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

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  • Risk stratification and ongoing care is important in non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome, the new collective term for unstable angina and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction. In the image, a nurse looks at the ECG results of a patient

    Non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome: an update Subscription

    Comments (1)

    Risk stratification and ongoing care is important in non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome, the new collective term for unstable angina and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction.

  • Pharmacists, particularly those in the community, are closer than ever to being offered the new opportunities in clinical practice. In the image, illustration of different roads leading to a final destination

    The wait is over for more clinical roles for pharmacists Subscription

    24 SEP 2015 15:02
    Comments (1)

    Pharmacists, particularly those in the community, are closer than ever to being offered the new opportunities in clinical practice.

  • Among scientists and health professionals there are differing opinions on how far we should take genetic engineering. In the image, futuristic illustration of a foetus in a glass uterus

    Genetically engineering humans: a step too far? Subscription

    24 SEP 2015 14:55 By Robert Sparrow, Glenn Cohen

    Among scientists and health professionals there are differing opinions on how far we should take genetic engineering. Robert Sparrow and Glenn Cohen discuss the merits and dangers of using this technology beyond disease treatment and prevention.

  • Confidence in our future pharmacists Subscription

    24 SEP 2015 14:32 By Mike H. Smith

    I write in support of the letter from Graham Phillips (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2

  • taking-a-pill-15Researchers at the National Center for Tuberculosis Control and Prevention, China, sought to discover whether new technologies can improve medicines adherence in tuberculosis (TB) patients

    Electronic medication boxes improve adherence in TB patients Subscription

    24 SEP 2015 9:46

    A large study in China looked at how effective text message reminders were compared with electronic medicine boxes at getting patients to take their drugs and found the latter to be far superior.

  • Why we still need a national contract for pharmacy Subscription

    24 SEP 2015 9:42 By Mark Burdon, Michael Hewitson, Gary Warner

    Many readers will have seen the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) consultation on integrating community pharmacy and general practice. No one could argue with this principle but, as the elected representatives for community pharmacy owners in England, any positivity ...

  • Patients who received target doses of beta blocker therapy after a heart attack did not have improved survival over patients receiving lower doses. In the image, propranolol beta-blocker drug crystals

    Low dose beta blockers as effective as high dose after heart attack Subscription

    23 SEP 2015 14:35
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    Patients who received target doses of beta blocker therapy after a heart attack did not have improved survival over patients receiving lower doses, finds new research.

  • Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (micrograph pictured) is a cancer with rising incidence and very poor outcomes.Metformin, used for diabetes, was found to shut down metabolism in pancreatic cancer stem cells, which can spread cancer around the body

    Antidiabetic agent could smother pancreatic cancer stem cells Subscription

    23 SEP 2015 9:30

    Metformin, commonly used for diabetes, was found to shut down metabolism in pancreatic cancer stem cells, which can spread cancer around the body.

  • Ordinary soap is as good as antibacterial soap at cleaning hands under real life conditions, finds new research published. In the image, close up of a person washing his hands with soap

    Ordinary soap cleans hands just as well as antibacterial soap Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 16:42

    Ordinary soap is as good as antibacterial soap at cleaning hands under real life conditions, finds new research published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

  • The RPS has published its vision for the future of the pharmacy workforce, setting out the objectives of the society and defines the quality of education required for students, trainees and pharmacists. In the image, Catherine Duggan launched the document

    RPS publishes strategy for future pharmacy workforce Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 15:32 By Emma Page
    Comments (1)

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published a strategy document for the future of the pharmacy workforce, which sets out the objectives of the Society and defines the quality of education required for students, trainees and pharmacists.

  • Tribute to Alan Airley Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 15:27 By Henry Chrystyn

    Alan’s colleagues (including many pharmacists) and friends were deeply saddened to hear of his death after a long illness.

  • Tribute to Alan Airley Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 15:19 By Rachel Airley

    My dear father, Alan Airley, was taken from us on 11 September 2015 after a long and brutal illness, bravely borne. Sadly missed, he will continue to be my greatest role model for his intellectual depth, tenacity, shrewdness, bravery and humility. My Dad was one of a generation of elder statesmen community pharmacists, who earned respect from his fellow pharmacists, his medical colleagues and through the loyalty of his long-serving pharmacy support staff. His commitment to his pharmacies ...

  • Ditch the pharmacist registration exam Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 15:14 By Jonathan Cooke

    Graham Phillips made some interesting points in his letter ‘Is the registration exam failing trainees?’ (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;295:213). Perhaps we should go further and question ...

  • Hospitals are outperforming primary care when it comes to implementing toolkits for AMS, according to research performed by Public Health England. In the image, Diane Ashiru-Oredope, the pharmacist lead for antimicrobial resistance and stewardship at PHE

    Hospitals outperforming primary care on antibiotic stewardship, says Public Health England Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 15:14 By Janna Lawrence

    When it comes to implementing toolkits for antimicrobial stewardship, hospitals are doing better than primary care, according to research by Public Health England.

  • A study highlights that N-acetylcysteine could be beneficial in preventing ototoxicity with a class of antibiotics known to induce death of hair cells within the cochlea. In the image, micrograph of inner ear hair cells

    Antioxidant shows promise in preventing hearing loss caused by aminoglycoside antibiotics Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 15:12 By George Winter

    Researchers are calling for a clinical trial to determine the protective effects of N-acetylcysteine in reducing the risk of deafness in patients taking aminoglycoside antibiotics for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

  • Deaths: Alan Airley Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 15:01

    On 11 September 2015, Alan Airley MRPharmS, aged 79, of Whitefield, Manchester. Mr Airley registered with the Society in 1959.  

  • Workshops on Parkinson's disease Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 14:47

    The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched a new “focal point” programme on Parkinson’s disease for pharmacy teams. Workshops will be held across England starting from October 2015. The workshops are free for NHS staff. More information can be found on the CPPE ...

  • Public health resource Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 14:46

    Public Health England has created a new online resource for public health professionals called ‘Health Matters’. It contains information about important public health challenges, including evidence based actions to address ...

  • Olmetec contraindication Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 14:25

    The summaries of product characteristics for Olmetec (olmesartan medoxomil; Daiichi Sankyo) and Olmetec Plus (hydrochlorothiazide, olmesartan medoxomil) products now state that the concomitant use of olmesartan with aliskiren-containing products is contraindicated in patients with diabetes mellitus or renal impairment (GFR <60mL/min/1.73m2).

  • Community pharmacy flu service Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 14:24

    Community pharmacies can now start offering the seasonal influenza vaccine service, as part of the 2015–2016 pharmacy funding contract. Prior to commencing this advanced service, community pharmacies must complete the notification form on the NHS Business Services Authority website that informs NHS England of the pharmacy’s intention to provide ...

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