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How to get the most from your summer placement

You have been successful in your application for a summer placement, but now what? In this article, Karen Gunnell and Kerry Neville discuss what to do and what not to do before, during, and after a placement, and how to get the most out of the experience.

Peter Bettles

How to get your foot in the door with foot careSubscription

In this Q&A — as part of a campaign by The Pharmaceutical Journal and RB — Peter Bettles explains how his pharmacy-based foot clinic meets his patients’ needs while boosting business.

Timeline showing the history of ibuprofen from its discovery in 1953 to the latest findings in 2017

A brief history of ibuprofenSubscription

This timeline traces the history of popular anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen, from its invention in the 1960s to its association with cardiac side effects.

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Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor is first to pass CQC inspection across all categories of care

Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor is the first online service to be passed as providing safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led services in accordance with the relevant regulations in the latest round of inspections of online providers of primary care, carried out by the Care Quality Commission.

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How to use the new BNF and BNF for Children app

Around 500,000 print copies of the BNF and BNF for Children are distributed to healthcare professionals each year. A new app which combines BNF and BNF for Children content ensures the availability of drug information through a smart device.

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Peter Bettles

How to get your foot in the door with foot careSubscription

In this Q&A — as part of a campaign by The Pharmaceutical Journal and RB — Peter Bettles explains how his pharmacy-based foot clinic meets his patients’ needs while boosting business.

James Andrews, national quality pharmacist, Virgin Care.

How I support community health services as a national quality pharmacistSubscription

The opportunities for pharmacists within the community services sector are huge, says James Andrews.

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Improving Pharmaceutical Care in Care Homes: RPS Scotland seeks feedbackSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland (RPS Scotland) is asking members for help as it launches a refresh of its 2012 report, ’Improving Pharmaceutical Care in Care Homes’.

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How to get the most from your summer placement

You have been successful in your application for a summer placement, but now what? In this article, Karen Gunnell and Kerry Neville discuss what to do and what not to do before, during, and after a placement, and how to get the most out of the experience.

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Prescription charges backfire on UK health and wealth

Rather than generating revenue, it appears that charging people with long-term conditions for their medicines results in patients not filling their prescriptions with hidden costs for their health, for the NHS and for the UK economy as a whole.

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Medicines optimisation in dementia: the role of the community pharmacySubscription

Community pharmacists are well placed to assist in the early identification of dementia, as well as to help patients to manage their medicines. However, a wider role for pharmacists, for example, conducting medicines reviews in patients’ homes, will depend on how their clinical role develops.

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Special report

Promoting self-care this summer

Pharmacists are well placed to help patients take care of themselves — from advising on sun protection and skin cancer risk to offering tips on managing hayfever. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on self-care and help patients in your community pharmacy to help themselves stay well this summer.

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TIME to be ASSERTIVE and RESILIENT!

Many of us are aware of the importance of looking after ourselves physically, but how many of us allocate time to looking after our mental health?

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The World Health Organization warns of increasing HIV drug resistance and issues new guidelines to address threatSubscription

Meg Caroline Doherty from the World Health Organization discusses the increasing number of cases HIV drug resistance, and the new guidelines and global action plan developed by the WHO to help countries address the threat.

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Government should take a common sense approach and abolish prescription chargesSubscription

It is time for England to follow the lead of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and abolish prescription charges.

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Q&A: Let’s talk foot care with patients

As part of The Pharmaceutical Journal and RB’s joint campaign on foot health, five healthcare professionals talk about their different approaches to discussing foot care with patients and the challenges they face.

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Timeline showing the history of ibuprofen from its discovery in 1953 to the latest findings in 2017

A brief history of ibuprofenSubscription

This timeline traces the history of popular anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen, from its invention in the 1960s to its association with cardiac side effects.

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Heparin-induced thrombocytopeniaSubscription

Heparin is widely used for thromboprophylaxis or as a treatment in many clinical situations, however, it can cause serious adverse effects. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), an immune-mediated adverse drug reaction, is associated with high morbidity and mortality if undiagnosed.

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Chronic oedema: treatment and the impact of prescribed medicinesSubscription

Early diagnosis of lower limb oedema is crucial to prevent early oedema becoming chronic. Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are ideally placed to identify patients on certain medicines at higher risk of oedema, and should be aware of signs of chronic oedema when assessing patients to allow for prompt referral.

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Developing pharmacy in Malawi

Malawi needs more pharmacists, but lack of money means many students cannot afford to go to university.

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Acceleration of the United States on-demand genetic testing industry

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing services are making comeback, but there have been concerns about their appropriateness.

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Living in a microbial worldSubscription

I contain multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life, by Ed Yong.

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Safe dispensing in community pharmacies: applying the software, hardware, environment and liveware (SHELL) model

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The human aspects of the community pharmacy work system are vulnerable to medication-related errors. Established models of human error can identify actual or potential hazards, and are important in our understanding of the interaction between human and system factors that influence performance. The software, hardware, environment and liveware (SHELL) model, a traditional human factors framework, is used in this article to classify potential sources of error in community ...

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Examining the implications of analytical and remote monitoring in pharmacy practiceSubscription

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Remote patient monitoring (RPM) incorporates digital technology that collects health data from individuals in one location and electronically transmits secure data to healthcare providers in a different location for review and assessment. This allows healthcare professionals to make recommendations to optimise patient care without the patient having to be in the healthcare setting. With the implementation of RPM, pharmacists can use objective data obtained by remote ...

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Ceftazidime-avibactam: a novel cephalosporin/β-lactamase inhibitorSubscription

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Over the past decade, infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative organisms have increased. The limited availability in treatment options for these infections prompted both the UK to create a five-year antimicrobial resistance strategic plan to stimulate the development of new antibiotics, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America to call for ten new antimicrobial agents to be developed by 2020. Ceftazidime-avibactam is a combination of a third-generation ...

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Management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease: current and future treatmentsSubscription

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterised by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and affects patients’ quality of life. Treatment of IBD involves induction and maintenance of remission. Current available therapies include anti-inflammatory aminosalicylates and corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents, antibiotics and biologic agents. Some patients are not fully responsive to conventional treatment or lose efficacy over time. Recently approved ...

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Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy: insight from the Community Pharmacy Future modelSubscription

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In the face of funding and efficiency cuts to community pharmacy, the role of the sector is coming under increasing pressure. The importance of outcomes evidence (particularly health economic evidence) is being brought sharply into focus. The profession must come together to produce the evidence needed to justify the services provided by community pharmacy and to support its future development. This article uses the Community Pharmacy Future (CPF) project, and the services developed ...

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A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription

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Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in ...

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Research article

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Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practiceSubscription

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of infection and inflammation. It is high in bacterial infections but very low or close to zero in viral infections. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England and Wales’s health technology assessment body, has issued guidance on pneumonia in adults; it recommends point-of-care (POC) CRP analysers when clinical assessment is inconclusive. If the CRP level is less than 20mg/L, no antibiotics ...

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