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  • Edoxaban and vedolizumab recommended by NICESubscription

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended edoxaban (Lixiana; Daiichi Sankyo) as an option for treating and preventing recurrent deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Edoxaban is an oral anticoagulant that directly inhibits factor X (factor Xa), which is a key component in the formation of blood clots. In addition, vedolizumab (Entyvio; Takeda) has been recommended as a possible option for adults with moderate to severe ...

  • Daklinza treatment regimen Subscription

    Daklinza (daclatasvir; Bristol-Myers Squibb) can now be used for 12 weeks, rather than 24 weeks, in combination with sofosbuvir to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C genotype 3. 

  • Increased blood pressure with DianetteSubscription

    The summary of product characteristics for Dianette (cyproterone acetate and ethinylestradiol; Bayer) now includes increased blood pressure as an adverse effect. 

  • Caneston Bifonazole interaction with warfarinSubscription

    The summary of product characteristics for Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily 1% w/w Cream (Bayer) now warns of a potential interaction with warfarin. Limited data suggests that an interaction between topical bifonazole and warfarin may be possible, leading to increases in INR [international normalised ratio]. If bifonazole is used in a patient on warfarin therapy they should be appropriately monitored. Closer monitoring may be ...

  • Levemir now indicated for children aged one year and overSubscription

    Levemir (insulin detemir; Novo Nordisk) is indicated for treatment of diabetes mellitus in adults, adolescents and children aged one year and over. It was previously licensed for children aged over two years. 

  • Consultation on myeloma careSubscription

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance for consultation on the care of adults suffering from myeloma. It complements existing NICE guidance on the drug treatment of myeloma. Views on the draft guideline can be submitted until 1 October 2015. More information can be found on the NICE website. 

  • Pharmacy Management accredited by RPS FacultySubscription

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty has accredited Pharmacy Management’s training programme, ‘Clinical leadership in pharmacy’. The organisation has also been accredited by the RPS Faculty as a training provider. More information can be found on Pharmacy Management’s website. 

  • PHE breast cancer campaignSubscription

    Public Health England has launched a national campaign to raise awareness of the risk and symptoms of breast cancer in older women. A briefing has been created for community pharmacy teams that gives advice on how to approach the topic with patients and gives details of where to order free materials for the campaign, which runs until 6 September 2015. This can

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The debate over pharmacy registration exam 2015

The debate over the pharmacy preregistration exam

In June 2015, the pass rate for the pharmacy registration exam fell to 74% following some changes in the exam structure and a focus more on clinical questions. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced that the exam will become even more clinically-focused in 2016. Pharmacy students have demanded changes to registration assessment to make it more reflective of day-to-day practice, while GPhC has defended the new directon for the assessment and has published exam questions for the first time. Here you can follow all the developments in the debate over the new direction for qualifying pharmacists.

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