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Patients more likely to stick to generic statins rather than brand-name statins, says study

Patients more likely to stick to using generic rather than brand-name statins, US study suggestsSubscription

The use of generic statins generally led to better health outcomes for patients than those using brand-name drugs, a study showed – because the lower cost of the generic version usually meant better adherence. 


Still feeling the Vioxx painSubscription

Ten years after Vioxx was abruptly withdrawn from the market, its story is still affecting society’s perception of the drug regulatory system and the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Over-the-counter medicines

OTC medicines: a breakdownSubscription

Sales of over-the-counter medicines totalled £2.45bn in 2013, up by £52.3m compared with the previous year.

Yes and no signs on Scottish referendum stuck on a post in Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish independence: what are the implications for pharmacy?

Many aspects of pharmacy will be affected if Scotland becomes an independent country.

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Micrograph of dentine tubules, which when exposed results in hypersensitivity

Dentine hypersensitivity

The causes and treatments for a condition that affects six out of ten people at any time.

Traffic jam in the M25, UK

Driving after taking drugs and medicinesSubscription

Find out how new drug driving rules coming into force from March 2015 will affect your patients.

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How to deliver brief interventions for alcohol misuseSubscription

How to assess patients for alcohol use disorders and ensure they get the right level of advice and support.

Special report

FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

FIP International conference, Bangkok 2014

Just under 2,000 attendees gathered in Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (31 August-4 September). The theme of this year’s congress is “Access to medicines and pharmacists today, better outcomes tomorrow”.

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Mark Magas, principal lecturer of lifelong and interprofessional learning at the University of Cumbria

Training healthcare professionals from many disciplinesSubscription

Pharmacist Mark Magas lectures students from a wide range of healthcare professions, including paramedics, midwives and nurses.

Promoting excellence in pharmacy in ScotlandVideo

Hamish Wilson, the Vice Chair of Healthcare Improvement in Scotland, and Alpana Mair, the Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, discuss the future of the Prescription for Excellence programme in Scotland, how they plan to help pharmacists expand their clinical role and the possible impact of the Scottish referendum.

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On parade with Marmite

Marmite contains a high concentration of thiamine. Roger Poole explains why soldiers in World War I had to eat it — like it or not.

Smart phone camera could monitor glaucoma

A new sensor, implanted into the eye, may help glaucoma sufferers monitor their condition better

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Michel Buchmann, outgoing president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Profession must adapt in a fast-paced environmentSubscription

In order to meet the evolving needs of patients, the pharmaceutical profession needs to evolve too.

Pharmacy aisle with over the counter medicines

How to increase the accessibility of pharmacists when the pharmacy is openSubscription

There are ways to make community pharmacists more accessible to meet patient demand.

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The Pharmacy Show is the UK’s largest CPD training, education and sourcing event for community and hospital pharmacy. Now in its 8th year, it takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th October in Hall 19, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham (Postcode for Sat Nav; B40 1NT). With five FREE conference streams, social and networking events, and thousands of specialist pharmacy products and services from more than 400 premier suppliers, the Pharmacy Show is unmissable for pharmacy contractors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, counter staff and pharmacy buyers.

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Stop demonising a potentially useful product for smokers Subscription


Compulsory regulation of electronic cigarettes could spoil a safe substitute for smoking.

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Exploding geyser

Relieving pressure on GPsSubscription

GPs can lighten their workload by employing pharmacists while also gaining valuable clinical support.

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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.

Ludicrous to suggest removal of science from pharmacy degreesSubscription

I was disappointed to read the unhelpful and divisive report in The Pharmaceutical Journal (online, 9 September 2014) suggesting that I favour the removal of science from the undergraduate pharmacy programme. Nothing could be further from the truth. In response to a question at the RPS conference on how I would change the undergraduate pharmacy degree I was quoted ...


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.

X-ray of patient with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Genetics plays a role in drug-induced pancreatitisSubscription

New research identifies a genetic variant that confers increased susceptibility to drug-induced pancreatitis.

Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales

Striving to improve standardsSubscription


Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales, looks at what is being done across Wales to improve patient care in light of the ‘Trusted to care’ report.

New app to assist RPS membersSubscription

By Jeff Mills

A new app that allows pharmacists to record notes on the top 200 most-prescribed medicines has been launched by the RPS.


Speaking outSubscription


Former paediatrician David Drew lifts the lid on his time at the NHS.


Should pharmacies stock e-cigarettes?

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Reader's comment

It is my understanding that the EU determines the [pharmacy] course requirements so that there is reciprocity. Perhaps if Scotland leaves the EU then Scotland’s Chief Pharmacist Bill Scott could get his way [with removing the focus on science for pharmacy degrees] but pharmacists there might have limited career opportunities outside the country.

Howard McNulty Stop science focus for pharmacy degrees, chief pharmacist says