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  • 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

    28 APR 2017 By Dawn Connelly

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

  • Action of serotonin reuptake inhibitors

    Depression in adults: recognition and management Subscription

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    Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be able to recognise the symptoms of depression in people who use their services and direct them towards accessing treatment.

  • Woman breathes into a spirometre to check for COPD

    Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy: insight from the Community Pharmacy Future model Subscription

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    In the face of funding and efficiency cuts to community pharmacy, the role of the sector is coming under increasing pressure. The importance of outcomes evidence (particularly health economic evidence) is being brought sharply into focus. The profession must come together to produce the evidence needed to justify the services provided by community pharmacy and to support its future development. This article uses the Community Pharmacy Future (CPF) project, and the services developed ...

  • Rows of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine

    A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacy Subscription

    31 MAR 2017 17:27 By Alyn H Morice
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    Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in ...

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

    Pharmacy organisations in the UK: a complicated web Subscription

    23 MAR 2017 16:15 By Dawn Connelly
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    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.

  • Micrograph of multiple myeloma tumour cells (green) and bone cells (red) growing on a scaffold made of silk protein (purple), designed to resemble bone material

    Multiple myeloma: pharmacological management Subscription

    9 MAR 2017 By Nick Duncan

    Although multiple myeloma is currently regarded as being incurable in the majority of patients, the outlook for patients diagnosed with the condition has improved markedly over the past 40 years, with survival rates quadrupling. Significant advances in both treatment and supportive therapies have contributed to these improved outcomes and are discussed in this article.

  • Teenager gets an HPV vaccine injection

    The impact of the human papillomavirus vaccine in Scotland: a changing landscape Subscription

    8 MAR 2017 12:17 By Ross L Cameron, Kevin G Pollock

    In the UK, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women aged under 35 years. Human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 (both high risk) are necessary precipitants in at least 70% of cervical cancers but may contribute to more than 80% of cervical cancers in Scotland. Both the prophylactic bivalent (Cervarix; GlaxoSmithKline) and quadrivalent (Gardasil; Merck) vaccines prevent infection with HPV types 16 and 18, and have been shown to induce avid and sustained neutralising ...

  • Infographic showing how dupilumab works

    Atopic dermatitis: emerging and current treatments Subscription

    23 FEB 2017 15:39 By Dawn Connelly

    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.

  • Micrograph of Clostridium difficile bacteria

    Clostridium difficile: diagnosis and treatment update Subscription

    There are around 12,000 cases of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) each year in the UK and during 1999 to 2007, deaths from CDI peaked at around 4,000 per year. This article summarises diagnosis and management, as well as the current therapeutic options for CDI, including faecal microbiota transplant.

  • NHS pharmacist discusses patient care with a nurse on a ward

    Examining the emerging roles for pharmacists as part of the urgent, acute and emergency care workforce Subscription

    In the future urgent, acute and emergency medicine clinical workforce, new models of care and care delivery need to be developed, in order to maintain and enhance standards of safe and accessible patient care. A departure from traditional (doctor-led) approaches to workforce planning, and an understanding of scope and governance surrounding emerging clinical roles is necessary to develop a sustainable, multi-skilled workforce across primary, community and secondary care. Today’s ...

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