Atopic dermatitis: emerging and current treatments Subscription
Atopic dermatitis affects up to 30% of children and 10% of adults, and is common in both developed and developing countries. Two new medicines on the brink of entering the market — dupilumab, a biologic for severe disease, and crisaborole, a topical small molecule drug for milder disease — could herald a new era in the management of this condition, which has seen no major changes to the way it has been treated for over 15 years.
Your RPS needs youSubscription
Show your passion and dedication to pharmacy by putting yourself forward for this year’s RPS national pharmacy board elections.
Recommendations made in Murray’s review for community pharmacy will not be simple to implementSubscription
Practical challenges, including building closer relationships with GPs, will need to be overcome if the recommendations in the Murray review on community pharmacy are to be implemented successfully.
Atopic dermatitis can have a devastating effect on quality of life, but there have been no major changes to the way it has been treated for over 15 years. Now, two new therapies — dupilumab, a biologic for severe disease, and crisaborole, a topical small molecule drug for milder disease — could herald a new era in the treatment of this distressing condition.
The Murray review: moving in the right directionSubscription
On 20 December 2016, six days after the long-awaited report by the King’s Fund’s Richard Murray on the provision of clinical services in community pharmacy was published, health minister David Mowat described the review as “an essential road map that sets out how we are going to move the community pharmacy network away from a remuneration model”.
Photopharmacology: using light to activate drugsSubscription
Drugs that contain synthetic light-switching molecules could help target therapies to particular parts of the body, limiting side effects. Researchers have started using this approach to tackle blindness, cancer, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance, but questions remain about the clinical practicality of the field.
Maree Todd, pharmacist and member of the Scottish Parliament, speaks to Jenny Bryan about the successes of community pharmacy in Scotland, what can England learn from them and her life in politics so far.
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Best pharmacy practice guidance Subscription
ASHP best practices 2016–2017: position and guidance documents of ASHP, by Bruce Hawkins
Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide appropriate and comprehensive preconception care by identifying couples who are at risk of having a baby with a genetic or chromosomal malformation and can empower the couple by giving them enough knowledge to make informed decisions.
Understanding the aims of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and what they mean for pharmacySubscription
An overview of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) — which the NHS will use to deliver the ‘Five year forward view’ — and how to work with them.
How pharmacist William Wake's time in the Royal Navy during the Second World War influenced his careerSubscription
Pharmacist William Wake received the highest French order for military and civil merits at the end of 2016. Julia Robinson finds out more about his time in the navy during the Second World War and his career in pharmacy.
Heading for Hollywood: how community pharmacist Iqbal Mohammed ended up screening his films across the worldSubscription
Balancing working as a pharmacist with writing, directing and producing films means finding time can be a challenge, says Iqbal Mohammed.
A career in academia allows pharmacists to conduct research and work in the cutting edge of pharmaceutical science. Here, Steve Hemsley speaks to academic pharmacists to find out more about what such roles involve.
Patients could have to wait up to two years longer to access new cancer drugs after the UK leaves the EU, because drug companies will prioritise winning approval for access to the larger European market, experts have warned.
Lead, stainless steel, iron particles and other inorganic material have been found in a sample of vaccines manufactured in France and Italy, according to a study.
The number of regulators of healthcare professionals may be slashed, with bodies merged into new organisations, the Department of Health has confirmed.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) seem to offer no real benefit over placebo in relieving back pain, a systematic review suggests.
Pilot schemes testing whether locating pharmacists inside GP practices can improve clinical care and free up GP time now need to be formally evaluated, says an all-party parliamentary group of MPs.
The price the NHS pays for some generic cancer drugs has risen by between 100% and more than 1,200% over the past five years, according to research presented at the European Cancer Conference held in Amsterdam.
News in Brief
UK health minister David Mowat says that the Murray review into the provision of community pharmacy services will “direct” government policy.
The UK government has confirmed that Brexit will not put a stop to its plans to implement the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive, Martin Sawer, executive director of the Healthcare Distribution Association, told delegates at the Sigma conference in Rio de Janeiro on 14 February 2017.
Pharmacists in Pakistan protesting about new government regulations were caught up in what is thought to be a suicide bomb attack in Lahore on 13 February 2017, which claimed at least 13 lives and saw scores of others injured.
NHS clinicians will not have to declare their income from private practice following a change of heart by NHS England.
The British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA), a charity of cancer specialist pharmacists, has backed the use of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (MABs) as part of cancer treatment.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told manufacturers of over-the-counter antiseptic products that contain chlorhexidine gluconate to add warning labels to their products about the possibility of a serious but rare allergic reaction.
Hospitals in England will have to check overseas patients’ and migrants’ entitlement to free non-urgent NHS care from April 2017 when new regulations are due to be introduced, the Department of Health has announced. On ...
Artemether-lumefantrine, the most widely used antimalaria treatment in Africa and the one recommended for treating imported cases of the disease in the UK, is starting to fail, experts have warned.
Pharmacy Voice, the lobbying group and trade association that represents community pharmacy in England, has revealed that it will disband following the National Pharmacy Association’s (NPA) decision to leave.
Editing The Pharmaceutical JournalSubscription
The myth of the male menopauseSubscription