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Community Pharmacy Scotland calls for more flexibility in supervision arrangements
Community Pharmacy Scotland has said there should be greater “flexibility in supervision arrangements” of community pharmacies. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 22, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Antibiotics should not be used for childhood ear infections, says NICE
The majority of childhood ear infections should be treated with pain relief rather than immediate antibiotics, according to new draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 22, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

AMR and diagnostics: pointing the way to better infection control
Antimicrobial resistance — the ability of previously sensitive microorganisms to resist the effects of an antimicrobial agent — is a growing problem. The World Health Organization has warned that we could be moving into a post-antibiotic era where even minor injuries could lead to life-threatening infections, conseque ntly putting an end to complex surgery and returning us to an era where childbirth is high-risk. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 22, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Steroid inhalers linked to increased risk of mycobacterial infection
Use of steroid inhalers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increases the risk of mycobacterial infections, according to a  study published in the European Respiratory Journal. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 22, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Back to basics: striving to stall Parkinson ’s disease progression
First described 200 years ago, Parkinson ’s disease remains without a cure. After many failed clinical trials, researchers are getting back to basics to try to gain a better understanding of the challenges, and a new generation of treatment ideas are now in clinical trials, some of which aim to stall progression of the disease. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 21, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Training for technicians on dispensing accuracy checks launched
A training programme giving pharmacy technicians the skills to perform the final accuracy checks on dispensed medicines has been launched. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 21, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Nivolumab to be made available to lung cancer patients in England and Wales, says NICE
NICE agrees to make immunotherapy drug nivolumab available to lung cancer patients in England and Wales. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 21, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS says pharmacists must always be present in pharmacies
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said it believes a pharmacist should always be present in a pharmacy, apart from occasional short periods of time. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Urgent need for new antibiotics to tackle antimicrobial resistance, says WHO
The number of new antibiotics in development is insufficient to mitigate the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), according to a report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Think tank report shows how NHS can deliver a workforce for integrated care
NHS must change its approach to training its workforce, says independent think tank Reform. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS trade unions seek 3.9% pay rise
NHS trade unions, including one that covers NHS-employed pharmacists, have submitted a  joint pay claim to the government on behalf of their members for a 3.9% pay rise and an extra £800 to make up for some of the loss in income caused by the seven-year long public sector pay cap. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Science reproducibility crisis: better measurement is required to tackle global health challenges
Measurement underpins UK trade and regulation, and helps us support innovation and government policy. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Patients told by GP practice that flu vaccines from pharmacists are 'less safe'
GP practice texted patients to say community pharmacists ’ flu vaccines are ‘less safe’, it is claimed. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists can support junior doctors' safe prescribing, says RCP
Pharmacists have a strong role to play in supporting junior doctors with safe prescribing, says the RCP in new support guide (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

MHRA expresses concerns over drugs sold online
The Medicines Healthcare products and Regulatory Agency has met with the National Pharmacy Association to discuss concerns that community pharmacies are breaching legislation covering the online sale and supply of medicines in the UK. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists can support junior doctors' safe prescribing says RCP
Pharmacists have a strong role to play in supporting junior doctors with safe prescribing, says the RCP in new support guide (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Type 2 diabetes in children and young people: extending our reach to prevent disease in those most at risk
Prevention of type 2 diabetes in high-risk groups will avoid catastrophic comorbid consequences. It is essential to use our resources more effectively to identify and help children and young people who are most in danger. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Four new RPS Honorary Fellowships awarded
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has awarded four new Honorary Fellowships. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

FDA approves first biosimilar for cancer
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has  approved a biosimilar of Avastin (bevacizumab) for multiple cancer indications. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

FDA approves first app for substance abuse disorders
The US Food and Drug Administration has  approved a mobile app for therapeutic purposes for the first time. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

All over-40s urged to have type 2 diabetes risk assessment
All adults over 40, except pregnant women, should have a risk assessment for type 2 diabetes, updated  guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

David Jones, editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, wins APS Innovative Science 2017 award
David Jones, editor of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (JPP) and pro-vice chancellor (Education and Students) at Queen ’s University, Belfast, has received The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) Innovative Science 2017 award.[1] (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS urged to prepare for heavy flu burden this winter
The NHS should prepare for the UK to be hit with a heavy burden of flu cases this winter,  NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Charity warns that 'legal high' ban has led to switch to other illegal drugs
The Government ’s blanket ban on so-called ‘legal highs’ has prompted a rise in the use of class A drugs, a drug charity that is partly funded by the Scottish Government has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

