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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 31 January 2015, Vol 294, No 7847

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  • Patients taking medicines affected by new drug driving laws will need timely and accurate advice from pharmacists

    Drug driving law must not be a burden for patients

    29 JAN 2015 15:32

    Patients taking medicines affected by new drug driving laws will need timely and accurate advice from pharmacists.

  • No-blame culture should be fostered in pharmacy Subscription

    29 JAN 2015 15:32

    Even though the requirement to name a community pharmacy in patient safety reports has been postponed, the sector must do more to improve the reporting of dispensing errors.

  • People who consume up to seven drinks per week in early-to-middle age have a significantly lower risk of developing heart failure, recent study finds

    Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of heart failure Subscription

    29 JAN 2015 15:12

    In a study of 15,000 adults, those who consumed up to seven drinks per week in early-to-middle age had a significantly lower risk of developing heart failure compared with their teetotal counterparts.

  • Survey shows that in patients who have taken aspirin as primary prevention, treatment was inappropriate in nearly 11.6% of cases

    Aspirin inappropriately used for CVD prevention in just over 10% of cases Subscription

    29 JAN 2015 15:12
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    A survey of nearly 70,000 patients taking aspirin for primary prevention has found that, for the overall cohort, treatment was inappropriate in nearly 11.6% of cases.

  • According to suggestions from the latest Nuffield Trust report "Now more than ever" community pharmacists must shift their core activities away from dispensing function towards a more clinical role

    Dispensing: it’s time to let it go Subscription

    29 JAN 2015 15:11 By Darrin Baines
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    If the aspirations of pharmacy fulfilling a clinical role integral to public healthcare is ever to be realised, community pharmacists must shift their focus away from dispensing and towards providing health services.

  • A recent study shows how glucocorticoids tightly control the inflammatory response. US researchers infected mice with a lethal strain of Haemophilis influenzae (pictured).

    Study shows how glucocorticoids tightly control the inflammatory response Subscription

    29 JAN 2015 11:34

    IRAK-M, a key negative regulator of inflammatory pathways, may represent a new therapeutic target to suppress bacteria-induced inflammation, say researchers.

  • Alex MacKinnon, director, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) for Scotland

    RPS Scotland targets greater clinical role for pharmacy in 2015 Subscription

    29 JAN 2015 11:33 By Stephen Robinson

    Business plan for 2015 sets out Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland’s ambitions for the Prescription for Excellence programme

  • Study on adverse cognitive outcomes attributable to statins questions the validity of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) warning on the effects of statins. In the image, building 66 of the FDA

    Study questions FDA warning over adverse cognitive effects of statins Subscription

    29 JAN 2015 10:19

    In 25 placebo-controlled trials involving nearly 47,000 patients, adverse cognitive outcomes attributable to statins were rarely reported, researchers found.

  • Unlike the United States, Europe has no plan for coordinated action to mitigate drug shortages

    Drug shortages: it’s time for Europe to act Subscription

    29 JAN 2015 10:18 By Ingrid Torjesen
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    Unlike the United States, Europe has no plan for coordinated action to mitigate drug shortages.

  • Tribute to Eugene Thomas Fitzpatrick Ball Subscription

    27 JAN 2015 16:40 By Patrick Ball

    My father passed away on 5 January 2014, aged 93. Eugene (Gene) registered in 1944 and worked for the whole of his working life for the Boots Company. A dedicated pharmacist, he nevertheless also brought to work his outside interests in photography and high-fidelity sound. This caused some consternation among his seniors when his Weoley Castle, Birmingham, branch outsold many larger branches in cameras and audio. Nevertheless, his prime focus was always the wellbeing of the patient.

  • Attendees at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) conference in 2014. Employers urged to add Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) membership to pharmacy job descriptions.

    Employers urged to add RPS membership to pharmacy job descriptions Subscription

    27 JAN 2015 15:37

    Group of London pharmacy employers says joining professional membership bodies can boost career development and improve patient care

  • Eugene Thomas Fitzpatrick Ball dies Subscription

    27 JAN 2015 15:03 By Patrick Ball

    On 5 January 2015, Eugene Thomas Fitzpatrick Ball, aged 93, of 1 Oak Close, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9AW. Mr Ball registered with the Society in 1944. He left the Society in 2010.

  • Peter Richard West dies Subscription

    27 JAN 2015 14:31

    On 21 January 2015, Peter Richard West MRPharmS, aged 57, of 48 Oaklands, Guilden Sutton, Chester CH3 7HE. Mr West registered with the Society in 1979.

  • Pamela Robertson Hall dies Subscription

    27 JAN 2015 14:28

    On 23 January, Pamela Robertson Hall MRPharmS, aged 71, of High Widden, Pitmore Lane, Sway, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 6BW. Mrs Hall registered with the Society in 1965.

  • UK deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) have declined by 60% since the 1970s

    Analysis questions value of primary prevention medication for reducing CHD deaths Subscription

    27 JAN 2015 12:13

    Population-wide approaches to risk-factor control have had a far greater impact on the reduction of deaths from coronary heart disease than use of primary prevention medication.

  • Recent small studies have raised concerns that use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients undergoing surgery may be associated with anastomotic leak at the surgical junction

    Use of NSAIDs associated with surgery complication Subscription

    27 JAN 2015 9:41
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    Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients undergoing surgery may be associated with anastomotic leak at the surgical junction, research confirms.

  • Maurice Slinger dies Subscription

    27 JAN 2015 9:33

    On 27 November 2014, Maurice Slinger MRPharmS, aged 89, of Heathfield, Hobcote Lane, Oakworth, Keighley BD22 0RW. Mr Slinger registered with the Society in 1948.

  • What is causing the delay to decriminalising dispensing errors? Subscription

    26 JAN 2015 18:03 By Joy Wingfield

    Well hooray and alleluia! A ray of common sense pierces the clouds of officialdom. Now community pharmacists will not have to “dob themselves in” to the authorities until legal defences are put in place to counter the strict liability offence that arises when a dispensing error is made. I would like to claim my blog (The Pharmaceutical ...

  • The Human Protein Atlas shows the locations of almost 17,000 different proteins in the human body could offer invaluable guidance for drug developers

    Human Protein Atlas reveals drug targets Subscription

    26 JAN 2015 11:09 By Mark Peplow

    The Human Protein Atlas shows the locations of almost 17,000 different proteins in the human body and could offer invaluable guidance for drug developers. 

  • A tattoo-based iontophoresis-sensor platform holds considerable promise for efficient diabetes management, say researchers

    Tattoo-based sensor could eliminate invasive glucose monitoring Subscription

    23 JAN 2015 15:36

    A tattoo-based iontophoresis-sensor platform holds considerable promise for efficient diabetes management, say researchers.

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