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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Obesity and the cardiovascular system

Charting obesity Subscription


In the UK, the prevalence of obesity is continuing to grow, bringing with it a whole host of hidden diseases affecting a number of body systems — from cardiovascular to skeletal.   

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Community pharmacies ideally placed to help the global fight against hepatitis C Subscription

2016 brought with it the first fall in deaths from hepatitis C in the UK in more than a decade, likely the result of increased treatment with new direct acting antiviral drugs

Road signs, direction

Off-label drug use: the need for clear national guidanceSubscription

In October, twelve NHS clinical commissioning groups across northeast England and Cumbria agreed a policy to offer patients in the region with wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration the choice of ‘off-label’ use of bevacizumab (Avastin) as preferred treatment, with potential savings of up to £13.5m over the next five years.


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Decriminalisation legislation cannot come soon enoughSubscription


On 14 November, an Order was laid before Parliament purporting to introduce a statutory defence to the offence committed when patients are supplied with the wrong prescription medicine.

Books and Arts

Book cover of 'Introduction to Acute and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice, Second Edition'

A useful adjunct to on-the-job training in hospital pharmacySubscription


Introduction to Acute and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice, Second Edition, by David A. Holdford.

Book cover of 'The obesity epidemic. Why diets and exercise don’t work and what does'

Tackling the obesity epidemic requires government interventionSubscription


The obesity epidemic. Why diets and exercise don’t work and what does, by Robyn Toomath

Book cover of 'The hungry brain. Outsmarting the instincts that make us overeat'

Why dieting is a battle of the mindSubscription


The hungry brain. Outsmarting the instincts that make us overeat, by Stephan Guyenet

Learning article

Legal and illegal drugs

Clinical management of drug misuse and dependence: an updateSubscription

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July 2017 saw publication of the fourth edition of ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, also known as the Orange Book, which provides guidance that supports healthcare professionals in the field of dependence on illicit and licit medicines. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of this online-only update and what the changes mean for practice.

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Hepatitis C and the potential for care delivery in community pharmacySubscription

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Community pharmacists are uniquely placed to deliver hepatitis C virus testing and treatment, and could help efforts in reaching the World Health Organization target for elimination of the disease by 2030.


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Tech pioneers: pharmacists in technology and software developmentSubscription


Technology enables better healthcare, so it comes as no surprise that many pharmacists are dedicating their careers to developing digital solutions to optimise patient health outcomes.

Jas Khambh is a national pharmacy advisor to NHS RightCare, Medical Directorate, NHS England

How I work to improve patient health outcomes at a national level at NHS RightCareSubscription


Working on areas of healthcare where there is true innovation and value can be challenging but is also rewarding, says Jas Khambh.

Sarah Marshall, teaching fellow in global health and course leader for the Global Pharmacy MSc at Brighton and Sussex Medical School

From Brighton to Oman: my journey to establish pharmacy globallySubscription


The pharmacy workforce is an investment not a cost, says Sarah Marshall.



Delay in price concessions leads to community pharmacy's 'worst month for 30 years'

An unprecedented delay in reaching a national agreement on drug price concessions for generic products has led to community pharmacists facing the “worst month for 30 years”

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New pharmacotherapy service to be set up as part of Scottish GP contract

A new pharmacotherapy service could be developed in Scotland as part of a proposed new GP contract.

Digital pill

FDA approves first digital pill

The first pill which can be digitally tracked as it makes its way through the body has been approved for use by the US safety drugs watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration.


Pharmacy profession welcomes dispensing error decriminalisation legislation

Pharmacy leaders have welcomed new legislation that will protect community pharmacists from prosecution over dispensing errors.

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Celesio boss resigned 'to be with family'

The outgoing managing director of Celesio UK, the parent company of LloydsPharmacy, has said he resigned because he “needs to go back to [his] family.”

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'No deal' Brexit would cause 'extensive problems' for the NHS, says Nuffield Trust

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would do serious damage to an already overstretched NHS, the Nuffield Trust has cautioned

News in brief

Vivaldi building Amsterdam new home of the EMA

Amsterdam to be new home of the EMA

20 NOV 2017By

Amsterdam has been chosen as the next host of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).


Alcohol-related deaths on the rise in Wales

16 NOV 2017

The number of alcohol-related deaths in Wales rose to 504 in 2016 — an increase of 8.9% in 12 months, according to the latest annual report tracking progress on the government’s 10-year substance misuse strategy.

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PDAU moves a step closer to representing Boots pharmacists

15 NOV 2017

The Central Arbitration Committee has accepted a legal application from Boots pharmacists to dissolve the agreement between Boots and the non-independent trade union, Boots Pharmacists’ Association.

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Patients to undergo blood test before being given antibiotics

13 NOV 2017

Patients will be required to undergo a blood test to decide if they require antibiotics to treat their symptoms as part of a pilot scheme in the north of England.

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Bradford University Pharmacy Team win innovative teaching award

10 NOV 2017

Staff in the pharmacy department at the University of Bradford have won a national award for ‘transforming the student learning experience’.

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Pharmaceutical Expert Advisory Panel says Brexit negotiations must protect UK pharmaceutical industry

6 NOV 2017

Brexit must be negotiated in a way that guarantees UK pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries access to European markets, a paper released by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Science Expert Advisory Panel (PSEAP) has warned.

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Using aspirin for six months or more reduces the risk of some gastrointestinal cancers, study finds

1 NOV 2017

Long-term use of aspirin can reduce the risk of several major types of gastrointestinal cancer and some non-gastrointestinal cancers, a 10-year population-based study has found.

Antidepressant medicines

Dutch tapering kits website has not broken law, MHRA concludes

1 NOV 2017

Public health inspectors in the Netherlands and the UK’s drugs safety watchdog have both concluded that the English-language version of a Dutch-based website selling tapering kits to patients to help wean them off antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs, does not break the law.

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Scotland becomes first UK nation to approve home-based medical abortion

30 OCT 2017

Scotland has become the first nation in the UK to allow women to complete medical abortion procedures at home.

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Members of the Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB) and guests during autumn 2017 meeting

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 27 September 2017

The Scottish Pharmacy Board held their autumn meeting at Holyrood Park House, Edinburgh, on 27 September 2017.

English Pharmacy Board meeting on 5 October

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 5 October 2017

The English Pharmacy Board met at the London office of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 5 October 2017.

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Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 October 2017

The Welsh Pharmacy Board held their third meeting of the year on 12 October 2017, at the Society’s offices in Pontprennau, Cardiff.

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Pharmaceutical Expert Advisory Panel says Brexit negotiations must protect UK pharmaceutical industry

Brexit must be negotiated in a way that guarantees UK pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries access to European markets, a paper released by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Science Expert Advisory Panel (PSEAP) has warned.

English delftware drug jar, 1647

English Delftware display jar, 1647

Beautifully decorated with the coat of arms of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, this 370 year old vessel is the earliest known dated English delftware drug jar.


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