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The Pharmaceutical Journal


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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.


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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.


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


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

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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.

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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.


Members of the team at Warman-Freed pharmacy

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


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


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


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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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 accreditation

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.

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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.

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Australia tightens restrictions over codeine-containing medicines

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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


How the RPS helped make FMD 'fit for purpose in the UK'Subscription

Aileen Bryson, practice and policy lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland, gave an overview of the Falsified Medicines Directive at the Hospital Pharmacy Europe LIVE conference

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Roy Daisley retires from Sussex LPF after 46 yearsSubscription

The chair of RPS Sussex has stepped down after 46 years’ service with the local practice forum

Doris Jones, a former assistant librarian at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Doris Jones, longstanding Society assistant librarian, celebrates 100th birthday Subscription

Doris Jones, a former assistant librarian at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, who spent 45 years with the Society, celebrates her 100th birthday on 8 December 2017.

Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: Neal Patel, RPS head of corporate communications Subscription

Neal Patel, head of corporate communications for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society talks to Corrinne Burns about how he got into the job, with the message to every practising pharmacist interested in engaging with the media that they have a story to tell.

'Indigestion' caricature published 1825

'Indigestion': 19th century punishment for a deadly sinSubscription

The over-consumption of food and alcohol were popular subjects for caricaturists in the early 1800s.

Andrew Evans chief pharmaceutical officer for Wales

Medicines Safety Conference: 29 November 2017 Subscription

Welsh pharmacists will soon be able to access the Welsh GP record, Vaughan Gething, Welsh cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport told delegates at the 7th RPS Medicines Safety Conference on 29 November 2017

Sion Scott (centre), research student and associate tutor at the University of East Anglia, received the award for a year-long project to develop a model for deprescribing in hospital. He is flanked by Dr Martyn Patel, consultant geriatrician and service

Pharmacy Research UK awards more than £80k in funding Subscription

Six pharmacy researchers will share more than £80,000 of funding awarded by Pharmacy Research UK

Robbie Turner Royal Pharmaceutical Society director for England

RPS urges STP leads to include pharmacists in secondary care plans Subscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s director for England has written to all sustainability and transformation partnership leads across England, urging them to include pharmacists in secondary care plans

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RPS member Iain Jack captains Ulster University Challenge team Subscription

Iain Jack, lecturer in clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice at Ulster University and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, is hoping to lead his team to victory in the current series of University Challenge.

RPS video features pharmacists at work to combat antimicrobial resistance Subscription

A new video from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society showcases the diversity of antimicrobial stewardship activities across the pharmacy sector.

Aileen Bryson practice and policy lead RPS Scotland

RPS Scotland tells Scottish Parliament: we need direct access to health records Subscription

Pharmacists’ lack of access to health records puts patients at risk, especially during out-of-hours services, Aileen Bryson, RPS Scotland’s practice and policy lead, has told the Scottish government.

Members of the Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB) and guests during autumn 2017 meeting

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 27 September 2017 Subscription

The Scottish Pharmacy Board held their autumn meeting at Holyrood Park House, Edinburgh, on 27 September 2017.

English Pharmacy Board meeting on 5 October

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 5 October 2017Subscription

The English Pharmacy Board met at the London office of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 5 October 2017.

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Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 October 2017 Subscription

The Welsh Pharmacy Board held their third meeting of the year on 12 October 2017, at the Society’s offices in Pontprennau, Cardiff.

New and improved AMS Hub launchedSubscription

As part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s antimicrobial stewardship campaign, the antimicrobial stewardship portal has been given a major makeover by the Society’s Professional Development and Services team.

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High-profile guests lined up for Welsh Medicines Safety Conference 2017 Subscription

The seventh Welsh Medicines Safety Conference will be held in Hensol, near Cardiff, on 29 November 2017, with high-profile guests lined up to speak

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Pharmaceutical Expert Advisory Panel says Brexit negotiations must protect UK pharmaceutical industry Subscription

Brexit must be negotiated in a way that guarantees UK pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries access to European markets, a paper released by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Science Expert Advisory Panel (PSEAP) has warned.

RPS members’ views sought for next edition of MEPSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has launched a survey of members’ views on Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP).

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RPS chief executive receives his flu jabSubscription

Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, received his seasonal flu vaccine from Abdul Malique Khalisdar, pharmacist manager of Victoria Pharmacy, Westminster, during a staff vaccination clinic held on 19 October 2017.

Elen Jones, practice and policy lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Wales

Elen Jones recognised for Welsh language innovation in pharmacySubscription

Elen Jones, practice and policy lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Wales, was part of a team that has been recognised by the Welsh government for “Innovation in Health and Welsh Language”.


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