, acting director of East Anglia Regional Medicines Information Service for Ipswich Hospital

Providing medicines information to the massesSubscription

Sarah Cavanagh, acting director of East Anglia Regional Medicines Information Service for Ipswich Hospital, looks back on her career and her work with a Tropical Health and Education Trust programme supporting training of health workers and capacity building in Mozambique

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RPS member Iain Jack captains Ulster University Challenge team Subscription

Iain Jack, lecturer in clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice at Ulster University and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, is hoping to lead his team to victory in the current series of University Challenge.

RPS video features pharmacists at work to combat antimicrobial resistance Subscription

A new video from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society showcases the diversity of antimicrobial stewardship activities across the pharmacy sector.

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Opioid addiction concept

A crisis hidden in plain sight? Prescription opioid misuse in the UKSubscription

The United States is in the grip of an opioid misuse epidemic, with 142 opioid-related deaths every day. Could prescription painkiller misuse reach crisis levels in the UK too?

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The crucial role of pharmacists in mental health Subscription

Pharmacists’ role in mental health is wide ranging and spans different sectors and settings. However, pharmacists often lack confidence in this area. More hands-on experience early in a pharmacist’s training could help build confidence and raise awareness of the specialty as a possible career path.

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Special report

Antibiotic resistance: a fragile defence

Around 25,000 people die in the European Union each year from infections resistant to antibiotics. Third-generation cephalosporins are often useless against common bacteria like Escherichia coli, and fluoroquinolones are no longer the treatment of choice for gonorrhoea because resistance has become widespread. Find out more in The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report.

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Focus on foot health

People often overlook the importance of maintaining their feet, and how integral feet are the mobility and quality of life, until problems arise, pharmacists are well placed to advise these people.

The Pharmaceutical Journal has joined forces with UK health company RB and to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of identifying and appropriately managing a variety of foot conditions in community pharmacy.

Read the supplement on foot health

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Draft law to lift threat of prosecution for pharmacistsSubscription

Straightforward change to anachronistic law that criminalised honest errors has taken a decade.

Julie Hall (MBE) from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Boost in availability of oral cholera vaccines is a potential game changer in global fight against choleraSubscription

Julie Hall from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies discusses a new global health plan to cut cholera deaths by 90% and to eliminate the disease by 2030.

Road signs, direction

Off-label drug use: the need for clear national guidanceSubscription

In October, twelve NHS clinical commissioning groups across northeast England and Cumbria agreed a policy to offer patients in the region with wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration the choice of ‘off-label’ use of bevacizumab (Avastin) as preferred treatment, with potential savings of up to £13.5m over the next five years.

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Implementing online fax technology in the pharmacy

Pharmacies deal with a large volume of patient prescriptions via fax on a daily basis. In order to provide good service and compete with other pharmacies effectively, staff members must be able to process prescriptions quickly and accurately, as well as resolve queries in a timely manner. Unfortunately, this can be a significant issue due to outdated and bulky fax technology that is prone to malfunction, security risks, and unnecessary expenses.

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Obesity and the cardiovascular system

Charting obesity Subscription

In the UK, the prevalence of obesity is continuing to grow, bringing with it a whole host of hidden diseases affecting a number of body systems — from cardiovascular to skeletal.   

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Cities compete to host EMASubscription

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has assessed the bids of 19 cities that have applied to host its headquarters following the UK’s exit from the European Union in 2019. The final relocation decision will be made by the European Council on 20 November 2017.

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Bronchiectasis: diagnosis, treatment and managementSubscription

Bronchiectasis is a common chronic disease where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened. Patients present with recurrent cough, sputum production and are at risk of respiratory tract infections. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the latest management strategies.

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Pharmacogenomics: an overview

With the NHS working towards the integration of personalised medicine, in particular, aiming for whole-genome sequencing to be standard for specific conditions by 2020, it is important for pharmacists and healthcare professionals to be aware of the principles of pharmacogenomics and its evolving application into clinical practice.

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A vision for the future of community pharmacy

PhD candidate Evgenia Paloumpi explains how her research aims to help the community pharmacy sector thrive in an uncertain future.

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Enterobacter cloacae, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli on a petri dish

Superbug encounters of the resistant kindSubscription

Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives, a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum, explores potential solutions to the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

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Pharmacological treatment options for fibromyalgiaSubscription

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Fibromyalgia is a high-impact and prevalent condition. Its clinical features include widespread pain and tenderness — often associated with high levels of poor-quality sleep, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. The mechanism leading to fibromyalgia development is associated with a change in the sensitivity of the pain-related nervous system, as well as other sensory systems. In turn, emotional distress plays a facilitatory role in this process. Non-pharmacological management focuses ...

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Pharmacologic treatment options for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorderSubscription

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous neuropsychiatric condition that is often associated with severe behavioural challenges that can be as diverse in response to treatment as they are in presentation. While environmental, behavioural, communicative, therapeutic and supportive interventions are critical considerations for any individual with ASD, pharmacologic interventions are often helpful and can be necessary for improving level of functioning and quality ...

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Antimicrobial therapies for Gram-positive infectionsSubscription

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Gram-positive bacteria are among the most common human pathogens associated with clinical infections, which range from mild skin infections to sepsis. In an era defined by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and an increasing drive toward delivering patient care via ambulatory pathways, the paradigm for the management of infections is changing. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), the best known cases of ...

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An update on the management of chronic hepatitis B and C infectionSubscription

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Chronic hepatitis B and C infection are leading causes of liver-related morbidity and mortality worldwide. Current therapies for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection consisting of nucleos(t)ide analogues (NA) rarely lead to functional cure. With a better understanding of the HBV lifecycle, novel agents have been developed with the hope of achieving functional cure. The development of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy has led to ...

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Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy: insight from the Community Pharmacy Future modelSubscription

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In the face of funding and efficiency cuts to community pharmacy, the role of the sector is coming under increasing pressure. The importance of outcomes evidence (particularly health economic evidence) is being brought sharply into focus. The profession must come together to produce the evidence needed to justify the services provided by community pharmacy and to support its future development. This article uses the Community Pharmacy Future (CPF) project, and the services developed ...

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A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription

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Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in ...

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Research article

Molecular model of C-reactive protein

Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practiceSubscription

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of infection and inflammation. It is high in bacterial infections but very low or close to zero in viral infections. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England and Wales’s health technology assessment body, has issued guidance on pneumonia in adults; it recommends point-of-care (POC) CRP analysers when clinical assessment is inconclusive. If the CRP level is less than 20mg/L, no antibiotics ...

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