Take note: PPIs and emerging issues

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS In August 2009 we reported a potential interaction between Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and Clopidogrel. Subsequent to that report, Lancet concluded that PPI does not interfere with the clinical benefits of clopidogrel. The case frustrated me because in one week I was asking my GPs to review prescribing and in the […]

Time to reflect – The MUR Evangelist Journey

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS   Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Søren Kierkegaard   The words of Kierkegaard is relevant to this post. Other writers, including the famous Steve Jobs, have described the reflection process in much similar lines. Steve Jobs was quoted in his Stanford lecture as saying: […]

Transfer of Care – A tale of two discharges

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS   Do you know what has been our bugbear for a while now? How we can safely and effectively transfer our patients from one care setting to another. As a pharmacist, I am focussing on the medication journey. We haven’t done that very well in the past. It is not surprising […]

Wrong Choices?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Last April we posted a blog entitled “NHS choices” where we highlighted the choices facing patients in the NHS with respect to increasing prescription charges. The choice then was stark: …is it inconceivable that patients will re-locate to another place within the UK where the choices made by the local NHS […]

How funny is that?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The students of pharmacy at the Sharad Pawar College of Pharmacy in Nagpur, India really fancy their chances at music – in between learning about pharmacology, pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice. So they released a music video on Youtube. According to them: “This is the only song on PHARMACY field..“! The music […]

What alternatives?: A matter of sleep or death?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I will be upfront….This is not a scare story. This is a story about a pharmacist’s attempt to cut through an issue that was brought to our consciousness recently (27/02/2012) by the publication on BMJ Open of a paper alerting us to the risk that hypnotics (the drug we use to […]


by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS In August of last year, I reviewed the iphone app called MicroGuide that details the antimicrobial guideline at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. I like Apps that help me do my job on the go. It is therefore with great pleasure that I welcome the free app by the nice guys and […]

How does one know?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The results of a recent YouGov survey conducted on behalf of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society gave me a great cause for concern. The first survey was completed from 10-15 February 2012 by 7,755 UK adults and the second survey from 17-22 February by 7,505 UK adults. (1). 1 in 6  (17%) […]

We can help…

by Kazeem Olalekan I came across the card pictured above (like you do!) and the first line which said: ‘If you have any questions about your medicines after your hospital visit, our pharmacists are here to help’ captured my attention. All I could think of all day is the Billy Swan song: ‘I can help’ […]