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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

The UK government is pursuing a blanket ban of so-called legal highs. The Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015, would automatically make it illegal to produce or supply any new psychoactive substance intended for human use

UK bill to ban all new psychoactive substances Subscription

New psychoactive substances are emerging more quickly than they can be outlawed, but a new UK bill is proposing a blanket solution.

Feature

The euphoric effects of prescription painkillers, as well as stimulants and drugs designed to treat anxiety and trouble sleeping, can encourage people to use them recreationally, with potentially fatal results

Tackling prescription drug abuse Subscription

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There are signs that strategies to address prescription drug abuse are starting to work but will an increase in illegal drug use be the payoff?

Healthcare payers are gearing up for huge savings from a slew of new biosimilars due to hit the market, but regulators are debating how to name them. Image of pharmaceutical manufacturing production chain

Debate over naming of biosimilars intensifies ahead of WHO meetingSubscription

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Drug regulators have noticed a proliferating problem. Around the world various regional regulators are applying different naming conventions for biosimilars.

Comment

Opioid painkillers are supposed to provide pain relief, but we now have an epidemic of injuries and deaths because they have been heavily marketed and inappropriately prescribed.

The prescription opioid addiction and abuse epidemic: how it happened and what we can do about itSubscription

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Opioid painkillers are supposed to provide pain relief, but there is now a plethora of injuries and deaths because they have been heavily marketed and inappropriately prescribed.

Learning article

With more obesity drugs having been withdrawn in recent years than licensed, we look at the current pharmacological options that can be used in addition to lifestyle changes. In the image, scanning electron micrograph of fat tissue

Obesity: current and emerging drug treatmentsSubscription

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The prevalence of obesity has doubled worldwide since 1980, but a range of new treatments are being introduced to help patients lose weight.

Careers

Charles Ebubedike (pictured) conceived the idea for a pharmaceutical company together with classmates on his pharmacy degree course

How a pharmacy student built a global companySubscription

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Charles Ebubedike conceived the idea for a pharmaceutical company together with classmates on his pharmacy degree course. He tells Stephen Robinson how they developed the company into an international business.

News

A virus-derived oncolytic immunotherapy has shown activity against melanoma in a phase III clinical trial, research finds. In the image, micrograph of melanoma of the skin with ulceration of the epidermal surface and expansion of the dermis by tumor cells

Modified herpes virus therapy shows promise in melanomaSubscription

A virus-derived oncolytic immunotherapy has shown activity against melanoma in a phase III clinical trial, researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Media reports following the Germanwings crash (pictured), often suggest that the events may have been prompted by an antidepressant. However, there is a closer association between use of painkillers and homicide than the use of antidepressants

Painkiller use is more closely linked to homicide than antipsychotics or antidepressantsSubscription

There is a closer association between use of painkillers and homicide than there is between the use of antipsychotics or antidepressants and killing someone, research shows.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

13 June 2015, Vol 294, No 7866

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Strategies to address prescription drug abuse are starting to work but there is a risk that they may lead to an increase in illegal drug use.

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