The Falsified Medicines Directive will be rolled out in Europe from February 2019 to address the threat of fake medicines and will impact the entire supply chain
Vaping comes out of the smoking closetSubscription
Public Health England has called on the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to expedite the licensing of e-cigarettes as medicinal stop-smoking aids.
With less than a year to go, The Pharmaceutical Journal catches up with Raj Patel, chair of the UK falsified medicine directive working group for community pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK, the organisation implementing the medicines verification system in the UK
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Applying pharmacokinetics to clinical practiceSubscription
Clinical pharmacokinetics, 6th edition, edited by John E Murphy
In October 2017, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance to support health and social care professionals in recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in young people aged under 18 years. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of their roles and responsibilities as outlined in this guidance.
Aphasia is a communication disability, most often caused by stroke, which occurs when the language centres of the brain are damaged. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of how the communication needs of people with aphasia vary based on the severity of the condition, and how they can best provide support with medicines optimisation.
Pharmacy conferences: to attend or not attend?Subscription
Pharmacy conferences can be a good way to deepen your connection to pharmacy but it is important to be selective
Helping respiratory patients breathe easySubscription
Sometimes as pharmacists we undervalue what impact we can have and how much patients appreciate our skills, says Lucy Lelliott.
Working in general practice has allowed me to develop my clinical knowledge and medicines management skills, says Nuala Hampson.
NHS England has launched one of the biggest campaigns to encourage people to use pharmacies
All women of childbearing age prescribed the drug valproate — which has been linked to foetal abnormalities — will have to take part in a pregnancy prevention programme
General Pharmaceutical Council will open consultation in March and proposes three key changes to education and training standards
Patients who are allergic to gluten will now only be able to be prescribed gluten-free bread and flour mixes
Announcement of 180 pharmacist and 60 pharmacy technician posts to improve medicines optimisation in care homes
There is now “compelling evidence” that NHS patients would benefit, new review shows
News in brief
Review ordered after trainee paediatrician struck off following death of six-year-old boy from sepsis
Initial plans for a temporary building to house the European Medicines Agency after it moves to Amsterdam have been shelved after it was concluded that the intended accommodation was not “fully fit for purpose”
New Public Health England guidance says using adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine in older people would reduce GP consultations and hospitalisations
The World Health Organization has published its first Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS) report.
Just under one in four patients would have gone without their medicine if a pharmacist had not supplied it via the NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service
Herbal remedies, such as St John’s wort, green tea and ginseng, may affect the properties of prescription drugs, according to research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.