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Mental Health

Mental Health

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The news item yesterday that the Welsh princess (or “the princess of wales”), Catherine Zeta-Jones, was treated for bipolar disorder (1) brings the issue around mental health into sharp focus for me. The challenge of living alone makes it such that no one […]

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NHS Choices

NHS Choices

The rise in the prescription charge in England to £7.40 (1)  has been a lightening rod for those who are oppose to this charge (2) especially because MSP in Scotland have voted to abolished it (3) in line with Wales and Northern Ireland. Whilst bookapharmacist will always […]

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Relative risks, Absolute problems

Relative risks, Absolute problems

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS A news article in the Pharmaceutical Journal online caught my attention. The news relates to a Cochrane review which indicated that “relative risk reduction should not be reported alone when communicating information about health interventions’ since they do not allow a fair comparison […]

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Synchronised Swimming?

by Kazeem Olalekan I read with interest this recent news article in the PJ which suggests that Rowlands Pharmacy has decided “to split the current role of its superintendent in two, with externally focused duties separated from statutory duties”. This structure clearly mirrors the changes the profession […]

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Medicines “Amnesty”

Medicines “Amnesty”

The above news article on the i-paper (link) yesterday caught our attention. It urges patients to bring old or unused medicines for safe disposal at Lloyds pharmacy. This is on the back of a research conducted for Lloyds pharmacy which concluded that 1 in 4 people have […]

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Adieu: Southampton Branch of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Adieu: Southampton Branch of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

– Annals of a sentimental foot soldier by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The last meeting of the Southampton Branch of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society was held on the 22nd of April 2010 at the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) located at Blundell Lane in Bursledon, Southampton. The location […]

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Change, Stress and Support

Change, Stress and Support

by Kazeem Olalekan Change management has been described as structured approach to shifting/transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state (Wikipedia). UK Pharmacy PLC has undergone and is undergoing significant changes in the way it is configured. With change comes uncertainties […]

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Time to take 5 – The Flu vaccine debate

Time to take 5 – The Flu vaccine debate

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Dr Clare Gerada, the Royal College of General Practitioner’s chairman was quoted today as saying that consideration should be given to a law banning healthy people from receiving the flu vaccine. I caught an interview given by Dr Gerada on the Today programme. […]

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Let it be…

Let it be…

The above song is what came to mind when I opened my Pharmaceutical Journal (PJ, 6th November 2010) only to see the advert by the University and College Union about the proposed plan to merge the School of Pharmacy, University of London with the University College London […]

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