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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

Lady Justice at the Old Bailey in London

No more delays with rebalancing medicines legislation and pharmacy regulationSubscription

We need fewer empty promises and more action and progress with rebalancing medicines legislation and pharmacy regulation — particularly around dispensing errors.

Features

Collage of the key players in the pharmacy funding cuts

Pharmacy funding cuts: the story so farSubscription

27 JAN 2017By

When the Department of Health revealed in December 2015 that it was planning to cut community pharmacy funding in England by 6%, shockwaves ran through the sector. Now, over a year later, community pharmacies are beginning to feel the impact.

Comment

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Why pharmacists need to re-evaluate what information they provide to patientsSubscription

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Previous court cases concerning informed consent of treatment have raised questions about what consent means in relation to pharmacists, medicines and prescribing.

Q&A

From left (top), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Flavia Bustreo, Philippe Douste-Blazy, (bottom) David Nabarro, Sania Nishtar and Miklós Szócska

Q&A: WHO director-general candidates’ views on global healthSubscription

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Six candidates in the race to be director-general of the World Health Organization outline their priorities and vision for global health.

Learning article

Health worker holding a dying patient's hand

Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carersSubscription

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Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in palliative care and can be a source of important information and support for patients at the end of life. Health professionals caring for patients with advanced illness should develop skills for communicating with patients, and their families and carers.

Woman holds a positive pregnancy test

Preconception care: dietary and lifestyle adviceSubscription

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Engagement by women with a pharmacist or healthcare professional for preconception advice and care ranges from 18% to 45%. Pharmacists are uniquely placed to provide this advice when individuals present for new registration checks, well-woman consultations, contraceptive advice and reviews, as well as medicine use reviews.

Careers

Members of the team at Warman-Freed pharmacy

How pharmacists can boost sales of over-the-counter medicinesSubscription

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Joanna Mills, consumer and influencer insight manager at specialist over-the-counter pharmaceutical company Perrigo, uses examples from Warman-Freed pharmacy in London to explain how pharmacists can increase their sales of non-prescription products.

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What pharmacists do at NHS 111Subscription

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Saša Jankovic finds out how pharmacists play an integral role at the non-emergency medical helpline for England and Scotland.

Rachel Macdonald, professional services pharmacist for PCT Healthcare Ltd

How Rachel Macdonald got involved in research in a community pharmacySubscription

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Rachel Macdonald, professional services pharmacist for PCT Healthcare Ltd, recently participated in the Salford Lung Study in community pharmacy.

News

The new oral anticoagulant drugs Dabigatran, Rivaroxaban and Apixaban pills and pill boxes

Safety issues highlighted with newer oral anticoagulant drugs

Analysis of ‘real-life’ data comparing newer direct oral anticoagulants with warfarin has identified adverse drug reactions (ADRs) ‘not previously associated’ with the new treatments, including hip fracture.

Toddler using an inhaler

Heartburn drug use during pregnancy associated with asthma in children

A new study shows that children born to women who take heartburn medicines when pregnant are at least a third more likely to develop asthma symptoms compared with non-users, but scientists say more research is needed to confirm whether there are any other reasons behind the possible link.

Vaughan Gething, cabinet secretary for health, well-being and sport

Treatment fund launched in Wales for newly approved drugs

An £80m new treatment fund to pay for high-cost drugs approved for use on the NHS in Wales has been launched.

Scottish government building in Edinburgh

Scottish government confirms commitment to GP practice role for pharmacists

The Scottish government has reiterated its commitment for 140 prescribing pharmacists to work directly with general practices by the end of 2018.

Patients waiting in GP waiting room

NHS England announces extra £112m for expansion of GP-based pharmacist scheme

NHS England has announced it will supply an additional £112m investment to roll out a pilot scheme embedding clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries.

Dispensary shelves in a pharmacy

Similar branding partly blamed for ‘devastating’ dispensing error

An “overworked” community pharmacist, who pleaded guilty to dispensing the wrong drug to a patient who later died, has been sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years.

News in Brief

Alex MacKinnon, acting chief executive of the RPS

Alex MacKinnon, director for Scotland, to act as interim chief executive of RPSSubscription

18 JAN 2017By

Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society RPS president Martin Astbury says Alex MacKinnon is “delighted to accept the acting up arrangement”

Person using inhaler

New inhaler standards endorsed by RPSSubscription

18 JAN 2017By

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has endorsed a new set of inhaler standards developed by the UK Inhaler Group (UKIG) — a coalition of not-for-profit organisations and professional societies with a common interest in promoting the correct use of inhaled therapies.

Ian Strachan, chair of the National Pharmacy Association

Two legal cases against pharmacy cuts to be heard jointly in March 2017

16 JAN 2017

The UK High Court will consider two legal actions against the government’s decision to cut community pharmacy funding in a hearing set for March 2017.

