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David Reddy, Medicines for Malaria Venture’s chief executive officer

David Reddy: delivery of new anti-malaria drugs to developing countries is vital in fight against the diseaseSubscription

David Reddy, Medicines for Malaria Venture’s chief executive officer, discusses developments in the fight against the disease ahead of World Malaria Day on 25 April.

EMA recommends edoxaban for prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillationSubscription

The European Medicines Agency is recommending that edoxaban be made available for the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation and the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism.

According to a recent study, even when older men are successfully treated for their erectile dysfunction, their increases in sexual activity and sexual function aren’t always reflected in satisfaction with sex and relationships

Erectile dysfunction treatments leave men unsatisfiedSubscription

Drugs developed to improve erectile dysfunction have improved sexual function and activity in 80% of users, but did not translate into satisfaction with sex and relationships for older men, a study has found.

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General Pharmaceutical Council seeks views on ‘patient-centred professionalism’Subscription

Pharmacy’s professional regulator has launched a survey to discover how pharmacists and patients define patient-centred care.

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Joint replacement surgery (pictured) should be considered when a patient with OA suffers persistent debilitating symptoms despite treatment

Osteoarthritis: managementSubscription

A wide range of drug classes are used to treat osteoarthritis, although there is a lack of detailed guidance because of the variable nature of the condition.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis (in the image, X-ray of knee with OA). Typical OA features seen on X-ray include joint space narrowing, bone spurs, subchondral sclerosis and subchondral cysts

Osteoarthritis: pathophysiology and diagnosisSubscription

The diagnosis of the degenerative disorder osteoarthritis is based on clinical signs and risk factors.

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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.

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.

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.

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Mark Porter, the British Medical Association’s council chairman, talks campaigns, seven-day working and the potential for greater pharmacist involvement in prescribing issues in general practice

Mark Porter: how doctors make their voices heard loud and clearSubscription

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The British Medical Association’s council chairman Mark Porter talks campaigns, seven-day working and the potential for greater pharmacist involvement in prescribing issues in general practice.

As the May 2015 UK General Election approaches, party campaigns have swung into motion, manifestos launched, party lines drawn and political rhetoric ramped up. In the image, the houses of Parliament

General election promises should be based on evidenceSubscription

When it comes to developing policy, politicians should heed the best available evidence. Election promises should be no different.

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Aside from checking for typos and being truthful about your qualifications, it is very important to tailor your CV to the specifics of the vacancy you are applying for

How to enhance a pharmacy CVSubscription

Aside from checking for typos and being truthful about your qualifications, what can pharmacists do to ensure that their CV stands out from the competition? Sasa Jankovic looks at the skills and information to include.

Displaying a poster at a conference is a good way to disseminate your research. This guide will explain how to create an effective poster and the pitfalls to avoid.

Preparing a research poster for a conferenceSubscription

Displaying a poster at a conference is a good way to disseminate your research. This guide will explain how to create an effective poster and the pitfalls to avoid. 

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Clinical trials and the rules that govern them are coming under pressure for an overhaul. In the image, a researcher checks storage of samples in freezer

Clinical trials and tribulationsSubscription

A shake-up of the way clinical trials are conducted is on the horizon, with the aim of improving access to medicines.

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New US research indicates there is no harmful association between MMR vaccine and autism even among children already at higher risk for the condition. In the image, a child receiving the MMR vaccine

No harmful association between MMR vaccine and autismSubscription

New research indicates there is no harmful association between the MMR vaccine and autism, even among children already at high risk for the condition.

Neuropathic pain (NP) is notoriously difficult to treat. Average daily pain scores were reduced significantly more with combination therapy than with either nortriptyline or morphine alone.

Combining nortriptyline with morphine may provide superior analgesia over monotherapiesSubscription

For patients with neuropathic pain, average daily pain scores were reduced significantly more with combination therapy than with either nortriptyline or morphine alone.

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Treatment with cannabidiol, an extract of marijuana, reduces seizure frequency for patients with certain epilepsy conditions, new research suggests. In the image, a cannabis plant

Marijuana liquid may play a medicinal role in epilepsySubscription

Treatment with cannabidiol reduces seizure frequency for patients with certain epilepsy conditions, research suggests.

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The possible benefits of coconut oil

Although coconut oil is high in saturated fats, there is research to indicate that some types may be beneficial for health and weight loss.

A new structural model for enamel

Researchers in Illinois have found that rodent enamel is similar in structure to human enamel. This model could help to improve current fluoride treatment and dental health in humans.

Yawning warning: why do we yawn?

Yawning is contagious, even between members of different species. But why is it that we need to yawn?

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.

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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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Health board says all its pharmacists should become RPS Faculty membersSubscription

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Welsh health board says Faculty membership will show its pharmacists “are working to the highest level”.

Less than 1% of NHS 111 callers are directed to a pharmacy. In the image, an elderly woman dials NHS 111

Why doesn't NHS 111 refer patients to pharmacists?Subscription

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Less than 1% of NHS 111 callers are directed to speak to a pharmacist. Stephen Robinson asks why and looks at what can be done to increase referrals.

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Workload pressures must be addressedSubscription

Much has been written about the role pharmacy can play in relieving pressures on the NHS — being an integral part of accident and emergency departments and GP surgeries, developing public health services and improving interfaces between primary and secondary care. This is welcome news because the NHS has historically undervalued the role that we can play in improving and maintaining the public’s health. However, there is a huge hurdle to these becoming a reality, which we collectively ...

Ensuring pharmacy’s voice is heardSubscription

As an English Pharmacy Board member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) for the past three years, I have worked hard with colleagues to ensure that pharmacy’s voice is heard by those who matter in the NHS, the government and the royal colleges.

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UK general election 2015

UK General Election 2015

The British public will decide the next UK government on 7 May in the 2015 general election. Unsurprisingly, healthcare and the NHS feature heavily in political party campaigns and manifestos. Here you can find our coverage of the elections, with a special focus on healthcare and pharmacy.

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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?