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The oral anticoagulant apixaban is consistently more effective than warfarin for patients with atrial fibrillation regardless of the number of other drugs they take, a study has found.
Study of men taking phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors found an increased risk of melanoma driven by sun exposure.
Source: Marc Godefroy Two women met the drone where it landed near Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland and and took the mifepristone and misoprostol pills that it was carrying as part of the pro-choice demonstration
As a pharmacist working for an international charity, Owen Wood shares his knowledge of mass vaccination and medicines procurement.
A summary of non-pharmacological therapies for patients with dementia that may be used alongside licensed medicines.
Abstract Long-term (five years) adjuvant tamoxifen treatment for oestrogen receptor-positive, or ER-positive, breast cancer post-surgery is recognised as a major advance in healthcare. Clinical trials comparing standard and extended tamoxifen therapy found a major decrease in mortality occurred in the ten years following a decade of adjuvant therapy. Studies in premenopausal breast cancer patients showed that ovarian function suppression (OFS) plus an aromatase ...
A contributing factor to the rise of premature births and the early onset of puberty may be the use of the chemical BPA in plastic products.
Find out what other readers found useful in April 2016 and discover the most popular articles and sections on pharmaceutical-journal.com
Do not blame RPS members for not voting in the board elections — give them something to vote forSubscription
The low number of members who voted in the RPS pharmacy board elections does not equate to apathy or despondency about pharmacy as a whole.
Since the discovery of omeprazole in 1979, dispensing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in England has increased more than 100-fold, and several products are now available without prescription. Although PPIs are effective and generally well tolerated, observational studies suggest an association with several adverse effects. Further trials are needed to establish causal relationships.
Following a vote by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board on 22 June 2015 to elect Assembly members for 2016/2017, RPS president Ash Soni has lost his seat on the Assembly, meaning he will no longer be president from 19 July 2016.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: clinical phenotypes and implications for managementSubscription
Phenotyping patients with chronic obsructive pulmonary disease allows their separation into distinct categories that differentiate their prognosis and response to treatment, producing clinically meaningful outcomes.
The role of non-statin drugs, including ezetimibe, fibrates, bile acid binders, nicotinic acid derivatives, omega-3 fatty acid supplements and PCSK9 inhibitors, for the management of dyslipidaemia in adults.
This year’s pharmacy registration assessment will take place on 30 June 2016. UK pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council, has changed the format of the assessment for candidates sitting the papers from 2016. These articles summarise the changes and explain what candidates can expect. This page also contains information about registration assessments in previous years and various opinions on their value, content and format.
Pharmacy technicians are taking on more responsibilities to free pharmacists to carry out clinical services, but the role is being interpreted differently across pharmacy settings and there is no clear definition of what the role should entail.
More than 25 years after the gene for cystic fibrosis was discovered, there are signs that correcting this genetic deficit could soon be possible.
The Pharmaceutical Journal's panel discussion: Medicines, innovation and the value of medicineSubscription
Key opinion leaders were brought together to debate the controversial topic of highly priced medicines at The Pharmaceutical Journal’s panel discussion on 14 September 2015 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference in Birmingham.
Abstract Statin therapy has demonstrated remarkable efficacy in reducing mortalities associated with cardiovascular diseases through preventing myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke. Despite the proven benefits of statins in this context, there are growing concerns among patients and physicians on the safety of short-term and long-term use and their adverse effects, especially muscle toxicity, resulting in non-adherence and withdrawal of the treatment. ...
Impact of electronic prescribing on patient safety in hospitals: implications for the UKSubscription
Abstract NHS hospitals in England are expected to be paperless by 2020, as set out in a comprehensive framework published by the National Information Board. The use of hospital electronic prescribing (EP) systems is therefore likely to increase rapidly in the near future. The aim of this review is to summarise the available evidence of the impact of inpatient EP on patient safety, with a focus on implications for the UK. MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched to ...
Monopoly generic pricing in secondary careSubscription