Karen Baxter, director of the BNF

BNF receives NICE accreditationSubscription

13 JAN 2017By

Source: PharmPress The BNF has now been accredited by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 

Carole Longson, director of the centre for health technology evaluation at NICE

Kidney cancer drug to be funded by NHS after manufacturer cuts price

12 JAN 2017

Everolimus has been recommended for use in the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence after its manufacturer, Novartis, cuts its price.

Young woman taking a pill

US agency reaffirms folic acid advice for women planning pregnancy

11 JAN 2017

The US Preventive Services Task Force has reaffirmed its 2009 advice that all women who are planning or capable of pregnancy should take a daily supplement of folic acid of between 0.4mg and 0.8mg to reduce the risk of having a baby with neural tube defects.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt

Hunt denies community pharmacy funding cuts will deepen NHS crisis

11 JAN 2017

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has denied that the government’s decision to cut the community pharmacy budget in England will deepen the current NHS crisis.

The Food and Drug Administration

FDA approves nusinersen for use in rare genetic condition

3 JAN 2017

The first drug approved to treat patients with the potentially fatal genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy has been approved for use in the United States.

Pharmacy shelves

Australia tightens restrictions over codeine-containing medicines

23 DEC 2016By

Products containing codeine will no longer be available over the counter in Australia following a review by its medicine’s regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

January 2017, Vol 298, No 7897

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Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carers

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Your RPS

Robbie Turner, director for England at the RPS

Sustainability and transformation plan (STP) leads urged to involve pharmacists following £325m budget announcementSubscription

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Robbie Turner, director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, has written to all 44 STP leads emphasising the urgent need for pharmacist involvement following budget announcements

Pharmacist goes through prescription medicines in a pharmacy

Prescription Charges Coalition launches survey into long-term conditions Subscription

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The Prescription Charges Coalition (PCC), a body of over 40 organisations including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), has launched a survey investigating the impact of prescription charges on people in England with long-term conditions.

Alex MacKinnon receives the Scottish Pharmacy Award

Alex MacKinnon receives 'Outstanding Contribution to Pharmacy' award Subscription

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Source: Chris Watt Photography From left to right: Harry McQuillan, chief executive of Community Pharmacy Scotland, Alex MacKinnon interim chief executive of the Royal ...

Online antibiotic prescriptions: face-to-face should not be replacedSubscription

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.

Mair Davies, RPS director for Wales

RPS director for Wales: 'There’s a collaborative approach to everything in Wales'

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Welsh Pharmacy Board launched its manifesto in November 2015. Mair Davies, director for RPS Wales, talks to Julia Robinson about progress made since the launch, and her objectives for 2017 and beyond.

Robbie Turner, new Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) director for England

RPS director for England: 'Let's make sure pharmacists feel supported and invigorated'

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New RPS director for England, Robbie Turner, tells Julia Robinson about his plans for 2017 and how he hopes his experience as chief executive of Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will help him achieve his goals.

Alex MacKinnon, director for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Scotland

RPS director for Scotland: '2017 will be a year of opportunity rather than challenge'Subscription

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Alex MacKinnon, director for the Scotland at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), tells Julia Robinson what 2017 will mean for pharmacists in Scotland and how RPS Scotland plans to embrace new opportunities on behalf of the profession.

Digital primary care shouldn't replace the human touchSubscription

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 dementiaSubscription

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 ...

Faculty handbook for pharmacists on the CPPE general practice pharmacist training pathway

RPS and CPPE launch Faculty handbook for practice-based pharmacistsSubscription

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) have published a Faculty handbook for pharmacists on the CPPE general practice pharmacist training pathway (GPPTP), ...

Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Q&A: Farewell to RPS chief executive, Helen GordonSubscription

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After seven years in the pharmacy world, Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to enter pastures new at the Royal Society of Medicine. Here, she talks to Julia Robinson about her proudest moments and what advice she would give to her successor. 

Steroid side effects depend on dose and length of time takenSubscription

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 antibioticsSubscription

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 riskSubscription

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”.

Robbie Turner director for RPS England

RPS local engagement: your chance to get involvedSubscription

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is keen to develop a new model for local engagement and is calling on members to give their views on what they would like in future.

RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 2 February 2017Subscription

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At the most recent RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting, members discussed the future of local engagement in Wales and RPS Wales’ ongoing work with Welsh government and celebrated two more board member receiving their Faculty pins.

RPS English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 26 January 2017Subscription

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The English Pharmacy Board (EPB) met for its first board meeting of the year on 26 January 2017, at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)’s London headquarters in Wapping, east London.

Pharmacist mentoring trainee prescriber

Changing prescriber supervision requirements will help more pharmacists become prescribers, says RPSSubscription

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Responding to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s discussion paper, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has advocated for an active pharmacist independent prescriber (IP) to be involved in supervising IPs in training to enable more pharmacists to become prescribers.

RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 18 January 2017Subscription

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The first Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB) meeting of 2017 was held on 18 January 2017 at Holyrood House in Edinburgh.

Aileen Bryson RPS Scotland

Call for RPS members to comment on GPhC religion, personal beliefs and values consultationSubscription

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is seeking the views of RPS members on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) consultation on religion, personal beliefs and values in pharmacy.

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