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Treatment targets of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: moving beyond bisphosphonatesSubscription

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Bisphosphonates are the mainstay of osteoporosis treatment but as more is elucidated about the underlying pathology of the condition, new drug targets are being investigated.

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Editorial

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NHS England needs to make a transparent decision on PrEP without further delaySubscription

A decision on whether to fund HIV prevention treatment on the NHS should be based on the evidence, not politics.

Comment

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UK drug funding framework needs an overhaul to ensure the right areas are being prioritisedSubscription

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If the NHS is to get value for money from medicines, it needs to consider what the UK population values and where its priorities lie.

Q&A

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Q&A: Community pharmacy funding cuts in England – views from the front lineSubscription

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In light of the government’s intention to cut funding for the sector and reform the remuneration structure, we asked four people from four different community pharmacy backgrounds to share their views.

Learning article

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How to write a research article to submit for publicationSubscription

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Pharmacists and healthcare professionals who are undertaking research should have an understanding of how to produce a research article for publication, and should be aware of the important considerations relating to submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

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How to build and maintain trust with patients

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Patients are more likely to open up and disclose information if they trust their pharmacist or healthcare professional, and a better quality of interaction may result in greater patient autonomy and shared decision-making.

Careers

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How Ana Martinez helped tackle the HIV epidemic

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Pharmacist Ana Martinez explains how involving pharmacists in HIV clinical trials earned her the highest honour from the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

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What a career in publishing has to offer pharmacistsSubscription

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The media is a highly competitive industry and perhaps one that most pharmacists would not have considered exploring as a career option. However, there are many pharmacists who work in publishing.

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Lights, camera, action: my career as a pharmacist and television presenterSubscription

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Presenting live television to a global audience in two different languages every morning is a positive stress, says Bav Heer.

White Paper

Headaches in children: An unmet need

Pharmacist Christine Glover discusses the need for greater awareness and better management of paediatric headache in community pharmacy.

This article was commissioned, briefed and fully funded by RB.

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News

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High-intensity statin treatment increases chance of survival

Patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease receiving high-intensity statins — including those aged over 75 years — have a lower risk of death than those on a lower-intensity statin, according to new research.

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NHS has power to fund PrEP HIV drug, Court of Appeal rules

NHS England has the power to fund a ‘game changing’ drug that can prevent HIV infection, the UK Court of Appeal has ruled.

Older patient hospital readmission

Integrated medicines management service may reduce hospital readmissions

An integrated medicines management service may reduce the number of patients readmitted to hospital with a preventable drug-related problem.

Children using inhalers

Industry-wide standard on inhaler colour needed, say experts

Asthma inhalers being produced in an “increasing array” of colours is unsafe and could put patients lives at risk, say researchers, who have called for an official colour-coding system to avoid confusion.

Children in the slums in Africa

Access to essential drugs achievable for up to US$2 per person per month

It would cost between US$1 and US$2 per person per month to ensure those living in a low-to-middle income country have access to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of 201 essential medicines, according to a landmark report.

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Pharmacy owners and employee representatives clash over CPD proposals

Representatives of employee pharmacists and community pharmacy owners are divided over plans by the pharmacy regulator in Great Britain to reform continuing professional development requirements.

News in Brief

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Companies producing homeopathy medicines in US must state they do not work

25 NOV 2016

Producers of homeopathic treatments sold over the counter (OTC) in the United States must state on their labels and marketing materials that the products do not work or provide evidence of efficacy for any claims made, a US government agency says.

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Nearly half of the general public wouldn't use a pharmacy for a minor ailment, report finds

17 NOV 2016

Despite acknowledging the importance of self-care, many people say a pharmacy would not be their first port of call for advice on treating minor conditions, such as coughs and colds, a report from the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) found.

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Access to Medicine Index says industry is making ‘moderate progress’

17 NOV 2016

A total of 2 billion people worldwide cannot get the medicines they need despite “moderate progress” by industry to improve access over the past two years, according to the latest Access to Medicine Index.

Kevin Barron, Labour MP and chair of the APPG

Cross-party group of MPs launches enquiry into impact of pharmacy funding cuts

9 NOV 2016

An influential group of cross-party MPs has launched an inquiry into the impact of the government’s decision to cut community pharmacy funding in England.

