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Infographic on the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

New oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillationSubscription

Around 12,500 strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation (AF) in the UK each year, and 7,100 of these are preventable with appropriate anticoagulation. Four new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now available in the UK in addition to warfarin.

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Pharmacists should be trained to become clinical scientists, rather than researchers in pharmacy

Education and training should be provided for pharmacists so they have the opportunity to conduct research and contribute to translational research projects.

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NHS plans to crack down on conflicts of interest

NHS doctors will have to declare income from any private practice in new proposals drawn up by NHS England and put out for public consultation on 20 September 2016.

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Covert administration of medicines in care homesSubscription

Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be familiar with covert administration of medicines, a complex process requiring multidisciplinary assessment, to ensure its appropriate use in care homes.

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Pearl D’Souza, airport pharmacist at Gatwick Airport

High emotions, high expectations, high flying: my life as an airport pharmacistSubscription

Working in an airport means doing shifts at odd times, running travel clinics and dispensing medicines against the clock, explains Pearl D’Souza.

Roger Knaggs, pharmacist, Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

How a pharmacist made a career in pain and anaesthesiaSubscription

Roger Knaggs is the first pharmacist to be appointed as a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He tells Julia Robinson about his journey into pharmacy and pain management.

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Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Pharmacists play vital role beyond 'doling out' medicines, says Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription

Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society “This month we are speaking to both MPs, local councillors and the NHS about the vital role all pharmacists play,” says Neal Patel, ...

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Angela Alexander, professor of pharmacy education at the University of Reading

Improving prescribing practice to ensure patient safety Subscription

The competency framework for prescribers was updated in July 2016 with the aim of making it a more comprehensive and rationalised document, one that is relevant to all prescribers.

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Oral and genital herpes: four experimental treatment strategiesSubscription

Herpes simplex virus causes recurrent outbreaks of painful genital or oral lesions and in some circumstances can be lethal. But treatment is currently limited to antivirals, which are only 50% effective at reducing transmission. New treatments are desperately needed — here are four of the most promising pipeline strategies.

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New approaches to overcoming antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

As antibiotic resistance continues to threaten the treatment of various infections, researchers are looking for new ways to supplement and in some cases replace failing antimicrobial drugs.

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Understanding the benefits of liposomal eye sprays for dry eye patients

24 AUG 2016Updated: 25 AUG 2016

“At RB, we’re committed to supporting community pharmacies to ensure they are able to provide the very best help and advice to meet the needs of patients. Providing suitable products, information and referring patients when appropriate, are crucial elements of primary healthcare. Therefore, it’s of the upmost importance that you have access to high quality, up-to-date and evidence-based training that can be used as part of your own continuing professional development, and to help educate ...

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Special report

RPS annual conference 2016

The 2016 Annual Conference (4–5 September 2016 at the ICC Birmingham) focuses on improved service delivery in pharmacy, clinical excellence and educational reform. Through four conference themes, delegates will engage in sessions that explore important issues that affect pharmacy, while showcasing innovation and best practice.

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Focus on Dry Eye

People visit pharmacies to seek advice on everything from hay fever to stomach bugs and sprained wrists. While it is known that people also ask their pharmacist about dry eye, we know little about the frequency of such complaints or how knowledgeable pharmacists are in providing quality care, since they receive little formal training on the condition.

The Pharmaceutical Journal has joined forces with UK health company RB and surveyed members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to gauge how commonly dry eye is seen in the pharmacy and devise an independent editorial campaign to address the learning needs of pharmacists.

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Pharmacists should be trained to become clinical scientists, rather than researchers in pharmacy

Education and training should be provided for pharmacists so they have the opportunity to conduct research and contribute to translational research projects.

Pharmacy research in the dictionary

Time to redefine pharmacy researchSubscription

There is no universal definition of pharmacy research, and this may be one of the reasons for poor quality research in the sector.

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Infographic on the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

New oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillationSubscription

Around 12,500 strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation (AF) in the UK each year, and 7,100 of these are preventable with appropriate anticoagulation. Four new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now available in the UK in addition to warfarin.

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X-ray of the intestines of a patient with Crohn's disease

Biosimilars and inflammatory bowel disease: a switch programme using CT-P13Subscription

How to plan and manage switching patients from a biologic to a biosimilar in inflammatory bowel disease, using the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s experience as an example.

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Principles of initiating antimicrobial therapy and empiric prescribingSubscription

Healthcare professionals should be aware of the principles of antimicrobial treatment and the need to reduce inappropriate prescribing to retain the effectiveness of drugs currently available.

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The history of the study of the geneSubscription

The gene: an intimate history by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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The vital role of the peer reviewer

Research and learning editor Michael Dowdall describes the important and often overlooked contribution of peer reviewers to the academic publishing process.

Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England

Pharmacy leaders: listen to the worries of young pharmacists

At one of the plenery sessions from the 2016 RPS Conference, Julia Robinson heard that the views of newly registered pharmacists and students must be listened to in order to take the profession forward.

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Research article

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Assessing the impact of a targeted pharmacist-led anticoagulant review clinicSubscription

Abstract Background: Local guidance, supported by the 2014 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline CG180 for atrial fibrillation (AF), recommends that patients receiving inadequate anticoagulation with a vitamin K antagonist (VKA), including time in therapeutic range (TTR) of <65%, should be reassessed. These patients were identified by the anticoagulation monitoring service (AMS) and highlighted to GPs for review. ...

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Integrating community pharmacy testing for hepatitis C with specialist careSubscription

Abstract Background:  Many patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection lie undiagnosed and a significant proportion of patients that have been identified are disengaged from specialist services. The Isle of Wight (IOW) typifies this issue, with an estimated 200 undiagnosed patients with HCV infection and a small number of known cases engaged with specialist services. Aim:  To reduce the burden of undiagnosed HCV ...

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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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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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Patients with cancer and cancer survivors have an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, including left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, heart failure (HF) and acute coronary syndromes. These events are often a result of the cardiovascular toxici

Cardiovascular side effects of cancer treatmentsSubscription

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Abstract The cardiovascular side effects of cancer treatments remain a challenge in oncologic care. Patients with cancer and cancer survivors have an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, including left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, heart failure (HF) and acute coronary events. The treatments most frequently associated with cardiovascular side effects include anthracyclines, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting the HER2 pathway, and small molecule ...

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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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