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Cracking patients' skin conditions

While the healthcare system’s focus is on tackling the coronavirus pandemic, patients must continue to deal with long-term medical conditions such as chronic skin disorders.

Interview: Ten Minutes With... Rob Elliott of Viatris

We interview Rob Elliott, healthcare marketing director at Viatris, about erection problems, Viagra Connect and how pharmacists can help.

Upper GI problems

The over-indulgence in food and alcohol at this time of year offers a key opportunity to promote pharmacy’s role in the management of upper GI issues.

Improving treatment of constipation

There is an urgent need to improve bowel care and the management of constipation, and not only to relieve patient distress.

Older people's health

Older people may have been seen less often in pharmacies because of Covid – but out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind. 

Facing the flu challenge

Pharmacies are playing a key role in helping customers manage common winter ailments against the ever-present backdrop of Covid-19.

KY Jelly rebrand ‘an opportunity for independent pharmacies’

Personal lubricant brand KY Jelly is changing its name to Kynect as part of a phased rebrand.

Quitting smoking during a pandemic

More people than ever could be seeking to quit smoking given the higher risks smokers are known to face with Covid-19. 

Learning update: Men’s health and erection problems

Engaging with men about their health should be viewed as an opportunity for increased pharmacy intervention – especially in the area of erection problems.

Ear problems and their management

The current requirement to wear face coverings can make it difficult to pick up on what is being said – particularly for those who are already hard of hearing.

Eye problems and their management

With high street opticians now struggling with a backlog of cancelled appointments, pharmacy’s role has never been more essential.

Seasonal woes – with an added twist

When it comes to advising customers on how to protect themselves against winter ailments this year, there is the added complication of Covid-19 to take into account.

Head lice and other parasites

As the new school term gets underway, even with social distancing measures in place pharmacy teams can expect a resurgence in queries about head lice.

Bladder weakness

Bladder weakness remains a taboo subject – so how can you help raise awareness without causing any additional embarrassment? 

Lower gastrointestinal problems

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are two conditions characterised by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. 

Training for pharmacy teams on stimulant laxative changes

A new learning module is available to help pharmacy teams understand recent changes concerning the OTC sale of stimulant laxatives.

Metabolic syndrome and the link to skin diseases

Patients with inflammatory skin diseases should be targeted and provided with heart health checks by community pharmacy teams.

A fertile area for pharmacy?

Pharmacy has shown that it can offer effective sexual health services but fragmented commissioning and significant funding cuts mean that provision varies widely.

Targeting pain

When pain strikes most people reach for a pack of oral analgesics – but there are times when topical pain relief may be more appropriate. 

Allergy awareness

For many allergy sufferers there is no pollen involved, nor is the problem seasonal in nature – all of which can make it harder to determine the cause. Pharmacists can help.

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