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RPS National Pharmacy Board Elections 2017

During May 2017, members and fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) will vote to elect candidates to the National Pharmacy Board. Read letters from the hopefuls on this special election page. Voting opens 4 May.

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World Health Day: depression

Friday 7 April marks the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Health Day, and this year's focus is depression. More than 300 million people live with the condition, and WHO encourages more people to seek help for their depression – the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on depression and improve your support for patients with this mental health condition.

Community pharmacy cuts

Community pharmacy cuts

On 21 March, the UK High Court will consider two legal actions against the government’s decision to cut community pharmacy funding. The joint hearing will consider cases put forward by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA). Follow the judicial review with The Pharmaceutical Journal’s special report on community pharmacy cuts.

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No Smoking Day

Every year, No Smoking Day encourages smokers to give up their cigarette habit, and pharmacists are ideally placed to advise people how to quit and the treatments they can use to help them. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on smoking cessation and transform your patients’ health today.

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Summary care record

A one-off £200 payment will be awarded to each England-based community pharmacy contractor when the summary care record (SCR) service is activated before 31 March 2017, and pharmacies using the SCR can earn points through the Quality Payments scheme — which could be worth up to £1,280. Learn more about the service and how to use it with The Pharmaceutical Journal’s special report on the SCR.

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Healthy new year

Happy new year! Many of us are starting 2017 with a new year's resolution, with improving health among the most popular. The Pharmaceutical Journal marks the start of a fresh year with its special report on smoking cessation, weight loss, and healthy living.

World AIDS Day: The long battle against the HIV epidemic

World AIDS Day: The long battle against the HIV epidemic

Great progress has been made in many countries to tackle the HIV epidemic. A newly diagnosed patient with access to the latest antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to have a normal life expectancy. Yet, over 30 years since the emergence of the virus, and 28 years since the first World’s AIDS Day, much more needs to done to bring these advances to developing countries and to reach groups at high risk of HIV transmission. One of the biggest barriers to achieving this aim is the stigma that is still rife in many countries.

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Antibiotic awareness

Careless use of antibiotics is speeding up resistance, and with few new antibiotics in the pipeline, more infections are becoming harder to treat. The World Health Organization’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 14–20 November 2016, aims to spread best practices among the general public, healthcare professionals and policymakers to stem the tide of a major threat to global health. Find out how you can make your contribution in our special report.

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Long-term conditions

In November 2016, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) launched its campaign 'Improving care for people with long-term conditions’, which calls for the full utilisation of pharmacists’ expertise and clinical knowledge to help people with long-term conditions achieve the best outcomes from their medicines, and make more efficient use of NHS resources. The Pharmaceutical Journal marks the launch of this campaign with a special report on long-term conditions, which shows how pharmacists can support patients living with conditions such as diabetes, COPD and atrial fibrillation, from detection through to management and monitoring.

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Anticoagulation

Anticoagulants are prescribed to help prevent blood clots in those at risk of developing them, including people with artificial heart valves or atrial fibrillation, those who have had a heart attack or stroke, and those at risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Warfarin is the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant but requires regular coagulation monitoring and has numerous interactions with other drugs and food. Four new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are also available in the UK, which have a more predictable therapeutic response, a more rapid onset of action, fewer drug interactions and no requirement for regular coagulation monitoring. On this page you will find news stories and articles relating to anticoagulants, which cover the development and licensing of NOACs and the management of patients taking both NOACs and warfarin. Our research article also examines the impact of a pharmacist-led anticoagulant review clinic for high-risk patients.

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RPS annual conference 2016

The 2016 Annual Conference (4–5 September 2016 at the ICC Birmingham) focuses on improved service delivery in pharmacy, clinical excellence and educational reform. Through four conference themes, delegates will engage in sessions that explore important issues that affect pharmacy, while showcasing innovation and best practice.

Hepatitis Awareness

Hepatitis awareness

Hepatitis is usually caused by a viral infection but can also result from liver damage caused by drinking alcohol. People infected with the hepatitis A or B virus usually recover in a couple of months. But over 200,000 people in the UK are affected by Hepatitis C. After years or even decades, infection can lead to liver damage that is potentially life-threatening. On this page are a number of articles related to hepatitis, including coverage of the advent of new and highly effective drugs for Hepatitis C, how they work and also the struggle for the health system to afford them.

I Love My Pharmacist 2016

I Love My Pharmacist 2016

The 2016 I Love My Pharmacist Award was launched on 18 April 2016. For the first time in the three-year history of the award, members of the public could nominate their favourite pharmacist. At the beginning of June the finalists in each region were announced and now the public has until 21 July 2016 to vote for their favourite. The pharmacist with the highest number of votes in each region will then meet with the judging panel who will decide the 2016 champion. This year The Pharmaceutical Journal is the media partner of I Love My Pharmacist, on our special report page you can see all of our content around the Award and find out more about the candidates in the running this year.

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Summary of the new pharmacy registration assessment in Great Britain

This year’s pharmacy registration assessment will take place on 30 June 2016. UK pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council, has changed the format of the assessment for candidates sitting the papers from 2016. These articles summarise the changes and explain what candidates can expect. This page also contains information about registration assessments in previous years and various opinions on their value, content and format.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

Among people under the age of 65 years, nearly half of all ill health relates to mental illness but only a quarter of all those with mental illnesses such as depression are in treatment. Here, you can find news stories and articles on topics ranging from antidepressant use during breastfeeding to the use of antipsychotics in care homes. Image: Self Portrait 15, painted 27th June 1991 from The Self Portrait Series by Bryan Charnley. © James Charnley and SANE (www.BryanCharnley.info). Described by the artist as: "An extremely complicated picture as I feel I am closing in on the essential image of my schizophrenia."

