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Issue : PJ September 2015 online

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  • Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a fall in blood pressure occurring within three minutes after standing and commonly causes dizziness

    Delayed dizziness after standing is early sign of orthostatic hypotension Subscription

    29 SEP 2015 12:46

    Patients who have a delayed drop in blood pressure are likely to see the condition progress, which is associated with the development of neurodegenerative conditions and a 50% mortality rate.

  • Evidence is emerging that a target systolic blood pressure (BP) of 120mmHg (pictured) significantly reduces both rates of cardiovascular disease and risk of death in hypertensive patients aged 50 years and over

    Lowering target systolic blood pressure to 120mmHg could reduce rates of cardiovascular disease Subscription

    29 SEP 2015 12:05 By George Winter

    A target systolic blood pressure of 120mmHg — rather than 140mmHg — reduces rates of cardiovascular disease and risk of death in hypertensive patients aged 50 years and over, a study shows.

  • NICE sees a role for the Cancer Drugs Fund, but it needs to be on a different footing, according to NICE’s programme director of technology appraisals. In the image, panelists of the Annual Medicines Panel discussion

    NICE sees role for Cancer Drugs Fund but on a different basis, RPS conference hears Subscription

    28 SEP 2015 16:49 By Elizabeth Sukkar

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) sees a role for the Cancer Drugs Fund, but it needs to be on a different footing, according to NICE’s programme director of technology appraisals.

  • Pictogram software available from FIP Subscription

    28 SEP 2015 12:12

    The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has published an Arabic version of its pictogram software to help pharmacists explain to refugees how to take their medicines. The pictogram software is available from the FIP website.

  • NICE recommends Lixiana Subscription

    28 SEP 2015 12:10

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended edoxaban (Lixiana; Daiichi Sankyo) as an option for preventing stroke and systemic embolism in adults with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who have one or more further risk factors in final guidance. The guidance is available from the NICE website.

  • Generic hydralazine now available Subscription

    28 SEP 2015 12:08

    Generic hydralazine tablets 25mg and hydralazine powder for concentrate for solution for injection or infusion 20mg/ml will replace the brand Apresoline from Amdipharm Mercury with immediate effect.

  • Monday 12 October: British Society for the History of Pharmacy lecture Subscription

    28 SEP 2015 9:31

    British Society for the History of Pharmacy lecture, ‘Joseph Banks: Lincolnshire botanist’. Andrew Sankey, garden designer and lecturer, will be talking about the life and times of Joseph Banks. Banks was an extraordinary man who sailed around the world with Cook, established Kew Botanic Gardens, trained plant hunters sent around the globe and made botany a subject worth studying. Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 66 East Smithfield, London E1W 1AW. Event 5.30pm, refreshments from 5pm. No ...

  • Ravi Sharma (pictured) told the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) annual conference that he believed the £15m NHS England pilot was not a “temporary fix” for general practice but an expanded role for pharmacists for decades to come

    Pilot evidence crucial to integration of practice pharmacist role Subscription

    28 SEP 2015 9:12 By Stephen Robinson

    The evidence derived from a scheme to place pharmacists in general practice to ease pressures on GPs in England will be crucial to further integrating pharmacists into primary care, according to a leading practice pharmacist.

  • The first national gluten-free food service delivered by community pharmacists is being set up in Scotland as part of the national contract from 1 October 2015. In the image, close-up of packaged gluten-free pasta

    Scotland rolls out gluten-free food service through pharmacies Subscription

    25 SEP 2015 14:21
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    The first national gluten-free food service delivered by community pharmacists is being set up in Scotland as part of the national contract from 1 October 2015.

  • Elizabeth Hackett (pictured), principal pharmacist for diabetes at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, is the only pharmacist to have been selected as one of 29 Diabetes UK clinical champions

    Diabetes UK clinical champions help patients receive better care Subscription

    24 SEP 2015 9:41 By Elizabeth Hackett

    As a Diabetes UK clinical champion, Elizabeth Hackett aims to help pharmacists play a bigger role in the healthcare of patients with diabetes.

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