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Infographic showing the history of sildenafil (Viagra)

Three decades of Viagra

Sildenafil (Viagra) — the first oral drug for erectile dysfunction to hit the market in 1998 — has been prescribed for more than 64 million men worldwide, and may soon be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine in the UK.

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Sustainability and transformation plans: is pharmacy's voice being heard?Subscription

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are the blueprints for the future of the NHS, setting out how 44 areas across England — identified as geographical STP ‘footprints’ — plan to get the best health outcomes for their populations from increasingly stretched financial resources.

Three and a half month-old baby receives DTP vaccination which protects infants from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)

Whooping cough: public health management and guidance

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious, acute bacterial infection. It can affect people of all ages, but is especially dangerous in vulnerable groups, such as unimmunised infants.

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GPhC consultation on religious beliefs generates record number of responses

Proposals that would prevent a pharmacist from referring a patient elsewhere on the grounds that their personal religious beliefs prevented them from providing the necessary care have triggered a record number of responses, the General Pharmaceutical Council says.

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Three and a half month-old baby receives DTP vaccination which protects infants from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)

Whooping cough: public health management and guidance

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious, acute bacterial infection. It can affect people of all ages, but is especially dangerous in vulnerable groups, such as unimmunised infants.

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Helena Pickin, deputy chief pharmacist & National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) medicines & prescribing associate at Defence Medical Services Whittington, Ministry of Defence

My life as a civilian pharmacist working for the Ministry of DefenceSubscription

As pharmacist lead for medicines optimisation across Defence Medical Services, Helena Pickin ensures high-quality, cost-effective prescribing in the UK and overseas. Here, she explains why and how she embarked on a career with the Ministry of Defence.

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The importance of improving GP and community pharmacy relationsSubscription

The relationship between community pharmacy and general practice has undergone significant changes over recent years, from a transactional one to that of co-managing the care of patients. However, these changes have brought new challenges. Saša Jankovic reports.

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John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) museum

Q&A: John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society museumSubscription

John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) museum since 2010, speaks to Corrinne Burns about the latest activities of the museum team — including a new app, free to download now from the iTunes store.

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Busy hospital ward

Sustainability and transformation plans: is pharmacy's voice being heard?Subscription

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are the blueprints for the future of the NHS, setting out how 44 areas across England — identified as geographical STP ‘footprints’ — plan to get the best health outcomes for their populations from increasingly stretched financial resources.

Blank or white medicine blister pack

Design for dispensing: how far can we go to make packaging safer?Subscription

It is a decade since the National Patient Safety Agency issued guidance on medicines packaging design in a bid to reduce the risk of dispensing errors. But medicines that sound alike or look alike are still responsible for a large proportion of errors. A collaborative approach between manufacturers, regulators and pharmacy organisations is required to tackle the problem.

Illustration of the blood brain barrier

A barrier to progress: getting drugs to the brainSubscription

Getting drugs across the blood-brain barrier could be key to developing more successful therapies to treat central nervous system disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression and epilepsy. Scientists are investigating a number of ways to achieve this, from using Trojan horses to smuggle drugs across the barrier, to temporary disruption of the barrier using ultrasound, to allow drugs into the brain.

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Reclassifying erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil as a pharmacy medicine would not be such a huge leapSubscription

Allowing pharmacists to sell sildenafil would offer men a convenient, safe, and perhaps less intimidating, channel for seeking professional advice and treatment for erectile dysfunction.

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NHS cyber attack: views from the front lineSubscription

The Pharmaceutical Journal spoke to pharmacists to find out how the cyber attack of 12 May 2017 affected their service provision and what they did to manage the situation.

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How drug prices are hiked and what is being done to tackle the problemSubscription

There has been negative publicity in the national press about drug manufacturers increasing the price of some medicines significantly: so called ‘price gouging’. These increased prices are then passed on to the NHS, and lead to headlines quoting multi-million pound figures.

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Infographic showing the history of sildenafil (Viagra)

Three decades of Viagra

Sildenafil (Viagra) — the first oral drug for erectile dysfunction to hit the market in 1998 — has been prescribed for more than 64 million men worldwide, and may soon be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine in the UK.

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Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria infecting macrophages

Fluoroquinolones for treating tuberculosisSubscription

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant global health and socioeconomic challenge. The duration of current anti-TB therapies, the adverse effects of certain anti-TB drugs and the growing problem of drug-resistant TB on an international scale mean that it is imperative for new, effective and safe treatment regimens to be developed. Fluoroquinolones are a class of drugs that have been used in the treatment of TB for several decades. This article provides an overview of the current treatment ...

Action of serotonin reuptake inhibitors

Depression in adults: recognition and managementSubscription

Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be able to recognise the symptoms of depression in people who use their services and direct them towards accessing treatment. This article examines how a diagnosis of depression is made, the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments available, specific considerations for different patient groups, self-management approaches, and the role of the pharmacy team in managing and supporting patients who have symptoms of depression.

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Into the unknown: UK pharmacovigilance after Brexit

Julia Robinson reports from a meeting discussing the implications of Brexit on UK pharmacovigilance.

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Syria’s chemical weapon of mass destruction

Andrew Haynes explains how the chemical weapon sarin damages the body and eventually kills those exposed to it.

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Book cover of 'The obesity epidemic. Why diets and exercise don’t work and what does'

Tackling the obesity epidemic requires government interventionSubscription

The obesity epidemic. Why diets and exercise don’t work and what does, by Robyn Toomath

Book cover of 'Admissions: a life in brain surgery, by Henry Marsh'

Collection of musings of the life of an NHS surgeonSubscription

Admissions: a life in brain surgery, by Henry Marsh

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Research article

Molecular model of C-reactive protein

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 ...

Oral anticoagulant therapy and INR blood test monitor

Assessing the impact of a targeted pharmacist-led anticoagulant review clinicSubscription

Local guidance, supported by the 2014 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline CG180 for atrial fibrillation (AF), recommends that patients receiving inadequate anticoagulation with a vitamin K antagonist (VKA), including time in therapeutic range (TTR) of <65%, should be reassessed. These patients were identified by the anticoagulation monitoring service (AMS) and highlighted to GPs for review. However, up to 59.3% of patients received ...

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Integrating community pharmacy testing for hepatitis C with specialist careSubscription

Many patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection lie undiagnosed and a significant proportion of patients that have been identified are disengaged from specialist services. The Isle of Wight (IOW) typifies this issue, with an estimated 200 undiagnosed patients with HCV infection and a small number of known cases engaged with specialist services. Aim: To reduce the burden of undiagnosed HCV on the IOW and link new diagnoses directly ...

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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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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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