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Facilities providing hospital care for elderly patients in Wales have revealed medicines management shortfalls, report finds

Review calls for improvements to medicines management in Welsh hospitalsSubscription

Unannounced inspections of facilities providing hospital care for elderly patients in Wales have revealed serious shortfalls in medicines management.

Minor ailments service could save the NHS up to £1 billion a year if patients were seen by community pharmacists rather than GPs or in the A&E department

National minor ailment scheme could help save NHS £1bnSubscription

Community pharmacists in England could help save the NHS up to £1bn a year if they were contracted to run a national minor ailments service.

Fractured osteoporotic hip of an elderly woman after a fall. Around one in three people aged over 65 years falls at least once a year. This increases to around 50% of people older than 75 years

Preventing falls in older people

How pharmacy teams can reduce the risk of falls in elderly people by identifying risk factors and managing medicines.

Complications after cardiac surgery can be life-threatening but are manageable with appropriate drug treatment

Cardiac surgery: caring for a patient and managing complicationsSubscription

Life-threatening complications following cardiac surgery are common, but can be managed with appropriate treatment.

Interpreting ECG to minimise patients' risk of heart symptoms caused by long QT syndrome

Long QT syndromeSubscription

How to interpret ECG readings in long QT syndrome and minimise patients’ risk of heart symptoms caused by this cardiac arrhythmia.

Pharmacists who have committed dispensing errors should not be criminalised

Pharmacists should no longer be at risk of prosecution for dispensing errorsSubscription

New contract between the NHS and community pharmacists in England should hasten change in the criminalisation of dispensing errors.

Future for pharmacy in Wales should be centred on pharmaceutical careSubscription

Politicians in Wales should back a new vision for pharmacy that makes pharmaceutical care a priority. 

The Falsified Medicines Directive calls for the use of barcodes to prevent the spread of counterfeit drugs

The Falsified Medicines Directive: time to get it rightSubscription

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The Directive on counterfeit medicines will be complicated to implement and comply with, but it is in everyone’s interest to start thinking about the issues now and get it right first time.

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Omar El-Gohary, superintendent pharmacist at Chemist Direct

Connecting with hard-to-reach patients via an online pharmacySubscription

Superintendent pharmacist Omar El-Gohary enjoys the challenge of combining medicines, business and technology expertise in his role at online pharmacy Chemist Direct.

When conflicts in pharmacy workplaces occur, management must step in

Dealing with bullying, harassment or abuse in the workplaceSubscription

Disagreements often occur in hig- pressure pharmacy workplaces. However, when issues become more serious, higher management and external organisations may need to become involved.

Panelists at the Pharmacy Show debate if e-cigarettes should be sold in pharmacies or not

Should pharmacies sell electronic cigarettes?Subscription

As the UK sees the massive growth of vapers, the e-cigarette industry and pharmacy leaders debate the merits of selling e-cigarettes in pharmacies at the Pharmacy Show.

Local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) should merge to win bids for services from commissioning bodies

Local pharmaceutical committees should consider mergingSubscription

Local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) should consider merging to improve their chances of winning bids for services from commissioning bodies.

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Trainee pharmacists attend a revision course to prepare for their registration assessment

How trainee pharmacists can be supported through the registration examSubscription

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Nadia Bukhari, chairwoman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society pre-registration panel, and panel member Oksana Pyzik, both from UCL School of Pharmacy, describe the support that trainees can access through RPS events.

Ash Soni, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

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RPS president Ash Soni reflects on major issues raised during the ‘pharmacy conference season’ in September.

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The Ebola outbreak

Timeline, ebola virus outbreak 2014

The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease is by far the biggest on record in terms of numbers of people affected and geographical spread. It is also the first time the disease has spread through a large urban environment. Since it began in Guinea in December 2013, it has spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

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Researchers are investigating strategies to combat outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-COV)

Investigating treatment strategies for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirusSubscription

Researchers are investigating a number of ways to combat the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, including using existing drugs.

Management of whistleblowers in the healthcare sector

Creating a culture of whistleblowing for pharmacists Subscription

How do we improve the treatment of whistleblowers in the healthcare sector?

Gene therapy is now used to treat a variety of eye diseases

Gene therapy: a treatment coming of ageSubscription

A decade ago many people had written off gene therapy altogether but now there are dozens of trials in progress around the world.

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Gold nanopraticles could be a viable drug delivery system because of their ability to penetrate into the skin, study finds

Study identifies how gold nanoparticles penetrate skinSubscription

Scientists have identified key characteristics that enhance a nanoparticle’s ability to penetrate skin which could have implications for the delivery of medicines.

Human embryonic stem cells show evidence of medium to long-term safety and graft survival when transplanted into patients, study finds

Human embryonic stem cells appear to be safe for use in macular degenerationSubscription

Visual acuity improved in the eyes of patients with macular degeneration being treated with embryonic stem cells.

Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting (known as PTAS) plus medical therapy was associated with a higher likelihood of stroke than medical therapy alone, report the study authors

Review considers strategies for intracranial artery stenosisSubscription

Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting (PTAS) and medical therapy is linked with a higher risk of stroke than medical therapy alone.

Reconsider student intake controls

HEFCE and HEE have announced that they will not be introducing a cap on pharmacy student numbers. Sultan Khan explains why he disagrees with this decision.

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Pharmacy is striding forwards

Sandra Gidley reports on the discussions she led at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference.

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The pharmacy degree risks becoming less attractive to studentsSubscription

We are extremely disappointed with the decision made by MP Greg Clark that it “is not necessary to implement a specific student number control for pharmacy”. As we set out in our response to the consultation in 2013, the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) does not support a free-market-based approach to the management of student numbers. We believe that a control at the point of entry would have the least impact on concerned parties. We hope that the minister’s comments ...

Why should the pharmacy student numbers be managed differently to other health professions?Subscription

So, despite all the evidence painstakingly compiled by the pharmacy profession, ably led by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), our justified expectations of a cap on pharmacy student numbers are dismissed in a few brief sentences by Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities.

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Perversely the funding settlement actually drives contractors further towards item numbers rather than service provision by making them do more dispensing to be in with the remotest possibility of attaining the same revenues.

Tariq Atchia Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding deal