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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

Modern medicines should turn to nature to find the solutions to many of man's current ailments

Pharmaceutical industry should turn back to natureSubscription

The pharmaceutical industry’s move away from natural sources in drug discovery is short-sighted.

A stricter approach to vaccinationSubscription

Personal belief exemptions for vaccination put at risk those who are unable to participate for medical reasons.

Feature

Researchers are using new technology that allows them to unlock the potential of previously uncultivated microbes on land and under the sea

Drug discovery returns to the wildSubscription

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Researchers now have the tools to unlock the potential of previously uncultivated microbes, prompting a return to drug discovery from natural products.

Comment

In the picture, superman ecstasy pills have been responsible for a few deaths. Providing a service where users can have their drugs tested before they take them is one way to help reduce hospital admissions and deaths.

Facilitate recreational drug testing to help save livesSubscription

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Giving drug users better information about what is in their drugs before they take them could save lives.

CPD article

Potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium imbalances can lead to serious heart complications

Electrolytes in cardiologySubscription

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How potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium imbalances can lead to serious heart complications.

Careers

With life expectancy rising, there are different ways for pharmacists to save for retirement

Pensions in the UK: different ways pharmacists can save for retirement Subscription

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The way that people can access their pensions is changing in April, when new rules will give retirees with defined contribution pension savings the option to take the money as cash, rather than have it tied into an annuity. But how do you decide what kind of retirement plan is right for you?

News

Spironolactone, a diuretic used to treat heart failure is associated with an increased risk of sudden death in elderly patients when combined with the antibiotic trimethoprim–sulfamethoxazole, study finds

Common antibiotic taken with a diuretic linked to sudden deathSubscription

Spironolactone, a diuretic used to treat heart failure whose side effects include hyperkalaemia (raised blood potassium levels), is associated with an increased risk of sudden death when combined with the antibiotic trimethoprim–sulfamethoxazole.

Four out of ten people would be willing to accept some degree of risk of immediate death rather than having to take a daily pill to prevent cardiovascular disease

Researchers survey the psychological factors of medication adherenceSubscription

Four out of ten people would be willing to accept some degree of risk of immediate death rather than having to take a daily pill to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD). 

The Pharmaceutical Journal

14 February 2015, Vol 294, No 7849

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Researchers now have the tools to unlock the potential of previously uncultivated microbes, prompting a return to drug discovery from natural products.

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YOUR RPS

Aileen Bryson, policy and practice lead at Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland.

Why a 'conscience clause' is essential in assisted suicide legislationSubscription

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Pharmacists must be allowed to opt out of dispensing lethal prescriptions if assisted suicide is legalised, and this right should be protected in law, says Aileen Bryson, policy and practice lead at Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland.

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