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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

The proposed changes to the laws surrounding dispensing errors are a step in the right direction but more needs to be done to remove the threat of prosecution from pharmacists.

Changes to dispensing errors legislation must strike the right balanceSubscription

The proposed changes to the laws on dispensing errors are a step in the right direction but more needs to be done to remove the threat of prosecution from pharmacists.

Feature

Palestinian Refugee Camp Burj Barajneh in Beirut, Lebanon. humanitarian bodies not only face the obvious security risks of reaching people in need, they also have to deal with the growing bureaucracy involved in getting medicines to them.

Supplying medicines to refugees: a logistical nightmareSubscription

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During conflicts, humanitarian bodies not only face the obvious security risks of reaching people in need, they also have to deal with the growing bureaucracy involved in getting medicines to them.

Comment

Atypical (second-generation) antipsychotics are being overprescribed and used inappropriately in many countries. It is time to reduce the practice of prescribing atypical drugs for treating a wide variety of mental distress.and behavioural problems

Atypical antipsychotics: overrated and overprescribedSubscription

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Atypical antipsychotics are being overprescribed and used inappropriately in many countries. It is time to reduce the practice of prescribing atypical drugs to treat a wide variety of mental distress.

Learning article

Inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are indicated in the management of most patients with asthma and some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the image, a scanning electron micrograph (SEM) showing alveoli and pulmonary blood vessels

Inhaled corticosteroids: managing side effectsSubscription

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Inhaled corticosteroids are commonly prescribed but need careful management to minimise the risk of side effects.

Careers

The pharmacy department at Watford General Hospital recently introduced longer weekend working hours. Changes were done without causing too much disruption to the staff.

Getting started with weekend working in a hospital pharmacySubscription

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The pharmacy department at Watford General Hospital recently introduced longer weekend working hours. Operational manager Sue Schechter describes how they made the changes without causing too much disruption to the staff.

News

Research groups have identified compounds that can inhibit components of the immune system that cause several inflammatory disorders. In the image, a small-molecule compound, MCC950, which inhibits activation of NLRP3 (red dot) in the cell.

Researchers identify new anti-inflammatory compoundsSubscription

Two separate research groups have identified compounds that can inhibit components of the immune system that are involved in several inflammatory disorders.

The NHS is paying too much for new drugs and this is not in the best interests of patients overall, an analysis by health economists at the University of York has found.

NHS is paying too much for drugs to the detriment of other services, analysis suggestsSubscription

The NHS is paying too much for new drugs and this is not in the best interests of patients overall, an analysis by health economists has found.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

28 February 2015, Vol 294, No 7851

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Providing humanitarian aid by air, sea and land, despite increasing levels of bureaucracy.

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Initiative in London pharmacies offers consultations, information and referral to health services in response to possible symptoms of lung cancer

Pharmacy lung cancer awareness campaign boosts referrals to GPsSubscription

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Initiative in London pharmacies offers consultations, information and referral to health services in response to possible symptoms of lung cancer.

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