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February 9, 2018
This article focuses on the most commonly observed toxicities observed in patients treated with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy
February 9, 2018
Individualised parenteral nutrition (IPN) has an important role in the management of more nutritionally complex and fluid restricted preterm infants. This article provides an overview of, and current perspectives on, preterm IPN
February 9, 2018
More than 500 people attended the German Hospital Pharmacists Association (ADKA) congress in Würzburg in 2017. Topics included computerised prescribing, advanced therapy medicinal products and landmark clinical papers
“Don’t allow a situation to develop in which doctors think you have a bad [electronic prescribing] system – negative associations tend to persist”, Steffen Härterich (Pharmacy Department, University Hospital of Hamburg-Eppendorf) advised. Dr Härterich has been responsible for the introduction of electronic prescribing in a hospital that already made use of electronic systems for stock control and patient records and wished to implement systems to deal with prescribing, decision support and medication safety.
 
February 9, 2018
A variety of measures can improve the safety of medicines including using standardised injectable magnesium sulphate, flushing of intravenous lines and implementing global coding, symposium participants heard
Alan Wilkinson
Alan Wilkinson
 
Clare Howard
Clare Howard
 
February 9, 2018
The calm waters of parenteral nutrition (PN) compounding are being stirred up by the long anticipated arrival of KabiHelp, Fresenius Kabi’s new PN compounder

Support for the development of this editorial was provided by the Business Unit Compounding of Fresenius Kabi

 
At Fresenius Kabi, we are focused on being a full service partner by providing a complete parenteral nutrition (PN) solution to patients through the hands of health care professionals. Moreover, with our KabiHelp Compounder, tailor-made, individualised admixtures, for preterm to geriatric patients, can be produced, while reducing the need for manual additions.
 
February 9, 2018
Hospital pharmacists manage the consequences of drugs shortages, balancing budgets, managing supplies and minimising the risk of clinical errors associated with unfamiliar packs or products but many factors are beyond their control
December 15, 2017
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is an acute, rare, thrombotic microangiopathy and current therapies and newer treatments expected for future care are discussed
December 15, 2017
Biologics and targeted treatments have revolutionised the management of patients with severe psoriasis unresponsive to conventional therapies
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, characterised by inflamed, thickened, silver-white plaques, that is thought to affect up to 3% of the UK population.1 Although not life-threatening, psoriasis is associated with a significant impairment of quality of life2 and emotional well-being.3 Although there are several different presentations of psoriasis,2 the most common, affecting around 90% of patients, is the chronic plaque form.4
 
December 15, 2017
Prophylaxis with factor VIII has been shown to have a clear benefit for all patients with haemophilia A, and its use is supported by contemporary guidance
December 15, 2017
To compound, or not to compound, that is not the question: Whether it is preferable to use standardised multi-chamber bags, to keep the compounding in house, or to outsource it, should be decided by every hospital, being a unique case that requires a custom-fit approach
Support for the development of this editorial report was provided by the Business Unit Compounding of 
Fresenius Kabi

 
December 15, 2017
Perinatal mental health represents a challenging area for medicines management and a pharmacy health care professional can make a huge contribution towards helping the patient make informed decisions around her treatment
December 15, 2017
The following article discusses the composition, use and practical considerations of triple-chamber parenteral nutrition bags in meeting patient requirements within a clinical setting
December 1, 2017
The UKCPA conference, supported by the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, tackled topics including use of unlicensed medicines, the Carter review, lessons learned in hospital management and safe provision of magnesium injections
December 1, 2017
Clothing makes a difference in eczema and a recent study showed that silk garments significantly improved eczema symptoms but this is not the message that the world saw; how did this happen?
Christine Clark
 
December 1, 2017
More than 3500 people attended the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists Congress in Cannes in March. Key topics included affordability of medicines, big data, evidence-based anticoagulation and the current status of biosimilars
There is a widespread public perception that prices for medicines are unfair, according to Suzannne Hill (Department of essential medicines and health products, World Health Organization (WHO)). “It is now important to consider how we should pay for new medicines, what we can afford, and how to make the system sustainable”, she continued.
 
