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British Pharmacological Society in the news


BBC Two: The Drug Trial

21 Feb 2017

The British Pharmacological Society's President Professor David Webb was interviewed as part of a BBC Two 'drama documentary' on the "catastrophic"TGN1412 clinical trial in March 2006.

Letter to the Times: "Fifth of new medicines to be rationed"

21 Jan 2017

On 19 January 2017, the Times reported under the headline "Fifth of new medicines to be rationed" that limits to access to new medicines were being considered by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE). A letter was sent to the Editor of the Times by Professor David Webb, President, and Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, Vice President - Clinical, in response and on behalf of the Society.

The Pharmaceutical Journal opinion piece: UK drug funding framework needs an overhaul to ensure the right areas are being prioritised

22 Nov 2016

David Webb, President of the British Pharmacological Society, and Member Ken Paterson call for an overhaul of the UK funding framework in an opinion piece written for The Pharmaceutical Journal.

BJP article: Are natural alternatives to estrogen replacement therapy safe?

10 Oct 2016

A review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology indicates that it is not clear whether the benefits of plant-derived compounds that mimic estrogen outweigh the possible health risks.

President David Webb responds to study on painkillers and heart failure

03 Oct 2016

British Pharmacological Society President, Professor David Webb, commented on a recent study on painkillers and heart failure published in the British Medical Journal.

President David Webb responds to review of evidence on the efficacy and safety of statins in the Lancet

09 Sep 2016

Professor David Webb, President of the British Pharmacological Society, provided expert comment on a review of evidence on efficacy and safety of statins, as published in the Lancet.

BJCP article: Colour-graded pictogram label to reduce medicine-related traffic crashes found ineffective

02 Sep 2016

A new study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, questions the effectiveness of using pictogram message on the labels of anxiety and sleep medications that interfere with driving – an approach this is currently implemented across France.

BBC Radio 4 - Personalised medicine: Dose by design

23 Aug 2016

The Society's Vice President – Clinical, Prof Sir Munir Pirmohamed, was recently on a BBC Radio 4 programme 'Personalised medicine: Dose by dose' discussing pharmacogenetics.

BJCP article: Zinc lozenges help most patients recover earlier from the common cold

21 Jul 2016

Zinc acetate lozenges may reduce the duration of the common cold by nearly 3 days, according to a recent analysis in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

BJCP article: Many elderly people are receiving and using prescription medications inappropriately

19 Jul 2016

A new study from Belgium indicates that the majority of community-dwelling elderly adults are taking prescription medications inappropriately. The study, which is published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, also found a link between underuse—not taking essential medications—and an increased risk of dying or needing to be hospitalized.

BJCP article: Most people don't sleep any worse when taking medicines with sleep disturbance warnings

14 Jun 2016

Medicines that carry warnings about sleep disturbances do not seem to contribute to the amount of sleep disturbances in the general population, according to new ‘real world’ research. The findings, which are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggest that investigators may need to provide more careful reporting of side effects in clinical trials, and emphasizes the value of research into the safety of medicines once they are being taken by the general population.