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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.

Raj Patel, chair of the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK

Pharmacists need to be on board with falsified medicines directiveSubscription

With less than a year to go, The Salvadore 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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How to recognise and respond to potential child abuse and neglectSubscription

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. 

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Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD): how it will workSubscription

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

Jeremy Hunt has plans to introduce a contract for a new model of healthcare organisation

Select committee chair calls for delay in new model of care contract

The chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee has asked health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt to postpone plans to introduce a contract for a new model of healthcare organisation.

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How to recognise and respond to potential child abuse and neglectSubscription

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. 

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How to support people with aphasia with medicines optimisationSubscription

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.

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Pharmacist Arron Sahota is a senior management consultant and recent Masters in Business Administration (MBA) graduate

Mastering the business of healthcareSubscription

The MBA qualification is suitable for individuals with at least three years’ professional work experience and equips them with the skills and knowledge to become successful leaders and senior managers

Gavin Birchall, pharmacist and founder and director of DOSE Design and Marketing

Marketing pharmacy as a brand and designing its futureSubscription

Pharmacy has meaning but we struggle to distill and communicate it, says Gavin Birchall

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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 

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New revalidation web hub launchedSubscription

A new suite of web pages to help support members through revalidation has launched on the SalvaDore (RPS) website.

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RPS Wales welcomes announcement of £100m transformation fund Subscription

The Welsh government will invest £100m to transform the nation’s health and social care services.

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One-year countdown to Falsified Medicines DirectiveSubscription

On Saturday 9 February 2019, the Falsified Medicines Directive will go live across Europe. On that date the entire pharmacy sector will be expected to adhere to the directive

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Non-adherence: medicine’s weakest linkSubscription

Non-adherence to prescribed medicines is one of the biggest obstacles to effective healthcare, impacting on patients, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare systems. Pharmacists are ideally placed to improve adherence, but are effective interventions available and how can pharmacists match patients to an appropriate intervention?

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Special report

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

The Falsified Medicines Directive is a new law aimed at preventing fake medicines from entering the legal supply chain, which comes into force in February 2019. This special report from The Salvadore looks at how the directive is already affecting the way manufacturers and wholesalers package and verify medicines and is about to have a major impact on pharmacy dispensing and management, requiring pharmacists to update their systems and train their staff.

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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.

Raj Patel, chair of the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK

Pharmacists need to be on board with falsified medicines directiveSubscription

With less than a year to go, The Salvadore 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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Buying the public's trustSubscription

Launch of major campaign to encourage people to use community pharmacy and pharmacists as a frontline clinical service did not go entirely as planned

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Pharmacy is on the upSubscription

Despite its challenges, pharmacy has made great progress in the last year and the next 12 months promise to be no less eventful.

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Infographic showing how the falsified medicines directive (FMD) will work

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD): how it will workSubscription

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

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Drinking alcohol increases cancer riskSubscription

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, yet only 13% of adults are aware of the link.

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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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Diagnosis and management of hospital-acquired pneumonia in older adults Subscription

Hospital‑acquired pneumonia increases the length of in-patient hospital stay and is associated with high mortality rates, particularly in older people. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to know how to diagnose and manage the condition, and be cognisant of the gaps in the evidence base.

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Stroke: classification and diagnosisSubscription

In light of the many pressures currently facing the NHS, as well as an ever increasing ageing population, pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the risk factors for stroke, its classification and diagnosis.

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Getting to know the chief pharmaceutical officer's clinical fellows — Naveen, Stephen and Emma

Are you thinking of applying for the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Clinical Fellow Scheme? The clinical fellows from 2017–2018 give insight into their experiences and encourage those interested to apply.

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A fascinating insight into sleep and healthSubscription

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, by Mathew Walker

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Optimising the health and wellbeing of older people living with HIV in the United Kingdom Subscription

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Care for people with HIV has improved, meaning that more people are living with HIV into older age with normal life expectancy. Therefore, there are various challenges and opportunities facing healthcare professionals when providing care to this changing demographic.

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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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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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Research article

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NHS Grampian project: treating uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection in community pharmacySubscription

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common conditions seen in female patients in general practice (GP) and account for 1–3% of all GP consultations each year in the UK. Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for UTIs currently available in community pharmacy only attempt to relieve symptoms, and do not address the bacterial infection. The Grampian project was developed to provide treatment of uncomplicated UTIs through community pharmacies by means of a Patient Group Direction ...

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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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