Use of the diabetes drug pioglitazone is not associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, the drug’s manufacturer Takeda has claimed.
Pharmacists can apply for government funding to enrol in an internship scheme aimed at developing their research skills from autumn 2014.
ZMapp, an experimental combination of three monoclonal antibodies, has successfully cleared Ebola virus infection in monkeys, paving the way for human trials of the therapy.
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A better understanding of the interactions between therapeutic proteins and silicone oils, air bubbles and other particles inside prefilled syringes is prompting new approaches to formulation and syringe design.
Pioneering work creating organ models aims to predict the human response to a protein in order to assess whether it is a suitable drug target.
Pharmacists were among the men and women who served in the First World War, through enlisting in the army, serving on the home front, or maintaining pharmaceutical services.
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Special report: The Ebola outbreak
The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease is by far the biggest on record in terms of numbers of people affected and geographical spread. It is also the first time the disease has spread through a large urban environment. Since it began in Guinea in December 2013, it has spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. As of 26 August 2014, there were 3,069 cases and 1,552 deaths.
No vaccine currently exists to prevent infection, and the majority of people who succumb to disease will die. Local healthcare workers and international organisations are struggling to contain the disease while pharmaceutical companies scramble to push experimental vaccines through clinical testing. ideas and perhaps provide a more positive view of community pharmacy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a Public Health Event of International Concern (PHEIC) and warns that up to 20,000 people could be affected in the next nine months. Visit the special report
Consultant cancer pharmacist Steve Williamson speculates on the future of funding to cancer drugs following the announcement of changes to the Cancer Drug Fund
Steve Bremer provides a summary of fictional drugs created for television series, books and films.
Jenny Bryan takes a look at the discovery of carbapenem antibiotics and their role as the last line of defence against drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria.
The dangers of addiction to the opioid, which were not anticipated at the drug’s launch, serve as a reminder that pharmacists always have more to learn.