Women and children in the spotlight

Online now, the August issue of SHPA’s flagship journal will be the first of a thrice-yearly publication on women’s and children’s therapeutics

The theme of Women’s and Children’s Therapeutics for the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research will complement its other three editions themed around Geriatric Therapeutics, as part of the journal’s six editions per year.

Editor-in-chief Dr Chris Alderman says there are two public health examples that show the need for action to help the millions of women and children who continue to suffer from disability or premature mortality.

“First, consider the success story of the HPV vaccination,” says Dr Alderman. “Australia was the first country with a national HPV vaccination program, and the vaccine has reduced the risk of cervical cancer (and other malignancies) around the world.

“But the benefit has been largely concentrated among wealthy Caucasian women – clearly, there is more to be done,” he says.

“Secondly, in a very different setting, it has been demonstrated that adding a microbially resistant starch to oral rehydration solution (ORS) – the definitive therapy for dehydration associated with acute infectious diarrhoea – leads to a sizable reduction in diarrhoea during in children,” says Dr Alderman.

“Yet, acute diarrhoea remains a substantial cause of young child mortality in developing countries.”

The triannual Women’s and Chlidren’s Therapeutics edition of JPPR will provide a much-needed forum for the discussion of important issues related to clinical pharmacy, he says.

“This area is well overdue for greater attention in the pharmacy and broader biomedical community, and we warmly welcome contributions from pharmacists and all health professionals addressing this important area.”

The August issue of JPPR is available online now.

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