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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, online

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  • Advice about beta-blockers

    11 JUN 2018 14:15

    4 June 2018: Helen Williams, spokesperson on cardiovascular medicine at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, spoke to the Daily Mail about beta-blockers. “Beta-blockers can cause a general slowing down in metabolism, which can be more noticeable with the first few doses, then settles down,” Williams said.

  • Testing antimicrobial resistance in petri dish

    Antibiotic shortages are fuelling antimicrobial resistance, say experts Subscription

    1 JUN 2018 16:24 By Debbie Andalo

    Antibiotic supply chains are on the brink of collapse, putting basic healthcare across the globe at risk, according to a new white paper published today by the Access to Medicine Foundation.

  • Boots logo

    Arbitration body ends Boots-BPA deal

    13 JUN 2018 14:09

    Bargaining arrangements between Boots and the Boots Pharmacists’ Association have been terminated by the body responsible for resolving collective workplace disputes.

  • aspirin blister packs ss 18

    Aspirin combined with high-dose PPIs reduces cancer risk in Barrett’s oesophagus, research shows

    7 JUN 2018 10:06

    Taking aspirin in combination with proton-pump inhibitors reduces the risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus, according to research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

  • Patient in hospital bed

    Avoidable emergency readmissions to hospital rise by over 40% Subscription

    4 JUN 2018 10:30 By Kathy Oxtoby

    The number of patients being readmitted to hospital in an emergency with potentially preventable conditions has grown significantly over the past seven years, an analysis from the Nuffield Trust has revealed.

  • Antiretroviral PrEP pill

    Charity managing England PrEP trial closed down Subscription

    11 JUN 2018 14:16 By Kathy Oxtoby

    The charitable trust managing England’s PrEP impact trial has been wound down by its trustees.

  • Pharmacist prescriber

    Concern over proposals to end experience requirement for trainee independent prescribers Subscription

    15 JUN 2018 8:25 By Kathy Oxtoby

    The Pharmacists’ Defence Association is concerned over proposals to remove the requirement for pharmacists to have two years’ experience before they can begin independent prescriber training.

  • Pharmacist holding two boxes and one card of antibiotics

    Doctors recommend 50 more ways to cut unnecessary treatment Subscription

    21 JUN 2018 12:38 By Kathy Oxtoby

    Women taking the contraceptive pill should be given repeat 12-month prescriptions, rather than three or six months’ worth of supplies, guidance from leading doctors has said.

  • Drug development isn't cheap

    11 JUN 2018 12:03

    7 June 2018: Claire Thompson, deputy chief scientist, spoke to ITV News at Ten about the investment needed for drug development. Thompson provided context to news of Pfizer and Flynn Pharma winning their appeal against a fine imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority, for increasing the price of phenytoin sodium. “It can take around 15 years and more than £1bn to develop a drug,” Thompson said.

  • Close up of human blood vessels

    E-cigarette flavourings may damage blood vessels, researchers say Subscription

    20 JUN 2018 10:32 By Kirsty Oswald

    Flavourings added to e-cigarettes and other tobacco products appear to harm the endothelial lining of blood vessels, say the authors of a recent paper.

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