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  • Someone working on a laptop

    Updating CPD modules to help improve learning

    30 SEP 2019 By Natasha Leeson

    From September 2019, our CPD modules will be changing from ‘true or false’ questions to ‘single best answer’ questions.

  • Case-based learning: Sore throat

    Case-based learning: sore throat Subscription

    17 SEP 2019 11:17 By Sheena Rughani

    Most sore throats are caused by viral infections and get better within a week through self-care. However, it is important to recognise when a sore throat is a symptom of a more serious illness.

  • Signing contract

    GP pharmacist contracts: to sign or not to sign? Subscription

    13 AUG 2018 13:37 By Angela Kam
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    Pharmacists give advice to a colleague who has discovered something disturbing in the small print of their contract.

  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society's London headquarters

    Bookings open for RPS revalidation workshop: Preparing for Submission

    9 JUL 2018 15:12 By Corrinne Burns

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is hosting a one-day revalidation workshop for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

  • Student studying

    How to ace pharmacy calculations

    18 JUN 2018 0:00 By Abida Begum, Urvasi Patel

    Newly qualified pharmacists Abida Begum and Urvasi Patel share their eight tips for tackling the calculations paper in the GPhC registration assessment.

  • Female reproductive organs illustration

    Heavy menstrual bleeding: diagnosis and management options Subscription

    12 JUN 2018 15:05 By Yee Mellor
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    Heavy menstrual bleeding has a major impact on a woman’s quality of life. This article covers the most recent guidance and available treatment options.

  • Coloured x-ray of a hand with osteoarthritis

    Help us understand your experience of supporting patients with osteoarthritis

    8 JUN 2018 11:35

    The Pharmaceutical Journal launches insight-led campaign to advance pharmacy’s role in management of osteoarthritis.

  • SEM of tumour in lung

    Lung cancer: advances in management and therapy Subscription

    An overview of traditional and emerging immunotherapy-based targets and treatments available for lung cancer, their side effects and the impact immune checkpoint inhibitors have had on the treatment of non–small-cell lung cancer.

  • Members of the Northumbria Vanguard team

    Impact of an integrated pharmacy service on hospital admission costs Subscription

    8 MAY 2018 0:00 By Wasim Baqir, Paul Paes, Andrea Stoker, Emma Morris, Rachel McWhir, Helen Ridley, Scott Barrett, Richard Copeland, Robin Hudson, Steven Barrett, Jacqueline Ballantyne, David Campbell

    Northumberland was chosen as one of the national vanguard sites in early 2015, in response to the Five year forward view initiative. This article describes the evolution of the integrated pharmacy service, which now operates across organisational boundaries and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, as well as the improvements in patient care, harm reduction and increased efficiencies achieved using a sustainable model of care.

  • Revalidation app on an iPad

    How to use the new ‘RPS MyCPD’ app for pharmacy revalidation Subscription

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    April 2018 marks the start of the new pharmacy revalidation process. In order to meet the requirements expected, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a new app, RPS MyCPD, which allows members and registered users to record, track and export their CPD activity.

  • Pharmacist taking notes in front of a computer

    Revalidation: How to use planned and unplanned learning entries to record CPD Subscription

    18 APR 2018 14:49 By Michael Dowdall

    Revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians came into force on 30 March 2018. This article explains the revalidation timeline and requirements, including what represents suitable planned and unplanned CPD activities and how they should be recorded.

  • Back of young school girl's head in class

    Depression in children and young people: identification and management Subscription

    12 APR 2018 By Ka Chun Wong, Caroline Parker

    As one of the most common paediatric psychiatric disorders, pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the symptoms of depression and be able to assess children and young people who may be at risk.

  • Leaflets pharmacy services

    Community pharmacists' contribution to public health: assessing the global evidence base Subscription

    In the UK, community pharmacies are more accessible to the general population than general practices. Therefore, government white papers and briefing documents from pharmacy professional bodies have advocated the expansion of the role of community pharmacists, particularly in relation to the provision of services that contribute to disease prevention and health improvement. It is unknown whether the same evidence exists globally for the expansion of these roles. This article attempts ...

