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Pharmacists serve on the front line and back at homeSubscription

Pharmacists were among the men and women who served in the First World War, through enlisting in the army, serving on the home front, or maintaining pharmaceutical services.


Pharmacists must prepare for new ways of working in the seven-day challengeSubscription

The idea behind seven-day working is simple: to provide the same level of essential NHS services to all patients seven days a week. In particular, the NHS plan calls for a focus on admission prevention, early diagnosis and intervention, and early supported discharge.

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The rise and fall of the clot buster: A review on the history of StreptokinaseSubscription

Streptokinase, the first thrombolytic drug to reach the market, achieved fame as the iconic clot buster. It was a huge advance when there was nothing else and, when combined with aspirin, it halved mortality in what was at that time a lethal disease.

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Launch of new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

New treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Olodaterol, a once-daily long acting β2-agonist inhaler, has been launched in the UK for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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High Court judge overrules regulator and removes pharmacist from register

A High Court judge has quashed a 12-month suspension decision made by a General Pharmaceutical Council panel and instead removed a pharmacist from the register.

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Artemisinin-resistant malaria ‘widespread’ in Southeast Asia

Researchers call for radical measures to prevent resistance to the most effective type of antimalarial agent spreading to the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

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Rare blood cancer treatments recommended for approval by the EMA

The European Medicines Agency has approved two new medicines, ibrutinib (Janssen-Cilag’s Imbruvica) and idelalisib (Gilead Science’s Zydelig), for adult patients with rare blood cancers.

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Acne vulgaris Subscription

Acne affects eight out of ten teenagers and can persist into later life. Pharmacists have a wide range of treatments to offer patients.

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HIV: pathology, diagnosis and preventionSubscription

The human immunodeficiency virus hijacks the immune system of its host. Despite the success of antiretroviral therapy, challenges still remain in reducing the spread of the virus

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HIV: managementSubscription

Combined antiretroviral therapy is taken by people with HIV infection to prolong and improve quality of life. Patients require a high level of support to help them adhere to the complex regimens prescribed

Cogs for opinion article on community pharmacy and delegation

Pharmacists should delegate without fearSubscription


Unless barriers to delegation are removed, community pharmacists will be unable to fulfil their expanding role.

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Head of technology at MedicinesComplete, Harvinder Sondh

Putting clinical information at your fingertipsSubscription

Harvinder Sondh uses his background as a pharmacist to help design online tools to assist pharmacists and pharmacutical scientists.


The debate over e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that often look like cigarettes but do not contain tobacco. On inhalation, a solution, often containing nicotine, is vaporised into a fine mist resembling cigarette smoke. Recently, since a few pharmacies have decided to sell e-cigarettes, a debate over the role of pharmacists in offering e-cigarettes has been started. On this page you will find all the information we have to offer over this ongoing debate.

Hands holding patient, Assistance to die opinion piece, July 26 issue

Assistance to die

A change in the law to allow assisted suicide would require stringent safeguards to be in place — informed by pharmaceutical expertise.

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Lyme disease: pharmacists can helpSubscription

In recent years the awareness and, indeed, incidence of Lyme disease, a zoonotic tick borne condition, has increased steadily in the UK. Between 2001 and 2010 the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Scotland soared from 28 to 308, although experts believe the true figure could be 10 times that number. Rates are more than three times higher in Scotland than in England.

Reader's comment

I saw first-hand how this disease leaves its victims trapped in a truly terrifying, living hell – with no way out except fading slowly and somewhat agonizingly into a merciful death. I often felt my charges were closer to anxious zombies than human beings – and did often wonder about the ethics of prolonging life as long as possible under those circumstances.

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Commonwealth Games and The Queen’s Baton

Pharmacist Audrey Thompson describes the journey of the Queen’s Baton across 70 nations to its current home at the Athlete Village in Dalmarnock.

Tramadol Nightmares

I never thought that tramadol being a schedule 3 controlled drug would become such a problem. Sure, I envisioned doctors forgetting to fill out controlled drug discharge forms (as is needed for other CDs) and us having to remind them.

Multidisciplinary working: an example

Audrey Thompson gives an example of the importance of working with other healthcare professionals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games polyclinic

Learning made easy

Chris Chapman describes the new learning section on the Pharmaceutical Journal website

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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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Facial expressions can help emergency diagnosisSubscription

Study shows patients with serious cardiopulmonary disorders have a narrower range of facial expressions.

Corticosteroid inhalers could suppress growth in asthmatic children

Inhaled steroids suppress growth in children, conclude Cochrane reviewersSubscription

Reviews of data about the effects on growth of corticosteroid inhalers in asthmatic children have reinforced guidance that the lowest effective dose should be given.

Community pharmacists identify people at risk of diabetesSubscription

Pharmacists can identify patients who have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, research by the University of East Anglia and Boots UK confirms.


Just saying “bore da” (good morning) can help!Subscription


Principal policy adviser for RPS Wales Elen Jones reflects on the recent inquiry by the Welsh Language Commissioner on the use of Welsh in primary care.

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Focus on qualitySubscription


RPS professional support pharmacist Wing Tang explains how the hub can help pharmacy teams embed quality in the services they offer.


A weight off your shouldersSubscription


Why being overweight does not necessarily mean being unhealthy


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