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  • GSK joint pain infographic

    Joint pain: pathology and treatment

    An overview of joint pain for community pharmacy teams.

  • Infographic medicines safety

    Medication errors: where do they happen? Subscription

    Reducing medicines-related harm requires a clear understanding of where and when errors occur. This visual summary shows the latest estimates in England per year.

  • Carter review infographic

    The Carter review: how are hospitals measuring up? Subscription

    Two years on from Lord Carter’s 2016 review of hospital efficiency, The Pharmaceutical Journal looks at the progress pharmacy departments in England are making towards meeting his challenging targets.

  • 2018: The twists and turns

    Pharmacy 2018: The twists and turns Subscription

    The main events in pharmacy throughout 2018 and a preview of the year ahead.

  • salary survey infographic 18

    Pharmacy: underpaid and stressed? Subscription

    The Pharmaceutical Journal salary and satisfaction survey 2018 provides a snapshot of the profession’s pay and working conditions.

  • Pregnancy problems: a guide for pharmacists

    Pregnancy problems: a guide for pharmacy Subscription

    Pregnancy causes many changes to the body, some of which can result in troublesome symptoms. Here we explain what pharmacy teams can do to help women seeking advice.

  • Statins: the highs and lows

    Statins: the highs and the lows Subscription

    Negative press seems to follow statins, the most prescribed drugs in England, despite them revolutionising cardiovascular disease prevention.

  • Infographic showing how money from the pharmacy contracts is spent in England, Scotland and Wales

    Pharmacy contracts: where the money goes Subscription

    Funding for the national community pharmacy contracts in England, Scotland and Wales is distributed differently. Here is a breakdown of how the three countries fund pharmacy services.

  • A quick guide to medical cannabis infographic

    A quick guide to medical cannabis Subscription

    With medical cannabis now legal in 44 countries around the world, and the UK likely to follow suit, here is what pharmacists need to know.

  • NHS70 timeline

    NHS70: major moments in pharmacy 1948–2018 Subscription

    The lives of pharmacists and the medicines they manage have changed dramatically since the NHS was created. Here, we chart the milestones that shaped the profession.

  • Graph showing breakdown of the OTC medicines market in Britain in 2017

    Breakdown of the OTC medicines market in Britain Subscription

    The over-the-counter medicines market grew by almost 1% in 2017 to reach £2.56bn. Although pain relief remains the highest value category group, the most growth was seen in eye care and gastrointestinal products.

  • Infographic on hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C: tackling the silent killer Subscription

    About 200,000 people are living with hepatitis C in the UK, but it is estimated that around half of these remain undiagnosed. Identifying those at risk, offering tests and connecting those infected with treatment are crucial to tackling the disease.

  • Graphs showing results of salary and satisfaction survey

    The 2017 pharmacy salary and satisfaction survey Subscription

    The Pharmaceutical Journal has surveyed Royal Pharmaceutical Society members about their salary, and how they feel about their career and the profession. 

  • Infographic showing how the falsified medicines directive (FMD) will work

    Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD): how it will work Subscription

    The Falsified Medicines Directive will be rolled out in Europe from February 2019 to address the threat of fake medicines and will impact the entire supply chain

  • Infographic showing link between drinking alcohol and cancer risk

    Drinking alcohol increases cancer risk Subscription

    Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, yet only 13% of adults are aware of the link.

  • January 2017

    2017: the year in pharmacy Subscription

    Against a backdrop of political inertia caused by a surprise general election and protracted Brexit negotiations, pharmacy has been grappling with some major issues of its own, including supervision of medicines’ supply, professional revalidation and decriminalisation of dispensing errors (see 2017: ...

  • Obesity and the cardiovascular system

    Charting obesity Subscription

    In the UK, the prevalence of obesity is continuing to grow, bringing with it a whole host of hidden diseases affecting a number of body systems — from cardiovascular to skeletal.   

  • cities compete ema infographic 17

    Cities compete to host EMA Subscription

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has assessed the bids of 19 cities that have applied to host its headquarters following the UK’s exit from the European Union in 2019. The final relocation decision will be made by the European Council on 20 November 2017.

  • Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill

    Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill Subscription

    The first combined oral contraceptive pill was licensed for ‘menstrual irregularities’ in 1957, and contraception three years later. Since then, millions of women have taken ‘the pill’.

  • Infographic showing common foot conditions

    Identifying common foot conditions

    Patients visit their pharmacy to seek advice on a variety of conditions affecting their feet. This visual guide for pharmacists and their teams illustrates some common foot conditions, and describes their key features, causes and treatment. Produced in partnership with RB.

  • Timeline showing the history of ibuprofen from its discovery in 1953 to the latest findings in 2017

    A brief history of ibuprofen Subscription

    This timeline traces the history of popular anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen, from its invention in the 1960s to its association with cardiac side effects.

  • Science of sunscreen

    Science of sunscreen Subscription

    Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma could be prevented through better knowledge of sun damage and how to protect against it.

  • Infographic showing the history of sildenafil (Viagra)

    Three decades of Viagra

    Sildenafil (Viagra) — the first oral drug for erectile dysfunction to hit the market in 1998 — has been prescribed for more than 64 million men worldwide, and may soon be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine in the UK.

  • Pie charts showing the breakdown of the OTC market in Britain in 2016

    A breakdown of the over-the-counter medicines market in Britain in 2016 Subscription

    The over-the-counter medicines market grew by 2.3% during 2016 to reach £2.62bn.

  • Diagram showing different pharmacy organisations in the UK and who they represent

    Pharmacy organisations in the UK: a complicated web Subscription

    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. 

  • Infographic showing how dupilumab works

    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.

  • Infographic showing a decade of community pharmacy funding in England and timeline of events

    A decade of community pharmacy funding in England Subscription

    Community pharmacies in England dispense 174 million more prescription items annually than in 2010, a figure that is predicted to rise further. Despite this, total funding for the community pharmacy contract is heading back towards 2010 levels.

  • Treatment targets of osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis: moving beyond bisphosphonates Subscription

    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.

  • Cross section of the infographic showing leading providers of influenza vaccinations in English pharmacies

    Leading providers of influenza vaccinations in pharmacies in England Subscription

    In 2015–2016, 7,195 pharmacies in England administered influenza vaccinations to almost 600,000 individuals as part of the first year of the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service, with some pharmacies delivering over 1,000 vaccinations.

  • Infographic on the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

    New oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation Subscription

    Around 12,500 strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation (AF) in the UK each year, and 7,100 of these are preventable with appropriate anticoagulation. Four new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now available in the UK in addition to warfarin.

  • Infographic explaining the pathology and treatment types of dry eye disease

    Dry eye: pathology and treatment types

    The underlying disease process in dry eye disease causes deterioration of the tear film, which leads to either mild or more serious forms of the condition. A variety of treatment types may offer symptomatic relief.

  • Infographic comparing the different dispensing models in community pharmacy

    Dispensing: a comparison of different models in community pharmacy Subscription

    Although most medicines are still dispensed by hand, new technology allows parts of the process to be automated. This infographic compares examples of the newer models, such as hub and spoke and centralised dispensing, with the traditional model.

  • Timeline and infographic showing the development and safety of proton pump inhibitors

    The development and safety of proton pump inhibitors Subscription

    Since the discovery of omeprazole in 1979, dispensing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in England has increased more than 100-fold, and several products are now available without prescription. Although PPIs are effective and generally well tolerated, observational studies suggest an association with several adverse effects. Further trials are needed to establish causal relationships. 

  • Data visualisation of the fragmented community pharmacy market in Great Britain in 2016 showing ownership share and pharmacy premises

    Community pharmacy in Great Britain 2016: a fragmented market Subscription

    There are more than 14,000 community pharmacies in Great Britain and the top 12 players own almost 50% of the market. 

