Proposals to ‘decriminalise’ dispensing errors may not prevent prosecution for inadvertent mistakesSubscription
New proposals seek to end the threat of prosecution for inadvertent dispensing errors but there are concerns that pharmacists will not be fully protected when they make an honest mistake.
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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Iron deficiency anaemia: basic managementSubscription
Test your knowledge with this case study on a common condition with non-specific symptoms.
How to treat the symptoms of the most common cause of non-traumatic disability in young adults.
How to start patients on these common injected anticoagulants and optimise treatment.
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.
Pharmacists with their eye on a good or excellent rating from the pharmacy inspector may benefit from a refit, finds Ailsa Colquhoun.
Pharmacists in Leeds have created a new pre-registration placement, where trainees split their time between a clinical commissioning group (CCG) and a hospital. Sue Alldred, care homes pharmacist at Leeds South and East CCG, describes the process.
New online forum will act as a platform to share advice and promote female leadership in pharmacy.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has won a PR award for its campaign to promote pharmacists’ role in urgent care this winter.
Narcotics monitoring board reports 66% increase in global consumption of methylphenidateSubscription
The global consumption of methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant primarily used for the treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, has increased by 66%, a report finds.
The European Medicines Agency has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for ceritinib (Zykadia) for ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer in adults with advanced disease.
Scientists have turned to crowdfunding to support an imaging study showing the effects of LSD on the brain, the first to be conducted in the UK.
The number of smokers who have quit smoking through the NHS Stop Smoking Service is projected to halve in England in 2014–2015, according to a report.
Information about a patient’s medicines should be shared by health and social care staff when that person moves from one care setting to another, urges new guidance.
A study shows that TB bacteria release a section of DNA, a virus-mimicking molecule called c-di-AMP, and its behaviour offers drug and vaccine possibilities.
Patients with high and intermediate genetic risk for coronary heart disease benefit more from statin therapy than patients at low genetic risk, researchers have shown.
Scientists have identified a potent modulator of voltage-gated sodium (NaV) channels from spider venom, which could hold promise as a new analgesic.
A new exhibition, ‘Forensics: the anatomy of crime’, at the Wellcome Collection, London, aims to examine the forensic procedure from the crime scene to the courtroom. Emma Page takes a look.
In a skit at Sigma conference in Aamby Valley City, John Zucker and Ash Pandya discussed how to make changes to your pharmacy. Emma Page describes their advice.
The annual Sigma conference, this year held in Aamby Valley City, India, provided an opportunity for pharmacists to discuss how to improve their pharmacies for the benefit of their patients and their businesses.
Pharmacy student Rutendo Muzambi describes her experience of working at a spinal injury centre in New Delhi, India
Lack of time is not an excuse for not being empathetic towards patients.
I wish to comment on Ingrid Torjesen’s interesting news story on tackling ongoing drug shortages (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:234). Manufacturers ...
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 ...