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Barriers, such as a price premium, should be removed to allow easier access to emergency hormonal contraception.
Why women who misuse drugs have different needsSubscription
Two editorials published in The Lancet and Addiction highlight how little is known about women and drugs, pointing to a blind spot in our collective knowledge
Antidepressants are not a ‘quick fix’ for children and young people with mental health problemsSubscription
Mental health professionals are becoming increasingly concerned that antidepressants are being used as a sticking plaster as waiting lists for specialist psychological treatments get longer and longer.
Additional funding and joined-up collaboration between different sectors of healthcare are needed to help address the health needs of the growing homeless population in the UK.
The new medicine service: evidence that community pharmacists are looking after patients while saving NHS resourcesSubscription
The latest research which shows the new medicine service is cost-effective is just what community pharmacy needs in these challenging times.
It is time for England to follow the lead of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and abolish prescription charges.
Several clinical trials have been stopped because of safety concerns, but pharmaceutical companies should not lose their nerve.
The results of the recent national pharmacy board elections are in, but there is little change to report.
The cholesterol and calorie hypotheses are both dead — it is time to focus on the real culprit: insulin resistance
Emerging evidence shows that insulin resistance is the most important predictor of cardiovascular and type 2 diabetes.
A closer examination of the evidence on testosterone therapy for men shows why the animosity surrounding the treatment is based on flawed assumptions.
Labelling patients as ‘prediabetic’ may not improve health outcomes because of inconsistencies with the testing and diagnosing of the condition, among other factors, writes Eleanor Barry.
After a dwindle in the number of reclassifications of prescription-only to pharmacy medicines in the UK, things are starting to look up, writes Natalie Gauld.
The World Health Organization’s Marc Bulterys on the agency’s efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis by scaling up screening and improving access to new and effective drugs
The World Health Organization warns of increasing HIV drug resistance and issues new guidelines to address threatSubscription
Meg Caroline Doherty from the World Health Organization discusses the increasing number of cases HIV drug resistance, and the new guidelines and global action plan developed by the WHO to help countries address the threat.
As part of The Pharmaceutical Journal and RB’s joint campaign on foot health, five healthcare professionals talk about their different approaches to discussing foot care with patients and the challenges they face.
Murray Aitken, co-author of a new report on system therapeutics, including precision medicines, explains to Julia Robinson the important role pharmacy will play in precision medicine.
Applying pharmacokinetics to clinical practiceSubscription
Clinical pharmacokinetics, 6th edition, edited by John E Murphy
Smart infusion pumps: implementation, management and drug libraries, 2nd edition, edited by Pamela K. Phelps.
An interesting book which explains why sugar is the real enemy and not fat, and how dietary and lifestyle changes can improve cardiovascular health.
Putting pharmacogenomics into practiceSubscription
Concepts in pharmacogenomics, edited by Martin M. Zdanowicz.
Rob Duncombe, director of pharmacy at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Hospital Expert Advisory Group, discusses the group’s activities and the diversity of hospital pharmacy.
A survival guide to your preregistration training Subscription
The transition from university to preregistration training can be daunting. As the new training year begins Marianna Liaskou, pharmacist and research administrator at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), and Rachel Joynes, head of research and evaluation at the RPS, discuss the support available from the Society during your preregistration year.
Paul Bennett took up his new role as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 3 July. He joins the RPS from his position as chief officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee. He was previously professional standards director and superintendent pharmacist at Boots UK.
John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) museum since 2010, speaks to Corrinne Burns about the latest activities of the museum team — including a new app, free to download now from the iTunes store.
Promoting oral health in the communitySubscription
Dental caries caused 63,000 children to be admitted to hospital for surgery in 2014. In that year, approximately one-quarter of British five-year-olds suffered with tooth decay and more than one-third of children did not see a dentist
Research about emergency department pharmacistsSubscription
I would like to bring readers’ attention to our research study ‘An investigation of EmergeNcy Department PharmAcist PractitionERs in the United Kingdom’ (the ENDPAPER study) led by researchers at the University of Manchester. Funded by the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association and Pharmacy Research UK, ENDPAPER aims to describe and define the role of emergency department pharmacists who have completed additional clinical skills training. We are currently looking for study participants who: Are ...
I read with disappointment the letter by Wai Sin Kung calling for opioid substitution services to be scrapped (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2017;299:40). The views expressed were unfounded and simplistic. The opioid substitution service does indeed help some users to stop abusing drugs, but it is also there to prevent some of the social upheaval that often follows with a drug addiction, ...
After only seven years, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) appears to be using its powers under the Pharmacy Order 2010 to provide guidance for everyone whose activities affect the services provided by registrants (pharmacists and technicians). This guidance is designed to elaborate on the existing standards for registered pharmacies, particularly those obligations directed at owners. So perhaps we can feel a little more confident that the GPhC finally acknowledges that the quality ...
Simran Janjua explains about a pilot using a case-finding tool to help identifying people in the community showing signs of dementia in order to refer them for further investigation.
Emma Davies, advanced pharmacy practitioner in pain management, takes a look at the evidence surrounding topical analgesics in light of NHS England’s decision to review their use on prescription.
Amarata Gill explains how she used her pharmacy training to help her mother, who was suffering from depression.
Malawi needs more pharmacists, but lack of money means many students cannot afford to go to university.
William Martindale Darling (1934 – 2017)Subscription
Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s youngest president and longest-serving Council member was also known for bringing the voice of pharmacy to the highest levels of government.
Peter Noyce (1946-2017)Subscription
A visionary leader who drove pharmacy practice forward but always had time to mentor others, he was known as the most effective pharmacist of his generation.
Thomas Geoffrey Booth (1928-2016)Subscription
Thomas Geoffrey Booth, past president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, founded the UK’s first department of pharmacy practice.
Frank P Palopoli (1922–2016) Subscription
The scientist who discovered the fertility drug clomifene was known as a modest man who mentored his staff.