Pharmacy is a diverse profession and this is reflected in the wide variety of organisations that can represent the interests of pharmacists, pharmacy owners, trainees and students.
The new urgent medicine supply scheme from NHS England requires more thought and revision.
The new urgent medicines supply service takes the load off out-of-hours GP services, but adds bureaucracy for patients and pharmacists.
Research indicates that there are multiple causes for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and that most of them may involve the microbiome.
As pharmacy contractors in England suffer budget cuts and their leaders instigate legal action, Northern Ireland pharmacy contractor Terry Maguire argues why this might not be a good idea and what English contractors might learn from their Celtic cousins.
Shanelle Hall from UNICEF discusses the breakthrough pentavalent vaccine three-year tender with six vaccine suppliers.
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Introduction to drug disposition and pharmacokinetics, by Stephen H Curry and Robin Whelpton
A taste of his own medicine, by Linda Fawke
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Every community pharmacy team will come into contact with cancer patients or their family members. This article aims to provide community pharmacists and healthcare professionals with the tools to be able to speak confidently to patients with cancer and summarises the useful resources available.
It is estimated that in the UK there are more than half a million people with clinically undiagnosed coeliac disease, caused by an adverse immune response to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can play a key role in identifying individuals with symptoms, referring them for testing, ultimately leading to earlier diagnosis.
As a community pharmacist, Roger Humbles is aware of the increased levels of illness, deaths and pressure on the NHS in winter. Here, he talks about publicity and running his own pharmacy.
As demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures increases, Saša Jankovic finds out about training requirements and industry regulation, and looks at the benefits pharmacists can provide patients by offering these services.
Annie Pannelay works in the healthcare practice of the Economist Intelligence Unit — as a pharmacist, not a journalist.
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has launched a judicial review against the General Pharmaceutical Council over its draft standards for pharmacy professionals, which the union has criticised in the past.
Bisphosphonates are prescribed to prevent fractures in osteoporosis, but new research suggests that, paradoxically, they can also cause tiny cracks in bone
The Care Quality Commission is warning the public to be cautious when buying medicines online after inspections highlighted significant concerns about patient safety.
Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), widely used for acid suppression therapy, are associated with long-term kidney damage even in patients who have not experienced acute kidney injury (AKI), researchers find.
Community pharmacies in England can enhance the ‘huge volume of work’ they do in the management of hypertension, according to a report by the community pharmacy representative body Pharmacy Voice.
The World Health Organization has drawn up a list of families of bacteria that pose the greatest risk to human health and which should be targeted by drug companies when developing new antibiotics.
News in Brief
European Medicines Agency announces first public hearing to gather evidence for valproate safety review
Members of the public are being invited to speak about their experiences of an epilepsy drug as part of a safety review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Patients taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and misoprostol, a drug commonly used to prevent and treat stomach ulcers, have a lower risk of having a serious cardiovascular event compared with patients taking NSAIDs alone, according to new research.
A new app to support UK pharmacy undergraduates to learn about key drugs has been developed by a collaboration of 16 pharmacy schools.
More research is needed to assess the harmful effects on oncology healthcare staff of administering cytotoxic drugs and whether enough is being done to protect them, a research report by consumer and business analyst MindMetre says.
Patients with suspected sepsis must be assessed and treated within one hour by hospital staff if they are deemed to be at high risk of severe illness or death, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the health technology assessment body, has said.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has appointed Megan Forbes as its deputy chief executive and director of operations, effective from 5 June 2017.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the health technology assessment body, has issued positive opinions on two bowel cancer drugs, cetuximab and panitumumab, that were previously available through the cancer drugs fund (CDF).
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the sublingual allergy immunotherapy tablet (SLIT) Odactra for the treatment of dust mite allergy.
Plans to change the law around pharmacy supervision “will not be easy”, especially in England, the chair of the government-appointed board set up to push through the reforms has warned.
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