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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.

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.