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Insight

Viewpoint: To D or not to D in Covid?

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased severity of Covid-19 and greater risks of hospitalisation and death — so should supplementation become routine?

Vaccine roll-out should not be politicised

The JCVI's decisions should not be used as a political football, says Dr Anthony Cox of Birmingham University School of Pharmacy 

Understanding clinical test results

How can the results of clinical tests and their implications be clearly explained to patients? We offer some pointers.

How has Covid affected mental health prescribing?

The Covid-19 pandemic seems to have changed psychopharmaceutical prescribing patterns in England, at least in the short-term.

Covid-19: Playing the long game

Observational studies and clinical trials need to determine how long the changes in people with Covid persist and come up with ways to treat and prevent long-Covid, writes Mark Greener

Why all the fuss about biosimilars?

Biosimilars have been exciting attention in secondary care for over a decade but seem to have made little impact in the community. 

More tariff changes on the way?

A consultation on medicines reimbursement could see further tightening of price controls in the specials market, but the timetable is uncertain...

Tackling prescribed medicine dependence and withdrawal

Community pharmacists need to be part of the solution for the millions of people across the UK grappling with prescription drug dependence and withdrawal.

Smoking on the decline

The number of adult smokers has fallen by around 1.8 million in England over seven years.

Glaucoma: A clear role for pharmacy

Recent studies suggest that community pharmacists should be part of glaucoma management pathways 

Clinical briefing: 3D printing coming of age

Early 3D printers were expensive but prices have fallen dramatically and some companies and research groups are now exploring 3D printing’s potential

Lung cancer: A patient’s perspective

First hand accounts from lung cancer sufferers, plus guidance for pharmacists on the role they can play in promoting earlier diagnosis

Clinical briefing: Can pharmacists help diabetes remission?

A weight management scheme has helped to achieve remission in almost half of type 2 diabetes patients, with indications that the benefits persist

Conference call: Antibiotic resistance strategy

Professor Dame Sally Davies pulled no punches in her keynote address on the UK’s antimicrobial resistance (AMR) strategy

Clinical briefing: A health literate public?

The Government wants people to take more responsibility for their own health but are there knowledge gaps?

Clinical briefing: Pharmacists helping with osteoporosis risk

A programme demonstrating pharmacists' ability to identify osteoporosis risk is being highlighted by NICE

Clinical briefing: How far have we come on cancer survival?

Crucial advances have been made but there are still barriers to improving survival rates

Allergic rhinitis guidelines for pharmacists

The NGO ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma) recently published guidelines for pharmacists

Getting to grips with cannabis-based medicines

The reclassification of cannabis-based medicines was a big story in 2018. Here we look at some questions following on from the move

Asthma care gets smart

Our data-rich world could offer important new insights into asthma’s epidemiology and pathogenesis

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