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…

In defence of Jeremy Hunt

On the 1st of April Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, was ambushed by David Tredinnick MP about traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tredinnick has bizarre views on the nature of evidence, and is keen supporter of alternative medicine use in the NHS. He was obviously delighted to find a hook…

Nice not naughty

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) makes the Daily Mail today, in a "scandal" over wasted money. Trigger words and phrases are used to elicit the Pavlovian response sought by their readership: shopping sprees, luxury, splurges, and high life. After reading the article, and assuming you are educationally-challenged…

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…