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Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill

Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pillSubscription

26 SEP 2017

The first combined oral contraceptive pill was licensed for ‘menstrual irregularities’ in 1957, and contraception three years later. Since then, millions of women have taken ‘the pill’.

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Infographic showing common foot conditions

Identifying common foot conditions

Patients visit their pharmacy to seek advice on a variety of conditions affecting their feet. This visual guide for pharmacists and their teams illustrates some common foot conditions, and describes their key features, causes and treatment. Produced in partnership with RB.

Timeline showing the history of ibuprofen from its discovery in 1953 to the latest findings in 2017

A brief history of ibuprofenSubscription

This timeline traces the history of popular anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen, from its invention in the 1960s to its association with cardiac side effects.

Science of sunscreen

Science of sunscreenSubscription

Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma could be prevented through better knowledge of sun damage and how to protect against it.

Infographic showing the history of sildenafil (Viagra)

Three decades of Viagra

Sildenafil (Viagra) — the first oral drug for erectile dysfunction to hit the market in 1998 — has been prescribed for more than 64 million men worldwide, and may soon be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine in the UK.

Pie charts showing the breakdown of the OTC market in Britain in 2016

A breakdown of the over-the-counter medicines market in Britain in 2016Subscription

The over-the-counter medicines market grew by 2.3% during 2016 to reach £2.62bn.

Diagram showing different pharmacy organisations in the UK and who they represent

Pharmacy organisations in the UK: a complicated webSubscription

Pharmacy is a diverse profession and this is reflected in the wide variety of organisations that can represent the interests of pharmacists, pharmacy owners, trainees and students. 

Infographic showing how dupilumab works

Atopic dermatitis: emerging and current treatments Subscription

Atopic dermatitis affects up to 30% of children and 10% of adults, and is common in both developed and developing countries. Two new medicines on the brink of entering the market — dupilumab, a biologic for severe disease, and crisaborole, a topical small molecule drug for milder disease — could herald a new era in the management of this condition, which has seen no major changes to the way it has been treated for over 15 years.

Infographic showing a decade of community pharmacy funding in England and timeline of events

A decade of community pharmacy funding in EnglandSubscription

Community pharmacies in England dispense 174 million more prescription items annually than in 2010, a figure that is predicted to rise further. Despite this, total funding for the community pharmacy contract is heading back towards 2010 levels.

Treatment targets of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: moving beyond bisphosphonatesSubscription

Bisphosphonates are the mainstay of osteoporosis treatment but as more is elucidated about the underlying pathology of the condition, new drug targets are being investigated.

Cross section of the infographic showing leading providers of influenza vaccinations in English pharmacies

Leading providers of influenza vaccinations in pharmacies in EnglandSubscription

In 2015–2016, 7,195 pharmacies in England administered influenza vaccinations to almost 600,000 individuals as part of the first year of the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service, with some pharmacies delivering over 1,000 vaccinations.

Infographic on the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

New oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillationSubscription

Around 12,500 strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation (AF) in the UK each year, and 7,100 of these are preventable with appropriate anticoagulation. Four new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now available in the UK in addition to warfarin.

Infographic explaining the pathology and treatment types of dry eye disease

Dry eye: pathology and treatment types

The underlying disease process in dry eye disease causes deterioration of the tear film, which leads to either mild or more serious forms of the condition. A variety of treatment types may offer symptomatic relief.

Infographic comparing the different dispensing models in community pharmacy

Dispensing: a comparison of different models in community pharmacySubscription

Although most medicines are still dispensed by hand, new technology allows parts of the process to be automated. This infographic compares examples of the newer models, such as hub and spoke and centralised dispensing, with the traditional model.

Timeline and infographic showing the development and safety of proton pump inhibitors

The development and safety of proton pump inhibitorsSubscription

Since the discovery of omeprazole in 1979, dispensing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in England has increased more than 100-fold, and several products are now available without prescription. Although PPIs are effective and generally well tolerated, observational studies suggest an association with several adverse effects. Further trials are needed to establish causal relationships. 

Data visualisation of the fragmented community pharmacy market in Great Britain in 2016 showing ownership share and pharmacy premises

Community pharmacy in Great Britain 2016: a fragmented marketSubscription

There are more than 14,000 community pharmacies in Great Britain and the top 12 players own almost 50% of the market. 

Infographic showing the drug targets in rheumatoid arthritis

Blocking the immune system in rheumatoid arthritisSubscription

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the body. It afflicts about 1% of people in the UK and is now treated with a variety of biologic drugs that dampen the immune system in different ways

Infographic on the breakdown of the total over-the-counter (OTC) market value in Britain in 2015

Sales of over-the-counter medicines in 2015 by clinical area and top 50 selling brandsSubscription

The over-the-counter products market grew by 2.5% in 2015 to reach £2.55bn, with painkillers accounting for 23.2% of sales, followed by cough and cold remedies (18.7%) and skin treatments (17.8%).

Infographic showing the origins of the zika outbreak and its potential threat

Origins of the Zika outbreak and its potential threat

Researchers are working to understand more about the Zika virus — how it is transmitted, its link to microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome and whether a vaccine can be developed.

Targeting Hepatitis C: How new treatments work

Targeting hepatitis C — how new treatments workSubscription

There are >185 million people with hepatitis C infection worldwide but new treatments mean that most people with access to therapy can now be cured. 

Timeline of the evolution of community pharmacists in the UK from the 1800s to the present

The evolution of community pharmacists in the UKSubscription

Legal cases have helped to shape community pharmacy from its roots in the one-time competitive roles of apothecary and chemist and druggist.

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