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Scarlet fever is an infectious disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus (GAS), pictured

Scarlet fever: acute management and infection controlSubscription

With England facing increased levels of scarlet fever for the second consecutive year, find out how to identify and treat this communicable disease.

A new drug inhibits an enzyme called proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 or PCSK9, which could help lower cholesterol and reduce heart attacks. In the image, a light micrograph of cholesterol crystals

PCSK9 inhibitors: the next cholesterol-lowering blockbusters?

Statins have been a mainstay of heart attack and stroke prevention for the past 20 years, but the race is on to bring a new drug to market that targets an enzyme called PCSK9.

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Coloured 3D computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen of a patient with impacted bowels, which could occur in patients with untreated constipation

Constipation: managing the condition in adultsSubscription

How to assess patients with constipation and select the right treatment to minimise the risk of complications.

Dialysis involves passing the patient’s blood against a semi-permeable membrane. The main options are haemodialysis (HD) pictured, using a dialysis machine and peritoneal dialysis (PD), which uses the patient’s peritoneum

Dialysis: principles and treatment optionsSubscription

How to choose between haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis when starting renal replacement therapy.

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Incompatibility poses a constant risk when mixing medicines but it can be avoided by understanding the chemical reactions taking place. In the image, a group of IV drips in hospital

Mixing medicines: how to ensure patient safetySubscription

Incompatibility poses a constant risk when mixing medicines but it can be avoided by understanding the chemical reactions taking place.

Linaclotide, lubiprostone and prucalopride are some of the latest medicines for the management of constipation. In the image, barium enema x-ray of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Linaclotide, lubiprostone and prucalopride interactionsSubscription

How to avoid potential pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions with the latest medicines for managing constipation.

In the image, a colour x-ray of a coronary artery with Kawasaki disease, a type of vasculitis. Vasculitis is a collection of rare diseases characterised by the inflammation of blood vessel walls.

Managing ANCA-associated vasculitisSubscription

Treatment of vasculitis associated with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies requires immunosuppressive therapies and close monitoring of the patient to manage toxicity.

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'Doctored: the disillusionment of an American physician’, by Sandeep Jauhar

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‘Doctored: the disillusionment of an American physician’ by Sandeep Jauhar.

Over 100,000 people in the UK who could benefit from palliative care do not receive it, according to a report by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Image of a nurse holding the head of a dying patient

Better information is needed to improve palliative care servicesSubscription

Gaps in access to palliative care services mean that many patients with life-limiting illnesses miss out on support they need, but there is much to learn about people’s experiences at the end of life.

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David Gibson, a hospital pharmacist prescriber explains how to overcome barriers to pharmacist prescribing

Supporting pharmacist prescribers in the UKSubscription

Pharmacist prescribers in the North East of England were asked to explain what they used their qualification for and what problems they face. David Gibson describes what the survey showed.

Fitness to practise can be impaired for a number of reasons including misconduct, lack of competence, ill health and conviction of a criminal offence. Here is an outline of the fitness-to-practise process

The UK fitness-to-practise process: from complaint to appealSubscription

If a complaint is brought against a pharmacist in the UK, what can he or she expect from the fitness-to-practise process? Ailsa Colquhoun explains.

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Applicants are about to undergo their final assessment as the RPS Faculty prepares to accept the first pharmacists with less than ten years’ experience

Tough, costly, rewarding: how 12 pharmacists found the RPS Faculty processSubscription

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As the RPS Faculty prepares to accept the first pharmacists with less than ten years’ experience, Stephen Robinson explores the views of those applicants about to undergo their final assessment.

Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member

Pre-registration training: is ‘good enough’ good enough?Subscription

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Following reports of dissatisfaction with pre-registration training, Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member, and Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy, ask whether the programme is fit for purpose.

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WHO calls for drug development incentives for neglected diseasesSubscription

Incentives are needed to encourage the development of new medicines to tackle diseases that disproportionately affect the poor, says the World Health Organization.

A potent type of antibody therapy has been trialled in HIV patients, showing a ‘profound effect’ on the levels of virus detected in patients blood. In the image, a nurse administers pre med to HIV positive patient

Broadly neutralising antibody shows some success in treating patients with HIVSubscription

A potent type of antibody therapy trialled in HIV patients for the first time has been shown to reduce the amount of virus in patients’ blood.

Safeguarding patients against the risk of bleeding and the management of polypharmacy are vital roles for pharmacists when dealing with patients taking new oral anticoagulants (NOACs), according to speakers at the annual congress of the EAHP in Hamburg

Managing the risk of bleeding with new oral anticoagulantsSubscription

Safeguarding patients against the risk of bleeding is a vital role for pharmacists when dealing with patients taking new oral anticoagulants.

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Study reveals that 5.8% of primary-school children (10–11 years) and 12.3% of secondary school children (11–16 years) have used e-cigarettes. In the image, a young boy uses an e-cigarette

More than 1 in 10 secondary school children have used e-cigarettesSubscription

Study reveals that 5.8% of primary-school children (10–11 years) and 12.3% of secondary school children (11–16 years) have used e-cigarettes.

Imatinib mimics physiological response to produce antimicrobial effectsSubscription

The anti-cancer agent imatinib at very low doses mimics a physiological innate response to infection in the bone marrow, research shows.

A major research venture has yielded two antibiotic regimens that can be administered in low-income and middle-income countries. In the image, a mother and child from Dhaki, Bangladesh

Alternative antibiotic regimens effective for resource-poor settingsSubscription

A major research venture has yielded two antibiotic regimens for treating severe infections that can be administered in the outpatient setting.

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David Herold, Pharmacist who helped Lincoln's assassin

The pharmacist who helped Lincoln’s assassin

Pharmacist David Edgar Herold helped John Wilkes Booth to escape after he had assassinated Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865.

Self-perception and the perception of others

Everyone has a distorted view of their own body, according to recent research. Drinking alcohol, or believing you have drunk alcohol, can alter your self-perception further.

Canine and electronic noses and their medical applications

Research has shown that dogs can detect volatile compounds in human breath that indicate different types of cancer. Prototype ‘electronic noses’, such as the Na-Nose, can also detect cancer from patients’ exhaled breath.

The importance of original scientific research for pharmacy students

The research project, undertaken by pharmacy students in their final year, helps individuals to learn fundamental skills for their future careers, argue Joanne Hainsworth and Patrick To.

A pharmacist's journey through the Ebola epidemic

Pharmacist Claire Liew is currently volunteering at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. She explains how the disease has affected everyday life.

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Step into the limelight – pharmacists to take the lead in advancing the management of acid reflux

So, step into the limelight!  In this article we review the current thinking in the management of heartburn and acid reflux in community pharmacies, and provide guidance and practical tools for the entire pharmacy team to support a customer-centric approach to care.

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Unnecessary visits to A&E will continue to occurSubscription

I wish to comment on Adam Pattison Rathbone’s blog ‘Could pharmacists be part of the A&E problem?’ (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:385).

A collaborative approach will make pharmacy strongerSubscription

I welcome and support the recent announcement that the Independent Pharmacy Federation (IPF) and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) are to merge to create a single representative and support organisation under the NPA banner. This has long been an ambition and it is good news for the sector. This will provide a single voice for the owners of independent pharmacies (in England through the channel of Pharmacy Voice) and will ensure that there is a much needed clarity of purpose and ...

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I know of pharmacists who have left the profession due to a loss of confidence after making an error. As a profession we do not take this seriously enough.

Kay Dunkley How do you feel after you’ve made an error?