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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

Diclofenac withdrawn from over-the-counter (OTC) sales in UK pharmacies due to concerns about cardiovascular safety

Is it time to rethink the place of oral diclofenac?Subscription

In light of the withdrawal of diclofenac from OTC sale in UK pharmacies over concerns about cardiovascular safety, it may be time to reconsider the role of the drug altogether.

The public's trust in pharmacy is a mixed pictureSubscription

When it comes to developing pharmacists’ clinical roles, the engagement of patients and the public may be the sticking point.

Feature

Regulators and pharmaceutical companies are monitoring social media posts for potential adverse drug reaction signals

Searching social networks to detect adverse reactions

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Regulators and pharmaceutical companies are monitoring social media posts for potential adverse drug reaction signals.

Comment

Combating obesity: bariatric surgery or lifestyle intervention?

Is bariatric surgery the right approach to obesity?Subscription

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 Up to a million more people could be offered weight loss surgery on the NHS after NICE lowered the threshold for which patients are eligible for bariatric surgery. David Haslam, GP and chairman of the National Obesity Forum UK, and David Katz, director, Yale University Prevention Research Center, discuss the merits of the decision, and the use of ...

CPD article

Light micrograph of kidney collecting ducts, which along with the distal convoluted tubule is the site of action for potassium-sparing diuretics

Diuretic therapy explainedSubscription

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The different mechanisms of action that classes of diuretic have means they can be used to treat a variety of conditions.

Careers

Deborah Layton, principal research fellow at the Drug Safety Research Unit

Developing studies to test drug safety as a research fellowSubscription

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In her role as principal research fellow at the Drug Safety Research Unit, Deborah Layton uses principles of pharmacoepidemiology to develop studies to help assess the safety of drugs.

News

Brain scan of a patient with Parkinson's disease. Safinamide has been recommended for approval as therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease

Safinamide recommended for approval as Parkinson’s disease therapySubscription

A new medicine that allows Parkinson’s disease patients to spend more of the day symptom-free has been recommended for approval in Europe.

The public trusts the advice given by a community pharmacist but not to the same degree as other health professionals, shows a recent poll by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

The public trusts pharmacists but not to the same degree as other health professionals, survey showsSubscription

The public trusts the advice given by a community pharmacist but the degree of trust is lower than that afforded to other health professionals, according to an IPSOS/Mori poll.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

24 January 2015, Vol 294, No 7846

Cover Story:

Clinical guidance that recommends the cut of a surgeon's scalpel to treat obesity divides expert opinion.

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Wing Tang, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacists can’t ignore ‘quality improvement’ in today’s NHSSubscription

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Pharmacists must show a commitment to the developing field of ‘quality improvement’ as the NHS evolves, says Wing Tang, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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