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There is a consistent dose-response relationship between paracetamol use and risk of mortality or cardiovascular, gastrointestinal or renal adverse events, new research finds

Paracetamol use linked with cardiovascular risk and other adverse eventsSubscription

Researchers have discovered a consistent dose-response relationship between paracetamol use and risk of mortality or cardiovascular, gastrointestinal or renal adverse events.

Palestinian Refugee Camp Burj Barajneh in Beirut, Lebanon. humanitarian bodies not only face the obvious security risks of reaching people in need, they also have to deal with the growing bureaucracy involved in getting medicines to them.

Supplying medicines to refugees: a logistical nightmareSubscription

During conflicts, humanitarian bodies not only face the obvious security risks of reaching people in need, they also have to deal with the growing bureaucracy involved in getting medicines to them.

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Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of red blood cells. Iron deficiency anaemia is usually related to low intake of iron

Iron deficiency anaemia: basic managementSubscription

Test your knowledge with this case study on a common condition with non-specific symptoms.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). In the image, Fluorescent light micrograph of a section through a spinal cord affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

Multiple sclerosis: identification and managementSubscription

How to treat the symptoms of the most common cause of non-traumatic disability in young adults.

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X-ray of deep vein thrombosis, pictured. Low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) are used widely for the prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Low molecular weight heparins for treating venous thromboembolismSubscription

How to start patients on these common injected anticoagulants and optimise treatment.

Inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are indicated in the management of most patients with asthma and some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the image, a scanning electron micrograph (SEM) showing alveoli and pulmonary blood vessels

Inhaled corticosteroids: managing side effectsSubscription

Inhaled corticosteroids are commonly prescribed but need careful management to minimise the risk of side effects.

Coloured magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain, in profile, of a 35 year old woman with multiple sclerosis (MS)

Tizanidine interactionsSubscription

Careful titration of the skeletal muscle relaxant tizanidine is required to avoid dose-related hypotension, and its serum levels can be increased by drugs that inhibit CYP1A2.

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Sir Michael Rawlins, newly appointed chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

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Sir Michael Rawlins talks about how the MHRA intends to speed up approval of innovative medicines, involve pharmacists in reclassification and address drug shortages and trade in counterfeit medicines.

Jean Lindenmann, a Swiss scientist who discovered interferon

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Scientist Jean Lindenmann helped discover interferon, which is used to treat a variety of diseases.

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Sue Alldred is a care homes pharmacist at Leeds South and East CCG

Setting up a pre-registration placement at a clinical commissioning groupSubscription

Pharmacists in Leeds have created a new pre-registration placement, where trainees split their time between a clinical commissioning group (CCG) and a hospital. Sue Alldred, care homes pharmacist at Leeds South and East CCG, describes the process.

Elizabeth Marr, an advanced pharmacist in addictions, supports patients who often face prejudice in society

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In her role as an advanced pharmacist in addictions, Elizabeth Marr supports patients who often face prejudice in society. Here, she describes the challenges she faces.

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Kieran Hand (pictured), a consultant pharmacist in anti-infectives at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, was part of the team which developed the MicroGuide app that won this year’s NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for infection control.

Pharmacist’s team wins £50,000 innovation prize for antibiotic prescribing appSubscription

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Microbiology app that assists antibiotic prescribing wins national award.

Ian Caldwell, former Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) president, has died aged 79.

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Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)  Ian Caldwell was RPS president in 1996–1997

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The British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) is creating its own evidence database to track the efficacy and long-term safety of new biosimilar products coming on to the UK market.

Rheumatologists launch database to track efficacy and safety of biosimilar productsSubscription

The British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) is creating its own evidence database to track the efficacy and long-term safety of new biosimilar products.

Jim O’Neill (pictured), chair of the UK’s independent Review of Antimicrobial Resistance, said that an innovation fund worth up to US$2bn could be set up to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to develop new classes of antibiotics

US$2bn global innovation fund proposed to tackle antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

A worldwide innovation fund worth up to US$2bn could be set up to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to search for and develop new classes of antibiotics.

GSK and Novartis wrap up multibillion pound business dealSubscription

GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis have completed their three-prong multibillion pound business transaction, the companies have announced.

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Community pharmacists support new medicine service, research suggestsSubscription

Community pharmacists generally support the new medicine service because they think it will benefit patients, according to new research.

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Over the course of a person’s lifetime they will be infected with multiple strains of influenza virus, leaving a specific pattern of antibodies in their blood. In the image, micrograph of the influenza virus

Young people contract flu more frequently than adults aged over 30Subscription

Young people seem to contract influenza every other year on average, while adults over 30 seem to contract flu twice a decade, say researchers.

A new drug candidate known as “eCD4-Ig” has efficiently neutralised 100% of a diverse panel of HIV-1, HIV-2 and simian immunodeficiency virus isolates. In the image,

Drug candidate eCD4-Ig demonstrates durable protection against HIV infectionSubscription

A drug candidate known as “eCD4-Ig” — a fusion of CD4-Ig with a small CCR5-mimetic sulfopeptide — has efficiently neutralised 100% of a diverse panel of HIV-1, HIV-2 and simian immunodeficiency virus isolates.

Study using UK data has observed a protective effect of statins against liver cancer. In the image, dividing cancer cells

UK data confirm protective effect of statins against liver cancerSubscription

A study using data from the UK has observed a protective effect of statins against liver cancer, an effect previously seen in countries with high rates of the disease.

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Five tips to change your pharmacy from a “shop” to a “healthcare business”

In a skit at Sigma conference in Aamby Valley City, John Zucker and Ash Pandya discussed how to make changes to your pharmacy. Emma Page describes their advice.

Sigma Pharmaceuticals conference in Aambay Valley City, India

Make small, practical changes at a local level to benefit your customers

The annual Sigma conference, this year held in Aamby Valley City, India, provided an opportunity for pharmacists to discuss how to improve their pharmacies for the benefit of their patients and their businesses.

My placement at the Spinal Injury Centre in India

Pharmacy student Rutendo Muzambi describes her experience of working at a spinal injury centre in New Delhi, India

Making our patients feel cared for

Lack of time is not an excuse for not being empathetic towards patients.

Innocuous objects need to be removed from children's noses because of the risk of respiratory obstruction, but some objects can cause further damage

Removing items from children's noses

Removing objects from young children’s noses can be challenging. ‘Watch and wait’ and the ‘parent’s kiss’ are two techniques available.

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The way pharmacists work will not changeSubscription

I wish to comment on Brian Curwain’s letter on the government’s proposal to decriminalise dispensing errors (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:211). I am not convinced that the decriminalisation of dispensing ...

Prescription charge system doesn’t make senseSubscription

I was interested to read that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called for wholesale reform of the NHS prescription charge system (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:189). I was surprised to read that 36% of community pharmacists, GPs and nurses think that the current system is acceptable and appropriate.

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Clare Gerada, GP and chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region)

Q&A: How do GPs view the role of pharmacists in the NHS?Subscription

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London-based GP Clare Gerada is chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region). But she is probably best known for her work as chairman of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a post she held for three years. She shares her thoughts on the role pharmacy should play in UK healthcare.

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We do view our profession very pessimistically. It is almost assumed by all that the status quo will remain. As clinical services move to the community pharmacy setting and we begin to manage patients there, the demand for skilled prescribing pharmacists will increase.

Johnathan Laird Pharmacy workforce remains a dilemma