PhD success: study of sustainability and medicines waste

Hamza (centre) with his supervisors, Dr Parastou Donyai and Nilish Patel (left), and examiners, Prof Charles Morecroft and Prof Helen Osborn (right).

Many congratulations to Hamza Alhamad for successfully passing his viva with minor corrections. Hamza’s thesis investigates public attitudes towards the reuse of medicines returned to community pharmacies. The study was undertaken in two phases and employed both qualitative and quantitative
methods. The examiners report emphasized the good standard of the thesis which detailed an appropriate body of work for the award of a PhD.
The examiners were also pleased to see that a paper had already been published by the candidate and his PhD supervisors, Dr Parastou Donyai and Dr Nilesh Paterl, in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.


Alhamad H, Patel N, Donyai P. How do people conceptualise the reuse of medicines? An interview study. Int J Pharm Pract. 2017. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12391 

Hot off the Press

Dr Parastou Donyai and Kate Masters were co-recipients of two awards at the College of Mental Health Pharmacy Conference (October 13-15; Manchester, UK). The first award was presented to Dr Hesham Abduldaem who won the runner up research poster prize jointly with his supervisors. The second award was the highly commended service development poster prize which recognised the final analysis of the Janssen-Cilag funded project examining paliperidone effectiveness

Poster Presentations

M(Pharm) students, Aida Alamdari (left) and Youjeong Kim (right) presented their poster at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) poster day in November. Their UROP supervisor, Catherine Langran, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice was shortlisted for “UROP supervisor of the year”.

Recent publications from the Pharmacy Practice team

Tompsett T, Masters K, Donyai P. The utility of novel outcome measures in a naturalistic evaluation of schizophrenia treatment. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 2017 (In Press) ISSN 1178-2021

Hindi A, Parkhurst C, Rashidi Y, Ho SY, Patel N and Donyai, P. Development and Utilization of the Medicines Use Review Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire. Patient Preference and Adherence. 2017 (In Press).

Snell R, Langran T and Donyai P. Patient views about polypharmacy medication review clinics run by clinical pharmacists in GP practices. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. 2017 (In Press). doi: 10.1007/s11096-017-0538-z

Knowledge, attitude and advice-giving behaviour of community pharmacists regarding topical corticosteroids. Lau WM and Donyai P. Pharmacy. 2017;5(3):41. ISSN 2226-4787 doi: 10.3390/pharmacy5030041

New publication: ‘The lesser of two evils’ vs ‘medicines not Smarties’

Gill D, Almutairi S and Donyai P. ‘The lesser of two evils’ vs ‘medicines not Smarties’: constructing antipsychotics in dementia. The Gerontologist. 2017 (In Press) ISSN Print ISSN 0016-9013. doi:10.1093/geront/gnx178

Dr Parastou Donyai, Associate Professor of Social and Cognitive Pharmacy at the University of Reading who led the research said:

“What we saw was that using ‘the lesser of two evils’ argument to justify the overprescribing of antipsychotics comes with assumptions about what is best for patients and carers, often without a good understanding of what risks are associated with using the medication or alternative ways to manage behaviour. Dementia is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting the world with more than 45 million people experiencing it in some form or another, so it’s really important that we understand the best ways of caring for our loved ones and stop the uncritical over-prescription of drugs that may not be suitable for patients.”

“What we see is that people providing dementia care can built up a way to rationalise the over-prescription of antipsychotics while protecting themselves when discussing the issue. We do know that similar attitudes are adopted with other medication, and we need to look further at how to correct the unquestioned assumptions that lie behind what was expressed in interviews.”