Elizabeth Sukkar, MRPharmS, is the deputy news editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal. She writes and edits stories about health, science and pharmaceutical policy. She has contributed stories to the BMJ and the Guardian and was formerly world editor of Scrip Intelligence where she won two Informa journalist of the year awards. She has worked as a pharmacist both in the UK and in Australia in the community, hospital and medicines information sectors.
Give oral rather than intravenous corticosteroids to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease flare-ups, say new guidelines.
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has launched a judicial review against the General Pharmaceutical Council over its draft standards for pharmacy professionals, which the union has criticised in the past.
England’s plans to integrate health and social care systems have been less successful than expected and have not brought in the benefits expected for patients, the NHS or local authorities, warns a report from the National Audit Office.
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What we need now is a long-term strategy to improve the image and reputation of the profession in the public’s eye that has being damaged by recent events