RPS Board Elections 2016

RPS Board Elections 2016

The 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) national board elections are currently underway. A total of 21 candidates have been nominated across England, Scotland and Wales with 12 places up for grabs on the boards. However, in previous years voting turnouts for the elections have been disappointing. In 2015, just 11.7% of RPS members turned out to vote in the RPS English Pharmacy Board elections. Here, you will find all of our coverage of the 2016 elections, including the views of RPS members on the annual election process. Voting for the elections opens on 5 May 2016 and close at noon on 27 May 2016.

World TB Day

World TB day

Held each year on 24 March, World TB Day aims to raise public awareness of TB and urge governments to take action. This year's theme is 'Unite to end TB'. Despite being curable, TB remains endemic in much of the world. High rates of TB are often found in homeless populations, people in prison, people with drug abuse problems and those with other chronic conditions, such as HIV.

World AIDS Day: The long battle against the HIV epidemic

Care of older people

Old age brings with it an increased likelihood of long-term conditions, as well as the prospect of taking multiple medicines. Frailty, dementia and mobility problems all contribute to the challenges faced by healthcare services when caring for ageing populations. Much can be done to improve the lives of older people – through innovative care pathways, evidence-based medicine and research into ageing and the delivery of care. Here, you can find news stories and articles on topics ranging from medication reviews in care homes to preventing falls in older people.

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FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2015

We report on news and views from this year’s International Pharmaceutical Federation global conference held in Dusseldorf, Germany on 29 September to 3 October 2015 – including issues such as workforce, remuneration and developments in pharmacy practice.

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RPS annual conference 2015

The 2015 Annual Conference (13–14 September 2015 at the ICC Birmingham) focuses on improved service delivery in pharmacy, clinical excellence and educational reform. Through four conference themes, delegates will engage in sessions that explore important issues that affect pharmacy, while showcasing innovation and best practice.

The debate over the pharmacy preregistration exam

The debate over the pharmacy registration exam

In June 2015, the pass rate for the pharmacy registration exam fell to 74% following some changes in the exam structure and a focus more on clinical questions. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced that the exam will become even more clinically-focused in 2016. Pharmacy students have demanded changes to registration assessment to make it more reflective of day-to-day practice, while GPhC has defended the new directon for the assessment and has published exam questions for the first time. Here you can follow all the developments in the debate over the new direction for qualifying pharmacists.

Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2014

Pharmaceutical Care Awards

A closer look at all the finalist pharmaceutical care projects that were presented at the 23rd annual Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2015 held on 18 June in London.

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Pharmacists in GP practices

Professional leadership bodies for pharmacists and GPs have jointly call for practices in England to hire pharmacists in clinical roles to address growing pressure on GP services. As the campaign grows, diverse views arise.

UK general election 2015

UK general election 2015

The British public will decide the next UK government on 7 May in the 2015 general election. Unsurprisingly, healthcare and the NHS feature heavily in political party campaigns and manifestos. Here you can find our coverage of the elections, with a special focus on healthcare and pharmacy.

Crowd gathers at the opening of the RPS Conference 2014

RPS annual conference 2014

The 2014 Annual Conference (7–8 September 2014 at the ICC Birmingham) builds on the success of last year's revised programme format. Through six conference themes, the conference will be covering key issues that affect the profession, while showcasing innovation and best practice.

The Pharmacy Show 2014

The Pharmacy Show 2014

The Pharmacy Show is the UK’s largest CPD training, education and sourcing event for community and hospital pharmacy. Now in its 8th year, it takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th October in Hall 19, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham (Postcode for Sat Nav; B40 1NT). With five FREE conference streams, social and networking events, and thousands of specialist pharmacy products and services from more than 400 premier suppliers, the Pharmacy Show is unmissable for pharmacy contractors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, counter staff and pharmacy buyers.

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FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

Just under 2,000 attendees gathered in Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (31 August-4 September). The theme of this year’s congress is “Access to medicines and pharmacists today, better outcomes tomorrow”.

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The Ebola outbreak

The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease is by far the biggest on record in terms of numbers of people affected and geographical spread. It is also the first time the disease has spread through a large urban environment. Since it began in Guinea in December 2013, it has spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. As of 26 August 2014, there were 3,069 cases and 1,552 deaths.

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The debate over e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that often look like cigarettes but do not contain tobacco. On inhalation, a solution, often containing nicotine, is vaporised into a fine mist resembling cigarette smoke. Recently, since a few pharmacies have decided to sell e-cigarettes, a debate over the role of pharmacists in offering e-cigarettes has been started. On this page you will find all the information we have to offer over this ongoing debate.

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Antimicrobial resistance, a fragile defence

Around 25,000 people die in the European Union each year from infections resistant to antibiotics. Third-generation cephalosporins are often useless against common bacteria like Escherichia coli, and fluoroquinolones are no longer the treatment of choice for gonorrhoea because resistance has become widespread. Here, you can find news stories and articles about the issue.

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