Mick Foy, group manager for the MHRA’s vigilance and risk management of medicines division

UK regulator appeals to patients with animation about reporting drug side effects

9 NOV 2016

A short animation about the value of reporting drug side effects is being used as part of a social media campaign by the UK’s drug safety watchdog.

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New public health bill for Wales revisits pharmaceutical needs assessments

8 NOV 2016

A new public health bill for Wales — which, if passed, will require health boards to produce pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs) — was laid before the Welsh Assembly on 7 November 2016.

Ian Strachan, chair of the National Pharmacy Association

Pharmacy cuts could add to winter pressure, warns National Pharmacy Association

4 NOV 2016

Government cuts to community pharmacy funding could significantly add to the winter pressures facing the NHS, according to a survey carried out by the National Pharmacy Association, a trade association for independent community pharmacies in the UK.

David Mowat, pharmacy minister

NHS England has a lack of understanding of community pharmacy, contractors agree

3 NOV 2016

NHS England has insufficient expertise and understanding of community pharmacy services and this must be rectified because taking decisions “in ignorance of how community pharmacy props up and supports the NHS is dangerous”, local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) agreed unanimously at their annual conference.

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‘Hard Brexit’ could delay access to new drugs, think tank warns

3 NOV 2016

A ‘hard Brexit’ could threaten the success of the UK life sciences industry and restrict access to new medicines, a think tank has warned.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

November 2016, Vol 297, No 7895

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Inadequate funding hampers research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Pharmacists can help improve the care of patients with long-term conditions across Great BritainSubscription

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On 3 November 2016, the RPS launched its campaign on long-term conditions. Here, the chairs of the three RPS national pharmacy boards highlight the significance of the campaign and how it needs to be actioned in their respective countries. 

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RPS chief executive to leave for new role at Royal Society of Medicine Subscription

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Helen Gordon, chief executive of the RPS, has announced that she will be leaving in Feburary 2017 to take up a new role at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Sore Throat Test and Treat is good news for GPs under pressureSubscription

14 November 2016: Ash Soni, member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, fronted media interviews on ITV News, Channel 4 News and Sky News to explain how making the most of pharmacists’ skills through point of care diagnostics, such as Sore Throat Test and Treat, is one way that safe, efficient direct patient care can be provided close to home for patients by skilled healthcare professionals.“You can walk into a pharmacy and if you meet the criteria the test ...

Do not self-diagnose without getting advice from a pharmacist firstSubscription

15 November 2016: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) released survey results highlighting the risks of self-diagnosis online and self-treatment without getting advice from a pharmacist first. Olutayo Arikawe, winner of the RPS I Love My Pharmacist Award, took to the airways on local radio to drive the message home that your local community pharmacist should be the first person you speak to when feeling unwell and before taking medication. Pharmacists Zafar Khan and Neal Patel also ...

Vaughan Gething, Welsh cabinet secretary for health, well-being and sport

Funding is safe but community pharmacy in Wales will have to adapt to changesSubscription

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Vaughan Gething, Welsh cabinet secretary for health, well-being and sport, told delegates at the 6th Medicines Safety Conference that although funding for community pharmacy in Wales is safe for two years, changes will need to be made to ensure delivery of a clinical service committed to safety.

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'Roadmap to Advanced Practice' launched by RPS to support pharmacists throughout careerSubscription

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The RPS ‘Roadmap to Advanced Practice’ outlines the career pathways for pharmacists across Great Britain and the support and development required throughout each stage 

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Pharmacist expertise must be used to support people with long-term conditionsSubscription

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A new campaign calling for pharmacists to have a significant role in supporting people with long-term conditions is being launched by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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RPS offers support to preregistration students after GPhC reports 41% pass rate Subscription

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has offered its support to preregistration pharmacists who are struggling to come to terms with their results following the September 2016 registration assessment.

Risk associated with NSAID use is very small for people aged under 65 yearsSubscription

29 September 2016: A study published in The BMJ looked at 10 million people and found that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increased the risk of being taken to hospital with heart failure. Helen Williams, a consultant pharmacist in cardiovascular medicine, appeared on Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC TV’s Victoria Derbyshire programme and the BBC One O’Clock News and said: “For most people, the risk of using an NSAID like ibuprofen is very small. ...

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