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  • Facial expressions can help emergency diagnosis

    22 JUL 2014

    Study shows patients with serious cardiopulmonary disorders have a narrower range of facial expressions. Study shows patients with serious cardiopulmonary disorders have a narrower range of facial...

  • Ash Soni elected president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

    22 JUL 2014

    Ash Soni, the community pharmacist member of the NHS Future Forum which advised the government on its health and care reforms, has been elected president of the Royal Pharmaceutical...

  • NICE recommendation means more people take atorvastatin to prevent heart disease

    22 JUL 2014

    Atorvastatin is set to become the most prescribed drug in the UK following changes to cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention guidelines from the National Institute of...

  • Poor return on investment in developing new antibiotics

    22 JUL 2014

    2 July 2014: Prime Minister David Cameron has called for global action to tackle antibiotic resistance. Responding to this the Royal Pharmaceutical Society spoke to a number of news outlets...

  • Infected and unaware

    22 JUL 2014

    Of the 35 million people living globally with HIV, some 19 million do not know of their HIV-positive status, says a new report by UNAIDS. More than half of those living with HIV do not know they have it. Source: Katatonia82 /...

  • Antibiotic use for acne reducing effectiveness elsewhere, says leading dermatologist

    22 JUL 2014

    Antibiotics should not be used for acne because they are ineffective and contributing to resistance. Source: Ocskay Bence / Dreamstime.com Large surveys from...

  • July SMC decisions

    22 JUL 2014

    The Scottish Medicines Consortium has announced this month’s decisions on medicines for use in NHS Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium has announced this month’s decisions on medicines for use in NHS Scotland.

  • Donepezil tablets discontinued

    22 JUL 2014

    Pfizer has discontinued donepezil tablets 10mg 2 x 14. Further information on 0845 608 8866.

  • Co-operative Group sells pharmacies to Bestway

    22 JUL 2014

    The Co-operative Group is selling its pharmacy business to the global Bestway Group for £620m in a deal due to be finalised by October 2014.  Cash and carry business buys pharmacies from Co-operative...

  • National Pharmacy Association criticises timeframe for responding to inspection reports

    22 JUL 2014

    Representatives of independent pharmacy owners call on regulator to grant independents flexibility over premises inspection reports. Representatives of...

  • Alleviating allergies — and confusion

    22 JUL 2014

    7 July 2014: BBC television’s Your Money looked at how much viewers should be spending on hay fever medicines. RPS Chief Scientist Jayne Lawrence advised viewers that perceived differences between branded...

  • Chlamydia screening influences sexual behaviour in young people

    22 JUL 2014

    Survey responses suggest young people will have fewer sexual partners after being screened for chlamydia. Survey responses suggest young people will have fewer sexual partners after...

  • Pharmacists suspended for 12 months after BBC undercover sting

    22 JUL 2014

    Two London community pharmacists who sold prescription-only antibiotics to an undercover reporter have been suspended from the register for 12 months following fitness-to-practise (FTP)...

  • Plan to include controlled drugs on electronic script scheme

    21 JUL 2014

    England’s Department of Health has proposed extending the electronic prescription service to controlled drugs. Proposal to extend the electronic prescription service to schedule 2 and...

  • 'War cabinet' set up to tackle antimicrobial resistance

    21 JUL 2014

    Research councils will join forces to identify the common characteristics of antimicrobial resistance. Research councils will join forces to identify the common characteristics of antimicrobial...

  • Poor public understanding of primary care

    21 JUL 2014

    The term “primary care” needs defining so the public understands its scope. Source: Pharmacy Voice Almost half of people surveyed incorrectly believed accident and emergency departments are part of the...

  • Inhaled steroids suppress growth in children, conclude Cochrane reviewers

    21 JUL 2014

    Reviews of data about the effects on growth of corticosteroid inhalers in asthmatic children have reinforced guidance that the lowest effective dose should be given. Two...

  • Shirley Anne Groves

    21 JUL 2014

    I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Shirley Anne Groves. The tribute in the The Pharmaceutical Journal  of 19 July 2014 covers her career from November 1973 but Shirley had a professional life before then. She was a...

  • HIV: pathology, diagnosis and prevention weblink

    21 JUL 2014

    The human immunodeficiency virus hijacks the immune system of its host. Despite the success of antiretroviral therapy, challenges still remain in reducing the spread of the virus HIV Virus In 2012, an...

  • The giant carnivorous amoeboid

    18 JUL 2014

    A giant among unicellular organisms that builds its own shell and resembles a carnivorous sponge has been listed in the Top 10 Species for 2014 A giant among unicellular organisms that builds its own shell and...

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