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The Pharmaceutical Journal


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Pharmacists are an essential resource for Parkinson’s disease patientsSubscription

Pharmacists are well placed to manage the complex medication regimens of patients with Parkinson’s disease by not only addressing a raft of motor and non-motor symptoms but also managing other co-morbidities, such as diabetes or hypertension.


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Science reproducibility crisis: better measurement is required to tackle global health challengesSubscription

Measurement underpins UK trade and regulation, and helps us support innovation and government policy.

Books and Arts

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How following a diet from a small Italian village could improve your health


An interesting book which explains why sugar is the real enemy and not fat, and how dietary and lifestyle changes can improve cardiovascular health.

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Living in a microbial worldSubscription


I contain multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life, by Ed Yong.

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A fascinating look at the history of toxicologySubscription


Toxicology in the middle ages and renaissance, edited by Philip Wexler


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Q&A: Invest in safety and make savings overall — interview with Don BerwickSubscription


The author of the 2013 report which looked at patient safety in the NHS after the Mid Staffordshire Hospital scandal speaks to Jenny Bryan to share his thoughts on whether progress has been made.

Learning article

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Evidence-based understanding of dry eye disease in pharmacy: overview of the TFOS DEWS II report

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July 2017 saw publication of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society International Dry Eye Workshop report, an update to the 2007 report that became the reference for clinicians, researchers and industry on dry eye. Pharmacy is a frequent point of contact for patients with a dry eye condition. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should therefore be aware of its changing definiton, causes, diagnosis and management.

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How pharmacy can provide patient-centred care for dementia patientsSubscription


Each person’s experience of mild cognitive impairment and dementia will be quite different. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams are well placed to assist in both the early identification of dementia, as well as to help patients manage their medicines.


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The medicines management team: a sustainable approach to pharmacist and GP collaborationSubscription


Steve Hemsley explains how pharmacists in Bay Medical Group’s Medicines Management Team have become instrumental in easing the burden of GP shortages in Lancashire.

Rocco Hadland, heart failure specialist pharmacist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

My journey from analytical chemist to heart failure specialist pharmacist


Helping patients to make sense of a serious and complex long-term condition is the most interesting part of my role, says Rocco Hadland.

Adedayo Titiloye, regional development manager in Manchester for Well

How I support pharmacists and community pharmacy teams in my role as regional development managerSubscription


Collaborative working and sharing best practice ideas with other healthcare professionals are vital to achieving excellence in customer care, says Adedayo Titiloye


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Flu survey finds 99% of patients would have their vaccination at a pharmacy again

Almost every patient vaccinated against flu at a community pharmacy last winter would have their vaccination there again, a patient satisfaction survey carried out by NHS England has found.

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Community Pharmacy Scotland calls for more flexibility in supervision arrangements

Community Pharmacy Scotland has said there should be greater “flexibility in supervision arrangements” of community pharmacies.

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RPS says pharmacists must always be present in pharmacies

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said it believes a pharmacist should always be present in a pharmacy, apart from occasional short periods of time.

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FDA approves first biosimilar for cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a biosimilar of Avastin (bevacizumab) for multiple cancer indications.

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NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter

The NHS should prepare for the UK to be hit with a heavy burden of flu cases this winter, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has warned.

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'First oral drug' for type 1 diabetes shows promise in phase III trial

An investigational new oral drug for type 1 diabetes has shown promise in improving glucose control when used in conjunction with insulin, compared with using insulin alone

News in brief

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Training for technicians on dispensing accuracy checks launched

21 SEP 2017

A training programme giving pharmacy technicians the skills to perform the final accuracy checks on dispensed medicines has been launched.

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Nivolumab to be made available to lung cancer patients in England and Wales, says NICE

21 SEP 2017

NICE agrees to make immunotherapy drug nivolumab available to lung cancer patients in England and Wales.

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Urgent need for new antibiotics to tackle antimicrobial resistance, says WHO

20 SEP 2017

The number of new antibiotics in development is insufficient to mitigate the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), according to a report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Antidepressants linked to increased risk of mortality and new cardiovascular events

15 SEP 2017

Antidepressant use increases the risk of mortality and new cardiovascular events, according to a study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

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Pharmacists to be trained on how to spot sepsis

15 SEP 2017

Pharmacists and care home staff are to be given additional training to spot signs of sepsis in patients, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

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GPhC gives green light to updated training standards for pharmacy technicians

12 SEP 2017

The General Pharmaceutical Council has approved in principle updated standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians.

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Ixazomib (Ninlaro) combination rejected for multiple myeloma in second draft guidance

12 SEP 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has again rejected ixazomib (Ninlaro) in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone (IRd) for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received one or more previous therapies.

The collection put together by the apothecary John Burges (1745-1807) includes (from left) bees, sea skinks, red coral, viper, seahorses, toads and scorpions

Animal magic — the Burges collection of materia medica

7 SEP 2017

The Burges collection was put together by the apothecary John Burges and contains more than 1,000 specimens.

Students graduate from UK university

First students graduate from integrated five-year MPharm degree

17 AUG 2017

The first cohort of students to complete a five-year MPharm degree with fully integrated pre-registration training have graduated from the University of Nottingham.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

September 2017, Vol 299, No 7905

Cover story:

AMR and diagnostics: pointing the way to better infection control

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Your RPS

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RPS Winter Summit to focus on science and innovation

Artificial intelligence and big data may not traditionally be associated with pharmacy, but these are just two of the innovations up for discussion at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s inaugural Winter Summit.

The collection put together by the apothecary John Burges (1745-1807) includes (from left) bees, sea skinks, red coral, viper, seahorses, toads and scorpions

Animal magic — the Burges collection of materia medica

The Burges collection was put together by the apothecary John Burges and contains more than 1,000 specimens.

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Gonorrhoea and antibiotics — past, present and future

By John Betts

The problem of dwindling treatment options for gonorrhoea is complicated because there are very few new antibiotics in development. Stewardship of our remaining antibiotic resources is now more urgent than ever.

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Pharmacist ambassadors feted at RPS Awards 2017

Gillian Hawksworth, former president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and chair of the Panel of Fellows, has received the Society’s Lifetime Achievement award.

RPS publishes new policy on pharmacy's contribution to antimicrobial stewardship

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has published a new policy on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).

Mahendra Patel develops new SIGN champions programme

Mahendra Patel develops new SIGN champions programmeSubscription


Students and foundation-level professionals in Scotland are invited to become peer champions for the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.


For official announcements from The Royal Pharmaceutical society please visit the announcements page here.

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