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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will scrap the satisfactory rating, but its premises inspection model needs more than a relabel

Pharmacy inspection rankings need an overhaulSubscription

The GPhC will scrap the satisfactory rating, but its premises inspection model needs more than a relabel.

Pharmacists should value the mix of clinical and scientific knowledge that makes them an asset within industry.

Pharmacists are in a good position to make the move into industrySubscription

Pharmacists should value the mix of clinical and scientific knowledge that makes them an asset within industry.

Feature

Rain pouring down on Mt Hood National Forest in Oregon, USA

The secret life of ketamineSubscription

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Ketamine is being used to treat depression in clinics that are springing up across the United States, but uncertainty remains over its long-term use.

Comment

Statins have been overprescribed for decades for many different reasons. Now is the time to reverse the trend

Prescribing statins: time to rein it inSubscription

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Statins have been overprescribed for decades for many different reasons. Now is the time to reverse the trend.

CPD article

High magnification micrograph of liver cirrhosis

Liver impairment: ensuring medicines safetySubscription

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How liver disease can affect absorption and excretion and the clinical consequences for common medicines.

Careers

Pharmacist Nicola Rudall (pictured) took a career break to teach clinical pharmacy to students in Namibia, Africa

Teaching pharmacy students in NamibiaSubscription

By Nicola Rudall

Newcastle-based pharmacist Nicola Rudall took a career break to teach clinical pharmacy to students in Namibia, in south-western Africa. Here, she describes the challenges she encountered and why this role is so vital.

News

Drug-development data is being lost through the failure to publish the results of a high proportion of trials (pictured), particularly of drugs that did not go on to be approved, study finds

Large proportion of stalled drug trial data is not being published, study findsSubscription

A vast amount of drug development data are being lost through the failure to publish the results of a high proportion of trials, particularly of drugs that did not go on to be approved, a study suggests. 

Researchers in Australia have modified peptides from cone snails (pictured) to provide a potential for relief to patients with hard-to-treat neuropathic pain

Researchers modify peptides from cone snails in quest for neuropathic pain therapy Subscription

Researchers in Australia have modified peptides from cone snails, which have the potential to provide relief to patients with hard-to-treat neuropathic pain.

Correspondence

The Pharmaceutical Journal

21/28 March 2015, Vol 294, No 7854/5

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Ketamine is being used to treat depression in clinics across the United States, but uncertainty remains over its long-term use.

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YOUR RPS

Elizabeth Butterfield, RPS English Pharmacy Board member

Pharmacists in GP practices is a vital next step for the profession – but it's not the only one we needSubscription

By Elizabeth Butterfield

Opportunities for pharmacists to work within general practice teams will be an important new role for the profession, but integration with primary care needs to go further still, argues Elizabeth Butterfield, RPS English Pharmacy Board member.

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