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COMMENT
Wednesday 6 April 2011
Pharmacists must support calls for a more rigorous approach to systematic reviewing to ensure that robust information is available to health policy planners and prescribers
COMMENT
Wednesday 6 April 2011
Tensions concerning the purchasing of drugs and approach to pharmaceutical research are high. Here, Brian Edwards looks at the vaccine market following the 
A/H1N1 influenza pandemic, joint procurement strategies and minimum coverage
Policy & practice
Wednesday 6 April 2011
The NICE delirium guideline has recently been published to help healthcare professionals manage delirium. Pharmacists play a critical role by recognising agents that increase delirium risk and guiding evidence-based treatment decisions
Practical therapeutics
Wednesday 6 April 2011
This article reviews the literature on recent advances in drugs for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in children. However, until their safety and efficacy can be established, paediatric oncologists have to rely on adult studies
Pharmaceutical technology
Wednesday 6 April 2011
While the theory of smart infusion pumps suggests that they should eradicate drug errors, the reality gleaned from research suggests that safety improvements can only be wrought if comprehensive drug libraries are incorporated and not over-riden
Practical therapeutics
Wednesday 6 April 2011
The role of cannabinoids in the symptomatic management of patients with multiple sclerosis has been debated for many years but a licensed cannabinoid preparation is now available for the management of spasticity
Policy & practice
Friday 8 April 2011
Participation of a pharmacist in the daily multidisciplinary round on intensive care wards can guide empirical use of antibiotics in patients with septic shock and when to introduce treatment with a vasopressor, inotrope or low-dose steroid
Practical therapeutics
Friday 8 April 2011
Acute heart failure is potentially fatal and requires urgent treatment. We consider the roles of drugs including diuretics, nitrates, oxygen and inotropes, and the increasing importance of devices such as intra-aortic balloon pumps and biventricular pacing
Conference meeting reports
Friday 8 April 2011
Opioids, patient safety and pharmacy education featured prominently at the annual symposium of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association held in Daventry in November 2010
Conference meeting reports
Friday 8 April 2011
Innovation in therapeutics and patient care was the theme for the 39th European Society of Clinical Pharmacy Congress held in collaboration with the French Society of Clinical Pharmacy in Lyon, France in October 2010
Practical therapeutics
Friday 8 April 2011
Improvements in the understanding of the pathophysiology of urinary incontinence have helped in the development of new therapeutic agents. Here, we look at the variety of pharmacologic treatment approaches, including intravesical therapy
Practical therapeutics
Monday 11 April 2011
Treatment of human immunodeficiency virus with antiretroviral agents has advanced markedly since the early epidemic, but the regimens may be complex and drug interactions are common. We explore the challenges and future of HIV therapy
Conference meeting reports
Monday 11 April 2011
Experts discussed the harmonisation of regulatory approaches to the evaluation of therapeutic equivalence and interchangeability of complex molecules at a multidisciplinary workshop in November 2010
Pharmaceutical technology
Monday 11 April 2011
PEGylation is clinically proven to enhance the pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and immunological profile of therapeutic proteins. This review of the associated in vivo properties shows why PEGylation will continue to play a role in drug development
Patient care
Monday 11 April 2011
By incorporating the pharmaceutical care plan into a clinical page of the electronic patient record, the documentation of pharmaceutical care issues can be improved, and these issues shared more easily throughout a cancer patient
Practical therapeutics
Monday 11 April 2011
The prevalent and increasing use of central venous catheters is a concern to nephrologists. Here, we discuss the use of intraluminal fibrinolytics to treat central venous catheter obstruction
Practical therapeutics
Monday 11 April 2011
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a life-threatening condition requiring specialist diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management. This article looks at the treatments available and the importance of pharmacist involvement
Comment
Friday 15 April 2011
The use of pharmacy robots and ward electronic cabinets and trolleys is gaining momentum across Europe
Ward-based cabinets
Friday 15 April 2011
The arrival of automated dispensing cabinets on the wards of a specialist cancer hospital has reduced the time spent restocking by pharmacists and freed up nurses
Ward-based cabinets
Friday 15 April 2011
The installation of automated drug dispensing systems has been a boon to one French hospital, which eagerly awaits the next phase of its project
Ward-based cabinets
Friday 15 April 2011
The arrival of an automated dispensing cabinet in the accident and emergency department of a French hospital has improved stock control and traceability while reducing the amount of nursing time and drugs needed for appropriate care
Unit dose
Friday 15 April 2011
An HD Medi robot was purchased at Wilhelmina Hospital in the Netherlands to safeguard the capacity of the drug packaging operation, maintaining the fast, economical supply of individualised doses to more than 3,000 patients
Unit dose
Friday 15 April 2011
A German hospital has improved patient safety and saved doctors
Pack picking
Friday 15 April 2011
The Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust installed the ARX automated dispensing system in February 2010 and it has already noted both financial and quality benefits exceeding those proposed in its business plan
Pack picking
Friday 15 April 2011
The Royal Liverpool University Hospital was an early adopter of automated dispensing in the UK. Installation of the Swisslog Pack-Picker in 2003 improved packing accuracy and efficiency, freed up staff time and enhanced the hospital

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