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We risk a cardiovascular health crisis if patients stop seeking help when they need it

We risk a cardiovascular health crisis if patients stop seeking help when they need it

27 MAY 2020By

Footfall in emergency departments across the world has decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and experts worry that patients with symptoms are staying at home for fear of burdening their healthcare systems. But preventing serious cardiovascular events is still as important as ever, says cardiology consultant pharmacist Rani Khatib.

How I faced COVID-19 as a critical care pharmacist in one of the UK's worst hit regions

How I faced COVID-19 as a critical care pharmacist in one of the UK's worst hit regions

22 MAY 2020By

Specialist critical care pharmacist Greg Barton recounts how his unit adapted to new practices and unknowns as cases of coronavirus surged in north west England.

Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy

Implementing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy in practiceSubscription

22 MAY 2020By , ,

How pharmacists can ensure the safe delivery of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy by ensuring governance, operational and clinical requirements are met.

Requesting a retrospective prescription from a GP

Requesting a retrospective prescription from a GPSubscription

18 MAY 2020By

A locum pharmacist’s decision to substitute one medicine for another may be in the best interest of the patient, but what are the legal and ethical implications?

How I prepared healthcare professionals for battle at London’s COVID-19 Nightingale hospital

How I prepared healthcare professionals for battle at London’s COVID-19 Nightingale hospital

14 MAY 2020By

London’s pop-up COVID-19 hospital constantly adapted and set the standards for other emergency field hospitals, says pharmacy educator Yinka Kuye.

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Thousands of pharmacies in deficit could close owing to COVID-19, trade body warns government

29 MAY 2020By

Thousands of pharmacies could close if they do not receive extra funding to cope with COVID-19 pressures as around half were already in deficit at the start of the pandemic, the National Pharmacy Association has told the government.

Are pharmacy teams being protected against COVID-19?

Pharmacy leaders concerned over lack of widespread COVID-19 risk assessment for BAME staff

29 MAY 2020By

Pharmacy leaders in the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities have expressed concern that assessments of black, Asian and minority ethnic staff’s susceptibility to COVID-19 are not widespread enough in community pharmacy.

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Organ donation law and transplantation management in the UK

Organ donation law and transplantation management in the UKSubscription

Pharmacists should be aware that the law around organ donation changed in England in May 2020 and will change in Scotland from March 2021, and should understand the implications this has on practice and for patients.

Managing pneumonia in adults with suspected COVID-19

Community management of pneumonia and suspected COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of understanding the differences between viral and bacterial pneumonia, and how adult patients can be managed as they recover at home.

Case-based learning: anxiety disorders

Case-based learning: anxiety disordersSubscription

There are many types of anxiety disorders with varying levels of severity. Pharmacists should know the treatment options that are available and how to support patients. 

STOP sign in pharmacy

How to keep your community pharmacy running during the COVID-19 pandemic

How pharmacists can implement guidance and best practice in response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure patient and staff safety, as well as the approaches pharmacy teams across the UK are taking in response to the virus.

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Patient in critical care in hospital

Corticosteroids should be used with caution in patients with COVID-19, researchers say

21 MAY 2020

The use of corticosteroids in coronavirus infections is associated with increased risk of death and side effects, such as bacterial infections and hypokalaemia, researchers have said.

Chinese woman having blood pressure taken

Renin-angiotensin system inhibitors not linked to COVID-19 severity, researchers conclude

18 MAY 2020

Among people with hypertension, the severity of COVID-19 is not associated with the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers, data from Wuhan, China, suggest.

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Virus lifecycle and potential therapies

Targeting COVID-19: the drugs being fast-tracked through clinical trials and how they work

7 MAY 2020By

The NHS is rapidly enrolling patients into studies as part of a focused international effort to find medicines that will interfere with viral replication or help modulate the immune system response.

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Spotting the signs of acute kidney injury Subscription

23 APR 2020By

With 65% of cases beginning in the community, pharmacists can help detect acute kidney injury early and review patients’ medicines before their condition worsens. 

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Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy

Implementing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy in practiceSubscription

How pharmacists can ensure the safe delivery of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy by ensuring governance, operational and clinical requirements are met.

Tetanus vaccination

Tetanus: symptoms, treatment and vaccination

Although most people in the UK will be vaccinated against tetanus as a child, immunity does not always persist into adulthood. It is important that pharmacists can recognise the symptoms and know the treatments available for this disease.

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Acute coronary syndrome: risk factors, diagnosis and treatment Subscription

This overview describes the different management options for acute coronary syndrome and how pharmacists can support patients with the condition.

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Schizophrenia: recognition and management Subscription

Common medicines used to manage schizophrenia have many side effects that can cause significant morbidity. Regular monitoring and support can ensure patients improve outcomes.

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Pharmacist conducting a face-to-face Polypharmacy review

Evaluation of the impact of pharmacist polypharmacy reviews within the Govan Social and Healthcare Integration Partnership (SHIP) project Subscription

12 MAY 2020By , , ,

Providing pharmacist-led medicines reviews to patients in one of the most deprived areas in Scotland to reduce the health inequality gap.

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Everything you should know about the coronavirus outbreak

29 MAY 2020By , ,

The latest information about the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China, and advice on how pharmacists can help concerned patients and the public.

Why we need to talk about sex and clinical trials

Why we need to talk about sex and clinical trialsSubscription

28 MAY 2020By

The under-representation of women in clinical trials is slowly being addressed, but we cannot move towards truly personalised healthcare unless we have an equal balance of the sexes in all new medicine trials.

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