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Why antidepressants are still the best treatment for depressionSubscription

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Despite criticism about antidepressants in the media and rising calls for non-drug therapies for depression, evidence indicates that drugs are still the most effective treatment.

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Concerns around buying emergency hormonal contraception onlineSubscription

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The practice of online prescribing and buying medicines on the internet is expanding and it can play a positive role in providing care for our ever growing population. However, concerns have been raised at the news that some women are buying emergency hormonal contraceptive (EHC) pills from overseas websites that deliver to customers’ homes with no questions asked. Some are even available for purchase via eBay for as little as £5. This highlights key issues that are affecting patients ...

Fully exploit the potentials of hub-and-spoke dispensing and e-prescribingSubscription

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I welcome the reports from your journals relating to hub-and-spoke dispensing (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2016;296:205) and electronic prescribing (

Impact of a pharmacist-led asthma and COPD respiratory clinic in general practiceSubscription

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Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) continue to account for a large burden of disease in the UK. Despite comprehensive guidelines, more than 1,000 people die from asthma each year and COPD accounts for a leading cause of emergency admissions in the UK. In a joint initiative between NHS City and Hackney clinical commissioning group and the local tertiary centre for respiratory disease Barts Health NHS Trust, asthma and COPD reviews were undertaken by a specialist ...

Research briefing

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Liraglutide reduces risk of cardiovascular death in type 2 diabetesSubscription

4 JUL 2016

Risk of cardiovascular death was reduced by 22% among patients who received liraglutide compared with placebo.

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Primary care naloxone and opioid co-prescribing reduces emergency visitsSubscription

4 JUL 2016

Study shows that co-prescribing naloxone in primary care to patients taking opioids for pain reduces emergency department visits by 47% within six months.

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Cranberry juice reduces recurrent UTIs by 39%Subscription

30 JUN 2016

Daily servings of cranberry juice could prevent clinical UTIs and reduce antibiotic use

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Risk of melanoma in men taking erectile dysfunction drugs driven by sun exposure Subscription

24 JUN 2016

Study of men taking phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors found an increased risk of melanoma driven by sun exposure.

CPD article

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Chronic spontaneous urticaria: clinical features, diagnosis and managementSubscription

By Runa Ali, Marium Naqvi

Defined as the non-inducible recurrence of wheals, angioedema or both for six weeks or more, chronic spontaneous urticaria is a difficult to diagnose and debilitating skin condition. Pharmacists should be aware of the clinical features in order to identify and manage this condition effectively.

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Antiphospholipid syndrome: pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatmentSubscription

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How antiphospholipid syndrome, also known as Hughes syndrome, is diagnosed and the appropriate therapeutic options for its management.

Research Article

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Pharmacy at home: service for frail older patients demonstrates medicines risk reduction and admission avoidanceSubscription

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The Exeter Cluster Pharmacy (ECP) team is part of an integrated community health and social care service, providing domiciliary medicines optimisation to around 145,000 people. The service undertakes clinical medication reviews for frail older people at home, assessing their risk of medicine-related harm in order to reduce these risks and potentially prevent hospital admissions.  Objective: An evaluation was completed in 2014 to assess the level of service ...

Clinical Pharmacist

CP May 2016, Vol 8, No 7

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Pharmacy at home service for frail older patients

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Clinical Pharmacist is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal that provides authoritative resources on the clinical management of disease in relation to medicines and up-to-date information about advances in pharmacy and drug development. Clinical Pharmacist publishes Review articles, Perspectives, evidence-based CPD articles and Research articles on topics from drug discovery to clinical pharmacology and pharmacy.

The international audience of Pharmaceutical Journal Publications consists of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and healthcare professionals. The journal is available to 44,000 members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, as well as non-member individual subscribers and subscribing institutions.