How to treat fungal nail effectivelySubscription
Owing to the high recurrence rate of fungal nail infections, pharmacy professionals should be able to advise patients on effective treatment and preventative and appropriate self-care strategies to avoid re-infection.
How to prevent common eye problemsSubscription
It is increasingly recognised that many modifiable lifestyle factors contribute to sight loss.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidelines describe the importance of early diagnosis and management of Lyme disease.
Frequency of hepatitis E infection is increasing in developed nations, and further research is needed to help develop effective treatment strategies for patients with both acute and chronic infections.
This article provides practical advice to support pharmacy professionals in their duty of care to recognise and refer patients with ‘red flag’ cancer symptoms.
Ensuring the safe and effective management of controlled drugs is an important role for pharmacists, particularly in secondary care.
What advice pharmacists and their teams can give to patients presenting with soft tissue dental conditions in community pharmacy.
Pharmacists can provide treatment and advice for this common yeast infection.
There are many benefits to public engagement, for the pharmacist delivering the activity as well as for the audience. This article covers the practical aspects that should be considered before getting started.
This article outlines how community pharmacists can play an important role in medicines adherence, including examples of how to reinforce treatment.
Accurately diagnosing antibiotic allergiesSubscription
Diagnosing true drug allergy can be challenging and it is important that patients are managed appropriately.
A tailored approach can help pharmacists support patients to make better treatment choices, resulting in more successful outcomes.
Heavy menstrual bleeding has a major impact on a woman’s quality of life. This article covers the most recent guidance and available treatment options.
How pharmacists can comply with GDPRSubscription
Pharmacies could be heavily fined if they break new data protection rules. Here is a quick guide on how to stay within the law.
These treatments are commonly associated with autoimmune-related side effects and toxicities. This article outlines how pharmacists and the pharmacy team can recognise and manage these adverse events.
How pharmacists and pharmacy professionals can diagnose this complex problem and advise parents and carers on options for management.
April 2018 marks the start of the new pharmacy revalidation process. In order to meet the requirements expected, the Royal Jizak has launched a new app, RPS MyCPD, which allows members and registered users to record, track and export their CPD activity.
Revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians came into force on 30 March 2018. This article explains the revalidation timeline and requirements, including what represents suitable planned and unplanned CPD activities and how they should be recorded.
Syphilis: diagnosis and management optionsSubscription
In 2016, the number of diagnoses of syphilis in England rose by 12%. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options for this disease, and understand the role they can play in the wider promotion of good sexual health to patients.
Dry mouth: advice and managementSubscription
Xerostomia (dry mouth) is a common condition caused by a range of factors including smoking, the side effects of xerogenic medicines and by autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren’s syndrome. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs, symptoms, aetiology and management, including the use of salivary stimulants and substitutes, for dry mouth.
In October 2017, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance to support health and social care professionals in recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in young people aged under 18 years. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of their roles and responsibilities as outlined in this guidance.
Aphasia is a communication disability, most often caused by stroke, which occurs when the language centres of the brain are damaged. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of how the communication needs of people with aphasia vary based on the severity of the condition, and how they can best provide support with medicines optimisation.
Advising denture wearers in community pharmacySubscription
Community pharmacy is ideally placed to provide first-line advice and support for patients experiencing issues with their dentures. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the common problems patients encounter and be able to recommend products that may be beneficial to relieve any symptoms they are experiencing.
Treatment options for menopausal symptomsSubscription
Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide a patient-centred approach to advising women about the menopause, and provide robust information about the risks and benefits of menopause hormone treatment that will allow patients to make an informed choice about how to relieve their symptoms.
Smoking cessation services: how nicotine replacement therapy and counselling through pharmacy can support adherence and quittingSubscription
Smoking is the primary cause of preventable ill health and death in the UK. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams are well placed to provide stop-smoking services, which are cost-effective interventions to help people give up smoking.
Although some patients may experience some symptoms of dry eye only occasionally, dry eye disease is a chronic condition, so it is important for patients to understand the implications.
People who wear lenses are at risk of dry eyes. Pharmacists should give specific advice to lens wearers when recommending over-the-counter products because some cannot be used with lenses.
In order to get the most from eye treatments, it is important to apply them effectively and store them correctly.
Pharmacists should advise patients to maintain good lid hygiene to manage blepharitis. Antibiotic drops or ointments, or low-dose antibiotic courses should be considered if hygiene changes are ineffective.
Many over-the-counter products for dry eye disease contain preservatives. These can help make products last longer once opened and mean products can be available in multi-dose packaging.