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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 ...

  • New standard for cardiovascular disease Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 14:10

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new quality standard that covers identifying and assessing cardiovascular risk in adults and, where necessary, using statins to reduce levels of cholesterol in order to prevent cardiovascular disease. The ...

  • Adding dexamethasone, molecular structure pictured, to antibiotic treatment of septic arthritis in children improves outcomes, studies have found

    Dexamethasone improves septic arthritis in children Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 14:09

    Taking dexamethasone with antibiotic treatment was found to enhance recovery in children diagnosed with septic arthritis.

  • McKesson Corporation (headquarters pictured) has reached an agreement to purchase the pharmaceutical distribution division of UDG Healthcare, which operates as United Drug Sangers in Northern Ireland and United Drug in Ireland

    McKesson announces more takeover plans Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 14:03

    The US pharmaceutical giant behind the proposed acquisition of 281 Sainsbury’s pharmacies has announced more takeover plans for the UK and the Irish Republic.

  • Calendar packs can aid adherence Subscription

    22 SEP 2015 13:19 By Annette Smith

    All medicines that are taken regularly (e.g. for blood pressure) should have the days of the week printed on the blister pack to aid adherence. Unfortunately I find it increasingly difficult to find such packaging. If these were more readily available it may reduce the number of patients needing and requesting monitored dosage systems. Annette Smith Towcester, Northamptonshire

  • The continuing difference in pass rates between hospital and community trainees for the pharmacy registration assessment has been described as a “cause for concern” by the professional regulator. In the image, a female student takes an exam

    Disparity between pass rates for community and hospital trainees is cause for concern, says pharmacy regulator Subscription

    21 SEP 2015 16:44 By Debbie Andalo

    The continuing difference in pass rates between hospital and community trainees for the pharmacy registration assessment has been described as a “cause for concern” by the professional regulator.

  • The US medicines safety watchdog has strengthened its warnings about the risk of bone fractures for type 2 diabetes patients who take canagliflozin. In the image, x-ray of a fractured arm

    FDA strengthens fracture warnings for canagliflozin Subscription

    21 SEP 2015 16:43

    The US medicines safety watchdog has strengthened its warnings about the risk of bone fractures for type 2 diabetes patients who take canagliflozin.

  • Aspirin has been recommended for the prevention of colorectal cancer in people aged between 50 and 59 years by the US Preventive Services Task Force. In the image, light micrograph of colorectal cancer cells

    US task force recommends aspirin for colorectal cancer prevention Subscription

    21 SEP 2015 16:40

    Aspirin has been recommended for the prevention of colorectal cancer in people aged 50–59 years by the US Preventive Services Task Force.

  • An association between the use of a class of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and violent crime in patients aged 15-24 years has been found by researchers in Sweden and the UK. In the image, a police van

    Association between SSRI use and violent crime could be explained by poor adherence Subscription

    21 SEP 2015 12:03 By Bea Perks

    An association between the use of a class of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and violent crime in patients aged 15–24 years has been found by researchers.

  • The publisher of the Pharmaceutical Journal, Arash Hejazi, discusses the changes that are taking place in the publication. In the image, a selection of print and online versions of The Pharmaceutical Journal

    The next step in the evolution of Pharmaceutical Journal publications

    21 SEP 2015 By Arash Hejazi

    On the changes happening in The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist.

  • Qutenza licence extension Subscription

    21 SEP 2015 11:54

    The indication of Qutenza (capsaicin 8% patch; Astellas) has been extended by the European Commission to include the treatment of adult diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathic pain, either alone or in combination with other medicinal products for pain. Previously, the product’s licence excluded adult patients with diabetes. 

  • Disciplinary measures are appropriate Subscription

    21 SEP 2015 9:50 By John Turner

    I am amazed at your apparent tolerance of wrong and over prescribing of antibiotics by doctors (The Pharmaceutical Journal

  • 'I Love My Pharmacist' competition Subscription

    21 SEP 2015 9:49

    August to September 2015: A number of regional online and print publications, and broadcast, have featured news about the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s ‘I Love My Pharmacist’ competition, as well as raising awareness of what pharmacists do at the same time. Public voting is open until 29 September 2015 to determine the six regional winners across Great Britain. The competition ...

