With England facing increased levels of scarlet fever for the second consecutive year, find out how to identify and treat this communicable disease.
Statins have been a mainstay of heart attack and stroke prevention for the past 20 years, but the race is on to bring a new drug to market that targets an enzyme called PCSK9.
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Constipation: managing the condition in adultsSubscription
How to assess patients with constipation and select the right treatment to minimise the risk of complications.
Dialysis: principles and treatment optionsSubscription
How to choose between haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis when starting renal replacement therapy.
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.
How to avoid potential pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions with the latest medicines for managing constipation.
Managing ANCA-associated vasculitisSubscription
Treatment of vasculitis associated with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies requires immunosuppressive therapies and close monitoring of the patient to manage toxicity.
Gaps in access to palliative care services mean that many patients with life-limiting illnesses miss out on support they need, but there is much to learn about people’s experiences at the end of life.
A debate over whether saturated fat is bad for cardiovascular health has surfaced once again. The evidence still stands: its consumption should be limited.
If a complaint is brought against a pharmacist in the UK, what can he or she expect from the fitness-to-practise process? Ailsa Colquhoun explains.
Advocating community pharmacy in EuropeSubscription
In his role at the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Jamie Wilkinson spends his time promoting community pharmacy in a variety of ways. Here, he describes the travelling, presenting and networking associated with the job.
As the RPS Faculty prepares to accept the first pharmacists with less than ten years’ experience, Stephen Robinson explores the views of those applicants about to undergo their final assessment.
Following reports of dissatisfaction with pre-registration training, Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member, and Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy, ask whether the programme is fit for purpose.
Adherence to the oral anticoagulant dabigatran varies substantially among clinics and is higher at sites with pharmacist-led monitoring and appropriate patient selection, a US study has found.
Holistic service from community pharmacists can reduce fall risk and improve patients’ quality of lifeSubscription
A holistic, community pharmacy-based medicines review service directed at older patients taking four or more medicines can improve quality of life, medicines adherence and reduce the risk of falls, suggests new research.
Identification and characterisation of a small molecule that targets protein receptors that stimulate the immune system could lead to novel vaccine adjuvants and anti-tumour agents.
The anti-cancer agent imatinib at very low doses mimics a physiological innate response to infection in the bone marrow, research shows.
A major research venture has yielded two antibiotic regimens for treating severe infections that can be administered in the outpatient setting.
Xylitol may not protect teeth from decaySubscription
Cochrane reviewers have found little or no good-quality evidence to prove xylitol has a protective effect against tooth decay.
Pharmacist David Edgar Herold helped John Wilkes Booth to escape after he had assassinated Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865.
Research has shown that dogs can detect volatile compounds in human breath that indicate different types of cancer. Prototype ‘electronic noses’, such as the Na-Nose, can also detect cancer from patients’ exhaled breath.
The research project, undertaken by pharmacy students in their final year, helps individuals to learn fundamental skills for their future careers, argue Joanne Hainsworth and Patrick To.
Pharmacist Claire Liew is currently volunteering at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. She explains how the disease has affected everyday life.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are environmental contaminants that have contaminated large areas of agricultural land in the US. Prairie-grass helps to remove PCB pollution.
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.
I welcome and support the recent announcement that the Independent Pharmacy Federation (IPF) and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) are to merge to create a single representative and support organisation under the NPA banner. This has long been an ambition and it is good news for the sector. This will provide a single voice for the owners of independent pharmacies (in England through the channel of Pharmacy Voice) and will ensure that there is a much needed clarity of purpose and ...
Why not just ask a pharmacist for advice?Subscription
I have just watched the BBC programme ‘The truth about your medicine cabinet’, which was a fairly entertaining exposé (in the loosest sense of the term). I found it strange that the nation needs a 60-minute programme to tell us what people could have discovered if they had simply walked into a pharmacy and asked a pharmacist’s advice on treating their minor symptoms. Instead, the programme insinuates that, as a nation, we appear to be wandering aimlessly around supermarkets and service ...