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International Journal of Pharmacy Practice

Esther Salgueiro, Cristina Gurruchaga, Francisco J Jimeno, Cristina Martínez-Múgica, Luis H Martín Arias, Gloria Manso
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to analyse the perceptions of the public on medicine information and safety and on consumer reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADR). METHODS: A voluntary survey was conducted in a population ≥18 years of age in Asturias, a region in northern Spain. The survey was designed to be completed in a face-to-face street interview or completed independently by the public. The survey consisted of structured questions organised in four sections: (1) demographic data, (2) use of medicines, (3) reading and understanding of the patient information leaflet (PIL) and (4) awareness and perception about consumer reporting of ADR...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Nikola Nikolić
OBJECTIVES: This study explored the accuracy of medicines-related information (MRI) held by healthcare service providers in a hostel for homeless men with a mental illness. METHODS: Fifteen residents' records were screened for MRI on medical history, allergy status and treatment, using all available sources. KEY FINDINGS: There was a significant difference in the number of prescribed psychotropics amongst different services. Twenty-three discrepancies (n = 90) were due to different doses, and 63 discrepancies were omissions...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Philip Crilly, Sophia Jair, Zahra Mahmood, Armineh Moin Khan, Aneesah Munir, Irene Osei-Bediako, Mustafa Samir, Reem Kayyali
OBJECTIVES: Investigating public perceptions of community pharmacists (CP) in public health and their use of social media (SM) and mobile health applications (MH apps) in that regard. METHODS: Two surveys were created. One sought public perceptions of SM and the other of MH apps for health advice. Both included a section on perceptions of the role of CPs in public health. A convenience sampling strategy, based on proximity, was used.The study population was the public (n = 8 500 000) living in Greater London...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Sara S McMillan, Michelle A King, Helen Stapleton, Adem Sav, Fiona Kelly, Amanda J Wheeler
OBJECTIVES: Unpaid carers have many and varied responsibilities in society, which can include medication management for the person they support. However, the potential for Australian community pharmacies to better assist carers is relatively unexplored. This mixed-methods study investigated the acceptability of a local carer support service by trained community pharmacy staff, including issues regarding the implementation and impact of this service. METHODS: Staff from 11 community pharmacies in South East Queensland, Australia, were trained to deliver a six-step carer support service between September 2016 and March 2017...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Marita Zimmermann, Blythe Adamson, Tracy Lam-Hine, Timothy Rennie, Andy Stergachis
OBJECTIVE: In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), limited availability, substandard quality and high prices of pharmaceutical products lead to lack of access to essential medicines and poor health outcomes. Manufacturing pharmaceuticals in LMICs may improve access for patients while increasing the market size for manufacturers. METHODS: We present a tool for assessment of local manufacturing feasibility of pharmaceuticals, intended for use among key stakeholders during the business development process...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Miranda G Law, Prosper Maposa, Elias Chambula, David R Steeb, Stephen F Eckel, Gregory Duncan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the knowledge, attitudes and practice of final-year student pharmacists about public health. METHODS: Knowledge, attitudes and practice of all final-year student pharmacists (N = 158) in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe were assessed through a quantitative 12-item survey. The survey assessed personal interest and attitude towards public health activities, self-assessed ability to perform basic public health activities, perspectives towards current pharmacist practices within public health activities in their country, and student involvement in public health activities during pharmacy school...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Meagen Rosenthal, Lori M Ward, Jason Teng, Seena Haines
OBJECTIVES: To complete a scoping review of studies of community pharmacy-delivered weight and obesity management services from January 2010 to March 2017. METHODS: A scoping review was conducted to obtain an overview of research related to the study objective. The PubMed, EBSCO and CINAHL databases were searched from January 2010 to March 2017 for articles examining obesity/weight management in community pharmacies. Included studies had to contain an obesity/weight management programme delivered primarily by community pharmacies...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Rixiang Xu, Xuefeng Xie, Shuting Li, Xiaoyu Chen, Sheng Wang, Chengyang Hu, Xiongwen Lv
OBJECTIVE: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were performed to understand the effectiveness of medication adherence (MA) interventions among Chinese patients with hypertension. METHODS: A literature search was conducted with three English databases (PubMed, Web of Science and Embase) and three Chinese databases (China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang and VIP Database for Chinese Technical Periodicals) for the period from 1970 to October 2017...
