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Category Reviews

Technology shaping community pharmacy

Patient apps, a new take on dispensary IT and the ongoing saga of hub-and-spoke are among the elements shaping the development of technology in community pharmacy.

Pets and parasites

Pet owners often have poor knowledge about the internal parasites that can affect their dogs and cats. Pharmacists can help...

Making self care a policy priority

There is still some way to go before self care is established as a policy priority and included in healthcare frameworks.

Promoting good oral care

Pharmacy teams are well-placed to sink their teeth into the oral health challenges described by the Oral Health Foundation in its five-year plan.

Venous leg ulcers: A silent crisis?

Described as ‘a silent crisis’ in a recent report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular and Venous Disease (VVAPPG), venous leg ulcers impose a heavy burden on both sufferers and the healthcare system as a whole.

Has obesity been normalised?

In an overweight society, obesity is normalised and sometimes even goes unrecognised. Community pharmacy teams are in a good place to help by engaging customers in a non-judgemental manner and if necessary signposting to further help.

HPV vaccination & pharmacy

HPV vaccination became available to boys last autumn, 11 years after it was introduced for girls. So what opportunities for patient care does this programme and others like it offer community pharmacists?

Heart of the matter: BP checks in pharmacy

A new report recommends that routine health assessments like heart and BP checks need to become a regular part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Lifestyle & prenatal development

Parents’ lifestyle choices and general health, both preconception and during pregnancy, can have a big impact on the growth and development of their child.

Gut feeling

Community pharmacists can play an important role as a source of initial advice and ongoing help in the management of heartburn and indigestion.

The ageing process

Estimates suggest that one in seven of us will be over 75 years of age by 2040, so attention is turning to treatments to target the ageing process.

Season’s greetings

Researchers are exploring promising therapeutic avenues for coughs and colds but symptomatic remedies will remain a pharmacy mainstay for now.

Where are we now?

In 2017/2018 smoking was responsible for almost 485,000 hospital admissions – an increase of 2 per cent on the previous year.

Sound advice

The ears can be affected by a diverse range of problems that can all impair hearing.

Sight for sore eyes

Experts are concerned about the effects excessive screen time can have on the eyes… but what do they mean by excessive?

A window of opportunity?

Winter is on the way and with it an increase in common minor ailments such as cough, cold, sore throat and flu.

The great CBD oil conundrum

Consumer interest in CBD oil is growing fast but should pharmacists embrace the market as a new opportunity or run for the hills? 

Unwelcome guests

Uninvited guests in search of free bed and board, such as head lice, scabies and threadworm, need to be addressed quickly in order to prevent entire households being infected.

Ticked off

How can pharmacists help to tame ‘one of the most dangerous animals in Europe’?

Cereal offenders

In the UK, 70 per cent of people with coeliac disease remain undiagnosed as the symptom overlap between the condition, irritable bowel syndrome and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity pose real diagnostic challenges

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