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Hepatitis C is a blood-borne single-stranded RNA flavivirus with six major genotypes, affecting an estimated 185 million people worldwide.

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The availability of new protease inhibitors is revolutionising the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection.

Unlike the United States, Europe has no plan for coordinated action to mitigate drug shortages

Drug shortages: it’s time for Europe to act

Unlike the United States, Europe has no plan for coordinated action to mitigate drug shortages.

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Light micrograph of liver sarcoidosis, a non-malignant immunological disorder characterised by non-caseating (non-necrotising) granulomas.

Identifying and managing sarcoidosisSubscription

Sarcoidosis is a complex immunological disorder that requires careful management and vigilant monitoring.

Light micrograph of kidney collecting ducts, which along with the distal convoluted tubule is the site of action for potassium-sparing diuretics

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The different mechanisms of action that classes of diuretic have means they can be used to treat a variety of conditions.

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Learning articles of the year: check your knowledge of subjects ranging from ebola to QT syndrome.

Highlights of CPD and learning in 2014Subscription

Try our clinical quiz, taken from this year’s learning articles, and check your knowledge of subjects ranging from Ebola to QT syndrome.

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Patients taking medicines affected by new drug driving laws will need timely and accurate advice from pharmacists

Drug driving law must not be a burden for patients

Patients taking medicines affected by new drug driving laws will need timely and accurate advice from pharmacists.

No-blame culture should be fostered in pharmacySubscription

Even though the requirement to name a community pharmacy in patient safety reports has been postponed, the sector must do more to improve the reporting of dispensing errors.

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Writing a good covering letter for a pharmacy job can help you stand out from other applicants

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Writing a cover letter that helps you stand out from other applicants can be challenging. Pharmacy career consultant Amy Zydzienowski, from Vertica Career Consultants, explains how it is done.

Amira Guirguis, a researcher, is designing a model to improve on-site identification of new psychoactive substances of misuse

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Researcher Amira Guirguis is designing a model to improve on-site identification of new psychoactive substances of misuse. She explains why the work is vital to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent avoidable deaths.

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Alex MacKinnon, director, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) for Scotland

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Business plan for 2015 sets out Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland’s ambitions for the Prescription for Excellence programme

Attendees at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) conference in 2014. Employers urged to add Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) membership to pharmacy job descriptions.

Employers urged to add RPS membership to pharmacy job descriptionsSubscription

Group of London pharmacy employers says joining professional membership bodies can boost career development and improve patient care

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Researchers dispute analysis that finds oseltamivir (Roche's Tamiflu) cuts flu symptoms by a day

Tamiflu shortens flu symptoms by a day, study findsSubscription

Oseltamivir (Roche’s Tamiflu) shortens the duration of flu symptoms by approximately a day, in infected patients, according to an analysis published in The Lancet.

Apremilast, an oral drug for psoriasis conditions, has been approved by the European Commission. Psoriasis (pictured) is an autoimmune disease

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The European Commission has authorised apremilast (Celgene’s Otezla), a first-in-class oral drug for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in patients who have failed first-line systemic therapies.

Strong placebo effect connected with the perception of drug cost in Parkinson's disease, study finds

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Treatment perceived to be expensive, even though it was a placebo, led to a two-fold improvement in motor function in Parkinson’s disease patients compared with a treatment perceived to be cheap.

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Moorfields Eye Hospital to close its specials manufacturing facilitySubscription

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has decided to close its specials manufacturing facility in London, its board has announced.

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Eculizumab, dubbed “the world’s most expensive drug”, is being made available on the NHS in England following guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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People who consume up to seven drinks per week in early-to-middle age have a significantly lower risk of developing heart failure, recent study finds

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In a study of 15,000 adults, those who consumed up to seven drinks per week in early-to-middle age had a significantly lower risk of developing heart failure compared with their teetotal counterparts.

Survey shows that in patients who have taken aspirin as primary prevention, treatment was inappropriate in nearly 11.6% of cases

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A survey of nearly 70,000 patients taking aspirin for primary prevention has found that, for the overall cohort, treatment was inappropriate in nearly 11.6% of cases.

A recent study shows how glucocorticoids tightly control the inflammatory response. US researchers infected mice with a lethal strain of Haemophilis influenzae (pictured).

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IRAK-M, a key negative regulator of inflammatory pathways, may represent a new therapeutic target to suppress bacteria-induced inflammation, say researchers.

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Just what was English sweating sickness?

English sweating sickness swept through Europe in the sixteenth century. Those planning to catch up on BBC Two’s Wolf Hall should be warned that this blog post contains spoilers.

The Pharmaceutical Journal's top 5 comment pieces of 2014

Benedict Lam takes a look back on the most popular and talked about comment pieces of 2014

Most popular features of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Most popular features of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Using visual representations of data to tell a story is proving popular, with infographic features taking first, second and third place in the top five features of 2014.

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Top 10 learning articles of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

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Top 10 news stories of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Harriet Adcock provides a rundown of the top ten news stories of 2014.

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Still not convinced pharmacy student numbers should be cappedSubscription

In 2013 I explained in detail why I am in favour of market forces determining the number of students entering the MPharm course (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2013;291:246), rather than a cap being applied.

Tetracycline causing tooth discolouration not a trivial matterSubscription

Your CPD article on re-implanting an avulsed tooth (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;294:56) states that antibiotics should be prescribed. Although the reference given does indeed state that tetracycline can be prescribed, it goes on to remind the reader that most jurisdictions do not advise that tetracycline is given to patients under 12, because of ...

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According to suggestions from the latest Nuffield Trust report "Now more than ever" community pharmacists must shift their core activities away from dispensing function towards a more clinical role

Dispensing: it’s time to let it goSubscription

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If the aspirations of pharmacy fulfilling a clinical role integral to public healthcare is ever to be realised, community pharmacists must shift their focus away from dispensing and towards providing health services.

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We do view our profession very pessimistically. It is almost assumed by all that the status quo will remain. As clinical services move to the community pharmacy setting and we begin to manage patients there, the demand for skilled prescribing pharmacists will increase.

Johnathan Laird Pharmacy workforce remains a dilemma