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  • 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.

  • Hand holding vaccine bottle with rhinovirus vaccine (RV14)

    Rhinovirus vaccine development is about more than fighting colds Subscription

    Rhinovirus, the pathogen behind the common cold, can cause severe, acute lung disease in children and those with underlying respiratory conditions. Since the 1970s, vaccine development has been hindered by the presence of numerous virus serotypes and the lack of a good animal model to test vaccine candidates. However, several different research groups are now making good progress on rhinovirus vaccines, using a variety of different techniques.

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    Sustainability and transformation plans: is pharmacy's voice being heard? Subscription

    Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are the blueprints for the future of the NHS, setting out how 44 areas across England — identified as geographical STP ‘footprints’ — plan to get the best health outcomes for their populations from increasingly stretched financial resources.

  • Blank or white medicine blister pack

    Design for dispensing: how far can we go to make packaging safer? Subscription

    It is a decade since the National Patient Safety Agency issued guidance on medicines packaging design in a bid to reduce the risk of dispensing errors. But medicines that sound alike or look alike are still responsible for a large proportion of errors. A collaborative approach between manufacturers, regulators and pharmacy organisations is required to tackle the problem.

  • Illustration of the blood brain barrier

    A barrier to progress: getting drugs to the brain Subscription

    Getting drugs across the blood-brain barrier could be key to developing more successful therapies to treat central nervous system disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression and epilepsy. Scientists are investigating a number of ways to achieve this, from using Trojan horses to smuggle drugs across the barrier, to temporary disruption of the barrier using ultrasound, to allow drugs into the brain.

  • Blister packs of real and fake viagra

    Falsified Medicines Directive: opportunity or obstacle? Subscription

    [8] Details surrounding the UK’s implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) have been clouded by the prospect of Brexit. It is now clear that the FMD will go ahead, but there are mixed views as to whether or not it will offer an efficient way to secure the medicines supply chain.

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