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  • Advice for the public on insect bites Subscription

    22 AUG 2014 11:17

    19 August 2014: The Daily Mail reported on “Which insect bite remedies actually work?”. Speaking to the paper, RPS spokesperson Sid Dajani said: “Your immune system is more likely to over-react to bites if you have other allergies, eczema or hay fever”. He explained that people should look for a remedy that relieves the itching and pain, as well as tackling the inflammation.

  • Changing perceptions, what else can be done?

    20 AUG 2014 By Sultan Khan

    Sultan Khan wonders what could be done to change the perception that pharmacists are just shopkeepers

  • A futile endeavour?

    18 AUG 2014 By Andrew Haynes

    Andrew Haynes is frustrated with the amount of pharmacy-related errors in television programmes, films, newspapers and books

  • Interactions between alcohol and sedatives Subscription

    12 AUG 2014 15:08

    5 August 2014: As part of The Daily Mail series that looks at food and drink interactions with medicines, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman Neal Patel was interviewed. The article explained that because alcohol is a depressant, it should not be consumed with certain drugs, such as sleeping tablets or strong painkillers including morphine. “If you take a combination, then you may in extreme cases become unconscious,” said Patel. “One glass of wine and a ...

  • Interactions between Vitamin K and warfarin Subscription

    12 AUG 2014 15:05

    29 July 2014: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) English Pharmacy Board vice-chairwoman Sandra Gidley featured in The Daily Mail as part of a series about foods that interact with medicines. Gidley focused on foods high in Vitamin K and advised that high levels of it in the blood can interfere with the action of warfarin.

  • Dose adjustments for overweight patients Subscription

    12 AUG 2014 14:58

    5 August 2014: The Daily Mail looked at whether GPs should be giving higher drug doses to patients who are obese. Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman Steve Tomlin spoke to the newspaper and said that the weight of the patient needs to be considered when calculating doses. Referring to the fact that some drugs are fat soluble, Tomlin said: “Once absorbed, most drugs do not spread evenly throughout the body. Drugs that dissolve in water tend to stay within the blood and ...

  • Will Rowlands Pharmacy's appearance on TV change pharmacy? I doubt it

    12 AUG 2014 By Anas Hasan

    The managing director of Rowlands Pharmacy is a brave man and showed valuable insight into how the company is run. But last week’s Undercover Boss on Channel 4 will change nothing across pharmacy anytime soon.

  • Consuming grapefruit juice alters statin effectiveness Subscription

    11 AUG 2014 11:16

    15 July 2014: In the latest Daily Mail “drug wreckers” feature, which looks at foods that stop medicines working properly, the newspaper examined how grapefruit juice can alter the effectiveness of some lifesaving drugs. Neal Patel, a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman, told the paper that for those taking statins, for example, the juice can increase levels of the drug in the bloodstream, which can raise the risk of side effects and toxicity. “It’s the juice that seems to ...

  • Foods containing high levels of potassium can interfere with ACE inhibitors Subscription

    11 AUG 2014 11:12

    19 July 2014: The Weekly News reported on foods that can affect how some medicines work. Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman Paul Johnson was interviewed by the paper. He highlighted that some foods, such as bananas, oranges and green leafy vegetables, are high in potassium and so those taking ACE inhibitors should be careful. Johnson also noted that some antidepressants should not be taken with large amounts of chocolate, because chocolate and caffeine can negate ...

  • Counterfeit medicines could contain placebos or poisons Subscription

    11 AUG 2014 11:12

    21 July 2014: BBC Scotland investigated the counterfeit goods market and found that it is worth £10m a year. Speaking to BBC 2’s ‘Scotland 2014’, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman Neal Patel focused on the dangers that counterfeit medicines pose to the individual. “The real danger is that you’ll get hold of either a placebo — and by that I mean something that doesn’t work — so it doesn’t treat a condition that could potentially be life threatening,” he said. “Or, more seriously, ...

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