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It's not just medicines that improve health — pharmacists need a better understanding of nutritionSubscription
Research shows that dietary changes can help to manage conditions such as diabetes and asthma, so undergraduate pharmacy courses must better prepare pharmacists to advise patients on healthy eating behaviours.
Setting a high quality standard for helping patients to self manage their cold and flu symptoms benefits everyone working in the healthcare sector.
Changes outlined in the new pharmacy contract come into force on 1 October 2019, but pharmacists need clarity on these extra services and whether or not they will ultimately help or hinder patient care.
Antimicrobial stewardship is not just the remit of selected healthcare professionals — everyone in society has a role to play in protecting our supply of antimicrobial products.
The chief negotiator for community pharmacy in England on the new contract he agreed with ministers, and what it means for the future of community pharmacy.
The chair of the Pharmacy Schools Council on five-year MPharm degrees, apprenticeships and the impact of Brexit on research.
Having spent her entire career researching pharmacy services for drug users, Catriona Matheson is the ideal person to head up Scotland’s Drug Deaths Taskforce. Here, she explains what the group will do to tackle rising drug deaths in Scotland.
England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks about being in the driving seat during one of the most crucial times for pharmacy.
Since its introduction in 2017, the Oriel system has come a long way, but it must improve to ensure that preregistration training is suitable for all candidates.
An undercover investigation carried out by The Times is further proof that online pharmacies should be prohibited from prescribing and dispensing opioid medicines until they can prove they are safe.
By adopting a unified approach to encourage consistent self-management for cold and flu, pharmacy teams can demonstrate the sector’s wider value on the healthcare landscape.
Despite much preparation, crashing out of the EU without a deal throws up too much uncertainty for patients for it to be a viable option.
Simply reducing the use of antibiotics, while discovering new ones, is not enough to keep resistance at bay — healthcare professionals need to understand bacteria’s evolutionary biology if they are to subvert it.
Healthcare trusts should consider introducing the antibiotic cefepime to their outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy services to tackle infections that are becoming resistant to carbapenem antibiotics.
Guideline-changing trial results released earlier in 2019 suggest that SGLT2 inhibitors could be a viable treatment solution for patients with diabetes and evidence of kidney damage.
Pharmacists must embrace pharmacogenetic services before other professions beat them to it Subscription
Multidisciplinary genetic testing services will help patients receive more targeted medicines, and pharmacists are the obvious healthcare professional to lead them.
University College London Hospitals Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is using its patients’ data to identify groups with similar characteristics and design new models of proactive care specifically for them.
The fitness-to-practise process dehumanises those it seeks to protect — it must drastically change, says pharmacist Sarah Seddon.
Working across different settings not only gives job satisfaction, but also benefits patient care, says portfolio pharmacist Ailsa Sharrock.
Lucy Skea had a surgical menopause at the age of 39 years; here’s what she thinks pharmacists should know to support patients considering hormone replacement therapy.
Individualised approach to care reduces overtreatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in frail older people Subscription
Intensive treatment with insulin and sulfonylureas in older people with low HbA1c (<53mmol/mol) can increase the risk of hypoglycaemia, morbidity and mortality. Older people are less likely to benefit from the long-term protective effects of good glycaemic control and are at risk of inappropriate polypharmacy owing to co-morbidities.
I write regarding Hemant Patel’s article ‘For community pharmacists, the new contract does not add up’, published in Electronicjuice on 27 September 2019. I need to correct some inaccuracies in Patel’s narrative on the new community pharmacy contractual framework.
The All Wales Heads of Adults’ Services (AWASH) Group and NHS Wales, in collaboration with their partner organisations, have launched a set of high-level principles to encourage better medicines support for people who are receiving care at home.
Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) can be defined as the approach to promoting and monitoring judicious use of antimicrobials to preserve their future effectiveness. With demands on microbiological clinical services at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals increasing over recent years, requests for clinical advice could no longer be facilitated by a direct telephone call from clinical teams to the pathology team. Paper referral forms used by pharmacists for AMS review were no longer ...
BBC Three. Addicted: America’s Opioid Crisis
A heated look at vaccine oppositionSubscription
BBC. Conspiracy Files: Vaccine Wars. Current Affairs Television: London; 2019
Dispatches. Young, British and Depressed. London: Channel 4; 2019
Menopause: All you need to know in one concise manual by Louise Newson
Peter Hylands (1946–2019) Subscription
As the first pharmaceutical scientist member of the Royal Electronicjuice, Peter Hylands’ respected and varied career specialised in natural products research.
Stewart Adams (1923–2019)Subscription
Having fallen into the pharmacy profession “purely by chance”, Stewart Adams OBE went on to discover ibuprofen, one of the world’s best selling anti-inflammatory painkillers.
‘Pioneer of pharmacy’: Graham Calder (1933–2018) Subscription
Described as a ‘pioneer of pharmacy’, former chief pharmacist of Scotland Graham Calder has been an inspiration for many pharmacy professionals during, and since, his varied career.
William Charles Evans (1924–2018) Subscription
Author of Trease and Evans’ Pharmacognosy, a seminal text on the chemistry and uses of medicinal plants, William Charles Evans was a prolific researcher and educator throughout his 60-year career.