The Co-operative Group is selling its pharmacy business to the global Bestway Group for £620m in a deal due to be finalised by October 2014.
The idea behind seven-day working is simple: to provide the same level of essential NHS services to all patients seven days a week. In particular, the NHS plan, outlined in the 2012 report “Equality for all: Delivering safe care — seven days a week”, calls for a focus on admission prevention, early diagnosis and intervention, and early supported discharge.
Streptokinase, the first thrombolytic drug to reach the market, achieved fame as the iconic clot buster.
Bound to work better: binding kinetics can be used to better inform the design and development of drugsSubscription
Studying how long a drug stays bound to a receptor can help scientists develop more effective medicines.
HIV: pathology, diagnosis and preventionSubscription
The human immunodeficiency virus hijacks the immune system of its host. Despite the success of antiretroviral therapy, challenges still remain in reducing the spread of the virus
Combined antiretroviral therapy is taken by people with HIV infection to prolong and improve quality of life. Patients require a high level of support to help them adhere to the complex regimens prescribed
Bedaquiline in multi-drug resistant tuberculosisSubscription
The first new anti-tuberculosis drug since 1967 could revolutionise therapy and tackle resistant strains.
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.
Gordon Becket and colleagues explain how pharmacy students at the University of Central Lancashire benefited from speaking directly to patients about their medical conditions
Leading clinical practiceSubscription
Consultant pharmacists Stephen Tomlin and Mark Gilchrist describe some of the topics to be covered in the “Leading clinical practice” stream at the RPS Annual Conference 2014.
One journey ends but another continuesSubscription
Out-going RPS President Martin Astbury looks at some of the lessons learnt during his term and looks forward to continuing his role on the English Pharmacy Board.
Shaping a pharmacist's formative yearsSubscription
Pharmacists undertaking postgraduate diplomas need adequate support throughout the course, and tutors should be familiar with practice-based assessment.
England’s Department of Health has proposed extending the electronic prescription service to controlled drugs.
Adequate funding is needed if pharmacy teams are to deliver seven-day services safely.
Reviews of data about the effects on growth of corticosteroid inhalers in asthmatic children have reinforced guidance that the lowest effective dose should be given.
Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that often look like cigarettes but do not contain tobacco. On inhalation, a solution, often containing nicotine, is vaporised into a fine mist resembling cigarette smoke. Recently, since a few pharmacies have decided to sell e-cigarettes, a debate over the role of pharmacists in offering e-cigarettes has been started. On this page you will find all the information we have to offer over this ongoing debate.
Lyme disease: pharmacists can helpSubscription
In recent years the awareness and, indeed, incidence of Lyme disease, a zoonotic tick borne condition, has increased steadily in the UK. Between 2001 and 2010 the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Scotland soared from 28 to 308, although experts believe the true figure could be 10 times that number. Rates are more than three times higher in Scotland than in England.
Pharmacy hasn’t been great at pitching services to the NHS. There are the usual excuses — too little funding or a lack of pharmacy representation on key bodies — but pharmacy could take a lesson from GPs.
You can see that a lot has changed. Almost everything has changed with the online platform for Pharmaceutical Journal Publications, now presented to you as pharmaceutical-journal.com. If you read our previous posts on this very blog, you should already know what we are doing here. But I will try to do a re-cap on how you can use our website to reach the content that you seek.