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Q&A: Providing official standards for UK medicines and pharmaceutical substances — the British PharmacopoeiaSubscription
James Pound, editor-in-chief of the British Pharmacopoeia (BP), explains how the BP is evolving to meet the changing needs of its many users and discusses how it compares and harmonises with other pharmacopoeias worldwide.
Guidance, strategies and communication tools to support transfer of care of frail older people
The principles of motivational interviewing and how pharmacists can use it to help patients take their medicines as prescribed.
Nadia Bukhari and Harsha Parmar provide tips for preregistration trainees sitting the registration assessment in its new format.
The first pharmacists are about to start work under a new pharmacists in GP practices scheme. What do existing practice pharmacists do and how will the new roles differ?
What I learnt in a year as a scholar at the National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceSubscription
Neetu Bansal is looking into how pharmacists can support the recovery of patients with colorectal disease as part of a project for her National Institute for Health and Care Excellence scholarship.
Patients in developed countries should not be prescribed an antibiotic without first having a rapid diagnostic test to ensure the drug is appropriate and drug companies must be forced to do more to find new antibiotic drugs, the final report of the UK government’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has recommended.
Methadone, a drug prescribed as a heroin substitute, is responsible for more toddler deaths by unintentional poisoning in the UK than any other prescription drug, research shows.
Pharmacists have the potential to manage the care of up to 36% of patients attending hospital emergency departments (ED), according to the results of two studies by Health Education England (HEE).
GPs want the influenza immunisation programme offered by community pharmacists in England scrapped unless a national review proves that it has increased the total number of people being vaccinated.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the UK’s cost-effectiveness body, has recommended two new cholesterol-lowering drugs for certain adults with primary hypercholesterolaemia or mixed dyslipidaemia who are at extremely high risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) being treated with warfarin have higher rates of dementia compared with those taking the drug for other conditions, research shows.
News in Brief
Junior doctors' contract deal agreedSubscription
A deal has been reached between UK government negotiators and the British Medical Association (BMA) over the junior doctor contract, arbitration body the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), which facilitated ten days of negotiations, announced on 18 May 2016.
Pharmacists working in surgeries can cut the time GPs would normally spend on medicines management and prescribing issues by nearly half, according to a report by the Nuffield Trust.
The government is clawing back £48m from community pharmacy contractors in England over the next four months, with the possibility of more cuts after October 2016, national negotiators have revealed.
England’s chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has admitted that data he gave to an All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) inquiry suggesting that hub and spoke dispensing is ‘much safer’ than traditional dispensing was inaccurate.
Hospital pharmacist Maree Todd has become a member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Scottish National Party (SNP) after standing for election for the first time.
Pharmacy2U, an online pharmacy, has unveiled its £3.5 million prescription centralised dispensing facility in Leeds. The site can despatch 1 million prescription items a month, increasing the company’s capacity by around ten-fold.
The number of patient consultations in general practice has increased by 15% over the last five years, three times greater than the increase in general practitioners, an analysis on the extent of the crisis facing general practice by the King’s Fund has revealed.
EMA recommends approval of antibiotic combination to treat multi-drug resistant bacteriaSubscription
A new combination antibacterial drug is being recommended for approval across the European Union (EU).
A medicines safety review has confirmed a risk of pneumonia triggered by inhaled corticosteroids in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but was unable to specify whether there are any differences in risk for different products.
Journal of record for the professionSubscription
Unintended costs of EU e-cigarette tax hike Subscription
Healthy living advice for elderly patientsSubscription
Supervision of veterinary medicines saleSubscription