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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 7 June 2014, Vol 292, No 7813

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  • Does nothing ever change? Subscription

    7 JUN 2014 By Anne Liddell

    I recall when I was at college 50 years ago, we were lectured on the dangers of microbial resistance to antibiotics and, unless care was taken in their use, we would end up in a situation where we would be left with nothing in our arsenal.

  • A weighty problem

    4 JUN 2014 0:00

    New figures published in The Lancet last week show that the proportion of adults in the world who are overweight or obese increased between 1980 and 2013 from 29% to 37% in men and from 30% to 38% in women. Similarly, data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development suggest that most people in the world’s most developed nations and emerging economies are overweight or obese.

  • Amoebic dysentery in an elderly patient Subscription

    7 JUN 2014 By Lucy Hedley, Preet Panesar

    A 70-year-old, 47kg woman was admitted via the accident and emergency department with a 14-day history of diarrhoea with recent urge incontinence, cramping abdominal pain and three episodes of vomiting. The patient was diagnosed with amoebic dysentery. Read on to learn about the patient’s signs and symptoms.

  • Jonathan Burton

    Appraisal at a senior level Subscription

    4 JUN 2014 0:00 By Jeff Mills

    Jonathan Burton tells Jeff Mills how he is sharing his experience of RPS Faculty assessment with his pharmacy employees

  • Asthma UK Subscription

    4 JUN 2014 15:10

    Asthma UK offers a range of materials, including the leaflet “Understanding asthma: how your pharmacist can help”, to support healthcare professionals working with people with asthma.

  • Scottish Parliament building (Paul Reid |

    CPS publishes briefing paper on pharmacy strategy for Scotland

    27 MAY 2014 0:00

    Community Pharmacy Scotland, which represents contractors supplying pharmaceutical services to the Scottish NHS, has written its own plan for the delivery of the Scottish Government’s latest pharmacy strategy, saying it has not had enough input since the strategy was launched.

  • Daily Mail

    7 JUN 2014 11:56

    27 May 2014 — The Daily Mail reported how the potency of daily medication can be affected by sickness or diarrhoea.

  • Dosing and compliance Subscription

    4 JUN 2014 0:00 By Michael Charvonia

    There appears to be a contradiction in the opening and closing paragraphs of Stuart Hill’s letter. In the first paragraph he criticises concerns over comparative potencies of corticosteroids as being “theoretical” and not evidence based but, in his final sentence, he suggests that once-daily dosing will improve compliance.

  • E-cigarettes

    7 JUN 2014 11:58

     In a letter signed by researchers and public health specialists the World Health Organisation was asked to “resist the urge to control and suppress e- cigarettes”. Richard Evans, vice-chairman of the Welsh Pharmacy Board was interviewed by BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and BBC Wales Today. Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, Evans said: “At the moment the products that are on the market — we don’t know what standard they are. They can vary from product to product — there is no uniformity.” 

  • E-cigarette user (Annems/

    E-cigarettes help smokers quit, according to study

    23 MAY 2014 0:00

    Fresh evidence suggests smokers attempting to quit are more likely to succeed if they use e-cigarettes than if they use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or willpower alone.

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