British Pharmacological Society announces investment to deliver its strategy

05 August 2015

The British Pharmacological Society has announced that its team will be expanding in order to deliver a range of new initiatives, mapped to its strategic objectives, and to improve services to members and the public alike.

Member comments on study linking antidepressants combinations to bleeding risk

15 July 2015

Professor Simon Maxwell comments on the BMJ study linking antidepressants and painkillers to an increased risk of bleeding published today. His comments were included in articles by the Herald Scotland, Irish Examiner and OnMedica.

Commitment to equality & diversity

06 July 2015

We are delighted to announce that Council has renewed its commitment to promote equality of opportunity by raising the minimum level of female participation across the Society’s activities to 30% from this year.

News updated: National prescribing assessment needed to enhance patient safety

23 June 2015

The Lancet article, Prescribing safety: ensuring that new graduates are prepared (published on 13 February 2015) received several responses from international readers. The submitted correspondence can be viewed below:

Professor Darrell R. Abernethy et al (USA)
Mr Jelle Tichelaar et al (Netherlands)
Professor Sarah Hilmer et al (Australia)
Dr Robert Likic et al (Croatia)

Amrita Ahluwalia to become the next Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology

22 June 2015

The British Pharmacological Society and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are pleased to announce that the next Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology will be Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, Deputy Director of QMUL’s William Harvey Research Institute.

Cheltenham Science Festival press coverage: Are we over-medicated?

09 June 2015

The Society's hosted event 'Are we over-medicated?' presented by Professor Simon Maxwell, Dr Jacintha Sivarajah and Dr Angela Coulter received widespread coverage in the weekend's national newspapers. The event highlighted the issue of polypharmacy and discussed how we might address this in the future including through patients being better informed about their healthcare choices. Find out more about where to find reliable information about treatment options.

Congratulations to our 2015 prizes and awards winners

09 June 2015

It is with great pleasure that the British Pharmacological Society announces the winners of the Society’s most recently-judged prizes and awards. These prizes will be officially awarded as part of the Society’s flagship meeting Pharmacology 2015, at the Annual Dinner and Prize-Giving.

Large but unexplained variations in paracetamol-induced liver failure among European countries

26 May 2015

BJCP press release

Six-times higher risk in Ireland and a two-fold higher risk in the UK highlighted in study
A fifty-fold between-country difference in rates of paracetamol-induced acute liver failure that leads to liver transplant (ALFT) has been revealed by a study that compared patient data from seven countries at the request of the European Medicines Agency: France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and the UK. Researchers discovered that this variation was even more pronounced on a per-capita basis, with a 200-fold difference in ALFT cases. Publishing these findings in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the authors call for further research to identify the underlying causes.

Member comments on FT article High hopes for ‘first cannabis pharmacy

19 May 2015

Dr Ben Whalley, professor of neuropharmacology at the University of Reading contributes to Financial Times article (subscription required) ‘High hopes for ‘first cannabis pharmacy’. Dr Whalley cast doubt on the pharmacy’s (Carun) claims about the health effects of its products, saying they had not been proved in “valid human clinical trials”.

Royal title - Congratulations to the Society of Biology

18 May 2015

It was with great pleasure that we saw the Society of Biology’s news regarding its new royal title. The British Pharmacological Society congratulates the Society of Biology and Dr Mark Downs for this well-deserved recognition.

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