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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

 

May 8, 2017
Highlights of the Boehringer Ingelheim satellite symposium at the 22nd European Association of Hospital Pharmacists Congress in Cannes on 23 March 2017 are presented

Highlights of the Boehringer Ingelheim satellite symposium at the 22nd European Association of Hospital Pharmacists Congress in Cannes on 23 March 2017 are presented

May 8, 2017
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease is the most common hereditary renal disease and the fourth leading cause of end-stage renal disease, affecting millions of people worldwide. Here we discuss the first targeted therapy available

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease is the most common hereditary renal disease and the fourth leading cause of end-stage renal disease, affecting millions of people worldwide. Here we discuss the first targeted therapy available

 

Polina Todorova MD
Claudia Witte MD
Franziska Grundmann MD
Roman-Ulrich Mueller MD

Department II of Internal Medicine and Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, University of Cologne, Germany

 

May 8, 2017
Surgical treatments have been the traditional gold standard definitive therapies for symptomatic fibroids; however, not all women want to undergo surgery and a range of non-surgical alternatives, such as medical management, are now available

Surgical treatments have been the traditional gold standard definitive therapies for symptomatic fibroids; however, not all women want to undergo surgery and a range of non-surgical alternatives, such as medical management, are now available

 

Vikram Talaulikar MD MRCOG PhD
Ertan Saridogan MD PhD FRCOG

Reproductive Medicine Unit, University College London Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK

 

May 8, 2017
The use of new lipid sources and early parenteral in the post-natal period may have an impact on long-term growth and health of neonates and premature infants

The use of new lipid sources and early parenteral in the post-natal period may have an impact on long-term growth and health of neonates and premature infants

 

Venetia Simchowitz (née Horn) MRPharmS IPres MFRPSII PG Dip MSc
Senior Specialist Pharmacist – Clinical Nutrition & NICU, Great Ormond St Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

 

May 8, 2017
This article concentrates on the postoperative drug management of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and myasthenia gravis: three conditions in which medicines play a critical role in their management

This article concentrates on the postoperative drug management of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and myasthenia gravis: three conditions in which medicines play a critical role in their management

 

Ben Dorward DPharm MRPharmS
Lead Neurosciences Pharmacist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

 

May 8, 2017
The handling of cytotoxic drug injections and compounding of parenteral nutrition solutions are both high-risk activities but pharmacists are in a strong position to implement safety measures and effective error-reduction strategies

The handling of cytotoxic drug injections and compounding of parenteral nutrition solutions are both high-risk activities but pharmacists are in a strong position to implement safety measures and effective error-reduction strategies

 

Christine Clark
Freelance medical writer

 

May 8, 2017
The introduction of ready-to-use fentanyl vials with integral, peelable syringe labels reduces the risk of compounding errors with this high-risk drug and releases valuable nursing time to care for critically ill patients

The introduction of ready-to-use fentanyl vials with integral, peelable syringe labels reduces the risk of compounding errors with this high-risk drug and releases valuable nursing time to care for critically ill patients

 

Gillian Cavell MSc FFRPS MRPharmS
Consultant Pharmacist, Medication Safety King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

 

May 8, 2017
Peer support for ‘second victims’ who suffer emotionally when patients in their care are harmed should be available alongside risk management and error-reporting schemes; it makes no sense to neglect the needs of health care staff

Peer support for ‘second victims’ who suffer emotionally when patients in their care are harmed should be available alongside risk management and error-reporting schemes; it makes no sense to neglect the needs of health care staff

 

Christine Clark PhD FRPharmS FCPP(Hon)
Editor, HPE

May 8, 2017
The goals of treatment of short bowel syndrome in children are to promote intestinal adaptation, maintain growth and development, and prevent complications

The goals of treatment of short bowel syndrome in children are to promote intestinal adaptation, maintain growth and development, and prevent complications

 

Jaini Shah MPharm PG Dip GPP
Highly Specialist Pharmacist – Paediatric & Neonatal Nutrition, The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK. Email: jaini.shah@bartshealth.nhs.uk

 

March 1, 2017
Fabry disease is a treatable disease, and management is now focused on enzyme replacement therapy, although oral pharmacological chaperone therapy seems a promising alternative treatment for patients with specific mutations

Fabry disease is a treatable disease, and management is now focused on enzyme replacement therapy, although oral pharmacological chaperone therapy seems a promising alternative treatment for patients with specific mutations

 

March 1, 2017
With an ever-increasing incidence of IBD and a number of new agents in the pipeline, pharmacists are ideally placed to deal with the increased complexity in cost and treatment decisions in a disease where stratification is still in its infancy

With an ever-increasing incidence of IBD and a number of new agents in the pipeline, pharmacists are ideally placed to deal with the increased complexity in cost and treatment decisions in a disease where stratification is still in its infancy

 

March 1, 2017
Ahead of the European reference networks for rare diseases, pharmacists are urged to share information about the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of rare diseases – an area of medicine that has fascinated clinicians for more than 500 years

Ahead of the European reference networks for rare diseases, pharmacists are urged to share information about the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of rare diseases – an area of medicine that has fascinated clinicians for more than 500 years

 

March 1, 2017
The dedicated ward pharmacy initiative at Royal Blackburn Hospital in the UK has resulted in falls in readmission rates, savings on medicines, more efficient discharges and improved the patient experience

 

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