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UCL School of Pharmacy, Monash University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  signed a five year memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the creation of a PharmAlliance partnership. In the image, students from the 3 universities

Pharmacy schools take a global route to solving world problemsSubscription

Three notable schools of pharmacy in the UK, US and Australia are working together to change education, pharmaceutical research and professional practice.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), headquarters pictured, is proposing that the orphan medicine asfotase alfa (Alexion Europe SAS’s Strensiq) should be granted an exceptional circumstances marketing authorisation for hypophosphatasia

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The first treatment in Europe available for patients with the rare bone disease hypophosphatasia is a step closer following a recommendation from the medicines safety watchdog.

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Patient information cards that warn patients to temporarily stop taking specific medicines if they have a dehydrating illness are being introduced across Scotland. Clare Morrison, pictured, lead pharmacist (north) at NHS Highland, created the cards

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Pocket-sized patient information cards that warn patients to temporarily stop taking specific medicines if they have a dehydrating illness are being introduced across Scotland.

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The wide range of hormonal contraception available means that patients can present with a range of problems or concerns that require advice or assessment

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A wide range of hormonal contraception is available, giving women greater choice in selecting a method appropriate for them.

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Oxygen therapy: emergency use and long term treatmentSubscription

Emergency oxygen treatment is used two million times a year by ambulance services, and almost one in five hospital patients in the UK are being treated with oxygen at any one time.

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Tranquillisation of patients with aggressive or challenging behaviourSubscription

Although never the first option, rapid tranquillisation may be required to ensure patient and staff safety when a patient exhibits violent behaviour.

Warts and verrucas are common viral skin infections, affecting around 7–12% of the population at any one time, and are more common in children. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). In the image, micrograph of a common wart

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Lesions caused by human papilloma virus often do not require treatment, but need to be assessed to rule out more serious conditions.

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Public health could be sacrificed in large trade pacts that are discussed in secrecy. In the image, an ancient world map

Free trade agreements play a dangerous game with public healthSubscription

Public health could be sacrificed in large trade pacts that are discussed in secrecy.

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In 2016, pre-registration trainees will sit the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) registration assessment in a new format. This article explains how tutors can help prepare their trainees throughout the year. In the image, a female student

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In 2016, pre-registration trainees will sit the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) registration assessment in a new format. Johanne Barry, who writes assessment questions for the GPhC, explains how tutors can make sure their trainees are ready.

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A research proposal is often necessary to secure the required funding or resources. Cathy Geeson explains what to consider when putting a proposal together.

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Breaking the cycle of heroin addiction. With rates of heroin addiction stubbornly high, there is still debate about how best to treat those hooked on the drug.

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With rates of heroin addiction stubbornly high, there is still debate about how best to treat those hooked on the drug.

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Researchers have developed an assay to monitor the effects of drug candidates on endoplasmic reticulum (pictured) function

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Researchers have developed an assay to monitor the effects of compounds on endoplasmic reticulum function, finding a potential drug candidate for type 2 diabetes.

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Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists are used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus and one such agent, liraglutide, has recently been approved for use as an anti-obesity drug. In the image, an obese woman walks on the pavement

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Video microscope to avert life-threatening serious adverse drug reaction

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All general practices in Scotland should involve pharmacists in direct patient care and make greater links with community pharmacies, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland. In the image, patients in a GP surgery waiting to see a doctor

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Society “fully supports” more pharmacists in patient-facing roles within GP surgeries in Scotland.

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Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2015

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A closer look at all the finalist pharmaceutical care projects that were presented at the 23rd annual Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2015 held on 18 June in London. The awards recognise innovation and good practice in pharmaceutical care. They are jointly organised by The Pharmaceutical Journal and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and are supported by GlaxoSmithKline.

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Reader's comment

The ongoing negotiations in a similar deal, the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU are also being held in secret are something we in the UK should be very wary about. Intellectual property and medicinal regulation are also being discussed which means we should take interest but the lack of attention in the mainstream media and clandestine nature of the talks prove there are things the lobbyists and negotiators don't want us to know about.

Mark Bury Free trade agreements play a dangerous game with public health