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Dangerous label false penicillin allergies fuel antibiotic resistance

Dangerous labels: incorrect penicillin allergies fuel antibiotic resistanceSubscription

4 JUN 2020By

The vast majority of people with a penicillin allergy label are, in fact, not allergic, leading to significant healthcare implications. Experts say it is now time for a national “de-labelling” drive to help conserve vital antibiotics.

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What provisional registration will mean for the pharmacy professionSubscription

18 JUN 2020By

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced radical changes to how the 2020 class of preregistration trainees will transition into their careers.

Why we need to talk about sex and clinical trials

Why we need to talk about sex and clinical trialsSubscription

28 MAY 2020By

The under-representation of women in clinical trials is slowly being addressed, but we cannot move towards truly personalised healthcare unless we have an equal balance of the sexes in all new medicine trials.

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Blue, brown and now greenSubscription

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The ‘NHS long-term plan’ has called for a shift towards inhalers with a lower carbon footprint.

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We risk a cardiovascular health crisis if patients stop seeking help when they need it

We risk a cardiovascular health crisis if patients stop seeking help when they need it

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Footfall in emergency departments across the world has decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and experts worry that patients with symptoms are staying at home for fear of burdening their healthcare systems. But preventing serious cardiovascular events is still as important as ever, says cardiology consultant pharmacist Rani Khatib.

Q&A

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Jo Churchill: 'I'm having forceful conversations about new funding for pharmacy'

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The pharmacy minister on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health support for pharmacists and what may be the enduring legacy for the sector.

CPD article

Insomnia disorder diagnosis and prevention SS20

Insomnia disorder: diagnosis and preventionSubscription

By , , , , Andy Husband

Insomnia can have a profound impact on a patient; understanding its causes and how it can be prevented can have significant implications on their wellbeing.

Learning article

How to provide advice on alcohol consumption and explain the potential health risks

How to provide advice on alcohol consumption and explain the potential health risksSubscription

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Alcohol consumption has increased during the  COVID-19 pandemic. Pharmacists can provide patients with support and information to enable them to make informed choices about their intake.

Organ donation law and transplantation management in the UK

Organ donation law and transplantation management in the UKSubscription

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Pharmacists should be aware that the law around organ donation changed in England in May 2020 and will change in Scotland from March 2021, and should understand the implications this has on practice and for patients.

Research

Rapid review of treatments for novel coronavirus SARS CoV 2 infection

Investigational treatments for COVID-19

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A review of several of the treatments for COVID-19 currently being trialled.

Careers

Tips for new pre-registration trainees

Training during a pandemic: tips for new preregistration trainees

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Pharmacy professionals share their advice with the new cohort of preregistration pharmacists about to start their training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘We are at the forefront of COVID-19 research’ — a day in the life of a clinical trials pharmacist

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With COVID-19 becoming the number one priority for researchers around the globe, Parham Hashemi describes his role in overseeing the new trials being launched during the pandemic.

Editorial

We need a national de labelling drive for patients with penicillin allergy

We need a national de-labelling drive for patients with penicillin allergySubscription

False penicillin allergies are placing patients at risk of resistant infections and are a threat to antimicrobial stewardship; we must safely de-label patients to avoid these costs to public health.

It should not have taken a pandemic to highlight BAME health inequalities

It should not have taken another pandemic to highlight BAME health inequalities

The high proportion of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups dying from COVID-19 has brought health inequalities between ethnic groups to the fore, but this should have been looked into long before the pandemic began.

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Pharmacist-led medicines optimisation may reduce readmissions to hospital, study findsSubscription

Attending a pharmacist-led medicines optimisation clinic after hospital discharge could help to reduce patient readmissions, visits to A&E and unplanned GP consultations, a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy has found.

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Dexamethasone is ‘first drug’ to be shown to improve survival in COVID-19

Low-dose dexamethasone, a “widely available, safe and well-known drug”, is the first medicine to be shown to result in a “significant reduction in mortality” in those with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilation, researchers have said.

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Pharmacy degree apprenticeships put on hold by COVID-19

Development of a pharmacy degree apprenticeship has been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the body responsible for building healthcare workforce capacity has said.

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Government SAGE committee suggests flu vaccinations for 'entire UK population'

The government’s scientific panel set up to advise on the COVID-19 pandemic has recommended the government considers vaccinating “the entire UK population” against flu during the 2020/2021 season.

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Digital hospital-to-pharmacy referral service launch delayed by COVID-19

Plans for hospitals to digitally refer discharged patients to community pharmacies across England have been put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pharmacist dies from COVID-19, bringing total number of confirmed pharmacy staff deaths to five

Navin Shantilal Talati, a pharmacist and founder of Talati Chemist in Dagenham, has died from COVID-19, The Pharmaceutical Journal has learned.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

June 2020, Vol 304, No 7938

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Dangerous labels: incorrect penicillin allergies fuel antibiotic resistance.

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Your RPS

Mentoring over coffee

The importance of good mentoring, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Mentoring can help pharmacists form strong bonds with colleagues early in their career, with mentors providing both professional and emotional support. But mentors can also benefit from being mentees, as senior members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society explain.

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The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association's global response to COVID-19

By Victoria Rutter,

The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association is a registered charity that advances health, promotes wellbeing and improves education for the benefit of people of the Commonwealth — a group of people accounting for around a third of the world’s population.

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