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

18 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: Risk of low blood sugar differs among similar diabetes drugs

18 Jul 2016

A new systematic review, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, of randomized clinical trials lasting 12 to 52 weeks found that when added to metformin, gliclazide confers the lowest risk of hypoglycemia compared with glipizide, glimepiride, and glibenclamide.

BJP article: Beware of antioxidants, warns scientific review

18 Jul 2016

The lay press and thousands of nutritional products warn of oxygen radicals or oxidative stress and suggest taking so-called antioxidants to prevent or cure disease. Professor Pietro Ghezzi at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Professor Harald Schmidt at the University of Maastricht have analyzed the evidence behind this. The result is a clear warning: do not take these supplements unless a clear deficiency is diagnosed by a healthcare professional.

New Competency Framework for all Prescribers

14 Jul 2016

A new, updated and restructured Competency Framework for all Prescribers (LINK) has been published today (14 July) by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) after collaboration with the British Pharmacological Society, all the prescribing professions and patients.

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

07 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.

Message from the President

24 Jun 2016

As many members will already be aware, the majority of voters in yesterday’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) have chosen to leave.

Congratulations to our 2016 prize and award winners

13 Jun 2016

It is with great pleasure that the British Pharmacological Society announces the winners of the Society’s most recently-judged prizes and awards.

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

09 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.

£15 billion and counting… Can we afford our medicine?

07 Jun 2016

Patient engagement is the key to unlocking the pressing issue of how the UK can afford its increasing expenditure on medicines – according to speakers at a public event held by the British Pharmacological Society on 9 June during The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.

The Society's comment on the Wakeham review

27 May 2016

Professor David Webb, President of the British Pharmacological Society, comments in response to Sir William Wakeham's recent independent review of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degree provision and graduate employability.

Antipsychotic drugs are linked with an increased risk of heart attacks

17 May 2016

A review of nine observational studies found evidence supporting an increased risk of heart attacks in patients taking antipsychotic drugs. The review expands previous knowledge by demonstrating an increased and more pronounced risk in short-term users of these medications.