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EMA recommends approval of Truvada as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis

The first drug for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis has been recommended for approval across the EU.

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Pharmacy Strep A testing could reduce GP appointments for sore throats

A scheme involving point-of-care testing for group A streptococci in community pharmacy was able to limit antibiotic prescriptions to under 10% of patients, and could potentially reduce GP consultations for sore throat.

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Everyone should consider taking vitamin D during winter, PHE says

The population of the UK should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter months, Public Health England has advised.

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Andrew Sturrock

How I encourage patients to take part in research in GP practicesSubscription

As a clinical research pharmacist in a GP practice, Andrew Sturrock’s first project will be looking at the development of diabetes.

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How to help patients optimise their inhaler techniqueSubscription

Examining the impact of sub-optimal inhaler technique and how healthcare professionals can support patients in optimising their technique.

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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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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.

How students at the University of Manchester are promoting inter-professional education

Healthcare students at the University of Manchester have set up a society to improve inter-professional learning. Pharmacy student Linda Owens describes its most popular event, the clinical skills evening.

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On the governance of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription

Five years after the new incarnation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, it may be time to review its governance structure.

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The development and safety of proton pump inhibitorsSubscription

Since the discovery of omeprazole in 1979, dispensing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in England has increased more than 100-fold, and several products are now available without prescription. Although PPIs are effective and generally well tolerated, observational studies suggest an association with several adverse effects. Further trials are needed to establish causal relationships. 

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Extemporaneous formulations reference guideSubscription

‘Extemporaneous formulations for pediatric, geriatric and special needs patients, 3rd edition’, by Rita K Jew, Winson Soo-Hoo, Sarah C Erush and Elham Amiri.

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RPS launches ultimate guide for pharmacists working in care homesSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has added to its ultimate guide series with a new guide for pharmacists working in care homes or for those who are interested in starting in the role.

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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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Antiphospholipid syndrome: pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatmentSubscription

How antiphospholipid syndrome, also known as Hughes syndrome, is diagnosed and the appropriate therapeutic options for its management.

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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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Alistair Gray, clinical services lead pharmacist, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT)

Transfer of care: how electronic referral systems can help to keep patients safeSubscription

Schemes designed to enable accurate transfer of information about discharge medication are in operation across the UK and aim to improve patient safety.

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Fresh evidence points to a cause and possible treatments for chronic fatigue syndromeSubscription

Chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, has been largely dismissed as psychological. But recent trials of antiviral and immunosuppressant drugs have yielded encouraging results, suggesting a complex disease mechanism at play that researchers are hopeful they might be able to treat.

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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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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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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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