In this issue
Limiting HIV resistance must not be neglected in an era where we continue to see breakthroughs in treatment for the infection once labelled a death sentence.
Depression in adults: recognition and managementSubscription
Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be able to recognise the symptoms of depression in people who use their services and direct them towards accessing treatment. This article examines how a diagnosis of depression is made, the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments available, specific considerations for different patient groups, self-management approaches, and the role of the pharmacy team in managing and supporting patients who have symptoms of depression.
Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy: insight from the Community Pharmacy Future modelSubscription
In the face of funding and efficiency cuts to community pharmacy, the role of the sector is coming under increasing pressure. The importance of outcomes evidence (particularly health economic evidence) is being brought sharply into focus. The profession must come together to produce the evidence needed to justify the services provided by community pharmacy and to support its future development. This article uses the Community Pharmacy Future (CPF) project, and the services developed ...
A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription
Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in ...
Chemoprevention in British women is inadequateSubscription
We write to outline our concerns that breast cancer prevention strategies are not being implemented to their fullest potential in the UK.
We have come a long way from the early days of the oral contraceptive pill, where the doctor would only prescribe it to women who were married, and then told them soon after that it was time to stop it and have babies. But in most countries we have not come far enough.
Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of ill health in the UK. Although overall death rates from smoking are falling, it continues to be a burden on the health of our population in Hywel Dda, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Apart from causing ill health in people, smoking also places a great ...
There was no significant difference in eczema symptom improvement between children assigned to antibiotics in addition to steroids and emollients and those assigned to placebo, leading researchers to conclude that not all children need antibiotics.
Duration of finasteride and dutasteride treatment linked to long-term erectile dysfunctionSubscription
Study results show 1.4% of men exposed to 5α-reductase inhibitors finasteride and dutasteride developed erectile dysfunction that continued for at least 90 days after stopping treatment.
Having studied data from nearly 30,000 patients with a history of cardiac arrest, researchers conclude that over-the-counter NSAIDs should only be available in pharmacies and at low doses and quantities.
Older men taking the antioxidants for over a decade had the same rate of dementia as those taking placebo, researchers find.