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Certain pain medications linked to increased heart risks

21 Mar 2018

BJCP article: Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with an 18% increased risk of atrial fibrillation – an irregular, often rapid heart rate – in a study of middle-aged adults in Taiwan. The findings are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Society signs letter to prime minister on Tier 2 visa cap

08 Mar 2018

The Society has signed an open letter sent by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling on the government to take urgent action in revising current immigration policy to better attract international research and innovation talent.

Studies examine trends in pain medication use

08 Mar 2018

A new study reveals that acetaminophen use and over-dosing rise in cold/flu season in the United States, primarily due to increased use of over-the-counter combination medications treating upper respiratory symptoms. Another study reports that acetaminophen is the most commonly used analgesic in France, with more high-dose tablets being consumed in recent years. The findings, which are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, indicate that individuals should take special care to follow labeled dosing directions for acetaminophen-containing products.  

Study points to potential misuse/abuse of ADHD drugs

07 Mar 2018

A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study indicates that methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, may be subject to misuse and/or abuse.

BPSA announces key appointment in bid to secure global audience for Prescribing Skills Assessment

28 Feb 2018

Elearning and online assessment provider BPS Assessment Ltd (BPSA) has appointed Angus Metcalfe as its Sales Director, as it seeks a step change in international growth.

Society response to new prescribing safety report

23 Feb 2018

The British Pharmacological Society today welcomed the publication of a report into the "Prevalence and Economic Burden of Medication Errors in the NHS in England" and called on the government to focus on prescribing education in order to deliver safer care to patients.

Do pain medications carry different heart risks?

21 Feb 2018

BJCP artcile: Prior studies have suggested that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be linked with higher cardiovascular risks, but few have assessed potential different cardiovascular risk between NSAID classes or across individual NSAIDs.

Study finds racial differences in cure rates for hepatitis C

21 Feb 2018

PR&P article: In a large ethnically diverse group of patients seen at a community-based Veterans Affairs practice, cure rates for chronic hepatitis C were lower for African American individuals relative to White individuals, even when patients were receiving optimal therapies.

Efforts are needed to tap into the potential of nutraceuticals

13 Feb 2018

BJCP article: A growing demand exists for nutraceuticals, which seem to reside in the grey area between pharmaceuticals and food.

More work is needed to determine appropriate drug doses for children

07 Feb 2018

BJCP article: Children should not be considered ‘small adults’ when it comes to prescribing medications, but it can be difficult to determine the right dosage of a particular drug for young patients.

Re-introducing an ‘old’ antibiotic may help fight multi-drug resistant bacteria

07 Feb 2018

PR&P article: A new study indicates that the drug fosfomycin may be effective for treating multidrug-resistant bacterial infections.

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