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Recognising top institutions for British Pharmacological Society membership

25 May 2017

The Society is a global community at the heart of pharmacology, with over 3,500 members from over 60 countries. Our members are the heart of our Society and ensure that we can continue to lead the way in research and application of pharmacology. The Society's Membership and Awards Committee tracks the top institutions for British Pharmacological Society members, and we are keen to share the results more widely. Top ten institutes as of 23 May 2017: King’s College London...

BJCP article: Standardised assessment evaluates medical students’ competence at prescribing medications

22 May 2017

A new study describes a standardised assessment that ensures that students who graduate from UK medical schools have achieved a minimum standard of knowledge and skill related to prescribing medications. Following the introduction of the Prescribing Safety Assessment, as described in a new article published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the vast majority of final-year medical students are able to accurately prescribe medications, but a small proportion require further...

Society signs open letter to Cabinet Secretary on application of 'purdah' to scientists

18 May 2017

The British Pharmacology is one of a dozen signatories of a letter to the Cabinet Secretary asking for clarication of the application of election 'purdah' rules to scientists.

BJCP article: Analysis examines safety of antidepressant use during pregnancy

17 May 2017

Use of fluoxetine – the most commonly prescribed antidepressant – during pregnancy is linked with a slightly increased risk of malformations in infants, according to a recent analysis of published studies. In the analysis of 16 studies, infants exposed to fluoxetine during the first trimester had an 18% increased relative risk of major malformations and a 36% increased relative risk of cardiovascular malformations. There were no significant observations of other system...

Transatlantic partnership commits to improving prescribing skills

08 May 2017

The British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) today announced an ambitious new collaboration to support safer prescribing by doctors in Canada. Representing a significant commitment by both organisations, the partnership will bring together experts over the coming year to raise the profile of prescribing competency and to promote its importance through joint development of education and assessment resources in this field.  

BJP article: Do Benefits Outweigh Risk of Mind-Altering Drug Use by Healthy Individuals?

21 Apr 2017

Study Examines Use of Psychoactive Drugs to Enhance Cognition, Creativity, and Pleasure/

BJCP article: Inhaled Steroids May Increase Pneumonia Risk in People with Asthma

20 Apr 2017

Use of inhaled corticosteroids was linked with an increased risk of pneumonia in a study of individuals with asthma.

BJCP article: Dose Sparing Flu Vaccine Could Boost Productivity and Vaccine Availability

05 Apr 2017

A recent study has found that significant dose sparing is possible with the use of whole virion vaccines and aluminium adjuvants, without compromising safety.

BJP article: Could Targeting Oxytocin Help Treat Opioid Addiction?

05 Apr 2017

A new review of published research indicates that the oxytocin system—a key player in social reward and stress regulation—is profoundly affected by opioid use.

A healthy philosophy: we need to talk about how we value our medicines

27 Mar 2017

An exciting public event on 3 April will explore which medicines the UK wants to fund and why, and discuss how wider society might be able to really have its say on the country‘s drugs funding arrangements. Medicines cost the NHS nearly £17 billion in 2015/2016 – it’s the second biggest NHS expenditure after staff salaries – so it’s important for all of us that we get value for money from these billions of pounds.

BJCP article: Some Blood Thinners May Increase Heart Attack Risk

22 Mar 2017

A new study has examined whether different blood thinning medications prescribed to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation might increase the risk of heart attacks.