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The Pharmaceutical Journal


In January 2014, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved a combination hepatitis C treatment. However, it costs over US$80,000 for a 12-week course

Rolling out hepatitis C treatments will be costlySubscription

The new generation of heptatitis C antivirals is highly effective, but the drugs’ expense will put pressure on healthcare providers.


Foods high in salt, sugar and fat should be taxed to discourage unhealthy eating and slow rates of childhood obesity

A tax on junk food is the way to fight the childhood obesity crisisSubscription


Foods high in salt, sugar and fat should be taxed to discourage unhealthy eating and slow rates of childhood obesity, says Colin Michie.


Seth Berkley, chief executive officer of GAVI Alliance which brings together public and private sectors to bring new and underused vaccines for children living in poor countries

Q&A: Getting life-saving vaccines to children in poor countries Subscription


Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, brings together public and private sectors to deliver new and underused vaccines for children living in poor countries. Seth Berkley, its chief executive officer, discusses the current challenges to increase immunisation coverage in poor countries.

CPD article

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne single-stranded RNA flavivirus with six major genotypes, affecting an estimated 185 million people worldwide.

Latest advances in hepatitis C therapySubscription


The availability of new protease inhibitors is revolutionising the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection.


Ravi Sharma, senior primary care pharmacist and quality assurance lead

Helping newly registered pharmacists to work in general practiceSubscription


Newly registered pharmacists have been given the opportunity to work with GPs in southern England as part of a programme run by a consortium of GP surgeries. Ravi Sharma, senior primary care pharmacist and quality assurance lead, explains how the programme was set up and what it has achieved.


Translocator proteins (TSPO) pair up: each protein contains five helices that can bind to porphyrins, as well as PK11195 and cholesterol.

Structure of translocator protein hints at role in diseaseSubscription

Two research groups have independently solved the structures of similar translocator proteins, offering clues about its function that could spur the development of targeted drugs.

Researchers dispute analysis that finds oseltamivir (Roche's Tamiflu) cuts flu symptoms by a day

Tamiflu shortens flu symptoms by a day, study findsSubscription

Oseltamivir (Roche’s Tamiflu) shortens the duration of flu symptoms by approximately a day, in infected patients, according to an analysis published in The Lancet.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

7 February 2015, Vol 294, No 7848

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Recent years have seen an evolution in the treatment of hepatitis C infection, with new antivirals emerging at remarkable speed that promise cure rates never previously thought possible.

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) will expand practice assessments that will allow pharmacists with two to 10 years experience to gain Faculty accreditation in April this year

RPS offers first Faculty assessments to pharmacists with two years’ experienceSubscription


In April 2015, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty will consider applications for membership from pharmacists with at least two years’ post-registration experience for the first time, it has been announced.


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