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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

Although becoming an independent prescriber would equip pharmacists with valuable skills, it is unnecessary for all pharmacists to obtain the qualification as most pharmacy roles do not require it. In the image, pharmacists run through a small door

Potential problems of independent prescribing for allSubscription

Although becoming an independent prescriber would equip pharmacists with valuable skills, it may not be necessary for all pharmacists to obtain the qualification. 

The European Commission (EC) has released a document outlining how it plans to use scientific advice in forming policy. The proposed mechanism fills the void created when the key advisory role of chief scientific adviser (CSA) was scrapped

Keeping the science in EU policySubscription

A high level group of scientists may offer a solution to the controversial scrapping of the European Commission’s chief scientific adviser role.

Feature

As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line.

3D printing: the future of manufacturing medicine?Subscription

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As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line.

Comment

The author states that if we rely a bit less on pharmacotherapy, and give a bit more consideration to the environmental implications of our inner fish we can deal with the obesity problem more effectively. In the image, a fish out of water, in a city

Weight loss drugs: the wrong answer to the obesity problemSubscription

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Weight loss drugs are not the solution to achieve sustainable weight loss and improve overall health.

CPD article

The thyroid is a small gland located in the front of the neck. The thyroid hormones stimulate diverse metabolic activities, leading to regulation of the basal metabolic rate. In the image, scanning electron micrograph of follicles found in the thyroid

Thyroid dysfunction and drug interactionsSubscription

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Correcting thyroid function can require dose adjustment of common medicines to prevent serious complications.

Careers

A website will allow you to promote your services to a wider audience and is more flexible and cheaper than print advertising

How to create a website for your independent pharmacySubscription

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Is your pharmacy business lacking a website? Kamal Mahasuria, pharmacist and director of The Pharmacy Website Company, explains why you need an online presence and how you can build one.

News

Synthetic marijuana known as spice

UK government plans to ban psychoactive drugsSubscription

The UK government is introducing a bill that would bring a blanket ban on the production and supply of any drug that has a psychoactive effect. 

Newer contraceptive pills linked to higher risk of clots

Newer contraceptive pills associated with higher risk of clotsSubscription

Combined contraceptive pills containing one of the newer progestogens are associated with a higher risk of venous thromboembolism than pills containing older progestogens, a study has found.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

6 June 2015, Vol 294, No 7865

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As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line.

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David Branford

Chair of RPS England board loses seat by just 16 votesSubscription

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David Branford departs the English Pharmacy Board after five years, following a close election result.

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