  • Pharmacist roles in A&E Subscription

    21 SEP 2015 9:46

    9 September 2015: The Guardian online published an article called ‘Can involving pharmacists in A&E shorten waiting times and help doctors?’. Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board chair Sandra Gidley was quoted and said: “Pharmacists are at the moment largely underutilised within A&E departments. If the results from the West Midlands are replicated widely in Health Education England’s national pilot, it will be overwhelming evidence of the profound impact ...

  • Updated global standards of practice for hospital pharmacists, known as the Basel Statements, have been published by the FIP, to be adopted by pharmacists in different countries. In the image, a pharmacist in a hospital dispensary

    FIP updates global standards for hospital pharmacy Subscription

    19 SEP 2015 11:26

    Updated global standards of practice for hospital pharmacists have been published by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), an organisation that represents more than three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.

  • Duncan Rudkin (pictured), the chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), said it had decided against rescheduling the CPD timetable because it might confuse registrants

    Five-year review of pharmacists’ CPD to be kept for now, says GPhC Subscription

    19 SEP 2015 11:22

    The pharmacy regulator has decided to keep to the existing five-year cycle for pharmacists to present evidence of their continuing professional development while it works out what the future “call and recall” system should look like. 

  • The UK’s competition watchdog is looking at the proposed acquisition of Sainsbury’s pharmacy business by Lloydspharmacy on the grounds that it may “reduce market competition”. In the image, storefront of Lloyds Pharmacy

    Competition watchdog considers Lloydspharmacy’s acquisition of Sainsbury’s pharmacies Subscription

    18 SEP 2015 15:47

    The UK’s competition watchdog is looking at the proposed acquisition of Sainsbury’s pharmacy business by Lloydspharmacy on the grounds that it may “reduce market competition”.

  • Heidi Alexander has been appointed shadow secretary of state for health by the new leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn.

    Corbyn appoints Heidi Alexander as shadow health secretary Subscription

    18 SEP 2015 13:52

    Heidi Alexander has been appointed shadow secretary of state for health by the new leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn.

  • The Cancer Drugs Fund is unsustainable in its current form because of overspending and a lack of evidence on the results it yields, reports the NAO. Meg Hillier MP (pictured), chair of the committee of public accounts, the fund cannot continue in the same

    Cancer Drugs Fund needs overhaul, NAO investigation finds Subscription

    18 SEP 2015 12:50 By Emma Wilkinson

    The Cancer Drugs Fund is unsustainable in its current form because of overspending and a lack of evidence on the results it yields, according to a report from the National Audit Office.

  • Vanessa Sherwood (pictured) is a pharmacist and co-ordinator of a new type of mental health service called the Bloom Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia

    How mental health is being improved by community pharmacists in Canada Subscription

    18 SEP 2015 11:40 By Saša Jankovic

    Community pharmacists in Canada are delivering a new type of mental health service called the Bloom Program.

  • An analysis of a controversial study into the use of paroxetine in adolescents has re-ignited the debate over the importance of full disclosure of clinical trial data.

    Analysis of paroxetine trial sparks debate over access to trial data Subscription

    18 SEP 2015 8:58 By Emma Wilkinson

    An analysis of a controversial yet influential study into the use of paroxetine in adolescents has reignited the debate over full disclosure of clinical trial data.

  • Victims of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) show evidence of Alzheimer’s pathology, suggests new research. In the image, micrograph of a brain with CJD

    Brains of CJD victims show signs of Alzheimer’s pathology Subscription

    15 SEP 2015 15:50 By Ingrid Torjesen
    Comments (1)

    Victims of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease show evidence of Alzheimer’s pathology, suggests new research. But neuroscientists have quashed fears that people can “catch” Alzheimer’s.

  • Making a mistake at work can leave anyone lacking confidence and unsure how to proceed. This article discusses how pharmacists should deal with errors and overcome the aftermath. In the image, a person walks towards the light at the end of a tunnel

    How to recover from making a mistake at work Subscription

    15 SEP 2015 14:32 By Ross Ferguson
    Comments (2)

    Making a mistake at work can leave anyone lacking confidence and unsure how to proceed. So how should pharmacists deal with errors and overcome the aftermath?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Extensive training would equip pharmacists with the right skills Subscription

    14 SEP 2015 14:11 By Richard O' Connell
    Comments (1)

    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 ...

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    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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

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