New Life for Old Drugs

jaynelawrenceby Professor Jayne Lawrence, Chief Scientific Advisor, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

BBC News online is today reporting that existing drugs used for treatment of motor neurone disease, asthma and heart disease are being tested as possible treatments for advanced multiple sclerosis (MS).

Although not a new idea, the concept of ‘new life for old drugs’ is rapidly gaining currency.   As our understanding of how our bodies work, and how they are affected by disease processes, grows ever-more sophisticated, it is increasingly being realised that drugs have effects on more than one disease.  Read more New Life for Old Drugs

Summary care records – an essential for pharmacists

Ash_Soni_0411By Ash Soni, Vice-Chair, English Pharmacy Board

Access to patients’ summary care records is transforming the services I provide in my pharmacy. I can read and add to my patients records and I’d like all pharmacists to be able to do the same.

Thanks to a special arrangement with a GP surgery, I can see information about a patient’s medicines, their allergies, existing illnesses and any bad reactions to drugs they’ve had. The summary care record gives me the full picture of their needs and enables me to have informed conversations with my patients and others involved in their care. Read more Summary care records – an essential for pharmacists