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BJCP article: Finger prick test allows patients taking autoimmune drug to avoid blood draws

09 Aug 2017

A new study shows that patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions who take the drug adalimumab can monitor drug levels in their bodies with a finger prick rather than undergoing a full blood draw.

PR&P article: The ethics of animal research

09 Aug 2017

A new review examines the chronology and evolution of ethics in animal experimentation, gives strategies to teach them, and points to alternatives to animal research, including tissue cultures, organs on chips, three-dimensional tissue models, human blood derivatives, and computer modelling.

LeSPAR comment on the BMJ article on antibiotic course duration

28 Jul 2017

The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance, of which the British Pharmacological Society is a members, has noted with interest the publication of a BMJ article by Llewelyn et al. on antibiotic course duration.

BJCP article: Antiplatelet drugs are often inappropriately prescribed in older patients

19 Jul 2017

A study has found that antiplatelet drugs, such as aspirin, are often inappropriately prescribed in acutely hospitalized older people.

BJCP article: Certain antibiotics during pregnancy may increase risk of birth defects

19 Jul 2017

A new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has found links between certain antibiotics during pregnancy and major congenital malformations in newborns.

BJP article: Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks in the Fight Against Infectious Diseases

07 Jul 2017

A new article looks at how currently available drugs for various conditions might be repurposed alone or in combination with other drugs to treat infectious diseases.

Joint statement: letter on the regulation of medicines from the Secretaries of State for Heath and Industry

07 Jul 2017

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the British Pharmacological Society welcome the letter from the Secretaries of State for Heath and Industry to the Financial Times on 4 July, titled “The UK wants to continue to work with the EU on medicines”.

Society welcomes new report on "Enhancing the use of scientific evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines"

20 Jun 2017

The Society has welcomed a new report from the Academy of Medical Sciences on Enhancing the use of scientific evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines.

PR&P article: Self-medication misuse is high in the Middle East

19 Jun 2017

A new review indicates that there is a massive problem of self-medication misuse in the Middle East. The findings, which are published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, indicate the need for better patient and physician education, as well as improved policies that restrict sales of prescription medications without a prescription.

BJP article: Investigators examine the relationship between pain and opioid abuse

12 Jun 2017

A new review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology examines the interaction between pain and the abuse of opioids, and investigates the circuits in the brain that may be behind this link.

BJCP article: Certain cardiovascular medications may increase risk of falling

07 Jun 2017

A new analysis suggests that among older adults who take cardiovascular medications, those using non-selective beta-blockers may be at an increased of falling compared with those using selective beta-blockers.