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Illustration of acne on a young woman's skin

Why we need more over-the-counter products to treat acneSubscription

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Approval of the first over-the-counter topical retinoid in the United States is a welcome move and should be replicated in other countries.

CPD article

Boy with Down's Syndrome listens to a healthcare worker

Reducing antipsychotic prescribing in people with learning disabilities Subscription

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Pharmacists and healthcare professionals are ideally placed to review and reduce inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medicines in people with learning disabilities safely and effectively.

Research Article

Molecular model of C-reactive protein

Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practiceSubscription

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Abstract Background: C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of infection and inflammation. It is high in bacterial infections but very low or close to zero in viral infections. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England and Wales’s health technology assessment body, has issued guidance on pneumonia in adults; it recommends point-of-care (POC) CRP analysers when clinical assessment is inconclusive. If the CRP level ...

Short Communications

Campaign to raise eye drop technique awarenessSubscription

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In summer 2016, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust launched its pharmacy-led #knowyourdrops campaign. Its main objectives are to promote and encourage good eye drop compliance, provide support to patients, carers and staff regarding best techniques for administering eye drops, and demonstrate the range of available compliance aids and review their benefits for individual patients.

We should aim to achieve complete elimination of hepatitis CSubscription


I read the letters from Charles Gore (Clinical Pharmacist 2016;8:232) and Anja St. Clair Jones (Clinical Pharmacist 2016;8:264) ...

Obtaining patient feedback via a forum groupSubscription

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In October 2014, the pharmacy department of Walsall healthcare NHS Trust, which provides general hospital and community services to approximately 260,000 people in Walsall and surrounding areas, set up a pharmacy patient forum group (PPFG). The main aim of the PPFG was to obtain an insight from end users with a view to helping the trust and department to achieve a high quality patient experience. The idea behind setting up this group was inspired by pharmacy team members who wanted ...

Let us be pharmacists in GP practicesSubscription


It was interesting to read discussions about working in GP practice (Clinical Pharmacist 2016;8:202). There is a vital role for a pharmacist in every GP practice, but a job title without the word ‘pharmacist’ would seem to be ill advised.

Administration of nasal flu vaccine via community pharmacy Subscription

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In 2012, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended that the routine annual influenza vaccination programme should be extended to children aged from 2 years to 17 years of age. These children would receive the nasal flu vaccine.

Research briefing

MRI scan of brain with multiple sclerosis (MS)

Laquinimod inhibits secondary progressive MS in mouse modelSubscription

Clinical Pharmacist, Vol 8, No 10

Laquinimod reduced the number of mice who developed multiple sclerosis in one model, and slowed disease progression in another.

Fruits and vegetables in a farmers' market stall

Fruits and vegetables lower blood pressure and slash medication costs for kidney disease patientsSubscription

29 SEP 2016

The cost of antihypertensive drugs nearly halved when researchers assigned patients to eat alkali-inducing fruit and vegetables.

Sick child taking medicine

Paracetamol does not worsen lung function of children with asthmaSubscription

20 SEP 2016

When used during respiratory illness in children, paracetamol is not associated with a higher risk of asthma exacerbations than ibuprofen.

Blister pack of contraceptive pills

Progesterone accelerates recovery from flu virusSubscription

16 SEP 2016

Progesterone was found to enhance recovery from influenza in mice and so could also have benefits for humans during disease outbreaks, say researchers

Clinical Pharmacist

CP October 2016, Vol 8, No 10

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Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practice

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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.