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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

Pharmacists must seize the opportunity offered by read-only access to summary care records and prove that full access to GP patient notes is the logical next step

Giving pharmacists access to summary care records will improve patient careSubscription

Pharmacists must seize the opportunity offered by read-only access to summary care records and prove that full access to GP patient notes is the logical next step.

Comment

Unnecessary tests, treatments and medication could be doing more harm than good for patients. In the image, a medical test form requesting multiple tests

More is not always better: time to stop overtreating patientsSubscription

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Unnecessary tests, treatments and medication could be doing more harm than good for patients.

CPD article

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common reasons for using antibiotics in both primary and secondary care. Escherichia coli (micrograph pictured) is still the most common causative organism

Urinary tract infection: management in elderly patientsSubscription

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Around 10% of older people, and almost a third of care home residents, develop a urinary tract infection each year.

Careers

Antimicrobial pharmacist Shilpa Jethwa (pictured) takes part in antimicrobial bench rounds at Northwick Park hospital in London. The rounds were introduced to help promote the prudent use of antimicrobials

Promoting antimicrobial stewardship in a hospital labSubscription

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Bench rounds at Northwick Park Hospital help promote the prudent use of antimicrobials.

News

From autumn 2015, community pharmacists in England will be able to access the summary care record (SCR), an electronic patient record derived from patients’ GP records. In the image, a customer talks with a pharmacist

Risks and benefits of pharmacists accessing patients’ summary care recordsSubscription

The government has decided to allow community pharmacists in England the ability to access the summary care record, an electronic patient record derived from patients’ GP records.

Statins, which are prescribed to reduce cholesterol, have been found to reduce aggression in men, but to increase aggression in postmenopausal women. In the image, a woman drops a statin from a blister pack

Statins increase aggression in postmenopausal womenSubscription

Statins could reduce aggression in men but increase aggression in postmenopausal women, according to research at the University of California, San Diego.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

11 July 2015, Vol 295, No 7870

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Urinary tract infection is one of the most common reasons for using antibiotics in both primary and secondary care.

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