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  • Switching to cheaper drugs not a problem for most patients Subscription

    28 JUL 2014 17:32

    1 July 2014: The Daily Mail featured an article looking at the potential risks that switching to cheaper drugs could have on patients. RPS Chief Scientist Jayne Lawrence was interviewed. She stressed that in the vast majority of cases switching drugs will not make a difference. “All medicines, regardless of costs, must pass stringent tests on safety, quality and effectiveness,” she said.

  • Poor return on investment in developing new antibiotics Subscription

    28 JUL 2014 16:56

    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 including BBC News 24, BBC World, Channel 5 News and BBC Radio Scotland. RPS Chief Scientist Jayne Lawrence told BBC News 24: “I think it’s important not to scare people but if we don’t act now and do something about the need for new antibiotics and the way we use the antibiotics I think there is ...

  • Alleviating allergies — and confusion Subscription

    28 JUL 2014 9:55

    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 and generic antihistamines are probably due to the placebo effect. “If the patient has the same active ingredient at the same dose in the same type of formulation, for example a tablet, it’s very unlikely the patient will experience any difference between the branded and the generic ...

  • Poisons in counterfeit products Subscription

    25 JUL 2014 16:49

    RPS’s Neal Patel spoke to BBC Scotland about the counterfeits goods market.

  • E-cigarette licensing guarantees quality Subscription

    18 JUL 2014 0:00

    1 July 2014: The August edition of FHM magazine features an article on e-cigarettes. Speaking to the magazine, RPS spokesperson Neal Patel said: “These products aren’t licensed. A licence guarantees safety and proves quality. With a specific product, we can do analysis and work out what’s in there, but as a sector, we just don’t know what’s in them. Smoking is definitely much worse than using a nicotine replacement device, but the question is whether these products actually ...

  • Why some antibiotics should be avoided with milk Subscription

    18 JUL 2014 0:00

    8 July 2014: The Daily Mail looked at how milk reacts with antibiotics as part of a series of articles about foods that can stop medicines from working properly. Neal Patel, RPS spokesperson, said: “Calcium in milk binds with the antibiotic and this change means it cannot get into the bloodstream to fight infection. Even if the milk affects just half of the drug, you’re only getting half the dose, which could mean the infection isn’t killed off by the end of the course.

  • Pharmacist provides context to "drug wreckers" story Subscription

    18 JUL 2014 0:00

    1 July 2014: The Daily Mail looked at how chocolate and caffeine can limit the effect of sleeping pills and antidepressants used to treat insomnia. Pharmacist Neal Patel, RPS spokesperson, said: “Caffeine stimulates the brain, making you feel more awake, which counteracts the action of the drugs. Having products containing caffeine five or six hours before bed is ok, but after that they may start interfering with the drugs. The added effect of caffeine products may overstimulate ...

  • Advancing scientific discourse: On the new structure and design of The Pharmaceutical Journal

    5 JUL 2014

    Drawing inspiration from our early issues, we are relaunching the journal in print and online, and restructuring our content, to improve how we serve you the reader.

  • Pharmacists still relatively invisible in the media and the NHS Subscription

    19 APR 2014 By Andrew McCoig

    Zeshan Ahmed brings up the continuing problem of the absence of television media recognition of the profession (PJ, 12 April 2014, p400). This has been endemic since I became a pharmacist in 1970. We have never been acknowledged by any director of programming in any of the major TV companies or institutions as a worthy source of credible information on medicines. This effect is less pronounced on the radio ...

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