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Regulatory agencies in the United States take less time to approve new cancer drugs than those in Europe or Canada, says new research presented at ESMO 2014 Congress

Cancer drugs approved faster in the United States than in Europe or CanadaSubscription

Regulatory agencies in the United States take less time to approve new cancer drugs than those in Europe or Canada, according to new research.

Community pharmacists unlikely to face fitness to practice hearing if they report a patient safety incident that occurred in their pharmacy, says General Pharmaceutical Council

Regulator reassures community pharmacists over plan to name pharmacies in error reportsSubscription

Community pharmacists are unlikely to face a fitness-to-practise hearing if they report a patient safety incident that occurred in their pharmacy, regulators say.

June Raine, director of vigilance and risk management of medicines at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

UK regulator removes need to report all adverse drug reactions in childrenSubscription

It will no longer be compulsory for pharmacists, doctors and other healthcare professionals in the UK to report all suspected adverse drug reactions in children to the Yellow Card scheme, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has announced.

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Timeline of the ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014

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As the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic continues to escalate, we chart the latest epidemiological data alongside an insight into the pathology of Ebola virus disease and the biological processes being targeted by drug and vaccine developers.

Aspirin is one of the most common drugs with an estimated 700 to 1,000 clinical trials conducted each year

A history of aspirinSubscription

Aspirin was one of the first drugs to come into common usage and it still one of the most researched drugs in the world, with an estimated 700 to 1,000 clinical trials conducted each year.


Still feeling the Vioxx painSubscription

Ten years after Vioxx was abruptly withdrawn from the market, its story is still affecting society’s perception of the drug regulatory system and the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Pomegranate and other citrus fruit juices can interact with common medicines and put patients at risk

How fruit juice interacts with common medicinesSubscription

How fruit juices can interact with common medicines and put your patients at risk.

Stephen Hawking, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, during a TED conference

What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?Subscription

The ‘ice bucket challenge’ was started to raise awareness of ALS; find out more about this fatal neurodegenerative condition.

Borderline personality disorder and mental health

Borderline personality disorder: managementSubscription

Although a wide variety of psychotropic medicines are used for borderline personality disorder, there is a weak evidence base and treatment is controversial.

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FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

FIP International conference, Bangkok 2014

Just under 2,000 attendees gathered in Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (31 August-4 September). The theme of this year’s congress is “Access to medicines and pharmacists today, better outcomes tomorrow”.

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Appraisals are an important part of the development of staff within a community pharmacy

How to implement staff appraisals in community pharmacySubscription

The importance of formal appraisals and how to implement them in a community pharmacy setting.

Promoting excellence in pharmacy in ScotlandVideo

Hamish Wilson, the Vice Chair of Healthcare Improvement in Scotland, and Alpana Mair, the Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, discuss the future of the Prescription for Excellence programme in Scotland, how they plan to help pharmacists expand their clinical role and the possible impact of the Scottish referendum.

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The electronic prescription is one of the answers to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt challenge that the NHS to go paperless by 2018

Clarity and accuracy of electronic prescriptions questionedSubscription

Research has highlighted potential pitfalls of using electronic systems for prescribing.

Developing international policy for interprofessional experiential education

Learning from patients and other health professionsSubscription

Students can learn important skills from interprofessional experiential education.

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Joep Lange

A pioneer in AIDS research from the very startSubscription


Dutch researcher Joep Lange dedicated his career to groundbreaking HIV and AIDS research and was passionate about improving access to antiretroviral therapy in developing countries.

Science is the backbone of the pharmacy professionSubscription

The Pharmacy Schools Council (PhSC) was disappointed to see reports in The Pharmaceutical Journal (9 September 2014) of Bill Scott’s comments at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference, which asserted a need to remove the science from the MPharm to focus on healthcare. The PhSC represents 27 schools of ...

Statins linked to increase risk of diabetes and weight gain, research says

Statin target linked to increased risk of diabetes and weight gainSubscription

Inhibition of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase is partly responsible for the increased risk of type 2 diabetes seen with statin treatment.

Miles Mack, from Royal College of General Practitioners and Jonathan Burton, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, on their collaboration

Working together for the benefit of healthcare professionals, patients and the publicSubscription

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Jonathan Burton and Miles Mack provide a summary of the recent collaborative work between the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales

Striving to improve standardsSubscription


Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales, looks at what is being done across Wales to improve patient care in light of the ‘Trusted to care’ report.

Smart health choices: making sense of health advice

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‘Smart health choices: making sense of health advice’ by Les Irwig, Judy Irwig, Lyndal Trevena & Melissa Sweet.


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Perversely the funding settlement actually drives contractors further towards item numbers rather than service provision by making them do more dispensing to be in with the remotest possibility of attaining the same revenues.

Howard McNulty Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding deal