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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.

BJP article: Does Boosting “Good” Cholesterol Really Improve Your Health?

22 Mar 2017

A new review addresses the mysteries behind “good” HDL cholesterol and why boosting its levels does not necessarily provide protection from cardiovascular risk for patients. It appears that augmenting the function of HDL cholesterol, rather than its concentration, is key.

BJCP article: Antidepressants and Anti-Anxiety Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Hip Fracture

08 Mar 2017

In a recent study, older individuals who had fallen and broken a hip used antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications more frequently than the general older population.

BJP article: Component of Marijuana May Help Treat Anxiety and Substance Abuse Disorders

08 Mar 2017

Cannabidiol, a major component of cannabis or marijuana, appears to have effects on emotion and emotional memory, which could be helpful for treating anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders.

BJCP article: Many Patients Do Not Obtain Medications When First Prescribed

23 Feb 2017

A new analysis indicates that not obtaining a medication the first time it is prescribed—called initial medication non-adherence—is common among patients within the Catalan health system in Spain.

BJCP article: Are antivirals a cost-effective therapy during severe flu seasons?

08 Feb 2017

A new study indicates that the antiviral drug oseltamivir can reduce influenza infections and prevent deaths in a cost-saving manner under most pandemic scenarios.  

BJP article: Could drugs replace gastric bypass surgery?

08 Feb 2017

In an attempt to reduce nutrient absorption and replicate the effects of gastric bypass surgery, researchers screened for inhibitors of an amino acid transporter, called B0AT1, and discovered a number of agents—including benztropine, a drug that is already in clinical use—as promising candidates.

The Society’s campaign on clinical pharmacology & the NHS mentioned in House of Lords

23 Jan 2017

During proceedings on 23 January 2017, peers in the House of Lords drew attention to the British Pharmacological Society’s ongoing campaign on clinical pharmacology & the NHS in discussions with the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord O'Shaughnessy).  

BJCP article: Dietary supplement may carry both benefits and risks associated with statins

17 Jan 2017

Red yeast rice (RYR) is contained in dietary supplements that are often used by patients with high cholesterol, and it is often proposed as an alternative therapy in those who experience side effects from statins. A new study found that it is not a good choice for statin-intolerant patients: RYR was linked with muscle and liver injury, which can also occur with statin use.

International Advisory Group launched

09 Jan 2017

As part of the Society’s charitable mission to promote and advance the spectrum of pharmacology, we are committed to fulfilling the needs of our members regardless of geography – and the International Advisory Group will play an important role in supporting this.