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  • The RPS should say no to remote supervision

    24 APR 2015

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) must become robust in defending the current practice where community pharmacists are always present and available in the pharmacy to deliver hands-on pharmaceutical care. I am not against the introduction of technology, and telepharmacy etc have their place. However, the threats are real that, sometime in the future, it may be made possible by legislation for remote supervision to become the norm or that the the Medicines (Pharmacies) (Responsible ...

  • Melanoma therapy that targets PD-1 recommended for EU approval

    24 APR 2015

    The European Medicines Agency has recommended granting a marketing authorisation for new melanoma treatment nivolumab.

  • Tribute to John Staniforth

    24 APR 2015

    It is with great sadness that we convey the death of our dear friend and former colleague John Nicholas Staniforth, who passed away on 6 March 2015.

  • Diet pill death

    24 APR 2015

    21 April 2015: There were media reports of a 21-year-old woman who died after taking suspected diet pills which had been bought online. They were believed to contain DNP, an industrial chemical used as a pesticide and not for human consumption.

  • John Oxberry Proudfoot dies

    24 APR 2015

    On 10 April 2015, John Oxberry Proudfoot, aged 80, of 3 Lichfields, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 2RT. Mr Proudfoot registered with the Society in 1960 and left in 2006.

  • Wednesday 13 May: North London

    24 APR 2015

    Local practice forum event, ‘Dementia’. Larches Community Hall, 1 Rectory Lane, Edgware HA8 7LF. Event 8pm, buffet 7.15pm. No need to book.

  • Margaret Brenda Meredith dies

    24 APR 2015

    On 14 April 2015, Margaret Brenda Meredith FRPharmS, aged 90, of Ashfield Southwest Care Homes, 18 Windsor Square, Exmouth, Devon EX8 1JX. Mrs Meredith registered with the Society in 1948 and became a Fellow in 1992.

  • Ivor Glyn Roberts dies

    24 APR 2015

    On 11 January 2015, Ivor Glyn Roberts, aged 99, of 55 Maplin Way, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 3NL. Mr Roberts registered with the Society in 1937 and left in 1999.

  • New therapy to tackle treatment-resistant cancers

    24 APR 2015

    Scientists have developed a therapy that could outsmart cancer cells that have become immune to certain treatments, according to a study published in Cancer Cell.

  • David Reddy: delivery of new anti-malaria drugs to developing countries is vital in fight against the disease

    24 APR 2015

    David Reddy, Medicines for Malaria Venture’s chief executive officer, discusses developments in the fight against the disease ahead of World Malaria Day on 25 April.

  • Osteoarthritis: management

    24 APR 2015

    A wide range of drug classes are used to treat osteoarthritis, although there is a lack of detailed guidance because of the variable nature of the condition.

  • Osteoarthritis: pathophysiology and diagnosis

    24 APR 2015

    The diagnosis of the degenerative disorder osteoarthritis is based on clinical signs and risk factors.

  • Clinical Pharmacist’s monthly news round-up: the top 10 in the past month

    24 APR 2015

    What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of must-read news from the past month.

  • Consider patients’ biopsychosocial factors

    24 APR 2015

    In your interview with deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Bruce Warner (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:420), you mention that: “A Cochrane review found that current methods to improve adherence to medicines are not effective and concluded that it is uncertain how adherence to medication can be consistently improved.”...

  • Interferon beta and glatiramer acetate are cost-effective treatments for multiple sclerosis

    24 APR 2015

    Interferon beta and glatiramer acetate each reduce disability progression by 24-40% in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, according to a study published in The Lancet Neurology.

  • Prescription analysis tool allows pharmacists to benchmark performance

    23 APR 2015

    A new prescription analysis system for community pharmacists in the UK has been launched by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the National Pharmacy Association.

  • Potential risk of confusion when taking anticoagulants

    23 APR 2015

    With increasing use of oral anticoagulants in primary and secondary care, we are becoming more aware of the risks of patient harm due to “over-anticoagulation”, and the need for correct drug and dosing and patient monitoring. These risks are well understood when patients take vitamin K antagonists. The advent of the newer oral anticoagulants (e.g. the direct inhibitors of activated factor Xa rivaroxaban and apixaban, and the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran) is introducing new and ...

  • At-risk children given oral insulin to develop diabetes immunity

    23 APR 2015

    Oral insulin powder was given to children with a high genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes, as part of a phase I clinical trial, which researchers claim brings them a step closer to a vaccine.

  • General election promises should be based on evidence

    23 APR 2015

    When it comes to developing policy, politicians should heed the best available evidence. Election promises should be no different.

  • UK political parties discuss healthcare and pharmacy issues ahead of general election

    23 APR 2015

    Ahead of the UK public going to the polls on 7 May in the 2015 general election, the three largest political parties in Westminster respond to questions on the big issues in healthcare and pharmacy.

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