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High Court favours Boots in representation fight, but union to appeal in EuropeSubscription

The Pharmacist’s Defence Association Union has lost the latest round in its battle to win the right to represent almost 7,000 Boots pharmacists in a battle over pay and hours.

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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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Protein aggregation: formulating a problemSubscription

A better understanding of the interactions between therapeutic proteins and silicone oils, air bubbles and other particles inside prefilled syringes is prompting new approaches to formulation and syringe design.

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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.

Special report

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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The anti-inflamatory properties of meadowsweet

Various parts of meadowsweet have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. David Walsh explains

Microbiomes and human health

It has been suggested that some gut bacteria may influence the food we eat by modifying eating behaviour and influencing dietary choices

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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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The Pharmacy Show 2014

The Pharmacy Show is the UK’s largest CPD training, education and sourcing event for community and hospital pharmacy. Now in its 8th year, it takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th October in Hall 19, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham (Postcode for Sat Nav; B40 1NT). With five FREE conference streams, social and networking events, and thousands of specialist pharmacy products and services from more than 400 premier suppliers, the Pharmacy Show is unmissable for pharmacy contractors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, counter staff and pharmacy buyers.

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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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Where professional advancement and professionalism align

New opportunities for professional advancement continue to be made available to pharmacists but when it comes to professionalism, individuals must reflect on their own appetite for development.

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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.

Science is an essential component of undergraduate pharmacy educationSubscription

It was with incredulity that I read the reported comments of Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer on the removal of science from the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014:293:234). Given the enormous challenges of future healthcare provision, with escalating costs of medicines, an aging population, growing antimicrobial resistance ...

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Statin users have lower risk of developing diabetic complications, study suggestsSubscription

A new study suggests that patients taking lipid-lowering drugs may be protected against diabetic microvascular complications.

New app to assist RPS membersSubscription

By Jeff Mills

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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Ensuring relevance across the breadth of pharmacySubscription

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Newly elected RPS President Ash Soni looks at some of the challenges ahead, including gaining his own Faculty accreditation.

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Speaking outSubscription

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

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When are we going to see constructive developments in the community to recover [controlled drugs] from patients' property once they have passed away? They are "no one's" responsibility. Uncontrolled CDs in the community represent unquantified risk.

Trevor Jenkins Information must be shared more effectively to stem controlled drug abuses