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Drug company payments to doctors linked to differences in regional prescribing

Payments from drug companies to physicians are associated with greater regional prescribing of branded products, according to US research[1]. 

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Alzheimer’s inflammation targeted with period pain NSAIDSubscription

Flufenamic acid and mefenamic acid successfully reduced inflammation and memory deficits in rodent model of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Two cancer drugs approved by NICE after companies cut prices

Two drugs for the treatment of some patients with leukaemia or lung cancer are to be routinely available on the NHS following a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 

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How to tailor medication formulations for patients with dysphagiaSubscription

An overview of dysphagia and how to ensure patients are receiving the safest and most efficacious oral formulations.

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Advising patients on prevention and management of sporting injuries in the pharmacySubscription

How to identify common sporting injuries and provide specific advice to patients on their effective management, including the role of over-the-counter pharmacological treatments, as well as when to refer for specialist assessment and treatment.

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Sallianne Kavanagh, a pharmacist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Practical ways pharmacists can gain leadership skillsSubscription

Sasa Jankovic takes a practical look at how pharmacists can seek opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

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Seven of the hardest pharmacy interview questions and how to answer themSubscription

Some questions asked in job interviews can be a challenge, even for an experienced pharmacist. What are prospective employers hoping to find out from the trickiest questions and how should you tackle them?

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Time to recognise the importance of non-patient facing roles in pharmacySubscription

Pharmacists are needed and are just as important in roles that are not clinical or patient facing.

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Dry eye: pathology and treatment types

The underlying disease process in dry eye disease causes deterioration of the tear film, which leads to either mild or more serious forms of the condition. A variety of treatment types may offer symptomatic relief.

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Principles of initiating antimicrobial therapy and empiric prescribingSubscription

Healthcare professionals should be aware of the principles of antimicrobial treatment and the need to reduce inappropriate prescribing to retain the effectiveness of drugs currently available.

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Chronic spontaneous urticaria: clinical features, diagnosis and managementSubscription

Defined as the non-inducible recurrence of wheals, angioedema or both for six weeks or more, chronic spontaneous urticaria is a difficult to diagnose and debilitating skin condition. Pharmacists should be aware of the clinical features in order to identify and manage this condition effectively.

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A definitive guide to handling the mediaSubscription

Aimed at healthcare professionals who want to communicate with and handle the media effectively.

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Relocate and be part of the team that’s making a difference all over the country

21 JUL 2016

Ever dreamt of upping sticks and making the move elsewhere? Perhaps to the coast, a pretty village, or maybe to the heart of an exciting, fast-paced city?

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Special report

Hepatitis awareness

Hepatitis is usually caused by a viral infection but can also result from liver damage caused by drinking alcohol. People infected with the hepatitis A or B virus usually recover in a couple of months. But over 200,000 people in the UK are affected by Hepatitis C. After years or even decades, infection can lead to liver damage that is potentially life-threatening. On this page are a number of articles related to hepatitis, including coverage of the advent of new and highly effective drugs for Hepatitis C, how they work and also the struggle for the health system to afford them.

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T cell therapies for cancer: from outsider to pharmaceutical darlingSubscription

Less than a decade ago, work on T cell therapies by a handful of researchers was snubbed by their peers but now the field has exploded, money has poured in and there is a race on to see who can bring the technology to patients the quickest.

The vanguard clinical pharmacists at the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

New care models: the role of pharmacy in vanguard pilotsSubscription

Pharmacists are taking on roles in vanguard projects, working in both hospital and community settings as part of multidisciplinary teams that are developing new models of care.

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Changing prescribing habits is easier said than done

Pharmacist independent prescriber Valerie Sillito explains how difficult she finds it to break out of old habits when prescribing for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Matthew Syed, a British journalist, author and broadcaster

Healthcare needs a change of culture if it is to thrive and grow

If the healthcare industry is to move forward over the next 20 years, the culture of blame needs to change to encourage healthcare professionals to report errors so that others can learn from them.

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The future of the UK post-BrexitSubscription

Two months on from the referendum vote to exit the EU, English Pharmacy Board member Sid Dajani puts forward his ideas on the potential impact on medicine and what the RPS should be doing to minimise the fallout.

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The Pharmaceutical Journal's panel discussion: Medicines, innovation and the value of medicine

The Pharmaceutical Journal's panel discussion: Medicines, innovation and the value of medicineSubscription

Key opinion leaders were brought together to debate the controversial topic of highly priced medicines at The Pharmaceutical Journal’s panel discussion on 14 September 2015 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference in Birmingham.

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Research article

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

Abstract Background: 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. ...

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Integrating community pharmacy testing for hepatitis C with specialist careSubscription

Abstract Background:  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 ...

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Pharmacy at home: service for frail older patients demonstrates medicines risk reduction and admission avoidanceSubscription

The Exeter Cluster Pharmacy (ECP) team is part of an integrated community health and social care service, providing domiciliary medicines optimisation to around 145,000 people. The service undertakes clinical medication reviews for frail older people at home, assessing their risk of medicine-related harm in order to reduce these risks and potentially prevent hospital admissions.  Objective: An evaluation was completed in 2014 to assess the level of service ...

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Improving long-term adjuvant anti-oestrogenic therapy for breast cancerSubscription

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Abstract Long-term (five years) adjuvant tamoxifen treatment for oestrogen receptor-positive, or ER-positive, breast cancer post-surgery is recognised as a major advance in healthcare. Clinical trials comparing standard and extended tamoxifen therapy found a major decrease in mortality occurred in the ten years following a decade of adjuvant therapy. Studies in premenopausal breast cancer patients showed that ovarian function suppression (OFS) plus an aromatase ...

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Allergic rhinitis: impact, diagnosis, treatment and managementSubscription

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Abstract Allergic rhinitis results from an immunological abnormality in which atopic individuals produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) to allergens (e.g. pollen, house dust mites, animal dander and moulds). IgE activates mast cells, which respond by releasing inflammatory mediators. Histamine stimulates the early symptoms, predominately mucus production, nasal itching and sneezing. Leukotrienes and cytokines attract and activate eosinophils to cause allergic inflammation, ...

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British National Formulary, 71st edition

Up-to-date, practical guidance on prescribing, dispensing, administering medicines and current best practice relating to the uses of medicines, as well as legal and professional guidelines.

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