Around 12,500 strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation (AF) in the UK each year, and 7,100 of these are preventable with appropriate anticoagulation. Four new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now available in the UK in addition to warfarin.
Education and training should be provided for pharmacists so they have the opportunity to conduct research and contribute to translational research projects.
Nicola Magrini from the World Health Organization discusses improving access to affordable medicines for non-communicable diseases and warns that treatments for cancer lag behind.
Covert administration of medicines in care homesSubscription
Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be familiar with covert administration of medicines, a complex process requiring multidisciplinary assessment, to ensure its appropriate use in care homes.
Head lice: resistance and treatment optionsSubscription
An update on head lice, their identification and the various treatment options available after considering resistance and treatment failure.
Pharmacist and entrepreneur Jonathon Clarke explains what led him to create his own business — and why he didn’t give up.
Some questions asked in job interviews can be a challenge, even for an experienced pharmacist. What are prospective employers hoping to find out from the trickiest questions and how should you tackle them?
Pharmacy informatics involves working with new technology, automation and information systems.
Electronic cigarettes are helping people who want to quit smoking to successfully kick the habit, according to a study on the population impact of e-cigarettes on quit rates.
Women seeking emergency contraception should be advised that an intrauterine device (IUD, or coil) is more effective than the morning after pill, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care (NICE) announced on 8 September 2016.
Researchers have questioned the effectiveness of the MHRA’s Yellow Card scheme after receiving a low number of reports involving infants aged under two years.
Twelve services provided by community pharmacy in England delivered £3bn in net value during 2015, concludes a report commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.
Vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks by over a third, a systematic review has found.
Unnecessary variation in hospital pharmacy services on weekends can be avoided through optimal use of medicines, technology and workforce, according to an NHS report published on 5 September 2016.
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Source: NPA Ian Strachan, chair of the National Pharmacy Association, urged new pharmacy minister David Mowat to be “true to his word” and take time to get ...
Continuing professional development records to be called at random under new plans from British pharmacy regulator
Pharmacists will be randomly selected every year to provide a record of their continuing professional development (CPD) in changes being put forward for consultation by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Ethnic background and the sector in which pharmacy students have trained continue to influence preregistration assessment results, according to a report presented at the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) council meeting on 8 September 2016.
EU pharmacists will need to demonstrate grasp of English to work in the UK, British pharmacy regulator says
Pharmacists who qualified in the EU and want to practice in Great Britain will in future have to provide evidence of their knowledge of the English language before joining the professional register, according to draft guidance ...
Squirting a simple saline solution into the nostrils twice a day could alleviate chronic nosebleeds just as effectively as administering any one of three different medication sprays, a study shows.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adding a boxed warning to prescription opioid painkillers and cough medicines, and benzodiazepines following evidence the two drug classes are increasingly being prescribed together.
All 281 Sainsbury’s pharmacies officially became Lloydspharmacy branches on 1 September 2016 as part of a £125m takeover deal agreed in July 2015 between J Sainsbury Plc and Celesio UK.
Community pharmacy leaders have produced guidance about the management of repeat medicine requests following moves by GPs to prevent community pharmacies from reordering prescriptions in advance on behalf of patients.
The European Commission has approved the first drug for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV for use in Europe following a positive recommendation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in July 2016.