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Beyond pharmacy blog

Like mother, like son: moving to the UK from Baghdad to excel in pharmacy

Posted by: Fadya Al-HamadaniThu, 5 Dec 2019

When he arrived in the UK, my son could speak only a few English words, but now he is studying to become a pharmacist.

My horrific encounter with ‘fitness to practise’

Posted by: Sarah SeddonWed, 6 Nov 2019

The regulatory process dehumanises those it seeks to protect — it must drastically change.

What my surgical menopause can teach pharmacists about HRT

Posted by: Lucy SkeaFri, 18 Oct 2019

Lucy Skea had a surgical menopause at the age of 39 years; here’s what she thinks pharmacists should know to support patients considering hormone replacement therapy.

Robbery at knifepoint: how our pharmacy coped

Posted by: Amanda SmithWed, 22 Aug 2018

Pharmacy manager Amanda Smith recounts the day her West Yorkshire community pharmacy was targeted by an armed thief, and how the pharmacy team recovered from the ordeal.

I’m a bereaved mother, but I’m still a pharmacist

Posted by: Lisa RaveendranWed, 1 Aug 2018

Hospital pharmacist Lisa Raveendran shares how she overcame her demons to return to work and find her new ‘normal’ following the stillbirth of her son.

2039: Pharmacy after the fall

Posted by: Mark BorthwickWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Pouring a stiff drink for the last pharmacist

Posted by: Stuart AndersonWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Medicines at a touch of a button

Posted by: Parastou DonyaiWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Why we must say goodbye to 'clinical' pharmacists

Posted by: Nahim KhanWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Lost in medicine: Mrs Brown's story

Posted by: Michele Rowland JonesWed, 11 Jul 2018

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No more white coats: pharmacists emerge from behind the counter

Posted by: Samuel TaylorWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Ex Pharmacia: dispensing goes human-free

Posted by: Ewan MauleWed, 11 Jul 2018

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The most valued health professional in 2048

Posted by: Steve WilliamsWed, 11 Jul 2018

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A pharmacist calls

Posted by: Gavin BirchallWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Scorched Earth: after the medicines disappeared

Posted by: Kartik DravidWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Give pharmacists the freedom to build the future, now

Posted by: Margret NaluyimaWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Pharmacy's future is unknown – but I'm still optimistic

Posted by: Trevor LoweWed, 11 Jul 2018

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Medical cannabis — a Canadian pharmacist’s experience

Posted by: Michael BoivinWed, 27 Jun 2018

UK pharmacists must embrace the potential of cannabis in therapy and their role in dispensing it, or risk being left out of the system like pharmacists in Canada, says Canadian pharmacist Michael Boivin.

We need to treat people who take street drugs as patients, not criminals

Posted by: Ash SoniThu, 14 Jun 2018

Healthcare professionals have a role to play in improving care for people who take street drugs and providing better information on their drugs’ content, says Royal Pharmaceutical Society president Ash Soni.

Big Dope: why we shouldn’t rush to legalise medical cannabis

Posted by: Terry MaguireFri, 1 Jun 2018

A powerful cannabis industry could emerge in the footsteps of Big Booze, Big Tobacco and Big Pharma, and we risk becoming beholden to it, says pharmacist Terry Maguire.

Harnessing nanotechnology to make cancer treatment patient-friendly

Posted by: Linda HakesFri, 27 Apr 2018

In the future, cancer patients receiving injected treatment at the hospital could orally self-administer in the comfort of their homes with nanoparticle technology, says pharmaceutical scientist and FIP vice-president Linda Hakes.

Take-home messages from Europe’s clinical pharmacy conference

Posted by: Christine ClarkeTue, 12 Dec 2017

Pharmacy consultant Christine Clark shares the best bits from the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy’s 46th symposium.

Medication non-adherence in breast cancer prevention and treatment

Posted by: Balkees AbderrahmanThu, 28 Sep 2017

Balkees Abderrahman highlights the problem of medication non-adherence in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

In hindsight: Reflections on the preregistration assessment

Posted by: Angela KamTue, 12 Sep 2017

Newly registered pharmacist, Sean Quay reflects on his experience of this year’s preregistration assessment and provides insights to help current and future trainees best prepare for theirs.

Acceleration of the United States on-demand genetic testing industry

Posted by: Jessica CussinsMon, 19 Jun 2017

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing services are making comeback, but there have been concerns about their appropriateness.

Into the unknown: UK pharmacovigilance after Brexit

Posted by: Julia RobinsonWed, 17 May 2017

Julia Robinson reports from a meeting discussing the implications of Brexit on UK pharmacovigilance.

Syria’s chemical weapon of mass destruction

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 17 May 2017

Andrew Haynes explains how the chemical weapon sarin damages the body and eventually kills those exposed to it.

