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Coordinated action is needed to combat the epidemic of falsified medicines that is sweeping the globe. In the image, a Chinese policeman walks over 50 tonnes of counterfeit medicine that is about to be destroyed.

Pharmaceutical fakes: a dangerous pandemicSubscription

A unified authentication system is needed to combat the massive trade in counterfeit medicines. 

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Glaucoma is a group of optic neuropathies characterised by progressive degeneration of retinal ganglion cells. This degeneration results in cupping of the optic disc and visual loss

Glaucoma: treatment of open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertensionSubscription

Pharmacological treatment is essential for patients with glaucoma, although patient compliance can be a problem.

Glaucoma is often associated with intraocular pressure (IOP). IOP is measured using a Goldmann applanation tonometer mounted on the slit lamp biomicroscope (pictured)

Glaucoma: pathophysiology and diagnosisSubscription

With 70 million people affected by glaucoma worldwide, awareness of at-risk groups can help people get early treatment and save their vision.

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Dengue fever and chikungunya are insect-borne viral diseases. They are both viral infections spread by the Aedes mosquito (pictured). Chikungunya is caused by Togaviridae alphavirus and dengue is caused by Flavirideae flavivirus

Dengue fever and chikungunya: identification in travellersSubscription

With travel to the tropics more common than ever before, viral infections such as dengue fever and chikungunya should be suspected in travellers who develop a fever and fatigue.

Incompatibility poses a constant risk when mixing medicines but it can be avoided by understanding the chemical reactions taking place. In the image, a group of IV drips in hospital

Mixing medicines: how to ensure patient safetySubscription

Incompatibility poses a constant risk when mixing medicines but it can be avoided by understanding the chemical reactions taking place.

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Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics and lack of counselling with online services need to be addressed to reduce antimicrobial resistance

How online services are contributing to gonorrhoea treatment resistanceSubscription

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Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics and lack of counselling with online services need to be addressed to reduce antimicrobial resistance.

The international community must step up and conclude a protocol that could clamp down on tobacco sales outside the regulated supply chain.

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The international community must step up and conclude a protocol that could clamp down on tobacco sales outside the regulated supply chain.

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Patients can benefit when the healthcare service embraces new ways of working that address clinical need and changing demands, particularly when high risk medicines or patients are involved. In the image, a pharmacist checks patient records

How to establish a new clinical pharmacy serviceSubscription

Satinder Bhandal and Jayne Ballinger set up a clinic in 2012 to help patients access new oral anticoagulants safely. They explain how other pharmacists can set up their own clinical services.

Lindsay Smith has been lead pharmacist in emergency medicine at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for two years

Resolving issues with medicines in A&E departmentsSubscription

Lindsay Smith has been lead pharmacist in emergency medicine at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for two years. She describes what the role involves and why it suits her.

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ResearchKit Apple new software iPhone users medical research diagnostic devices collect scientific data new frontier medical studies

ResearchKit: a clever tool to gather clinical dataSubscription

New software from Apple makes it easy for iPhone users to contribute to medical research but scientists warn there may be pitfalls.

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Aspirin reduces platelet activation and might be beneficial in diseases involving the pulmonary vasculature such as emphysema. In the image, micrograph of red blood cell platelets

Aspirin users see slower progression of emphysemaSubscription

Regular aspirin use may slow the progression of subclinical emphysema through effects on platelet activation or inflammation, say researchers.

A study on medical marijuana shows no benefit on the behavioural symptoms of dementia. In the image, dried marijuana leaves

Medical marijuana study fails to show benefit on behavioural symptoms of dementiaSubscription

Researchers recommend further study of oral tetrahydrocannabinol as a therapy for neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia patients.

Researchers describe how a mathematical model calculates odds of resistance developing during antibiotic treatment, applicable to many species of resistant bacteria. Pictured, a scanned electron micrograph of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Mathematical model calculates odds of resistance developing during antibiotic treatmentSubscription

Researchers have developed a mathematical model to calculate the odds of resistance developing during antibiotic treatment, and used the data to identify optimal antibiotic sequences.

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Health issues for those who stay up late

People who stay up late, so-called “night owls”, are more likely to develop particular health issues than those who go to bed early.

Placebo effect genes identified

Researchers have identified at least 11 genes that influence individuals’ susceptibility to the placebo effect.

Could changing the cooking method result in a lower-calorie food?

The number of usable calories in rice can be lowered by boiling it in water and coconut oil and then cooling it.

Could an Anglo-Saxon remedy help kill MRSA?

An Anglo-Saxon recipe that combines garlic, leeks, wine and ox gall may be a useful antibacterial agent, writes Pam Mason.

Orange glasses and screen breaks can improve sleep

The blue light emitted from some electronic screens can make it difficult to sleep. Steve Bremer explains why.

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Step into the limelight – pharmacists to take the lead in advancing the management of acid reflux

So, step into the limelight!  In this article we review the current thinking in the management of heartburn and acid reflux in community pharmacies, and provide guidance and practical tools for the entire pharmacy team to support a customer-centric approach to care.

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Former head office of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Lambeth High Street, London

RPS reports deficit following period of investmentSubscription

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society says financial position remains ‘very strong’.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) says that it is ‘imperative’ that hospital pharmacists are given dispensing error defence soon

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Society restates concern over lack of defence for hospital pharmacists in official response to government consultation.

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‘Yes’ to preventing type 1 diabetesSubscription

I read with excitement Debbie Andalo’s piece about administering oral insulin to children at risk of developing type 1 diabetes (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:472) ...

Pharmacists will be used as cheap labour in GP surgeriesSubscription

I have read recent correspondence relating to pharmacists working in GP surgeries and am unsurprised at the “negativity within our own profession” referred to by Claire Anderson (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:421).

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Pharmacists in GP practices

Pharmacists in GP practices

Professional leadership bodies for pharmacists and GPs have jointly call for practices in England to hire pharmacists in clinical roles to address growing pressure on GP services. As the campaign grows, diverse views arise.

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