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First do no harm: On pharmacists selling cannabis in Uruguay

In December 2013 Uruguay became the first country to legalise cannabis for medical, industrial and recreational purposes. The Uruguayan government believes the move will divert income away from criminal gangs, and the taxes collected are to be invested in health, education and the prevention and treatment of drug abuse.



Recognising excellence through changing times: The Pharmaceutical Care AwardsSubscription


In the 22 years since the awards were introduced, healthcare in the UK and the roles of pharmacy teams have changed substantially


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Corporate takeovers do not threaten UK pharmaceutical industrySubscription


Pfizer’s failed bid for AstraZeneca garnered much media attention. But the fears that such deals can undermine national industries are unfounded.

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Hidradenitis suppurativaSubscription


Although there is no cure for this painful condition, pharmacists can play a key role in its management.


Managing heat exhaustion in primary careSubscription


Heat-related conditions account for more than 1,000 deaths in the UK each year, a death toll set to rise as extreme weather events become the new norm.


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Promoting drug-free sport as a doping control officerSubscription


Pharmacist Carole Hunter, a doping control officer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014, explains her part in trying to rid sport of performance-enhancing drugs.

Books and arts


Caustic criticism for big business in healthcareSubscription


‘Deadly medicines and organised crime: how big pharma has corrupted healthcare’ by Peter C. Gøtzsche.


‘Sympathy for the devil’ by Gary ActonSubscription


Fascinating insight into the world of cancer biotechnology.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

5 July 2014, Vol 293, No 7817

Cover Story:

Technology is enabling pharmacists to work remotely, and might herald a new way of working.

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Use antibiotics properlySubscription

18 June 2014: Jocelyn Parkes, director of RPS Wales, wrote in Western Mail’s “The Professionals” section this week. Titled ”Use antibiotics properly”, her piece spoke about a “post-antibiotic era where common infections and minor injuries can kill”. She said: “It’s vital that we take them [antibiotics] as intended, take the right dose (not a substandard one), always finish the course and don’t take antibiotics for a viral infection. Not taking medicines as prescribed makes ...


The beginning of a new chapter for The Pharmaceutical JournalSubscription


For the past 170 years The Pharmaceutical Journal has been the pre-eminent professional publication for pharmacists. This has never been more important for our profession.

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Enhancing patient care through researchSubscription


Bryony Dean Franklin describes what participants can take away from the research stream she is chairing at this year’s Annual Conference

Food-drug interactionsSubscription

24 June 2014: Metro featured an article looking at “The food that medicines hate”. RPS spokesperson Paul Johnson was interviewed and said: “Everyday foods can affect the way some medicines work. They might make your medicine less effective or cause side effects”. Some foods which Johnson noted were grapefruit and grapefruit juice which can affect the way medicines, such as statins, work. Liver, spinach and broccoli were also highlighted due to their high levels of vitamin K ...


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