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  • Images showing forms of drug delivery: nanoparticles, microchip technology, micro needle patcher and ultrasound-guided delivery

    Making drugs work better: four new drug delivery methods Subscription

    New drug delivery methods have started to emerge that aim to improve efficacy, cost-effectiveness and adherence as well as reduce side effects.

  • Birdseye view of two people in a meeting

    Peer discussion to become pharmacy's proof of professionalism Subscription

    This is the first in a series of in-depth articles The Pharmaceutical Journal will be running on revalidation. The General Pharmaceutical Council is currently evaluating responses to its consultation on the new proposals, which closed on 17 July 2017. In this article, we examine those proposals in detail and explain what they will mean for pharmacists. In future articles we plan to focus on topics including implementation, obstacles and challenges and the ongoing development ...

  • Digitalised illustration of DNA in pill representing personalised medicine

    Genomic medicine is going mainstream and pharmacists need to be prepared Subscription

    The 100,000 Genome Project is driving the move from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment, towards personalised, or precision, medicine. Genetic information is also being used by pharmaceutical companies to help speed up drug discovery and development, and reduce the associated costs. Pharmacists will have an important role to play when genomic medicine goes mainstream.

  • Close up of feet walking on beach

    A strong base: the importance of foot health

    Healthcare professionals are beginning to recognise the importance of keeping our feet in good working order, but does more need to be done to communicate this message to the public? Find out in this feature produced in partnership with RB.

  • Drone gets ready for takeoff

    Fledgling drone technology bringing medicines to remote regions Subscription

    Several companies are working on drone technology to deliver medical supplies, including rabies vaccinations in Rwanda and hospital supplies in Switzerland. However, there are concerns about the practicalities of using drones to deliver medicines, not least the perception of drones as alien or military machines. Drones have a difficult path ahead, but there are enough instances where the case for their use is undeniable.

  • Man filling out prescription

    Prescription charges backfire on UK health and wealth

    Rather than generating revenue, it appears that charging people with long-term conditions for their medicines results in patients not filling their prescriptions with hidden costs for their health, for the NHS and for the UK economy as a whole.

  • Illustration of hands cradling an elderly woman

    Medicines optimisation in dementia: the role of the community pharmacy Subscription

    Community pharmacists are well placed to assist in the early identification of dementia, as well as to help patients to manage their medicines. However, a wider role for pharmacists, for example, conducting medicines reviews in patients’ homes, will depend on how their clinical role develops.

  • Andrew Godfrey running

    Multiple myeloma: an expensive revolution Subscription

    New treatments for this rare form of cancer have transformed patient survival rates, but the benefits have come with huge costs.

  • Close up of boy buying prescription drugs off street

    Pharmacists have a vital role to play in tackling misuse of prescription drugs by young people Subscription

    As more young people turn from street drugs to prescription drugs for recreation or to enhance academic performance, pharmacists need to increase their vigilance when supplying medicines, either on prescription or over the counter, and be aware of medicines’ potential to end up on the black market.

  • Illustration of a heart with signals of hypertension

    Pharmacists join the fight against hypertension Subscription

    Some pharmacists are at the forefront of tackling high blood pressure by providing hypertension services within GP practices, community clinics and pharmacies. But to improve the prevention, early detection and management of the condition, these services need to be more widespread.

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