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  • RPS expresses concerns over "unintended consequences" of NHS England expenditure review Subscription

    28 March 2017: NHS England has announced a review of “low value” prescription items, with a view to cutting NHS expenditure. The review aims to develop guidelines for clinical commissioning groups around an initial set of ten medicines deemed “ineffective, unnecessary or inappropriate for the NHS”. NHS England say the items, which include gluten-free foods, could be purchased over the counter by the patient, rather than being issued by prescription.

  • Online antibiotic prescriptions: face-to-face should not be replaced Subscription

    Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), spoke to The Independent to express the RPS’s concern over online sales of antibiotics.

  • Digital primary care shouldn't replace the human touch Subscription

    3 March 2017: The Care Quality Commission published reports based on urgent inspections of two providers of digital primary care and found that they demonstrated significant clinical safety and organisational risks to patients. Sandra Gidley, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board, debated the provision of medicines online on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. Gidley focused on the importance of a proper consultation, especially when it comes to the provision of ...

  • Best practice for patients with dementia Subscription

    22 February 2017: Mair Davies, director of Royal Pharmaceutical Society Wales, appeared on BBC Radio Wales’ Eye on Wales, speaking about the use of antipsychotic medicines in patients with dementia. Davies stressed the importance of regular medicine reviews by pharmacists and GPs and acknowledged that pockets of best practice in Cardiff and Vale needed spreading across Wales. She also called for more resources to enable pharmacists to play a bigger role. “We need to ensure we are not ...

  • Steroid side effects depend on dose and length of time taken Subscription

    21 February 2017: The side effects of steroids were highlighted by the Daily Mail, which asked ‘Why do steroids make your face swell? Neal Patel, a spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “Your risk of experiencing side effects depends on the dose and how long you take the medicine for.”

  • Online pharmacies must meet standards of face-to-face consultations before prescribing antibiotics Subscription

    17 February 2017: The Daily Mail ran the results of research by a team from Imperial College London into the sale of antibiotics by online pharmacies, highlighting poor practice by some sites outside Great Britain.

  • Pharmacists can advise on whether medicines will increase fall risk Subscription

    31 January 2017: The regular column from Royal Pharmaceutical Society Wales in the Western Mail focused on how pharmacists can help prevent falls in older people by advising on medicines. It advised readers to “speak to your pharmacist who will be able to tell you if your medication is likely to increase the risk of a fall and will work with your GP to find a solution”.

  • Patients should take all medicines with them when admitted to hospital Subscription

    17 January 2017: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesperson on medicines safety, Steve Williams, gave advice to the Daily Mail about how to avoid medication errors when a patient is admitted to hospital or transferred from one care setting to another. Williams advised that patients should take all their medicines with them when admitted to hospital. “It’s the easiest way to ensure that you’re taking the correct type of medicine in the correct doses,” he said.

  • Pharmacists are key to staying well this winter Subscription

    18 January 2017: Olutayo Arikawe, community pharmacist and winner of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) I Love My Pharmacist competition, advised listeners to Colourful Radio on how to cope with winter illnesses, such as coughs and colds, as part of Public Health England’s ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign, which promotes pharmacists as frontline health professionals for minor illness. “We want everybody out there to go to their local pharmacy if they are concerned about their health. ...

  • Barriers need to be overcome for more people to donate blood Subscription

    10 January 2017: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board member Aamer Safdar appeared on the BBC Asian Network to talk about the importance of blood donation and to discuss some of the barriers that need to be overcome within communities to encourage more people to donate.

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