Medicinal plants: Britain’s home-grown wartime allies

Posted by: Briony HudsonTue, 16 May 2017

Briony Hudson summarises a lecture about how medicinal plants were used during the wartime in Great Britain.

Pharmacy history: past, present – and future

Posted by: Briony HudsonWed, 26 Apr 2017

Briony Hudson provides highlights from this year’s British Society for the History of Pharmacy conference, and examines the lack of engagement from pharmacist in pharmacy history.

Panic over “symptomatuc refief” for throat problems

Posted by: Andrew HaynesThu, 16 Feb 2017

The reported shortage of a popular throat mixture has sent panic across the entertainment industry because of its popularity with actors, singers and performers.

Preserving research and development in a post-Brexit era

Posted by: Benedict LamWed, 11 Jan 2017

Additional funding for R&D post-Brexit is a welcome move from the UK government, but there are other related issues to consider as well.

Vaccines: under threat by the post-truth populist movement

Posted by: Cynthia LeiferWed, 4 Jan 2017

In a climate where science and facts appear to play second fiddle to post-truth rants on social media, Cynthia Leifer explains why activism and public engagement must become part of the everyday work of scientists and physicians.

Pfizer and Flynn Pharma fined £90m for excessive pricing — what are the implications?

Posted by: Gustaf DuhsFri, 16 Dec 2016

Gustaf Duhs explains the ruling behind the Competition and Markets Authority’s £90m fine on Pfizer and Flynn Pharma’s excessive drug pricing.

Why mistletoe is dangerous at Christmas

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 7 Dec 2016

Andrew Haynes describes the health risks — or lack of health risks — of popular Christmas plants.

Saint Cosmas and Damian: the patron saints of pharmacy and medicine

Posted by: Szu Shen WongMon, 26 Sep 2016

Szu Wong explains the story behind the Arabian twin brothers who practiced medicine and surgery without a fee.

Syphilis and the use of mercury

Posted by: Szu Shen WongThu, 8 Sep 2016

Sexual Health Week 2016 runs from 12-18 September. Szu Shen Wong, Thibaut Deviese, Jane Draycott, John Betts and Matthew Johnston describe what lies behind a print depicting patients with syphilis from the 18th century.

Why we should be wary about plastic food containers

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 8 Jun 2016

A contributing factor to the rise of premature births and the early onset of puberty may be the use of the chemical BPA in plastic products.

The Queen’s speech – what is it and what does it mean for health policy?

Posted by: Richard RoyalFri, 13 May 2016

The Queen’s speech is likely to address issues surrounding “health tourism” in the UK.

A link between tequila and osteoporosis

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 4 May 2016

Researchers in Mexico have raised the possibility of a new treatment for osteoporosis based on an extract from the plant that is the source of Mexico’s well known spirit drink, tequila.

John Walker, pharmacist and inventor of the match

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 20 Apr 2016

Pharmacist John Walker of Stockton-on-Tees invented the match in the 19th Century.

Health-related exhibitions along Euston Road, London

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 22 Mar 2016

Andrew Haynes describes three health-related exhibitions to visit in central London.

Insomnia treated with single therapy session

Posted by: Steven BremerThu, 4 Feb 2016

Acute insomnia was resolved following a one-hour therapy session in over 70% of cases, according to a UK-based study.

A novel way of harnessing solar power to purify water

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 2 Feb 2016

New research from China shows promise in water purification by harnessing natural processes.

Space motion sickness: combating nausea in space

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 4 Jan 2016

Major Tim Peake travelled to the International Space Station at the end of 2015. Andrew Haynes describes the space motion sickness that often accompanies such missions.

Damien Hirst, Pharmacy and the 1968 Medicines Act

Posted by: Szu Shen WongMon, 9 Nov 2015

Artist Damien Hirst intends to open a new restaurant called “pharmacy2” in London in 2016. Szu Wong recalls the legal difficulties he ran into with his first “Pharmacy” restaurant, which he opened in 1998.

Hi-tech and low-tech applications for origami

Posted by: Roger PooleFri, 9 Oct 2015

Using basic paper folds to make intricate designs has a wide range of scientific applications, including making paper batteries and origami stents.

Causes and treatment of nosebleeds

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 15 Jul 2015

Nosebleeds can involve a scary amount of blood but rarely present a serious threat. Andrew Haynes explores the possible causes and the best treatments.

Microalgae as a source for antibiotic discovery

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 7 Jul 2015

Microalgae represent a virtually untapped source of chemical compounds, potentially including antibiotics.

The key to a bad hangover

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 7 Jul 2015

Studies have shown that two key factors that explain why certain individuals are more prone to hangovers are genetics and gut microbiota.

The importance of collecting dirt

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 1 Jul 2015

Several important drugs have been identified from soil samples. Researchers in the USA are currently analysing new samples of dirt for potential therapeutics.

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