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Iron deficiency anaemia: basic managementSubscription

Test your knowledge with this case study on a common condition with non-specific symptoms.

Palestinian Refugee Camp Burj Barajneh in Beirut, Lebanon. humanitarian bodies not only face the obvious security risks of reaching people in need, they also have to deal with the growing bureaucracy involved in getting medicines to them.

Supplying medicines to refugees: a logistical nightmareSubscription

During conflicts, humanitarian bodies not only face the obvious security risks of reaching people in need, they also have to deal with the growing bureaucracy involved in getting medicines to them.

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Multiple sclerosis: identification and managementSubscription

How to treat the symptoms of the most common cause of non-traumatic disability in young adults.

Hypertension is the leading risk factor associated with death in the world

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the leading risk factor associated with death in the world but is largely asymptomatic and often undetected in patients.

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Inhaled corticosteroids are commonly prescribed but need careful management to minimise the risk of side effects.

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Careful titration of the skeletal muscle relaxant tizanidine is required to avoid dose-related hypotension, and its serum levels can be increased by drugs that inhibit CYP1A2.

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Sue Alldred is a care homes pharmacist at Leeds South and East CCG

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Pharmacists in Leeds have created a new pre-registration placement, where trainees split their time between a clinical commissioning group (CCG) and a hospital. Sue Alldred, care homes pharmacist at Leeds South and East CCG, describes the process.

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In her role as an advanced pharmacist in addictions, Elizabeth Marr supports patients who often face prejudice in society. Here, she describes the challenges she faces.

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Kieran Hand (pictured), a consultant pharmacist in anti-infectives at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, was part of the team which developed the MicroGuide app that won this year’s NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for infection control.

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Ian Caldwell, former Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) president, has died aged 79.

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Elisabeth Hoff, World Health Organization (WHO) country representative in Syria, said that despite the ongoing violence in Syria, the WHO and its partners, are delivering life-saving medicines to millions

WHO appeals for US$1bn to help deliver medical aidSubscription

The World Health Organization is appealing for more than US$1bn to meet the health needs of 21 million people in Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

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A new drug candidate known as “eCD4-Ig” has efficiently neutralised 100% of a diverse panel of HIV-1, HIV-2 and simian immunodeficiency virus isolates. In the image,

Drug candidate eCD4-Ig demonstrates durable protection against HIV infectionSubscription

A drug candidate known as “eCD4-Ig” — a fusion of CD4-Ig with a small CCR5-mimetic sulfopeptide — has efficiently neutralised 100% of a diverse panel of HIV-1, HIV-2 and simian immunodeficiency virus isolates.

Study using UK data has observed a protective effect of statins against liver cancer. In the image, dividing cancer cells

UK data confirm protective effect of statins against liver cancerSubscription

A study using data from the UK has observed a protective effect of statins against liver cancer, an effect previously seen in countries with high rates of the disease.

A review finds that pharmacists operate within a highly-regulated environment that creates the potential for moral distress to occur. In the image, pharmacist in a dispensary

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A literature review has found that pharmacists operate within a highly-regulated environment that creates the potential for moral distress to occur.

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Sigma Pharmaceuticals conference in Aambay Valley City, India

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The annual Sigma conference, this year held in Aamby Valley City, India, provided an opportunity for pharmacists to discuss how to improve their pharmacies for the benefit of their patients and their businesses.

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Research suggests that patients undergoing surgery experience less anxiety and pain when they are distracted.

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The way pharmacists work will not changeSubscription

I wish to comment on Brian Curwain’s letter on the government’s proposal to decriminalise dispensing errors (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:211). I am not convinced that the decriminalisation of dispensing ...

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I was interested to read that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called for wholesale reform of the NHS prescription charge system (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:189). I was surprised to read that 36% of community pharmacists, GPs and nurses think that the current system is acceptable and appropriate.

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Clare Gerada, GP and chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region)

Q&A: How do GPs view the role of pharmacists in the NHS?Subscription

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London-based GP Clare Gerada is chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region). But she is probably best known for her work as chairman of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a post she held for three years. She shares her thoughts on the role pharmacy should play in UK healthcare.

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We do view our profession very pessimistically. It is almost assumed by all that the status quo will remain. As clinical services move to the community pharmacy setting and we begin to manage patients there, the demand for skilled prescribing pharmacists will increase.

Johnathan Laird Pharmacy workforce remains a dilemma