Pharmacology in the Media

BJCP editorial highlights TAB08's potentially triumphant return

25 March 2015

An editorial in April's edition of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology describing how the drug TAB08 is being tested for use in treating rheumatoid arthritis has been covered by Reuters. The drug received extensive news coverage in 2006 when it caused dramatic side-effects in a clinical trial nine years ago at Northwick Park.

Since then, Profess David Webb, President Elect of the British Pharmacological Society, has explained the value of volunteers in clinical trials and the impact of improved safety measures in the UK since the 2006 Northwick Park clinical trial.

BJCP research used in Australian report on homeopathy

13 March 2015

Studies published in BJCP have been used in a report, published by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, that concludes, there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating any health conditions. The three BJCP studies referenced by the Australian report were:

New analysis of spider venom reveals seven promising compounds with the potential to relieve chronic pain

04 March 2015

New research shows that seven compounds of the countless found in spider venom block a key step in the body’s ability to pass pain signals to the brain. The hunt for a medicine based on just one of these compounds, which would open up a new class of potent painkillers, is now a step closer according to new research published in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

BJP press release coverage: Spider venom reveals potential to relieve chronic pain

04 March 2015

The BJP press release, New analysis of spider venom reveals seven promising compounds with the potential to relieve chronic pain has been covered by:


Daily Mail

Yahoo news

BPS Fellow comments on review of long-term paracetamol use and cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal health

03 March 2015

BPS Fellow Professor Nick Bateman, Honorary Professor of Clinical Toxicology, University of Edinburgh, commented on a study recently published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD). The study, picked up byt the Daily Mail looked at long-term paracetamol use & health effects. 

Recruiting for new Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Pharmacology

24 February 2015

The British Journal of Pharmacology (BJP) is a broad-based journal giving leading international coverage of all aspects of experimental pharmacology. It publishes high quality original research and authoritative reviews and is published fortnightly.

The British Pharamcological Society is seeking to appoint a new Editor-in-Chief to succeed Professor Ian McGrath who will complete a full term at the end of 2015. 

Leading article in The Lancet: National prescribing assessment needed to enhance patient safety

13 February 2015

2015 Prescribing Safety Assessment rolls out in all UK medical schools this month

13 February 2015, London UK: The British Pharmacological Society and MSC Assessment welcome today’s leading article in The Lancet, which concludes that: “A national prescribing assessment that all students have to pass will serve to raise and unify prescribing standards, promote improved training experiences, and enhance patient safety… [This] will serve to ensure that all new prescribers, whether trained in the UK or overseas, meet a similar basic prescribing standard before they begin working in the NHS.”

BJCP press release coverage: hormonal contraceptives and risk of brain tumour

22 January 2015

The BJCP press release Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumours has been covered by:

Time Magazine: Birth Control Pill Risks May Now Include Brain Cancer

Mail Online: Taking the Pill 'may increase the risk of brain cancer' - but the risks are still extremely small, say doctors

The Telegraph: Taking contraceptive pill for five year doubles risk of brain tumour, warn scientists

Yahoo news: Linked brain cancer risk 'small'

Fox News: Long-term use of birth control pills linked to higher risk of brain tumors, study finds

Irish Examiner: The pill doubles brain cancer risk - but that's still a tiny risk

Times of India: Hormonal contraceptives linked to brain tumour risk

Huffington Post: The Pill May Double The Risk Of Brain Cancer, Study Finds

NEJM Journal Watch: Hormonal Contraception Use in Younger Women Linked to Glioma Risk

Oncology Nurse Advisor: Oral contraceptives may increase risk for developing gliomas

Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumours

21 January 2015

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman’s risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain. This project focussed on women aged 15-49 years and the findings are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Feel better, be happier with exercise

09 January 2015

An article published in the British Journal of Pharmacology has recently been covered by the Northern Rivers Echo and the Tweed Daily News. The article cites exercise as a "vastly underused therapy ... the overall benefit of exercise in its entirety is not going to be replaced by a pill". The article, Mechanisms governing the health and performance benefits of exercise was authored by Dr David Bishop-Bailey who was awarded the MSD Lecture in 2012.

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