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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.

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Chlamydia screening influences sexual behaviour in young people

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

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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.

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Poor public understanding of primary care

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

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.

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Better care fund provides opportunities for pharmacists

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

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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.

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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.

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PSNC unveils business model for NHS service bids

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

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Hypertension and beta-blockers may raise risk of psoriasis

US researchers show association among hypertension, antihypertensive medications and psoriasis.

The average number of prescription items issued per person has risen steadily from 13 per person per year in 2003 to 19 in 2013

Rise in prescription items per person in past decade

Statistics reveal that the average number of prescription items issued per person in England rose from 13 per person per year in 2003 to 19 per person in 2013.

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European regulator set to restrict bromocriptine for lactation suppression

EMA seeks to limit bromocriptine’s use and ban certain methadone products because of safety concerns.

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RPS updates professional standards for hospital services

Updated standards reflect changes in NHS culture.

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Study raises concern over insulin as addition to metformin for diabetes control

Diabetes patients who use insulin instead of a sulfonylurea — after failing to respond adequately to metformin — are at increased risk of a heart attack, results of a study published in JAMA suggest.

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Former RPSGB president Colin Hitchings dies

Colin Hitchings, a former president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, has died at the age of 75.

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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.

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The rise and fall of the clot buster: A review on the history of StreptokinaseSubscription

Streptokinase, the first thrombolytic drug to reach the market, achieved fame as the iconic clot buster.

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Pharmacy commissioning can learn from the GP experience

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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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Special report

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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.

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Leading clinical practiceSubscription

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Consultant pharmacists Stephen Tomlin and Mark Gilchrist describe some of the topics to be covered in the “Leading clinical practice” stream at the RPS Annual Conference 2014.

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