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Encouraging medicines optimisation

Gambling with medicines

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.

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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 (NPDA) shows 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. 

Pharmacist and report editor Katri Hämeen-Anttila, head of R&D at the Finnish Medicines Agency

Global pharmacist body wants strategies to boost safe medicine use

3 FEB 2017

Governments and pharmacy organisations should introduce national medicines information strategies to improve the safe and effective use of medicines, according to a report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

Medicines optimisation service in Weymouth and PortlandSubscription

1 FEB 2017By

In September 2015, the medicines optimisation service (MOS) was set up within Weymouth and Portland, Dorset. The MOS pharmacist conducts in-depth domiciliary consultations with patients to improve adherence and prevent harm from inappropriate medicines administration or prescribing. The service targets patients aged over 75 years with polypharmacy, on admissions avoidance care plans or living in care homes.

Becoming a pharmacist in a GP practice — clinical scenarios

3 JAN 2017By

Regina Ahmed has decided to try a career in the primary care sector. In the fourth of a series of blog posts, she describes some of the clinical cases she has handled and her regular workload.

Tim Hanlon, chief pharmacist and clinical director of pharmacy and medicines optimisation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust

Standardise, upskill and scale up: how one acute trust is facing the Carter challengeSubscription

26 OCT 2016By Alison Moore

Staff working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust share their thinking around plans to deliver financial savings and improved care for patients in light of the Carter review. 

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