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August 23, 2018
Working as a pharmacist in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a rewarding experience, despite considerable challenges, explains Barbara Pawulska

Working as a pharmacist in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a rewarding experience, despite considerable challenges, explains Barbara Pawulska
 
What with busy dispensaries and tricky patients to contend with, life as a pharmacist can present challenges in any walk of the profession.
 

August 1, 2018
More than 3000 participants from 75 countries gathered in Gothenburg for the 23rd congress of EAHP. The meeting covered a range of hospital pharmacy activities and highlights included biosimilars in oncology, advanced therapy medicinal products and post-operative analgesia
Anna de Goede
Anna de Goede
 
Richard Langford
Richard Langford
 
Eric Viel
Eric Viel
July 31, 2018
Delivering a clinical pharmacy service within an NHS acute trust has many challenges, not least of which is the conflict between workload demands and staffing resource.

Abstract

Aims

The clinical pharmacy services leads at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Wythenshawe site) have designed and implemented a service delivery model utilising a pharmacy digital tracker board and workforce management system that allocates staff based on patient risk and workload. The aim of this paper is to describe the flexible service model and examine outcome measures pre- and post-implementation.

 

Methods and results

July 31, 2018
Spinal anaesthesia using hyperbaric prilocaine allows faster recovery and can significantly increase efficiency and throughput in day surgery, delegates heard at the B Braun satellite symposium held during the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists Congress in Gothenburg in March
Support for the development of this report was provided by B Braun
 
July 31, 2018
Biologic patent expiry offers the potential for huge cost savings through the use of biosimilars, although newer biologics appear more clinically effective. Is it possible therefore to resolve the issue of cost versus efficacy?
July 23, 2018
The introduction of dose banding and the recent publication of product specifications by NHS England have set the ball in motion for the introduction of licensed standardised chemotherapy doses, the benefits of which are discussed here
Chemotherapy is the single biggest service area-spend within NHS England specialised commissioning. In 2016/17, NHS England spent approximately £1.7 billion on the routine commissioning of chemotherapy, with drug costs accounting for the largest proportion (80%).1
 
July 18, 2018
The UK’s National Health Service turned 70 this month, and while we celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most valuable institutions, it’s also the perfect opportunity to pinpoint the role that pharmacy has played in the NHS during those decades.

The role of pharmacists in the NHS has, unsurprisingly, evolved quite a bit since its inception. Growing from what was originally a supply service to become a clinical practice in hospitals, and with a range of new roles in primary care, pharmacists are now recognised as a valuable part of the multidisciplinary clinical team.
 

July 11, 2018
The European anti-counterfeiting measures will come into force in February. Léa Legraien gives pharmacists all the information they need to make sure they’re ready

The European anti-counterfeiting measures will come into force in February. Lea Legraien gives pharmacists all the information they need to make sure they’re ready 
 
The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) will come into force on 9 February 2019 in the UK, as mandated by the European Commission (EC), to tackle counterfeit medicines and improve patient safety.
 

February 9, 2018
Setting new standards of care through automated ward medication dispensing cabinet refills is now a reality at STS AG Hospital in Switzerland

Support for the development of this report was provided by BD

 
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.
 

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