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Launch of new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

New treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Olodaterol, a once-daily long acting β2-agonist inhaler, has been launched in the UK for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Light micrograph in polarised light of crystals of the hormone melatonin.

Exposure to light at night may reduce effectiveness of breast cancer drug tamoxifen

Keeping the lights on during the night may cause breast cancer patients to become resistant to a commonly-prescribed treatment.

Evelina London Children's Hospital awarded at the Patient Safety and Care Awards

Evelina pharmacy team scoops Patient Safety and Care Award

A pharmacy team from the Evelina London Children’s Hospital has won an award at the inaugural Patient Safety and Care Awards.

We are primary care document cover

Poor public understanding of primary care

The term “primary care” needs defining so the public understands its scope.


PSNC unveils business model for NHS service bids

Groups of pharmacies will be able to bid for NHS services as limited companies.


Chlamydia screening influences sexual behaviour in young people

Survey responses suggest young people will have fewer sexual partners after being screened for chlamydia.


NICE recommendation means more people take atorvastatin to prevent heart disease

Atorvastatin is set to become the most prescribed drug in the UK following changes to cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Stop treating acne with antibiotics, says leading dermatologist

Antibiotic use for acne reducing effectiveness elsewhere, says leading dermatologist

Antibiotics should not be used for acne because they are ineffective and contributing to resistance.

Co-operative pharmacy business sold to Bestway Group

Co-operative Group sells pharmacies to Bestway

The Co-operative Group is selling its pharmacy business to the global Bestway Group for £620m in a deal due to be finalised by October 2014. 

Ian Strachan, chairman of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA)

National Pharmacy Association criticises timeframe for responding to inspection reports

Representatives of independent pharmacy owners call on regulator to grant independents flexibility over premises inspection reports.


Pharmacists suspended for 12 months after BBC undercover sting

Two London community pharmacists who sold prescription-only antibiotics to an undercover reporter have been suspended from the register for 12 months following fitness-to-practise (FTP) hearings.

aby with drug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) under a respiration hood to help with breathing. Pulmonary TB is an infection of the lungs by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This can cause severe scarring of the lungs and is usually treated

Childhood tuberculosis ‘much more widespread’ than thought

Mathematical model predicts incidence of tuberculosis in children greater than estimated.


Better care fund provides opportunities for pharmacists

Government fund to support integrated care could pay for pharmacy services.


Complaints to pharmacy regulator up by almost a quarter

GPhC is experiencing a rise in complaints about its registrants in line with other health professional regulators.


Variation in look of pills can harm adherence to generic medicines, study shows

Researchers urge pharmacists to warn patients about variation in the shapes and colours of their tablets.

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder is the most common behavioural disorder in the UK

Long-term effects of ADHD drugs ‘unexamined’

Clinical trials conducted for the approval of many ADHD drugs have not been designed to assess long-term safety and efficacy.

Other news

17th Field Ambulance, showing horse-drawn horses

Pharmacists serve on the front line and back at homeSubscription

Pharmacists were among the men and women who served in the First World War, through enlisting in the army, serving on the home front, or maintaining pharmaceutical services.


Pharmacists must prepare for new ways of working in the seven-day challengeSubscription

The idea behind seven-day working is simple: to provide the same level of essential NHS services to all patients seven days a week. In particular, the NHS plan, outlined in the 2012 report “Equality for all: Delivering safe care — seven days a week”, calls for a focus on admission prevention, early diagnosis and intervention, and early supported discharge.


Pharmacy commissioning can learn from the GP experience


Pharmacy hasn’t been great at pitching services to the NHS. There are the usual excuses — too little funding or a lack of pharmacy representation on key bodies — but pharmacy could take a lesson from GPs.

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The debate over e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that often look like cigarettes but do not contain tobacco. On inhalation, a solution, often containing nicotine, is vaporised into a fine mist resembling cigarette smoke. Recently, since a few pharmacies have decided to sell e-cigarettes, a debate over the role of pharmacists in offering e-cigarettes has been started. On this page you will find all the information we have to offer over this ongoing debate.


Just saying “bore da” (good morning) can help!Subscription


Principal policy adviser for RPS Wales Elen Jones reflects on the recent inquiry by the Welsh Language Commissioner on the use of Welsh in primary care.

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