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2017: Pharmacy's roller-coaster yearSubscription

It has been an unsettling 12 months for pharmacy and as 2017 draws to a close there are still a number of unresolved issues hanging over the New Year.

January 2017

2017: the year in pharmacySubscription

Against a backdrop of political inertia caused by a surprise general election and protracted Brexit negotiations, pharmacy has been grappling with some major issues of its own, including supervision of medicines’ supply, professional revalidation and decriminalisation of dispensing errors (see 2017: ...

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Drug price manipulations destabilise pharmacySubscription

Emerging reports that some smaller pharmaceutical wholesalers and independent pharmacist wholesalers could be manipulating the markets to cause unprecedented drug price rises are deeply concerning.

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Tearing down walls to deliver a dedicated ward pharmacy serviceSubscription

The pharmacy team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has been given the opportunity to implement a range of innovations with the introduction of a dedicated ward pharmacy service.

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'No deal' Brexit would cause 'extensive problems' for the NHS, says Nuffield Trust

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would do serious damage to an already overstretched NHS, the Nuffield Trust has cautioned

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Highlights of CPD and learning in 2017Subscription

Try our quiz, with questions taken from this year’s learning and CPD articles, and check your knowledge of subjects ranging from sepsis and skin cancer to coeliac disease.

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Clinical management of drug misuse and dependence: an updateSubscription

July 2017 saw publication of the fourth edition of ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, also known as the Orange Book, which provides guidance that supports healthcare professionals in the field of dependence on illicit and licit medicines. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of this online-only update and what the changes mean for practice.

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Supporting the supporterSubscription

With ever increasing stressors placed on the healthcare sector, it is important that pharmacy professionals are able to look after their own health and wellbeing. But who can pharmacy professionals turn to when they are the ones in need of support? 

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How pharmacist Nikki Holmes helps mental health patients on their journey from high secure services to recoverySubscription

Nikki Holmes is head of pharmacy for forensic services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as well as immediate past president of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. Here she talks to Julia Robinson about forensic mental health, how she entered the field and why she could never go back to “normal” pharmacy.

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Providing medicines information to the massesSubscription

Sarah Cavanagh, acting director of East Anglia Regional Medicines Information Service for Ipswich Hospital, looks back on her career and her work with a Tropical Health and Education Trust programme supporting training of health workers and capacity building in Mozambique

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How the RPS helped make FMD 'fit for purpose in the UK'Subscription

Aileen Bryson, practice and policy lead for the SalvaDore Scotland, gave an overview of the Falsified Medicines Directive at the Hospital Pharmacy Europe LIVE conference

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Roy Daisley retires from Sussex LPF after 46 yearsSubscription

The chair of RPS Sussex has stepped down after 46 years’ service with the local practice forum

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2017 end of year review concept

2017: Pharmacy's roller-coaster yearSubscription

It has been an unsettling 12 months for pharmacy and as 2017 draws to a close there are still a number of unresolved issues hanging over the New Year.

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Artificial Intelligence: will it change the way drugs are discovered?Subscription

The pharmaceutical industry is beginning to invest in artificial intelligence (AI), with many large pharmaceutical companies partnering with AI start-ups in 2017 in order to develop better diagnostics or biomarkers, to identify drug targets and to design new drugs. But when will the first AI-designed drugs reach the market and will AI permanently change the pharmaceutical industry and the way drugs are discovered?

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Special report

World AIDS Day: the long battle against the HIV epidemic

Great progress has been made in many countries to tackle the HIV epidemic. A newly diagnosed patient with access to the latest antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to have a normal life expectancy. Yet, over 30 years since the emergence of the virus, and 29 years since the first World’s AIDS Day, much more needs to done to bring these advances to developing countries and to reach groups at high risk of HIV transmission. One of the biggest barriers to achieving this aim is the stigma that is still rife in many countries.

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Drug price manipulations destabilise pharmacySubscription

Emerging reports that some smaller pharmaceutical wholesalers and independent pharmacist wholesalers could be manipulating the markets to cause unprecedented drug price rises are deeply concerning.

