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Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill

Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pillSubscription

The first combined oral contraceptive pill was licensed for ‘menstrual irregularities’ in 1957, and contraception three years later. Since then, millions of women have taken ‘the pill’.

Group photo of the Medicines Management Team (MMT) at Bay Medical Group, Lancashire

The medicines management team: a sustainable approach to pharmacist and GP collaborationSubscription

Steve Hemsley explains how pharmacists in Bay Medical Group’s Medicines Management Team have become instrumental in easing the burden of GP shortages in Lancashire.

Research on antimicrobial resistance

AMR and diagnostics: pointing the way to better infection controlSubscription

Antimicrobial resistance — the ability of previously sensitive microorganisms to resist the effects of an antimicrobial agent — is a growing problem. The World Health Organization has warned that we could be moving into a post-antibiotic era where even minor injuries could lead to life-threatening infections, consequently putting an end to complex surgery and returning us to an era where childbirth is high-risk.

Parkinson's disease concept illustration

Back to basics: striving to stall Parkinson’s disease progressionSubscription

First described 200 years ago, Parkinson’s disease remains without a cure. After many failed clinical trials, researchers are getting back to basics to try to gain a better understanding of the challenges, and a new generation of treatment ideas are now in clinical trials, some of which aim to stall progression of the disease.

Your new resource for eye health

The dedicated learning hub on managing eye conditions in pharmacy is brought to you in partnership with RB, the makers of Optrex.

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Independent review outlines how UK can retain success in life sciences

An independent review of the life sciences industry in the UK has highlighted how the UK can exploit its existing strength to increase the pace of economic growth in the sector.

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3d anatomy of the eye

Chronic open-angle glaucoma: case study

Understand how to advise on chronic-open angle glaucoma, a condition in which intraocular pressure can permanently damage the optic nerve and nerve fibre, leading to blindness if left untreated.

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Evidence-based understanding of dry eye disease in pharmacy: overview of the TFOS DEWS II report

July 2017 saw publication of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society International Dry Eye Workshop report, an update to the 2007 report that became the reference for clinicians, researchers and industry on dry eye. Pharmacy is a frequent point of contact for patients with a dry eye condition. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should therefore be aware of its changing definiton, causes, diagnosis and management.

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Group photo of the Medicines Management Team (MMT) at Bay Medical Group, Lancashire

The medicines management team: a sustainable approach to pharmacist and GP collaborationSubscription

Steve Hemsley explains how pharmacists in Bay Medical Group’s Medicines Management Team have become instrumental in easing the burden of GP shortages in Lancashire.

Amit Dhand, best selling crime author and pharmacist

Fact or fiction? My career as a pharmacist and best-selling authorSubscription

The world of pharmacy has changed so much in recent years, but is still misunderstood by the media, says Amit Dhand.

Rocco Hadland, heart failure specialist pharmacist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

My journey from analytical chemist to heart failure specialist pharmacist

Helping patients to make sense of a serious and complex long-term condition is the most interesting part of my role, says Rocco Hadland.

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William Charman (top left), Stewart Adams (bottom left), David Taylor (top right) and Sam Salek (bottom right)

Four new RPS Honorary Fellowships awardedSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has awarded four new Honorary Fellowships.

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Veterinary Pharmacy Association launchedSubscription

A new association dedicated to veterinary pharmacy has been launched.

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Research on antimicrobial resistance

AMR and diagnostics: pointing the way to better infection controlSubscription

Antimicrobial resistance — the ability of previously sensitive microorganisms to resist the effects of an antimicrobial agent — is a growing problem. The World Health Organization has warned that we could be moving into a post-antibiotic era where even minor injuries could lead to life-threatening infections, consequently putting an end to complex surgery and returning us to an era where childbirth is high-risk.

Parkinson's disease concept illustration

Back to basics: striving to stall Parkinson’s disease progressionSubscription

First described 200 years ago, Parkinson’s disease remains without a cure. After many failed clinical trials, researchers are getting back to basics to try to gain a better understanding of the challenges, and a new generation of treatment ideas are now in clinical trials, some of which aim to stall progression of the disease.

Images showing forms of drug delivery: nanoparticles, microchip technology, micro needle patcher and ultrasound-guided delivery

Making drugs work better: four new drug delivery methodsSubscription

New drug delivery methods have started to emerge that aim to improve efficacy, cost-effectiveness and adherence as well as reduce side effects.

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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

Special report

RPS annual conference 2017

The 2017 RPS Annual Conference (3–4 September 2017 at the The Vox, Birmingham) focuses on the reality of healthcare change; health challenges of our time; career development and progression; and learning.

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Special report

Improving sexual health

11–17 September 2017 marks the FPA's Sexual Health Week, which aims to inform the public on sexual health issues, influence service providers and support health professionals. Stay up to date with the latest in sexually transmitted infections and contraception with The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report.

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Man on chair measures tangled mess

Science reproducibility crisis: better measurement is required to tackle global health challengesSubscription

Measurement underpins UK trade and regulation, and helps us support innovation and government policy.

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Type 2 diabetes in children and young people: extending our reach to prevent disease in those most at riskSubscription

Prevention of type 2 diabetes in high-risk groups will avoid catastrophic comorbid consequences. It is essential to use our resources more effectively to identify and help children and young people who are most in danger.

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Air pollution: why we need to act now for public healthSubscription

The evidence that air pollution is contributing to the ill health of the population continues to grow. Action must be taken now, writes Lois Holliday.

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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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Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill

Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pillSubscription

The first combined oral contraceptive pill was licensed for ‘menstrual irregularities’ in 1957, and contraception three years later. Since then, millions of women have taken ‘the pill’.

Infographic showing common foot conditions

Identifying common foot conditions

Patients visit their pharmacy to seek advice on a variety of conditions affecting their feet. This visual guide for pharmacists and their teams illustrates some common foot conditions, and describes their key features, causes and treatment. Produced in partnership with RB.

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Managing diabetes in women during preconception and pregnancySubscription

Diabetes in pregnancy is associated with risks to the woman and to the developing foetus. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be able to support and educate women who are planning pregnancy and those who are already pregnant to manage their diabetes.

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In hindsight: reflections on the GPhC preregistration assessment

Newly registered pharmacist Sean Quay reflects on his experience of this year’s General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) preregistration assessment.

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Applying pharmacokinetics to clinical practiceSubscription

Clinical pharmacokinetics, 6th edition, edited by John E Murphy

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Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria

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 ...

Transmission Electron Micrograph view (TEM) of Hepatitis B virus

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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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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