  • Infographic showing the drug targets in rheumatoid arthritis

    Blocking the immune system in rheumatoid arthritis Subscription

    Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the body. It afflicts about 1% of people in the UK and is now treated with a variety of biologic drugs that dampen the immune system in different ways

  • Infographic on the breakdown of the total over-the-counter (OTC) market value in Britain in 2015

    Sales of over-the-counter medicines in 2015 by clinical area and top 50 selling brands Subscription

    The over-the-counter products market grew by 2.5% in 2015 to reach £2.55bn, with painkillers accounting for 23.2% of sales, followed by cough and cold remedies (18.7%) and skin treatments (17.8%).

  • Infographic showing the origins of the zika outbreak and its potential threat

    Origins of the Zika outbreak and its potential threat

    Researchers are working to understand more about the Zika virus — how it is transmitted, its link to microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome and whether a vaccine can be developed.

  • Targeting Hepatitis C: How new treatments work

    Targeting hepatitis C — how new treatments work Subscription

    There are >185 million people with hepatitis C infection worldwide but new treatments mean that most people with access to therapy can now be cured. 

  • Timeline of the evolution of community pharmacists in the UK from the 1800s to the present

    The evolution of community pharmacists in the UK Subscription

    Legal cases have helped to shape community pharmacy from its roots in the one-time competitive roles of apothecary and chemist and druggist.

  • A visual history of HIV survival in the UK

    A history of HIV survival in the UK Subscription

    Treatment for HIV has radically improved since the beginning of the epidemic in 1981. HIV-infected people in the UK are now surviving for decades, rather than months or years.

  • Impact and challenges of the flu virus

    Effectiveness of the seasonal flu vaccine and new production methods Subscription

    Despite a mismatch between the 2014–2015 seasonal flu vaccine and circulating strains, the flu jab is still the best way to protect people in at-risk groups.

  • Oligomers are thought to be more damaging than plaques because they block cell-to-cell signalling at synapses and may also activate immune system cells triggering an attack. Neurofibrillary tangles form within nerve cells, while amyloid plaques build up i

    Closing in on Alzheimer’s disease Subscription

    Knowledge about the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease has blossomed over the past few decades, leading to a better understanding of the condition and new ways to attack it.

  • A range of anti-smoking policies and new cessation products has led to reduced rates of smoking in most countries, which will eventually impact on smoking-related deaths.

    A decade of smoking cessation in Europe Subscription

    The continent with the worst smoking habit is gradually giving it up. A range of anti-smoking policies and new cessation products has led to reduced rates of smoking in most countries, which will eventually impact on smoking-related deaths.

  • The 20 largest research-based pharmaceutical companies are active in 75 developing countries in at least one of four areas: research and development; quality management in manufacturing; supply chain management; and pharmacovigilance.

    Targeting disease in the developing world Subscription

    A new report by the Access to Medicine Index finds that pharmaceutical companies influence access to medicines in developing countries through the development of innovative and adapted products, operating equitable pricing strategies and building local capacity.

  • The number of pharmacists per 10,000 population varies considerably, ranging from 0.02 in Somalia to 25.07 in Malta. The mean number is 6.02. The United Kingdom sits close to the middle, with 8.08 pharmacists per 10,000 population.

    Taking stock of pharmacy: a breakdown of global workforce data Subscription

    Numerous factors influence demand for pharmacists, with a rise in the number of prescriptions and more complex drug regimens increasing demand, and developments in the technician workforce and automation mitigating it in some regions.

  • Biology of the Ebola virus

    A visual guide to the Ebola virus epidemic Subscription

    As the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic continues to escalate, we chart the latest epidemiological data alongside an insight into the pathology of Ebola virus disease and the biological processes being targeted by drug and vaccine developers.

  • Aspirin is one of the most common drugs with an estimated 700 to 1,000 clinical trials conducted each year

    A history of aspirin Subscription

    Aspirin was one of the first drugs to come into common usage and it still one of the most researched drugs in the world, with an estimated 700 to 1,000 clinical trials conducted each year.

  • Over-the-counter medicines

    OTC medicines: a breakdown Subscription

    Sales of over-the-counter medicines totalled £2.45bn in 2013, up by £52.3m compared with the previous year.

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