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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.

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.