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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, February 2020, Vol 304, No 7934

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  • Why we need an urgent rethink on prescribing short acting bronchodilators for asthma

    Why we must urgently rethink prescribing short-acting bronchodilators for asthma Subscription

    19 FEB 2020 11:03

    Guidelines from the Global Initiative for Asthma present a radical overhaul of the way we manage asthma; but our current approach isn’t working, and nothing will change if it is not challenged.

  • When voodoo and cocktails were the mainstays of New Orleans pharmacy Subscription

    30 JAN 2020 10:36

    The museum treasure in the December 2019 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal — Lydia Pinkham’s ‘vegetable compound’ — and The Scaffolds’ 1960s song ‘Lily the Pink’ reminds me of my visit to the excellent and interesting New Orleans Pharmacy Museum on the site of the original apothecary of the first licensed pharmacist in the United ...

  • What role can pharmacy play in the social prescribing revolution?

    What role can pharmacy play in the social prescribing revolution? Subscription

    24 FEB 2020 14:28 By Graham Clews

    The number of social prescribing staff has more than doubled in the past year, but pharmacy has yet to engage with schemes that can help patients with their wellbeing.

  • Welsh Pharmacy Board election 2020

    6 FEB 2020 11:00

    The scheme for the 2020 election provides for four places on the Welsh Pharmacy Board for Members or Fellows who work or live wholly or mainly in Wales.

  • Obese people sitting down

    Type 2 diabetes remission possible with modest weight loss Subscription

    13 DEC 2019 10:37

    People with type 2 diabetes mellitus who achieve weight loss of 10% or more within five years of diagnosis are more than twice as likely to go into remission than people who maintain the same weight, research in Diabetes Medicine has shown.

  • Tribute: Alan Ross

    15 JAN 2020 12:57 By Arthur Williams, Barbara DH Williams

    The recent death of Alan Ross deprives the profession of a pharmacist of exceptional qualities. Alan had a very distinguished career in hospital pharmacy and, following changes in the NHS, he made a major contribution to medicines management in nursing and care homes while advising three Family Health Services Authority general managers.

  • The community pharmacy referral scheme is a new way to make the most of pharmacists' skills Subscription

    3 FEB 2020 12:19

    In response to the editorial ‘Community pharmacy referral scheme is not a new concept’ — which suggested that the NHS community pharmacist consultation service (CPCS) is ‘recycled’ from previous minor ailment schemes — it may be helpful to clarify what the service offers ...

  • The importance of psychosocial approaches to dementia

    Storytelling, music and song: how psychosocial approaches to dementia change lives Subscription

    20 FEB 2020 0:01 By Julia Robinson

    While medicines can be an important part of dementia treatment, there are doubts over whether they provide meaningful benefits for patients. As a result, emphasis is being placed on non-pharmacological approaches, some of which have had a transformative impact on the lives of patients with dementia.

  • Woman undergoing radiotherapy

    Step counting can help predict outcomes for patients undergoing lung cancer treatment Subscription

    11 FEB 2020 9:12 By Julia Robinson

    Measuring patients’ step counts before they receive lung cancer treatment could help predict outcomes, research published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics has suggested.

  • Sick from stress: presenteeism in pharmacy

    Sick from stress: 'presenteeism' in pharmacy Subscription

    3 FEB 2020 12:14 By Angela Kam

    With increasing pressures placed on pharmacy professionals, presenteeism — or working when not fit to do so — is becoming more common. This can have detrimental effects on individuals, their families and patients.

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