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 […]

Aspirin – The Salicylate Fix

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS This is a play on the word ‘fix’ to make a serious point in relation to Aspirin. Fix as defined by Dictionary.com (1) has 26 definition for the verb – ‘fix’, and 6 definition for noun ‘fix’. Four of these are listed below: – verb (used with object) 1. to repair; […]

Concerned and diasappointed!

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS A news article on the BBC Today program (http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8971000/8971236.stm) came to my attention yesterday about Avandia. It left me concerned for my patients and disappointed in the regulatory framework and in particular at GSK’s response. The concern about Avandia is not new. In July 2007, I posted a blog on Iforg […]

Pharmacy and Politics; Healthcare and Election

by Kazeem Olalekan There is something important called the general election happening right now. On May the 6th (3 days from today), the citizens of the United Kingdom will elect one MP for each of the 650 constituencies to the House of Commons(1). There has been a lot of firsts in this election: The first […]

Synchronised Swimming

by Kazeem Olalekan With glowing hearts, United States of America bagged 9 Gold medals, 15 silver medals and 13 bronze medals in the recent winter Olympics in Vancouver. A total medal haul of 37, seven more than their closest rival, Germany. Great Britain, on the other hand, came joint last with Estonia and Kazakhstan (is […]

The coroner has spoken

The issue surrounding the suspended sentence handed out to our colleague, Elizabeth Lee, has exercise a lot of passion amongst practising pharmacists. It moved myself to write this article. The latest update in this sorry episode is the report by the coroner on the 4th of March 2010. Peter Bedford, Berkshire coroner, said that the […]

Antibiotics Resistance – A perfect Storm

Tonight bookapharmacist.com in conjuction with Pfizer, are supporting an important Branch meeting on Antibiotics Resistance (-Just another example of big Pharma working with Pharmacists). Download the events pdf here. The talk on Antibiotic Resistance will be given by no other than Dr Kieran Hand, Consultant Pharmacist – Anti-infectives at Southampton University Hospitals Trust. This promises […]

Tic.Toc.Tic.Toc: The birth of Responsibility

It is difficult not to have noticed the oncoming significant change in community pharmacy regulation. We are referring to the Responsible Pharmacist regulation which is due to take effect in eh…3 days (1st October 2009). At bookapharmacist.com, we call it “the birth of responsibility”. If this is the birth of responsibility, then what has community […]

Pharmacist 2.0 and beyond…

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS MBCS Pharmacist 2.0 is a parody on Web 2.0. Yes, it is funny but there is a serious underlying point to this.   What is Web 2.0?   Wikipedia describe Web 2.0 as “web development and web design that facilitates interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration on the World […]

New Packaging: What is the point?

There is always a number of valid and reasonable factors which inform or influence changes in packaging of medicinal (and other) products. We scratched our head to find a justifiable reason why the packaging of Dermol 200 shower gel (pictured) had to change. On the right is the previous packaging, and on the left is […]