December 1, 2017
Biosimilar medicines offer great potential for increasing access to biologics. Here, we report on a multidisciplinary debate around biosimilars, supported by Sandoz, that took place at the 22nd EAHP congress in Cannes on 22 March 2017

Support for the editorial  development of this report was provided by Sandoz

 

Alain Astier

Alain Astier Professor of Oncology Pharmacy and Biotechnics, Henri Mondor University Hospital, Paris, France

 

Arnold Vulto

December 1, 2017
Promoting best eye drop techniques, raising awareness of why using eye drops correctly is essential, and educating patients/carers and health professionals about the various compliance aids available improves patient experience and quality of life
The important pharmacy-led #KnowYourDrops campaign was launched in Summer 2016 to promote and encourage eye drop compliance, provide support to patients, carers and staff regarding best eye drop techniques, and demonstrate a range of compliance aids to patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
 
Poor existing patient support for eye drop compliance
December 1, 2017
To compound, or not to compound, that is not the question: Whether it is preferable to use standardised multi-chamber bags, to keep the compounding in house, or to outsource it, should be decided by every hospital, being a unique case that requires a custom-fit approach

Support for the development of this editorial report was provided by the Business Unit Compounding of Fresenius Kabi

 

 

May 9, 2017
Why the UK government recommendation for patients admitted to hospital to receive medicines reconciliation from a pharmacist is poorly evidence-based, both with respect to the 24-hour requirement and the need to see all patients is discussed

Why the UK government recommendation for patients admitted to hospital to receive medicines reconciliation from a pharmacist is poorly evidence-based, both with respect to the 24-hour requirement and the need to see all patients is discussed

 

David Wright BPharm (Hons) PGCHE PhD
Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of East Anglia, UK
Brit Cadman MPharmS MFRPSII
Consultant Pharmacist and Principal Investigator, Cambridge University Hospital, UK

May 9, 2017
Moorfields eye hospital has established innovative service models of care through its satellite pharmacies, teaching events and engaging with primary care

Moorfields eye hospital has established innovative service models of care through its satellite pharmacies, teaching events and engaging with primary care

 

May 9, 2017
A pilot service evaluation study to assess decolonisation of MRSA, and whether other measures to control MRSA, such as isolation and contact precautions, were implemented appropriately, is presented

A pilot service evaluation study to assess decolonisation of MRSA, and whether other measures to control MRSA, such as isolation and contact precautions, were implemented appropriately, is presented

 

May 9, 2017
More than 22,000 participants attended the 51st Midyear Clinical Meeting of ASHP. Programme highlights included implementation of second victim schemes, data-mining to optimise precision medicine, hepatitis C management and mental illness

More than 22,000 participants attended the 51st Midyear Clinical Meeting of ASHP. Programme highlights included implementation of second victim schemes, data-mining to optimise precision medicine, hepatitis C management and mental illness

 

Laurence Goldberg
Editorial Consultant, HPE
Christine Clark
Editor HPE

 

May 9, 2017
More than 500 participants gathered in Hyères, France for the 19th European GERPAC conference. Topics included syringes for ready-to-administer injections, advanced therapy medicinal products and lean preparation of cytotoxics

More than 500 participants gathered in Hyères, France for the 19th European GERPAC conference. Topics included syringes for ready-to-administer injections, advanced therapy medicinal products and lean preparation of cytotoxics

 

Christine Clark
Editor, HPE
Laurence A Goldberg
Editorial consultant, HPE

 

May 9, 2017
Containment of hazardous drug vapour by closed system transfer devices is critical; new test methods are providing valuable insights into the performance of these devices and recent studies are suggesting new potential applications

Containment of hazardous drug vapour by closed system transfer devices is critical; new test methods are providing valuable insights into the performance of these devices and recent studies are suggesting new potential applications

 

Christine Clark
Freelance Medical Writer

 

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