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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 6 June 2015, Vol 294, No 7865

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  • The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) says that it is ‘imperative’ that hospital pharmacists are given dispensing error defence soon

    ‘Imperative’ hospital pharmacists are given dispensing error defence soon Subscription

    22 MAY 2015 11:08 By Stephen Robinson

    Society restates concern over lack of defence for hospital pharmacists in official response to government consultation.

  • As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line.

    3D printing: the future of manufacturing medicine? Subscription

    2 JUN 2015 14:22 By Katharine Sanderson
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    As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line.

  • Advice on high-dose ibuprofen updated Subscription

    27 MAY 2015 13:36

    Advice on ibuprofen will be updated in Europe following final approval by the Co-ordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised Procedures – Human (part of the European Medicines Agency). Updated advice was recommended by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) following a review by PRAC that confirmed an increased risk of cardiovascular problems at doses at or above 2,400mg of ibuprofen a day. Higher doses of ibuprofen should be avoided in patients with underlying ...

  • Aspirin reduces platelet activation and might be beneficial in diseases involving the pulmonary vasculature such as emphysema. In the image, micrograph of red blood cell platelets

    Aspirin users see slower progression of emphysema Subscription

    21 MAY 2015 12:03

    Regular aspirin use may slow the progression of subclinical emphysema through effects on platelet activation or inflammation, say researchers.

  • AWMSG medicines approvals Subscription

    27 MAY 2015 13:40

    The following medicines have been approved for use in NHS Wales by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG): bedaquiline for pulmonary multidrug‑resistant tuberculosis in adult patients as part of an appropriate combination regimen; daclatasvir for chronic hepatitis C virus infection in adults with significant fibrosis or compensated cirrhosis (as part of combination treatment); defibrotide for severe hepatic veno-occlusive disease alongside haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation ...

  • ‘The birth of the pill: how four pioneers reinvented sex and launched a revolution’ by Jonathan Eig

    Bizarre history of hormonal contraception Subscription

    21 APR 2015 12:06 By Andrew Haynes

    ‘The birth of the pill: how four pioneers reinvented sex and launched a revolution’ by Jonathan Eig.

  • Two sunscreens, including one manufactured by Boots, have failed sun protection tests, according to research conducted by the consumer watchdog Which? In the image, a woman puts on sunscreen lotion while on the beach

    Boots’ sunscreen lotion fails sun protection test, says Which? Subscription

    19 MAY 2015 9:42

    Two sunscreens, including one manufactured by Boots, have failed sun protection tests, according to research conducted by the UK consumer watchdog Which? 

  • Buying a pharmacy is not as easy as it once was Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 15:19 By Mike Brunt

    As someone fortunate enough to have retired relatively wealthy from self-employment within community pharmacy some 20 years ago, and having made even more from investment since, I found the article written by Sean Dixon on buying a pharmacy (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:531) interesting, particularly in his breakdown of the main annual revenue available from the sector.

  • Cancer patients’ attitudes towards alternative therapies dictate their use

    Cancer patients’ attitudes towards alternative therapies dictate their use Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 11:34

    Attitudes and beliefs towards complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are better predictors of whether patients will use these therapies than their clinical or demographic characteristics, according to a survey of patients published in Cancer. 

  • David Branford

    Chair of RPS England board loses seat by just 16 votes Subscription

    28 MAY 2015 16:31 By Stephen Robinson

    David Branford departs the English Pharmacy Board after five years, following a close election result.

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