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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 26 September 2015, Vol 295, No 7881

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  • ‘Plants: healers and killers’, by Michael Radcliffe Lee

    How plants can heal or kill Subscription

    25 AUG 2015 16:21 By Steven Kayne

    ‘Plants: healers and killers’, by Michael Radcliffe Lee.

  • 'Slimming drug' investigation Subscription

    7 SEP 2015 17:04

    1 September 2015: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has worked with ITV’s Good Morning Britain to test a batch of DNP, the so-called slimming drug bought online by people wanting to lose weight. Results revealed exclusively on the programme showed it to be highly dangerous. Speaking to the programme, RPS chief scientist Professor Jayne Lawrence said: “I can’t stress enough that DNP is actually not fit for human consumption. By buying this sort of tablet on the internet they really ...

  • EPS workshops for community pharmacies Subscription

    11 SEP 2015 10:58

    The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is running training events about the electronic prescription service (EPS) for all staff working in community pharmacy and for dispensing appliance contractors in England. There will be at least seven training sessions in each local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) area, covering each of the patient medication record (PMR) systems: Analyst; CoMPaSS; NexPhase; Pharmacy Manager; ProScript; ProScript LINK; Rx Webb. The Pharmaceutical ...

  • Drug safety alert for proton pump inhibitors Subscription

    11 SEP 2015 11:06

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update relating to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The update states that PPIs are associated very infrequently with cases of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE), a non-scarring dermatosis that can develop in sun-exposed areas.

  • September 2015: SMC decisions Subscription

    11 SEP 2015 11:12

    The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has accepted the following medicines for NHS Scotland for particular indications: aflibercept (Eylea; Bayer); bortezomib (Velcade; Janssen-Cilag); ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (Harvoni; Gilead); lisdexamfetamine (Elvanse; Shire); pasireotide (Signifor; Novartis); sitagliptin (Januvia; Merck Sharp & Dohme). Bevacizumab (Avastin; Roche) has been accepted for restricted use in combination with pacitaxel ...

  • rps-conference-awards

    2015 RPS award winners announced Subscription

    13 SEP 2015 23:18 By Harriet Adcock

    The winners of this year’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society Awards were revealed at the annual conference in Birmingham on 13 September 2015.

  • Extensive training would equip pharmacists with the right skills Subscription

    14 SEP 2015 14:11 By Richard O' Connell
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    Regarding pharmacist training for clinical roles, perhaps it would be a good idea to follow a similar approach to that of medical students and junior doctors. This would include multiple long practice placements during the university years, which now appears to have unanimous support. Then, once qualified, junior pharmacists would rotate through all the different specialist areas in hospital and community. This would allow them to gain an understanding of clinical approaches and specialist ...

  • All pharmacists employed by health boards and trusts in Wales should engage with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty processes, according to the All Wales Chief Pharmacist Committee.

    Welsh chief pharmacists say NHS pharmacists should 'engage with' RPS Faculty Subscription

    14 SEP 2015 17:11

    All pharmacists employed by health boards and trusts in Wales should engage with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty processes, according to the All Wales Chief Pharmacist Committee.

  • Use of tranexamic acid is inexpensive and has shown efficacy in reducing perioperative blood loss and the need for transfusions. In the image, a person has a blood transfusion

    Tranexamic acid can cut the need for blood transfusions after surgery Subscription

    15 SEP 2015 10:13 By Debbie Andalo, Janna Lawrence

    A hospital reduced the need for red blood cell transfusions by 40% for patients undergoing a full knee or hip replacement when they routinely gave them tranexamic acid, according to new research.

  • Exam failures help control pharmacist numbers Subscription

    15 SEP 2015 10:39 By Barry Shooter

    The news story on research that correlated lower entry standards and registration assessment failure rates (The Pharmaceutical Journal

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