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RPS in the media

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  • What's the 'right' dose of a food supplement? Subscription

    6 June 2017: Neal Patel, RPS spokesperson and pharmacist, appeared on Channel 4’s consumer programme Supershoppers to talk about the ‘right dose’ of vitamins and food supplements. Explaining why there is variation across retailers in the recommended doses of supplements like evening primrose oil, omega-3 fish oil and vitamin-B complex, Patel told viewers: “Supplements are regulated in the same way as foods, so they don’t have to have the same accurate dose as medicines.

  • Pharmacists link health and social care Subscription

    Thorrun Govind, a locum pharmacist from Bolton and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), provided a pharmacy angle to the BBC’s coverage of the General Election. During the 6pm news bulletin, Govind was interviewed from the pharmacy where she is currently working. “We’re helping bridge the gap between health and social care and we want to go on providing the resource that we do,” she said.  

  • Turn to pharmacists for help with weight management Subscription

    20 May 2017: Deborah Evans, a member of the English Pharmacy Board, was interviewed on Talk Radio about the dangers of ’miracle cures’ for weight loss. Deborah discussed the myths around remedies that promise instant results, and warned listeners not to buy products online without getting advice first. “Don’t buy anything on the internet – you don’t know what you are going to get,” Evans said. “Go to a registered pharmacy and speak to a pharmacist who can help you with managing your ...

  • Excellence should be the norm Subscription

    22 May 2017: Aileen Bryson, acting director of RPS Scotland, wrote an opinion piece for Scotland on Sunday outlining how pharmacists could contribute to relieving the pressure on GP services. In her piece, Bryson said: “There are many areas of excellence in practice and innovation across Scotland which we must strive to make the norm in both secondary and primary care to improve patient safety, patient care and the patient journey.”

  • Pharmacists can help reduce medicines waste Subscription

    29 May 2017: Mair Davies, director of RPS Wales, spoke to the Western Mail after new statistics showed that the cost of prescriptions in Wales had dropped for the first time in four years but the number of items prescribed per head remains the highest in the UK. “By regularly advising patients on getting the most from their medicines, we know that pharmacists are also playing an important role in reducing medicines waste and contributing to overall efforts across Wales to improve ...

  • 'Ask the Pharmacist': RPS member part of expert panel on new Daily Mail advice column Subscription

    23 May 2017: The Daily Mail has introduced a new weekly ‘Ask the Pharmacist’ column, in collaboration with LloydsPharmacy. In his first column, Colin Dougall — a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) — responded to a query about medicines storage.

  • NSAIDS and risk of heart attack Subscription

    10 May 2017: Sotiris Antoniou, spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) on cardiovascular medicine, spoke to the Daily Express about the link between NSAIDs and the risk of heart attack. The article was published ...

  • RPS concern over melatonin to prevent jet lag Subscription

    8 May 2017: The Daily Mail published a feature in which 21 doctors were asked which medications they take with them on holiday. One doctor advocated the use of melatonin for prevention of jet lag.

  • 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.

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