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FDA approves pimavanserin to treat hallucinations and delusions in Parkinson’s diseaseSubscription

A drug to treat hallucinations and delusions in patients with Parkinson’s disease is being made available in the United States.

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Risk of heart failure from saxagliptin and sitagliptin no higher than for other antidiabeticsSubscription

New users of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors saxagliptin and sitagliptin are not at increased risk of heart failure compared with users of other antidiabetic drugs, a study commissioned by the US Food and Drug Administration has found.

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Foetal SSRI exposure raises child’s depression riskSubscription

Children who had been exposed to SSRIs during foetal development were more likely to have depression than those who had not, study finds.

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Vaccination during pregnancy protects infants against fluSubscription

In children born to women given the flu vaccination during pregnancy, the risk of influenza is much lower.

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Candidate Ebola therapy fails to improve survival in clinical trialSubscription

Since the study was conducted on patients with advanced Ebola, the drug may be effective in those with less severe disease, researchers say.

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Poor antibiotic adherence increases risk of skin infection recurrenceSubscription

Study suggests poor adherence to antibiotics could explain relapses seen in patients with skin infections.

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Autism: in search of new drug targetsSubscription

Genetic discoveries have invigorated autism research and raised the possibility of finding drug targets based on autism’s underlying pathophysiology, rather than merely treating symptoms.

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Looking back at 175 years of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society celebrates its 175th anniversary on 15 April 2016. Julia Robinson takes a look back at the history of the Society from its founding in 1841. 

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Blocking the immune system in rheumatoid arthritisSubscription

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the body. It afflicts about 1% of people in the UK and is now treated with a variety of biologic drugs that dampen the immune system in different ways

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Special report

RPS Board Elections 2016

The 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) national board elections are currently underway. A total of 21 candidates have been nominated across England, Scotland and Wales with 12 places up for grabs on the boards. However, in previous years voting turnouts for the elections have been disappointing. In 2015, just 11.7% of RPS members turned out to vote in the RPS English Pharmacy Board elections. Here, you will find all of our coverage of the 2016 elections, including the views of RPS members on the annual election process. Voting for the elections opens on 5 May 2016 and close at noon on 27 May 2016.

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Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations

Together with its companion text Pharmaceutical Calculations Workbook, Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations is essential reading for pharmacy undergraduates and pre-registration pharmacists.

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