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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 18 January 2014, Vol 292, No 7793

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  • Pharmacy consultation (Robert Kneschke/

    Pharmacy counter consultations should never be just a tick-box exercise Subscription

    15 JAN 2014 15:19 By Nina Barnett, Julia Blagburn

    We must remember that consultations with patients should meet their individual needs because we should not be doing it just so we can say wehave done our job

  • Blood test (Wladmir Bulgar/Science Photo Library)

    After 30 years, clozapine is still best for treatment-resistant patients Subscription

    15 JAN 2014 14:58 By Jenny Bryan

    There is still “fear” among some clinicians about prescribing clozapine for patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Jenny Bryan takes a look at the drug’s history

  • Just in time

    15 JAN 2014 By Didapper

    During a holiday in Italy, my wife and I dined in a trattoria where a salt grinder containing Himalayan rock salt had been placed on the table. We learnt from the label that the salt had been formed two million years ago, before the Himalayas were pushed up from the ocean.

  • Market value

    15 JAN 2014 By Didapper

    You may know the expression “a drug on the market”, meaning a commodity that is no longer in demand and therefore unsellable. But why “drug”?  

  • Charms to soothe a savage breast

    15 JAN 2014 By Didapper

    More than 300 years ago William Congreve wrote: “Musick hath Charms to soothe a savage Breast.” In recent years the medical world has begun to appreciate that listening to music can help patients in stressful healthcare situations. There is now a quarterly peer-reviewed journal called Music and Medicine, which offers “an integrative forum for clinical practice and research related to musical interventions and applications of clinical music strategies in medicine”. Although ...

  • Father of organic chemistry

    15 JAN 2014 By Didapper

    In my Christmas miscellany article about the medicinal uses of urine and its constituents (PJ 2013;291:658), I mentioned that the urea used in products for skin conditions is now synthesised rather than obtained from biological sources.

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    A chance to show your employer and colleagues what you have achieved Subscription

    15 JAN 2014 14:26 By Janna Lawrence

    Janna Lawrence asks Claire Anderson, one of the first Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty fellows, to share her experience of the assessment process

  • Sarah Billington

    Healthy living pharmacy model tuned into behaviour change techniques

    15 JAN 2014 11:42

    eePharmacists behind the healthy living pharmacy (HLP) model have welcomed new national guidance aimed at introducing a behaviour change approach to improving public health.

  • Rob Darracott

    Awareness campaign promotes pharmacists as “dispensers of health”

    15 JAN 2014 11:33

    Less than half of adults in the UK are aware that community pharmacists can advise on common ailments and less than a third are aware that they can give advice on healthy living

  • Medicine being scanned

    Leeds pharmacy partners with technology company to test barcode system that will track medicines

    14 JAN 2014 16:19

    A barcode system that can be used to track a medicine along the entire supply chain from manufacture to a patient’s home is being piloted by a Leeds community pharmacist and a technology company in a €1.5m research project.

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