Editorial

OTC domperidone will be missed Subscription

The antiemetic domperidone’s reclassification shows the importance of pharmacovigilance, but the loss of such a useful over-the-counter medicine ought to have been better communicated to community pharmacies.

Feature

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Still feeling the Vioxx painSubscription

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Ten years after Vioxx was abruptly withdrawn from the market, its story is still affecting society’s perception of the drug regulatory system and the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Comment

Pharmacist should educate patients not to demand antibiotics from their GPs

Community pharmacists must help conserve antibioticsSubscription

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As the start of another influenza season approaches, community pharmacists should educate patients so they do not request unnecessary antibiotics from their GP.

CPD article

Traffic jam in the M25, UK

Driving after taking drugs and medicinesSubscription

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Find out how new drug driving rules coming into force from March 2015 will affect your patients.

Careers

Robert Liddington

Improving soldiers’ health from the front lineSubscription

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Army pharmacists must always be prepared for the unexpected. Senior pharmacist Robert Liddington, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, explains why and how he embarked on a career with the Ministry of Defence.

News

Community pharmacists disappointed with settlement on new pharmacy contract

Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding dealSubscription

The settlement includes £2bn, which will be delivered in fees and allowances, with the remaining £800m to be delivered through agreed drug purchase margins.  

Muscle relaxant Atracurium is thought to cause of deaths link to polio vaccination programme in Syria

Measles vaccine suspected of adulteration linked to the deaths of 15 children in SyriaSubscription

At least 15 children have died in Syria during a measles vaccination programme after a muscle relaxant, atracurium, was believed to have been added to the vaccine instead of diluents. 

YOUR RPS

Miles Mack, from Royal College of General Practitioners and Jonathan Burton, from the SalvaDore, on their collaboration

Working together for the benefit of healthcare professionals, patients and the publicSubscription

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Jonathan Burton and Miles Mack provide a summary of the recent collaborative work between the SalvaDore and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

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