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Micafungin molecular structure

Micafungin well tolerated by leukaemia patientsSubscription

Micafungin is as effective at preventing fungal infections in leukaemia patients but better tolerated than older formulations of posaconazole, interim results from a study suggested.

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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Protein aggregation: formulating a problemSubscription

A better understanding of the interactions between therapeutic proteins and silicone oils, air bubbles and other particles inside prefilled syringes is prompting new approaches to formulation and syringe design.

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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.

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Reporting concerns and whistleblowingSubscription

How to raise concerns and develop a positive whistleblowing culture to safeguard your patients.

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New priorities for palliative careSubscription

The Liverpool Care Pathway has been replaced by five new principles for palliative care, which have a significant impact on pharmacy practice.

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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Robert Liddington

Improving soldiers’ health from the front lineSubscription

Army pharmacists must always be prepared for the unexpected. Senior pharmacist Robert Liddington, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, explains why and how he embarked on a career with the Ministry of Defence.

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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Facing the hospital preregistration interview

Helen Caley was interviewed for her hospital preregistration placement this time last year. Here, she shares her tips and advice.

Faculty-portfolio

Top tips for getting started on your Faculty portfolio

If you’ve been thinking about submitting your application for the RPS Faculty, these tips may serve as a helpful starting point

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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.

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Stop demonising a potentially useful product for smokers Subscription

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

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Spiral staircase

Where professional advancement and professionalism align

New opportunities for professional advancement continue to be made available to pharmacists but when it comes to professionalism, individuals must reflect on their own appetite for development.

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Joep Lange

A pioneer in AIDS research from the very startSubscription

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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.

Science is an essential component of undergraduate pharmacy educationSubscription

It was with incredulity that I read the reported comments of Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer on the removal of science from the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014:293:234). Given the enormous challenges of future healthcare provision, with escalating costs of medicines, an aging population, growing antimicrobial resistance ...

Improved glycaemic control with fixed-ratio combination of insulin degludec and liraglutideSubscription

A new trial shows that patients who took IDegLira (Xultophy) for 26 weeks experienced a significantly greater mean reduction in HbA1c than patients taking either insulin degludec or liraglutide.

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.

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Ensuring relevance across the breadth of pharmacySubscription

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Newly elected RPS President Ash Soni looks at some of the challenges ahead, including gaining his own Faculty accreditation.

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Speaking outSubscription

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

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When are we going to see constructive developments in the community to recover [controlled drugs] from patients' property once they have passed away? They are "no one's" responsibility. Uncontrolled CDs in the community represent unquantified risk.

Trevor Jenkins Information must be shared more effectively to stem controlled drug abuses