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World AIDS Day: the long battle against the HIV epidemic

Great progress has been made in many countries to tackle the HIV epidemic. A newly diagnosed patient with access to the latest antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to have a normal life expectancy. Yet, over 30 years since the emergence of the virus, and 29 years since the first World’s AIDS Day, much more needs to done to bring these advances to developing countries and to reach groups at high risk of HIV transmission. One of the biggest barriers to achieving this aim is the stigma that is still rife in many countries.

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Clare Gerada, GP and chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region)

Q&A: How do GPs view the role of pharmacists in the NHS?Subscription

19 FEB 2015By

London-based GP Clare Gerada is chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region). But she is probably best known for her work as chairman of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a post she held for three years. She shares her thoughts on the role pharmacy should play in UK healthcare.

According to suggestions from the latest Nuffield Trust report "Now more than ever" community pharmacists must shift their core activities away from dispensing function towards a more clinical role

Dispensing: it’s time to let it goSubscription

29 JAN 2015By

If the aspirations of pharmacy fulfilling a clinical role integral to public healthcare is ever to be realised, community pharmacists must shift their focus away from dispensing and towards providing health services.

Community pharmacists disappointed with settlement on new pharmacy contract

Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding dealSubscription

22 SEP 2014By

The settlement includes £2bn, which will be delivered in fees and allowances, with the remaining £800m to be delivered through agreed drug purchase margins.  

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The ongoing negotiations in a similar deal, the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU are also being held in secret are something we in the UK should be very wary about. Intellectual property and medicinal regulation are also being discussed which means we should take interest but the lack of attention in the mainstream media and clandestine nature of the talks prove there are things the lobbyists and negotiators don't want us to know about.

Mark Bury Free trade agreements play a dangerous game with public health

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