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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.

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.

A visual guide to the Ebola virus epidemic Subscription

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.

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Ten years after Vioxx was abruptly withdrawn from the market, its story is still affecting society’s perception of the drug regulatory system and the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.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

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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Developing international policy for interprofessional experiential education

Learning from patients and other health professionsSubscription

Students can learn important skills from interprofessional experiential education.

Toyin Tofade, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy Baltimore, launched the FIP Education Initiative (FIPEd) Global Report

A global view of continuing professional developmentSubscription

There is significant variability between continuing professional development frameworks across the world and these will continue to change and evolve.

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The Pharmacy Show 2014

The Pharmacy Show is the UK’s largest CPD training, education and sourcing event for community and hospital pharmacy. Now in its 8th year, it takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th October in Hall 19, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham (Postcode for Sat Nav; B40 1NT). With five FREE conference streams, social and networking events, and thousands of specialist pharmacy products and services from more than 400 premier suppliers, the Pharmacy Show is unmissable for pharmacy contractors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, counter staff and pharmacy buyers.

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Why stopping inappropriate medicines in elderly patients is so importantSubscription

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Pharmacists need to be bolder when it comes to recommending that unnecessary medicines be stopped in elderly patients.

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Joep Lange

A pioneer in AIDS research from the very startSubscription

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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 ...

E-coli ribosome structure, a number of drug candidates inhibit growth of the bacteria by inhibition of the ribosome, study finds

Anticonvulsant lamotrigine could have antibiotic promise, researchers suggestSubscription

Researchers have found that some bacteria cannot create a complete ribosome in the presence of lamotrigine.

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

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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