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  • How pharmacists tackle antimicrobial resistance Subscription

    13 October 2017: Following a warning by Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, of an “impending antibiotic apocalypse”, members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) took to the airwaves to explain what antibiotic resistance means and what measures are needed to tackle it. Ash Soni, president of the RPS, appeared on the BBC’s News Channel and LBC Radio, and GP pharmacist and RPS member Helen Kilminster spoke on BBC1’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Kilminster explained ...

  • Pharmacists vital in urgent and emergency care Subscription

    13 October 2017: Reacting to the news that more physician associates will be trained and employed in A&E departments, Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, wrote to The Times to outline the important role pharmacists play in urgent and emergency care. “With winter pressures upon us and the NHS creaking at the seams, the time to capitalise on the pharmacy workforce is now,” Soni wrote.

  • Wash your hands to help save antibiotics Subscription

    29 September 2017: As part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) campaign on antibiotic resistance, Ash Soni, president of the RPS, and others hit the airwaves to explain how effective handwashing can help prevent infections. More than 20 TV and radio interviews took place, including on BBC Breakfast where Soni demonstrated the best technique for handwashing and pointed out that “it only takes 20 seconds to wash your hands properly, but if you get an infection you could ...

  • Emergency contraception: The value of consultations Subscription

    14 September 2017: The cost of emergency contraception, and the value of the consultation with a pharmacist, was debated on ITV lunchtime news by Neal Patel, spokesperson at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and Anne Furedi, British Pregnancy Advisory Service chief executive. “Having a discussion with the pharmacist is central to providing emergency contraception,” Patel said. “A consultation firstly helps define if the tablet will be effective by being taken within the right time frame. ...

  • Beware of illegal online pharmacies when buying prescription-only medicine Subscription

    19 August 2017: Following news that Anthony McPartlin, half of TV duo Ant & Dec, has recently resolved his addiction to opioid painkillers, The Sun explored the growing phenomenon of addiction to opioid prescription drugs. Their article included a comment from Neal Patel, spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, who warned readers not to resort to buying such painkillers on the internet: “There is potentially a huge risk associated with buying prescription medicine ...

  • Despite low risk of blood clots, contraceptive pill is generally 'extremely safe' Subscription

    15 July 2017: The Daily Mail reported the death of a young woman from blood clots on the lung, who was taking the contraceptive pill. Jane Bass, spokesperson at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and senior pharmacist specialising in women’s health, said: “It’s known that taking the pill can increase your risk of having a blood clot, but given the number of women who take them and the years over which they have been collected, it is very low risk. In general it is extremely safe.”

  • Public health budgets should not be cut Subscription

    13 July 2017: The Independent reported on a new analysis by the King’s Fund, which claims that £85m of local authority public health budget public health will be cut this year. The article focused particularly on the effect on drug misuse services. Neal Patel, spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “This is a population who need specific support and community pharmacies have been helping them for years. We’ve seen improvements, and what we don’t want to do ...

  • Piperacillin-tazobactam shortage 'serious', says RPS spokesperson Subscription

    2 July 2017: Philip Howard, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman on antimicrobial resistance, gave a comment to The Observer about the shortage of piperacillin-tazobactam, a combination antibiotic widely used in hospitals. “This is one of the more serious shortages we’ve had to face,” Howard said, although he added that there were enough supplies of other drugs for patients to get the treatment they needed. He also warned that “we need to ensure that we use a broader ...

  • Prescription fines doubled in last year: RPS says 'more constructive approach' needed Subscription

    5 July 2017: Robbie Turner, director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, featured on 12 BBC local radio interviews discussing the issue of fining patients who have not renewed their medical exemption certificates. The NHS Business Services Authority have doubled the number of fines over the past year from 494,129 in 2015–16 to 979,210 fines in 2016–17. Turner said: “It’s easy for patients to forget to renew their certificate but fining people seems unfair. The Government ...

  • Working people struggle to afford multiple prescriptions Subscription

    29 June 2017: Neal Patel, spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, spoke to BBC Radio Leeds about a new report from the Prescription Charges Coalition, which says one in three people of working age have not collected a prescription because of cost. “Pharmacists have difficult conversations with people who come with three or four items on a prescription and ask ‘Which one of these is the least important?’ as they can’t afford them all,” Patel told listeners. “We think that ...

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