Doping at the Olympics: why the cheats won’t win

By Tony Moffat, Emeritus Professor, UCL School of Pharmacy

“If you cheat, you will be caught” is the message to all the competitors in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. There will be a total of over 6,000 samples tested during the games which includes samples from all the medallists and samples from about half of all of the competitors. So, if a competitor takes a drug that puts them in a medal position in their event, they will be found out, disqualified and will have their medal taken away. This is to counter doping in sport – the use of artificial enhancements to gain advantage over others in competition which is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport. Read more Doping at the Olympics: why the cheats won’t win

Aspirin – a cure all?

By Sotiris Antoniou, Consultant Pharmacist Cardiovascular Medicine, St Bartholomews Hospital, London

Every day there seems to be new research about aspirin, much of it contradictory. Interest in aspirin has never been greater, but is it really the cure-all it’s sometimes portrayed as in the media? And what should pharmacists be recommending to patients who come in self-medicating with low-dose aspirin? Read more Aspirin – a cure all?