  • Heart stress test and diabetes test

    Glucose-lowering drugs and cardiovascular risk: how recent outcome trials have informed practice Subscription

    4 APR 2018 15:14 By Andrew V Bailey, Caroline Day

    Although large clinical trials with glucose-lowering drugs have consistently shown beneficial reductions in microvascular complications, their effects on macrovascular complications have been controversial. Interpreting these trials is complicated by substantial differences in their design, the populations studied and data analysis. This article examines how the trials have evolved and how they impact the use of glucose-lowering agents in the routine care of patients with type ...

  • Secondary syphilis rash at the nape of patient's neck

    Syphilis: diagnosis and management options Subscription

    20 MAR 2018 15:28 By Emma Carter, Will Nevin, Lucy Hedley

    In 2016, the number of diagnoses of syphilis in England rose by 12%. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options for this disease, and understand the role they can play in the wider promotion of good sexual health to patients.

  • Group shot of the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s (CPhO) Clinical Fellow Scheme

    The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow Scheme: from the inside Subscription

    19 MAR 2018 9:18 By Chief pharmaceutical officer's clinical fellows

    With applications for the 2018 Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme closing on 9 April, pharmacists in the UK are encouraged to consider this unique opportunity to expand their professional skills

  • SEM of salivary gland tissue

    Dry mouth: advice and management Subscription

    13 MAR 2018 15:43 By Anwar R Tappuni, Nairn Wilson
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    Xerostomia (dry mouth) is a common condition caused by a range of factors including smoking, the side effects of xerogenic medicines and by autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren’s syndrome. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs, symptoms, aetiology and management, including the use of salivary stimulants and substitutes, for dry mouth.

  • Close up of elderly person's hands holding pills

    Improving medicines optimisation for care home residents: Wigan Borough CCG’s approach Subscription

    7 MAR 2018 14:27 By Anna Swift

    Although clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are not responsible for monitoring or regulating care homes, Wigan Borough’s approach demonstrates that it is possible for CCG staff to work collaboratively with care home and social care teams to improve outcomes for patients.

  • Plaque type psoriasis

    Assessment and management of psoriasis in adults in primary care Subscription

    6 MAR 2018 By Rod Tucker

    Psoriasis is a complex, multifactorial, inflammatory disease associated with a significantly impaired quality of life. Around 80% of patients with plaque psoriasis have mild-to-moderate disease that is amenable to treatment in primary care, particularly through pharmacy, with topical therapies.

  • Girl holding teddy bear, child abuse concept

    How to recognise and respond to potential child abuse and neglect Subscription

    20 FEB 2018 15:27 By Lisa Cooper

    In October 2017, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance to support health and social care professionals in recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in young people aged under 18 years. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of their roles and responsibilities as outlined in this guidance. 

  • Patient suffering from aphasia aphasia during speech therapy session

    How to support people with aphasia with medicines optimisation Subscription

    13 FEB 2018 10:02 By Nina Barnett, Paresh Parmar

    Aphasia is a communication disability, most often caused by stroke, which occurs when the language centres of the brain are damaged. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of how the communication needs of people with aphasia vary based on the severity of the condition, and how they can best provide support with medicines optimisation.

  • Scanning electron microscope of lung tissue

    Diagnosis and management of hospital-acquired pneumonia in older adults Subscription

    6 FEB 2018 By Shilpa Jethwa
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    Hospital‑acquired pneumonia increases the length of in-patient hospital stay and is associated with high mortality rates, particularly in older people. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to know how to diagnose and manage the condition, and be cognisant of the gaps in the evidence base.

  • Dentures

    Advising denture wearers in community pharmacy Subscription

    23 JAN 2018 12:18 By David Radford, Nairn H F Wilson

    Community pharmacy is ideally placed to provide first-line advice and support for patients experiencing issues with their dentures. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the common problems patients encounter and be able to recommend products that may be beneficial to relieve any symptoms they are experiencing. 