April 25, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Amaia Malet-Larrea, Leire Arbillaga, Miguel Á Gastelurrutia, Belén Larrañaga, Ángel Garay, Shalom I Benrimoj, Ainhoa Oñatibia-Astibia, Estíbaliz Goyenechea
INTRODUCTION: The Global Network of Age-friendly Cities is a project promoted by the World Health Organization as a response to demographic ageing and urbanization process. San Sebastian, Spain, is one of these Age-friendly Cities and community pharmacies of the city joined the initiative. OBJECTIVE: To define and implement the Age-friendly Pharmacy concept to promote active ageing, optimize the contribution of community pharmacies of San Sebastian to the friendliness of the city and to the improvement of quality of life of the ageing population...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Natalia Shcherbakova
OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation of 'Pharmaceutical Industry in a Global Context' elective in a 4-year US pharmacy programme. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire regarding student experiences with the course content and intention to pursue pharmaceutical industry summer internships and/or postgraduation fellowships was distributed to students at the end of the course. KEY FINDINGS: Fifty per cent of the students (n = 13) reported intention to apply for a pharmaceutical industry summer internships and/or industry fellowship postgraduation...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Tove Hedenrud, Karolina Andersson Sundell, Johan Martinsson, Helle Håkonsen
OBJECTIVES: To analyse attitudes towards sales and use of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the Swedish adult population. METHODS: Data were collected through the web-based Citizen Panel comprising 21 000 Swedes. A stratified sample of 4058 participants was emailed a survey invitation. Questions concerned use of OTC drugs, and attitudes towards sales and use of OTC drugs. Correlations between the attitudinal statements were assessed using Spearman's rank correlation...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Mehrusha Masilamoney, Ros Dowse
OBJECTIVES: Swallowing impairment is a growing problem that affects 16% of the overall population and can significantly affect medicine-taking. However, little is known about the knowledge and practice of healthcare professionals (HCPs) relating to swallowing-impaired (SI) patients. The aim of this scoping review was to investigate the knowledge and practice of HCPs in supporting SI patients with their medicine-taking, to identify their reference sources, and to describe their training and information needs...
April 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Alan Hanna, Lezley-Anne Hanna
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to provide a comprehensive overview (using pertinent examples) of the various ways that Google Trends and Google data could inform pharmacy practice. The objectives were to: examine what type of information people search for in relation to a common class of medicines; ascertain where people are directed to (websites) following an initial search for a medicine or medical condition; and establish information about when they search. METHODS: The methodology differed depending on whether Google Trends or Google was being interrogated, but the search domain was always limited to the United Kingdom...
March 30, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Kerry Wilbur, Andrea D J Taylor
OBJECTIVES: The transfer of pedagogies and instructional techniques outside their contexts of origin may not be always be suitable for intended learners. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of Middle East pharmacists enrolled in advanced pharmacy practice courses delivered through a blended learning environment (BLE). METHODS: Seventeen students and graduates from a BLE in Qatar participated in focus group interviews. A topic guide was developed to elicit these pharmacists' perspectives on perceived barriers to completing the courses and facilitating factors for content engagement and overall satisfaction...
March 29, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Boon Phiaw Kho, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Ching Jou Lim, Fahad Saleem
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this research were to determine extra-organisational challenges (e.g. market competition, governing policies) faced by community pharmacies in Sarawak, the coping strategies employed to deal with these challenges and explore potential legislative changes that can attenuate the intensity of these challenges. METHODS: Survey questionnaires (n = 184) were posted to all eligible community pharmacies in Sarawak, Malaysia. The questionnaire included sections on participants' demographic data, extra-organisational challenges faced, coping strategies employed and proposals to improve community pharmacy legislations...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Kate Massey
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June 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Jack E Fincham
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April 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Kaitlyn E Porter, Judith A Singleton, Vivienne Tippett, Lisa M Nissen
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April 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Sarah Slight, Andrew Husband
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April 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Amber Salman Popattia, Sarah Winch, Adam La Caze
OBJECTIVE: The widespread sale of complementary medicines in community pharmacy raises important questions regarding the responsibilities of pharmacists when selling complementary medicines. This study reviews the academic literature that explores a pharmacist's responsibilities when selling complementary medicines. METHODS: International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, Embase, PubMed, Cinahl, PsycINFO and Philosopher's index databases were searched for articles written in English and published between 1995 and 2017...
April 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
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