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Why ‘epidrugs’ will be the next major focus for precision medicineSubscription

9 SEP 2020By

It is not just our genes that dictate how our bodies cope with disease and respond to drugs — by identifying the modifications to our DNA strands, and the histone proteins that regulate gene expression, we can uncover a whole new direction for diagnostic biomarkers, therapeutic biomarkers and drug targets.

Down, but not out: hydroxychloroquine could still have a role against COVID 19

Down, but not out: hydroxychloroquine could still have a role against COVID-19

5 AUG 2020By ,

Ongoing research may yet prove that the 4-aminoquinolones are an effective prophylactic medication in those at risk of developing COVID-19.

Access to contraception in primary care leaves much to be desired — community pharmacy should prescribe, as well as supply, pills and patches

Access to contraception in primary care leaves much to be desired — community pharmacy should prescribe, as well as supply, pills and patchesSubscription

22 JUL 2020By David Taylor

Pharmacists can do more than just dispensing contraceptives; by prescribing and monitoring them in the pharmacy, they can free GPs to provide women with a wider range of contraceptive choices.

Medicines being thrown into a bin

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the government to allow medicines reuse: we must not waste this opportunity to counter our throwaway cultureSubscription

10 JUN 2020

Fears over drug shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic mean that, in care homes and hospices, costly medicines prescribed but unused by one patient can now be given to another, rather than destroyed. This formerly illegal practice should stay long after we recover from the pandemic, and be extended to other healthcare settings, so we can reap the financial and environmental benefits.

Patient holding medication record

The future is giving patients control over their own medication recordsSubscription

13 MAY 2020By ,

The patient is the only person present at every stage of their treatment as they move between different healthcare settings, meaning that patient-held information could plug holes in our records and contribute to medicines safety.

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