  • Senior woman speaks to a pharmacist about menopause

    Treatment options for menopausal symptoms Subscription

    Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide a patient-centred approach to advising women about the menopause, and provide robust information about the risks and benefits of menopause hormone treatment that will allow patients to make an informed choice about how to relieve their symptoms.

  • Illustration of critical care concept

    Developing the role of the critical care pharmacist Subscription

    15 JAN 2018 11:13 By Steve Hemsley

    The evolution of the critical care pharmacist — from lone practitioner to integral multidisciplinary team member.

  • 3D scan showing brain haemorrhage stroke

    Stroke: classification and diagnosis Subscription

    10 JAN 2018 By Paresh Parmar

    In light of the many pressures currently facing the NHS, as well as an ever increasing ageing population, pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the risk factors for stroke, its classification and diagnosis.

  • Dipstick showing urinary tract infection urinary tract infection (UTI)

    NHS Grampian project: treating uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection in community pharmacy Subscription

    9 JAN 2018 15:20 By Caroline Hind

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common conditions seen in female patients in general practice (GP) and account for 1–3% of all GP consultations each year in the UK. Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for UTIs currently available in community pharmacy only attempt to relieve symptoms, and do not address the bacterial infection. The Grampian project was developed to provide treatment of uncomplicated UTIs through community pharmacies by means of a Patient Group Direction ...

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    2017: the year in pharmacy Subscription

    14 DEC 2017 15:05 By Dawn Connelly

    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: ...

  • Adult woman with Down's Syndrome

    The implications of the Montgomery judgment on pharmacy practice and patients with learning disability Subscription

    28 NOV 2017 15:03 By Danielle Adams, Claudia Carr

    The judgment in Montgomery v Lanarkshire (Scotland) 2015 introduced a new definition of informed consent which has implications for all healthcare professionals. This article focuses specifically on the implications for pharmacy practice and patients with learning disability. During consultations, both pharmacist prescribers and non-prescribing pharmacists must adhere to the provisions of the judgment to ensure patients provide informed consent. Particular issues arise where patients ...

  • Helping hands and people talking

    Supporting the supporter Subscription

    27 NOV 2017 15:40 By Ingrid Torjesen
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    With ever increasing stressors placed on the healthcare sector, it is important that pharmacy professionals are able to look after their own health and wellbeing. But who can pharmacy professionals turn to when they are the ones in need of support? 

  • Obesity and the cardiovascular system

    Charting obesity Subscription

    22 NOV 2017 14:56 By Julia Robinson

    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.   

  • Bronchiectasis, light photomicrograph showing dilated and distorted bronchus containing pus

    Bronchiectasis: diagnosis, treatment and management Subscription

    7 NOV 2017 By Karuna Sapru, Adam T Hill

    Bronchiectasis is a common chronic disease where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened. Patients present with recurrent cough, sputum production and are at risk of respiratory tract infections. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the latest management strategies.

  • Microchip with pharmacy symbol

    Tech pioneers: pharmacists in technology and software development Subscription

    6 NOV 2017 15:37 By Steve Hemsley
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    Technology enables better healthcare, so it comes as no surprise that many pharmacists are dedicating their careers to developing digital solutions to optimise patient health outcomes.

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    Cities compete to host EMA Subscription

    23 OCT 2017 15:00 By Dawn Connelly

    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.

  • Red cross symbol on military bag

    Civilian pharmacy roles in the Ministry of Defence Subscription

    23 OCT 2017 14:15 By Saša Jankovic

    A large number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are currently working in various capacities in the Defence Medical Services, safeguarding the health of our military personnel. Saša Jankovic discovers what opportunities and challenges face pharmacy staff in the DMS.

  • Pharmacogenomics concept

    Pharmacogenomics: an overview Subscription

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    With the NHS working towards the integration of personalised medicine, in particular, aiming for whole-genome sequencing to be standard for specific conditions by 2020, it is important for pharmacists and healthcare professionals to be aware of the principles of pharmacogenomics and its evolving application into clinical practice.

  • Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill

    Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill Subscription

    26 SEP 2017 10:07 By Dawn Connelly

    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’.

  • Group photo of the Medicines Management Team (MMT) at Bay Medical Group, Lancashire

    The medicines management team: a sustainable approach to pharmacist and GP collaboration Subscription

    25 SEP 2017 14:13 By Steve Hemsley

    Steve Hemsley explains how pharmacists in Bay Medical Group’s Medicines Management Team have become instrumental in easing the burden of GP shortages in Lancashire.

  • pregnant woman diabetes finger prick lancet blood ss 17

    Managing diabetes in women during preconception and pregnancy Subscription

    13 SEP 2017 By Nicola Milne
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    Diabetes in pregnancy is associated with risks to the woman and to the developing foetus. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be able to support and educate women who are planning pregnancy and those who are already pregnant to manage their diabetes.

  • Adedayo Titiloye, regional development manager in Manchester for Well

    How I support pharmacists and community pharmacy teams in my role as regional development manager Subscription

    21 AUG 2017 9:58 By Adedayo Titiloye

    Collaborative working and sharing best practice ideas with other healthcare professionals are vital to achieving excellence in customer care, says Adedayo Titiloye

  • Clinician check a man's foot using a mirror

    The diabetic foot Subscription

    Diabetes-related foot problems are common, and negatively impact patients’ quality of life, so it is important that pharmacists are aware of symptoms and the relevant care pathways for these patients to ensure they receive the best care and education regarding how to manage their condition. Produced in partnership with RB.

  • Micrograph of non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL)

    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and diabetes: diagnosis, assessment and management Subscription

    8 AUG 2017 By Patrick Wainwright

    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the term for a range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat in the liver. The condition is thought to be highly prevalent; however, the dearth of symptoms during early disease and the lack of a specific diagnostic test make it difficult to detect and manage at an early stage. This presents a considerable challenge for healthcare professionals.

  • Infographic showing common foot conditions

    Identifying common foot conditions

    4 AUG 2017 15:07 By Dawn Connelly
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    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

    27 JUL 2017 11:50 By Dawn Connelly

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

  • SEM of activated platelets

    Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia Subscription

    Heparin is widely used for thromboprophylaxis or as a treatment in many clinical situations, however, it can cause serious adverse effects. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), an immune-mediated adverse drug reaction, is associated with high morbidity and mortality if undiagnosed.

  • Science of sunscreen

    Science of sunscreen Subscription

    22 JUN 2017 11:31 By Julia Robinson

    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.

  • Xray showing chronic oedema in the lower limb

    Chronic oedema: treatment and the impact of prescribed medicines Subscription

    Early diagnosis of lower limb oedema is crucial to prevent early oedema becoming chronic. Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are ideally placed to identify patients on certain medicines at higher risk of oedema, and should be aware of signs of chronic oedema when assessing patients to allow for prompt referral.

  • Infographic showing the history of sildenafil (Viagra)

    Three decades of Viagra

    25 MAY 2017 16:20 By Dawn Connelly

    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.

  • Cutout paper dolls representing cooperation concept

    The importance of improving GP and community pharmacy relations Subscription

    15 MAY 2017 14:52 By Saša Jankovic

    The relationship between community pharmacy and general practice has undergone significant changes over recent years, from a transactional one to that of co-managing the care of patients. However, these changes have brought new challenges. Saša Jankovic reports.

  • Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria infecting macrophages

    Fluoroquinolones for treating tuberculosis Subscription

    Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant global health and socioeconomic challenge. The duration of current anti-TB therapies, the adverse effects of certain anti-TB drugs and the growing problem of drug-resistant TB on an international scale mean that it is imperative for new, effective and safe treatment regimens to be developed. Fluoroquinolones are a class of drugs that have been used in the treatment of TB for several decades. This article provides an overview of the current treatment ...

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