patient with inhaler for COPD

Role of dual and triple fixed-dose combination inhalers in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseSubscription

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A review of the current evidence, including the safety and efficacy of dual and triple-combination inhalers for the treatment of stable COPD, and their place in therapy.


patient clinging on to opioids

How pharmacists can help prevent an ‘opioid crisis’ developing in the UKSubscription

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Pharmacy must demonstrate that it has the knowledge and skills to support people to use opiods safely and effectively.

CPD article

Patient with post operative vomiting

Management of post-operative nausea and vomiting in adultsSubscription

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The evidence base supporting pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for nausea and vomiting after surgery.

Research briefing

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Pharmacist prescribing support releases GP capacity, Scottish project showsSubscription

2 NOV 2018

Prescribing support from specialist pharmacy staff could free up GPs’ time and capacity, results from a pilot project in Scotland have shown.

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Point-of-care testing can support antimicrobial stewardshipSubscription

31 OCT 2018

Researchers say the integration of point-of-care testing could help identify lower-risk patients in hospitals and subsequently reduce antibiotic use.

Man smoking e-cigarette vape

Daily vaping increases heart attack riskSubscription

29 OCT 2018

Despite e-cigarettes being recommended as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking, researchers found data linking both e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking with a higher risk of myocardial infarction compared with not smoking.

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One in six women with breast cancer 'do not adhere to tamoxifen' Subscription

26 OCT 2018

Some 16% of premenopausal women with early-onset breast cancer fail to adequately adhere to tamoxifen, increasing their risk of recurrence and reduced survival.

Short communications

Empirical antibiotic treatment of sepsis: impact of specialist pharmacist reviewSubscription

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommend that empirical antibiotic courses initiated in hospital inpatients should be reviewed within 72 hours[1]; ...

Prescribing and deprescribing sodium valproate: implications for pharmacy practiceSubscription

Children exposed to valproate in utero are at a high risk of serious developmental disorders (30–40% risk) and congenital malformations (10% risk). Valproate is now contraindicated in pregnancy for all indications, except for the treatment of epilepsy in the absence of a suitable alternative