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Community pharmacists disappointed with settlement on new pharmacy contract

Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding dealSubscription

The settlement includes £2bn, which will be delivered in fees and allowances, with the remaining £800m to be delivered through agreed drug purchase margins.  

Dabrafenib would be the second melanoma drug targeting the BRAF V600 mutation to be available on the NHS.

New melanoma treatment approved by NICESubscription

The National Institute for Health and care Excellence has issued draft guidance recommending that dabrafenib should be available on the NHS for the treatment of melanoma that has spread or can’t be completely removed by surgery in patients with a BRAF gene mutation. 

The General Pharmaceutical Council is taking a court ruling that overturned a fitness-to-practice ruling to the Supreme Court in London

Pharmacy regulator wants to overturn Scottish judgementSubscription

The General Pharmaceutical Council is appealing against the decision by three senior Scottish judges to overturn a fitness to practise ruling, will go to the Supreme Court in order to clarify its disciplinary options. 

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Still feeling the Vioxx painSubscription

Ten years after Vioxx was abruptly withdrawn from the market, its story is still affecting society’s perception of the drug regulatory system and the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

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OTC medicines: a breakdownSubscription

Sales of over-the-counter medicines totalled £2.45bn in 2013, up by £52.3m compared with the previous year.

Yes and no signs on Scottish referendum stuck on a post in Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish independence: what are the implications for pharmacy?

Many aspects of pharmacy will be affected if Scotland becomes an independent country.

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Driving after taking drugs and medicinesSubscription

Find out how new drug driving rules coming into force from March 2015 will affect your patients.

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How to deliver brief interventions for alcohol misuseSubscription

How to assess patients for alcohol use disorders and ensure they get the right level of advice and support.

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Reporting concerns and whistleblowingSubscription

How to raise concerns and develop a positive whistleblowing culture to safeguard your patients.

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FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

FIP International conference, Bangkok 2014

Just under 2,000 attendees gathered in Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (31 August-4 September). The theme of this year’s congress is “Access to medicines and pharmacists today, better outcomes tomorrow”.

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Improving soldiers’ health from the front lineSubscription

Army pharmacists must always be prepared for the unexpected. Senior pharmacist Robert Liddington, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, explains why and how he embarked on a career with the Ministry of Defence.

Promoting excellence in pharmacy in ScotlandVideo

Hamish Wilson, the Vice Chair of Healthcare Improvement in Scotland, and Alpana Mair, the Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, discuss the future of the Prescription for Excellence programme in Scotland, how they plan to help pharmacists expand their clinical role and the possible impact of the Scottish referendum.

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On parade with Marmite

Marmite contains a high concentration of thiamine. Roger Poole explains why soldiers in World War I had to eat it — like it or not.

Science is intrinsic to pharmacy

At the recent Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference, Scotland’s chief pharmaceutical officer Bill Scott suggested that the focus of the pharmacy degree should not be on science. But science is integral to the pharmacist’s role, argues Jonathan Tugbobo

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Michel Buchmann, outgoing president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Profession must adapt in a fast-paced environmentSubscription

In order to meet the evolving needs of patients, the pharmaceutical profession needs to evolve too.

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How to increase the accessibility of pharmacists when the pharmacy is openSubscription

There are ways to make community pharmacists more accessible to meet patient demand.

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Stop demonising a potentially useful product for smokers Subscription

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Compulsory regulation of electronic cigarettes could spoil a safe substitute for smoking.

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Relieving pressure on GPsSubscription

GPs can lighten their workload by employing pharmacists while also gaining valuable clinical support.

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A pioneer in AIDS research from the very startSubscription

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Dutch researcher Joep Lange dedicated his career to groundbreaking HIV and AIDS research and was passionate about improving access to antiretroviral therapy in developing countries.

Ludicrous to suggest removal of science from pharmacy degreesSubscription

I was disappointed to read the unhelpful and divisive report in The Pharmaceutical Journal (online, 9 September 2014) suggesting that I favour the removal of science from the undergraduate pharmacy programme. Nothing could be further from the truth. In response to a question at the RPS conference on how I would change the undergraduate pharmacy degree I was quoted ...

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Carbapenems have stood the test of time so far but resistance is emergingSubscription

Jenny Bryan takes a look at the discovery of carbapenem antibiotics and their role as the last line of defence against drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria.

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Genetics plays a role in drug-induced pancreatitisSubscription

New research identifies a genetic variant that confers increased susceptibility to drug-induced pancreatitis.

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Striving to improve standardsSubscription

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Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales, looks at what is being done across Wales to improve patient care in light of the ‘Trusted to care’ report.

New app to assist RPS membersSubscription

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A new app that allows pharmacists to record notes on the top 200 most-prescribed medicines has been launched by the RPS.

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Former paediatrician David Drew lifts the lid on his time at the NHS.

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It is my understanding that the EU determines the [pharmacy] course requirements so that there is reciprocity. Perhaps if Scotland leaves the EU then Scotland’s Chief Pharmacist Bill Scott could get his way [with removing the focus on science for pharmacy degrees] but pharmacists there might have limited career opportunities outside the country.

Howard McNulty Stop science focus for pharmacy degrees, chief pharmacist says