Pharmacist counselling patient in ward

Tearing down walls to deliver a dedicated ward pharmacy serviceSubscription

The pharmacy team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has been given the opportunity to implement a range of innovations with the introduction of a dedicated ward pharmacy service.

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Community pharmacies ideally placed to help the global fight against hepatitis C Subscription

2016 brought with it the first fall in deaths from hepatitis C in the UK in more than a decade, likely the result of increased treatment with new direct acting antiviral drugs

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January 2017

2017: the year in pharmacySubscription

Against a backdrop of political inertia caused by a surprise general election and protracted Brexit negotiations, pharmacy has been grappling with some major issues of its own, including supervision of medicines’ supply, professional revalidation and decriminalisation of dispensing errors (see 2017: ...

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Charting obesity Subscription

In the UK, the prevalence of obesity is continuing to grow, bringing with it a whole host of hidden diseases affecting a number of body systems — from cardiovascular to skeletal.   

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Bronchiectasis: diagnosis, treatment and managementSubscription

Bronchiectasis is a common chronic disease where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened. Patients present with recurrent cough, sputum production and are at risk of respiratory tract infections. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the latest management strategies.

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Pharmacogenomics: an overview

With the NHS working towards the integration of personalised medicine, in particular, aiming for whole-genome sequencing to be standard for specific conditions by 2020, it is important for pharmacists and healthcare professionals to be aware of the principles of pharmacogenomics and its evolving application into clinical practice.

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Opening remarks at this year's European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP) symposium, which took place in Heidelberg, Germany, in October 2017

Take-home messages from Europe’s clinical pharmacy conference

Pharmacy consultant Christine Clark shares the best bits from the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy’s 46th symposium.

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Decision making in pharmacySubscription

Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data, 6th edition, by Mary Lee

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Treatments for neuropathic painSubscription

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Abstract: Neuropathic pain (NP) is a common condition characterised by subjective negative and positive symptoms that range from numbness to debilitating pain. NP can have a significant negative impact on a patient’s quality of life. Pharmacotherapy is typically the first step in treating NP. Guidelines and consensus statements from various organisations around the world appear to be consistent with the classes of medications recommended for both general and specific types of NP, which ...

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Pharmacological treatment options for fibromyalgiaSubscription

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Fibromyalgia is a high-impact and prevalent condition. Its clinical features include widespread pain and tenderness — often associated with high levels of poor-quality sleep, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. The mechanism leading to fibromyalgia development is associated with a change in the sensitivity of the pain-related nervous system, as well as other sensory systems. In turn, emotional distress plays a facilitatory role in this process. Non-pharmacological management focuses ...

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Pharmacologic treatment options for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorderSubscription

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous neuropsychiatric condition that is often associated with severe behavioural challenges that can be as diverse in response to treatment as they are in presentation. While environmental, behavioural, communicative, therapeutic and supportive interventions are critical considerations for any individual with ASD, pharmacologic interventions are often helpful and can be necessary for improving level of functioning and quality ...

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Antimicrobial therapies for Gram-positive infectionsSubscription

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Gram-positive bacteria are among the most common human pathogens associated with clinical infections, which range from mild skin infections to sepsis. In an era defined by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and an increasing drive toward delivering patient care via ambulatory pathways, the paradigm for the management of infections is changing. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), the best known cases of ...

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Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy: insight from the Community Pharmacy Future modelSubscription

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In the face of funding and efficiency cuts to community pharmacy, the role of the sector is coming under increasing pressure. The importance of outcomes evidence (particularly health economic evidence) is being brought sharply into focus. The profession must come together to produce the evidence needed to justify the services provided by community pharmacy and to support its future development. This article uses the Community Pharmacy Future (CPF) project, and the services developed ...

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Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practiceSubscription

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of infection and inflammation. It is high in bacterial infections but very low or close to zero in viral infections. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England and Wales’s health technology assessment body, has issued guidance on pneumonia in adults; it recommends point-of-care (POC) CRP analysers when clinical assessment is inconclusive. If the CRP level is less than 20mg/L, no antibiotics ...

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