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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

Joint working between pharmacy and GP organisations will put both professions onto a common path focused on patient outcomes

Pharmacists in GP surgeries is a pragmatic solutionSubscription

Joint working between pharmacy and GP organisations will ensure both professions are heading in the same direction and remain focused on patient outcomes.

Feature

For the first time, a new drug is being developed to work by modulating the activity of the microbiome, the 100 trillion bacteria that inhabit the human gut. The image is a scanned electron micrograph of the intestinal villi where microbiomes are found

Drug metabolism: manipulating the microbiome Subscription

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Understanding how symbiotic bacteria that help maintain health interact with medicines is an emerging field of research.

Comment

We cannot allow freedom of choice to endanger the lives of whole populations, so Governments need to step up enforcement of vaccinations. In the image, vaccination posters from the 1950s

Mandatory vaccination will protect all citizensSubscription

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We cannot allow freedom of choice to endanger the lives of whole populations, so governments need to step up efforts to enforce vaccinations.

Q&A

Mario Raviglione, director of the WHO’s Global TB Programme, discusses the tasks and challenges ahead

Mario Raviglione: an ambitious new strategy to end tuberculosisSubscription

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To coincide with World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March, the World Health Organization has called for support to achieve an ambitious new 20-year strategy to end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2035. Mario Raviglione, director of the WHO’s Global TB Programme, discusses the tasks and challenges ahea

CPD article

Step-by-step guide on what to do when a patient experiences an epileptic seizure. In the image, a woman has an electroencephalography

Epileptic seizure: urgent actionSubscription

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Find out what to do if a patient experiences an epileptic seizure in our step-by-step guide.

Careers

Industry pharmacist Zahid Latif (pictured) is responsible for managing a £100m portfolio of investments supporting pioneering medical and health projects in the UK

Promoting medical innovation as a pharmaceutical scientistSubscription

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Zahid Latif has worked in drug discovery projects across the UK and now leads efforts to promote innovative medical research collaborations between industry and academia.

News

The use of antipsychotic drugs in people with dementia poses a higher mortality risk than previously identified, and the risk increases with dose, study finds

Greater risk of death by antipsychotics in dementia patients, research suggestsSubscription

The risk of death caused by use of antipsychotic drugs in people with dementia is greater than previously thought, and increases in line with dose, research suggests.

Taking macrolide antibiotics, such as erythromycin and clarithromycin, during pregnancy could increase the risk of babies being born with epilepsy or cerebral palsy, report researchers from the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) in London

Study links use of macrolide antibiotics in pregnancy to infant epilepsy and cerebral palsy Subscription

A slightly increased risk of epilepsy or cerebral palsy for babies whose mothers take macrolide antibiotics during pregnancy has been found by UCL researchers.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

4/11 April 2015, Vol 294, No 7856/7

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Understanding how symbiotic bacteria that help maintain health interact with medicines is an emerging field of research.

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Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member

Pre-registration training: is ‘good enough’ good enough?Subscription

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Following reports of dissatisfaction with pre-registration training, Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member, and Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy, ask whether the programme is fit for purpose.

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