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Encouraging medicines optimisation

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a set of briefings describing how you can encourage patients with specific conditions to get the most out of their medicines. Here, you can find articles describing the briefings and everything else The Pharmaceutical Journal has to offer about Medicines optimisation.

James Andrews, national quality pharmacist, Virgin Care.

How I support community health services as a national quality pharmacistSubscription

17 JUL 2017By

The opportunities for pharmacists within the community services sector are huge, says James Andrews.

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Medicines optimisation in dementia: the role of the community pharmacySubscription

13 JUL 2017By

Community pharmacists are well placed to assist in the early identification of dementia, as well as to help patients to manage their medicines. However, a wider role for pharmacists, for example, conducting medicines reviews in patients’ homes, will depend on how their clinical role develops.

Science of sunscreen

Science of sunscreenSubscription

22 JUN 2017By

Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma could be prevented through better knowledge of sun damage and how to protect against it.

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A better way to manage Parkinson’s disease

28 APR 2017By

Viv Horton explains how her hospital set up a Parkinson’s advanced symptom unit to provide holistic care for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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Depression in adults: recognition and managementSubscription

5 APR 2017By ,

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.

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Genotype-guided dosing improves safety of warfarin Subscription

3 APR 2017

Older adults who received a genotype-guided dose of warfarin via a web application were less likely to experience adverse effects compared with clinical dosing, trial results show.

Care for children with diabetes is improving, but there is more work to do

10 MAR 2017By

For the seventh year running, the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit shows that children living with diabetes are being helped to manage their blood glucose levels (HbA1c) and so reduce the risk of developing ...

Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Q&A: Farewell to RPS chief executive, Helen GordonSubscription

23 FEB 2017By

After seven years in the pharmacy world, Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to enter pastures new at the Royal Society of Medicine. Here, she talks to Julia Robinson about her proudest moments and what advice she would give to her successor. 

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