'First oral drug' for type 1 diabetes shows promise in phase III trial
An investigational new oral drug for type 1 diabetes has shown promise in improving glucose control when used in conjunction with insulin, compared with using insulin alone (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Antidepressants linked to increased risk of mortality and new cardiovascular events
Antidepressant use increases the risk of mortality and new cardiovascular events, according to a study published in  Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Big increase in opioid prescriptions and related hospital admissions since 2000
The proportion of patients prescribed opioids and Z-drugs doubled between 2000 and 2012, according to the results of a study into prescribing patterns in dependence-forming medicines, by the Public Health Research Consortium. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Increased uptake of biosimilars could save the NHS up to £300m a year
NHS England has set out plans to accelerate and widen the NHS ’s use of biosimilars to cut up to £300m a year from the drug bill by 2021. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: David Morris Green
On 6 September 2017, David Morris Green MRPharmS, aged 95, of Southport, Merseyside. Dr Green registered with the Society in 1945. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Frank Courie
On 8 August 2017, Frank Courie MRPharmS, aged 70, of Burton, Milford Haven. Mr Courie registered with the Society in 1973. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Sarah Michelle Yassin
On 26 July 2017, Sarah Michelle Yassin MRPharmS, aged 43, of Lewes, East Sussex. Mrs Yassin registered with the Society in 1996. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Antibiotics should be offered to all women in pre-term labour
All women who go into labour before 37 weeks of pregnancy should be offered antibiotics to prevent a potential transmission of Group B streptococcal disease to their babies, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said in  revised guidelines. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Veterinary Pharmacy Association launched
A new association dedicated to veterinary pharmacy has been launched. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists to be trained on how to spot sepsis
Pharmacists and care home staff are to be given additional training to spot signs of sepsis in patients, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Rowlands to replace blister packs with pouch-based dispensing device
High street pharmacy Rowlands has said it will be replacing blister packs with a pouch-based dispensing device for all its monitored dosage systems patients. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

FIP report highlights work by RPS and GPhC on workforce development
Efforts by the RPS and the GPhC to promote education and training for pharmacists are cited as examples of success in implementing the International Pharmaceutical Federation ’s Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy Research UK research grant awards revealed
Pharmacy Research UK, a charity that funds pharmaceutical research to improve healthcare, has announced details of their first two project grant recipients for 2017. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

STPs encouraged to involve pharmacies in coordinated drive to cut heart attacks and strokes
Public Health England and NHS England have launched a drive to improve detection and treatment of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including more blood pressure testing and treatment in pharmacies and increasing update of NHS Health Checks. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS Winter Summit to focus on science and innovation
Artificial intelligence and big data may not traditionally be  associated with pharmacy, but these are just two of the innovations up for discussion at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s inaugural Winter Summit. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Written NHS complaints rise by 5%
The number of written complaints received by the NHS rose by almost 5% last year, but the number of complaints against pharmacists was very small. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Chronic and long-term conditions, Diabetes, Part 1: 19 October 2017
Thursday 19 October 2017 (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

European Medicines Agency to host AMR summit
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is to host a summit meeting with doctors ’ and patients’ organisations, academics, EU member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss how collaboration can help tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

New Ultimate Guide for chief pharmacists and their equivalents
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has released a new Ultimate Guide for chief pharmacists and their equivalents. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

HRT not linked to early death, study concludes
Hormone replacement therapy  is not associated with all-cause, cancer or cardiovascular death, according to the results of an 18-year follow-up study. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Children with asthma more likely to be prescribed antibiotics, conference told
Children with asthma are 1.6 times more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than children without the condition, according to the results of a UK and Netherlands study. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists screening for AF in hi-tech partnership
Pharmacists are to use hand-held devices to test patients for atrial fibrillation (AF) as part of a hi-tech partnership in London. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Making drugs work better: four new drug delivery & nbsp;methods
New drug delivery methods have started to emerge that aim to improve efficacy, cost-effectiveness and adherence as well as reduce side effects. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Community pharmacy is increasing its global role in front-line clinical services, FIP survey reveals
Community pharmacy is increasing its global role in front-line clinical services, according to the results of the FIP ’s two-yearly survey, but state funding is lacking. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Interning at the National Institute for Health Research
Baguiasri Mandane and Lathishia JoelDavid share their experience of being an intern and a research mentor at the National Institute for Health Research. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Brine: Pharmacists play key role in reducing health inequalities
Pharmacists have a key role to play in reducing health inequalities, Steve Brine told the Public Health England (PHE) annual conference. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research