E-Cigarettes

Here's a link to my brief piece on e-cigs in The Pharmaceutical Journal: No drug is safer without regulation and that includes nicotine. Licensed e-cigarettes used as part of pharmacists’ smoking cessation role would be a step forward. Concern at the meeting that e-cigarettes were becoming an “easy fix” was…

Ecigs and pharmacist autonomy

The surge in the use of ecigs has taken the health sector, including professional bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and regulators, by surprise. It's a fascinating rise of a novel new delivery system, which has happened outside of the normal regulatory process. This post isn't about the evidence as to whether…

Pharmacists and Quackery

Over a number of years I have been involved in some attempts to limit the effect of quackery in pharmacy, speaking at the British Science Festival at a Royal Pharmaceutical Society debate, speaking out about the regulation of homeopathic pharmacies, and trying in the past to change the Royal Pharmaceutical…

Self-Selection Pressures

Next time you are waiting outside a doctor’s surgery, imagine that instead of rummaging through some old golfing magazines, you could wander around looking at shelves full of empty packets of prescription only medicines. Perhaps you have a bad chest? Self-select some ciprofloxacin. Worried about your weight and your ancestors…