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RPS in the media

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  • 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 ...

  • Children prescribed antidepressants where there is support from 'robust clinical trials', says RPS spokesperson Subscription

    18 June 2017: Professor David Taylor, RPS spokesperson on mental health from the Maudsley Hospital in London commented to The Guardian about the use of antidepressants in children: “Antidepressants are only used in children ...

  • 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.”

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