The NHS wastes at least £1bn – and possibly as much as £2.5bn – on preventable errors, many of which are related to improper use of medication, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Health.
The maximum price pharmaceutical companies can charge the NHS for branded medicines could be reduced by 25% under proposals by the Department of Health.
Scientists have developed a “photoswitchable” version of the diabetes drug glimepiride that is activated through exposure to blue light, allowing insulin release by pancreatic cells to be optically controlled.
Life-threatening complications following cardiac surgery are common, but can be managed with appropriate treatment.
Long QT syndromeSubscription
How to interpret ECG readings in long QT syndrome and minimise patients’ risk of heart symptoms caused by this cardiac arrhythmia.
Adverse drug reactions account for most cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a severe skin condition with a high mortality rate.
New contract between the NHS and community pharmacists in England should hasten change in the criminalisation of dispensing errors.
Politicians in Wales should back a new vision for pharmacy that makes pharmaceutical care a priority.
The Directive on counterfeit medicines will be complicated to implement and comply with, but it is in everyone’s interest to start thinking about the issues now and get it right first time.
Superintendent pharmacist Omar El-Gohary enjoys the challenge of combining medicines, business and technology expertise in his role at online pharmacy Chemist Direct.
Disagreements often occur in hig- pressure pharmacy workplaces. However, when issues become more serious, higher management and external organisations may need to become involved.
Should pharmacies sell electronic cigarettes?Subscription
As the UK sees the massive growth of vapers, the e-cigarette industry and pharmacy leaders debate the merits of selling e-cigarettes in pharmacies at the Pharmacy Show.
Local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) should consider merging to improve their chances of winning bids for services from commissioning bodies.
Nadia Bukhari, chairwoman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society pre-registration panel, and panel member Oksana Pyzik, both from UCL School of Pharmacy, describe the support that trainees can access through RPS events.
RPS president Ash Soni reflects on major issues raised during the ‘pharmacy conference season’ in September.
The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease is by far the biggest on record in terms of numbers of people affected and geographical spread. It is also the first time the disease has spread through a large urban environment. Since it began in Guinea in December 2013, it has spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Researchers are investigating a number of ways to combat the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, including using existing drugs.
Creating a culture of whistleblowing for pharmacists Subscription
How do we improve the treatment of whistleblowers in the healthcare sector?
Gene therapy: a treatment coming of ageSubscription
A decade ago many people had written off gene therapy altogether but now there are dozens of trials in progress around the world.
Visual acuity improved in the eyes of patients with macular degeneration being treated with embryonic stem cells.
Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting (PTAS) and medical therapy is linked with a higher risk of stroke than medical therapy alone.
Sandra Gidley reports on the discussions she led at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference.
Elizabeth Sukkar describes study results that suggest it will be “many decades” before community pharmacists’ skills are properly implemented in primary health care.
Pre-registration training difficultiesSubscription
We have always believed that young talent should be nurtured and supported during the informative years when entering the profession. However, recently we have become alarmed at the number of reports from our students who have become disillusioned and demoralised as a result of their pre-registration training placement.
Like Brian Furman (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:276), I was distraught that a senior person in our profession could make such an outdated and factually incorrect statement at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference (
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