Hemant Patel, FRPharmS, DipPharmacol, M.I.Mg, is secretary at North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee Four-time former president of the RPSGB, Hemant understands community pharmacy. He specifically possesses a deep understanding of pharmacy practice, education, regulation and politics and has led innovative projects in medicines management, public health and retailing. He also served as chairman of NPA, vice-chairman of PSNC and a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies. UK Delegation member, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Europharm Forum, UK Delegation member, Representative, Community Pharmacy Section, FIP, Vice-President, Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association, Director of Havering Healthwatch.
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Consider patients’ biopsychosocial factorsSubscription
In your interview with deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Bruce Warner (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:420), you mention that: “A Cochrane review found that current methods to improve adherence to medicines are not effective and concluded that it is uncertain how adherence to medication can be consistently improved.” P
Pharmacists cannot fear the lawSubscription
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Community pharmacists need a policy framework from the Government that sparks innovation and experimentation, and frees them from being told how to work