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Ian Strachan from the National Pharmacy Association explains why pharmacists should not be disheartened by the High Court’s ruling on the judicial review against the funding cuts to community pharmacy in England.
There has been negative publicity in the national press about drug manufacturers increasing the price of some medicines significantly: so called ‘price gouging’. These increased prices are then passed on to the NHS, and lead to headlines quoting multi-million pound figures.
Rare but not forgotten: why drug appraisal methods must be updated to consider treatments for rare diseasesSubscription
The UK government needs to adapt its drug and technology appraisal methods to prevent patients with rare diseases being left out in the cold.
As pharmacy contractors in England suffer budget cuts and their leaders instigate legal action, Northern Ireland pharmacy contractor Terry Maguire argues why this might not be a good idea and what English contractors might learn from their Celtic cousins.
The results of the recent national pharmacy board elections are in, but there is little change to report.
It is vital that pharmacy engages with sustainability and transformation plans now to avoid being left behind.
HIV services need to evolve to meet new needsSubscription
A stronger, less fragmented system of HIV services is needed in order to keep pace with the changing needs of patients.
Allowing pharmacists to sell sildenafil would offer men a convenient, safe, and perhaps less intimidating, channel for seeking professional advice and treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Labelling patients as ‘prediabetic’ may not improve health outcomes because of inconsistencies with the testing and diagnosing of the condition, among other factors, writes Eleanor Barry.
After a dwindle in the number of reclassifications of prescription-only to pharmacy medicines in the UK, things are starting to look up, writes Natalie Gauld.
Limiting HIV resistance must not be neglected in an era where we continue to see breakthroughs in treatment for the infection once labelled a death sentence.
Cholesterol-lowering statin therapy for healthy people is not as simple as 'yes' or 'no'Subscription
Recent reports of large trials extolling the virtues of statins have led many to believe that low-risk patients should take them, but an examination of the evidence provides food for thought.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours lists recognise the achievements of a wide range of people from across the UK. The Pharmaceutical Journal has profiled four people honoured this year who are either pharmacists or have close connections with pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry.
Q&A: UK general election 2017: pharmacists reactSubscription
The Pharmaceutical Journal interviews pharmacists from across the nation to get their thoughts on the results of the UK general election in June 2017.
Q&A: Progress in seasonal influenza vaccines but world still short of capacity for pandemic vaccinesSubscription
Marie-Paule Kieny from the World Health Organization discusses efforts over the past decade by the global agency to enhance seasonal influenza vaccine efficacy and production capacity, to ensure there is sufficient pandemic vaccine production, and to promote the effective development and deployment of pandemic vaccines by developing countries.
NHS cyber attack: views from the front lineSubscription
The Pharmaceutical Journal spoke to pharmacists to find out how the cyber attack of 12 May 2017 affected their service provision and what they did to manage the situation.
The obesity epidemic. Why diets and exercise don’t work and what does, by Robyn Toomath
Admissions: a life in brain surgery, by Henry Marsh
Why dieting is a battle of the mindSubscription
The hungry brain. Outsmarting the instincts that make us overeat, by Stephan Guyenet
How telomeres affect your health and longevitySubscription
The telomere effect by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel
John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) museum since 2010, speaks to Corrinne Burns about the latest activities of the museum team — including a new app, free to download now from the iTunes store.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has signed a partnership agreement with the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, a national professional membership body in Australia representing over 4,500 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training working in Australia’s hospitals and other clinical healthcare settings.
Pharmacist independent prescribers can make a significant contribution to antimicrobial stewardshipSubscription
Karen Hodson, member of the Welsh Pharmacy Board, and colleagues discuss their experiences of how pharmacist prescribers can help in antimicrobial stewardship.
It’s RPS national board election time againSubscription
Alex MacKinnon, interim chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, makes a plea for members to use their vote in the 2017 national board elections.
In 2016, there were 70.8 million visits abroad by UK residents and the World Tourism Organization expects worldwide tourist arrivals to increase to 1.8 billion by 2030
Experience of setting up and running a referral scheme from the secondary care anticoagulant clinic to community pharmacies in SwindonSubscription
The new medicines service (NMS) is an advanced service in the community pharmacy contractual framework. It consists of community pharmacist structured interviews with patients during their first month of treatment with a new medicine. The service aims to improve medicines concordance and improve patient understanding of their treatment.
A survey Diabetes UK has just conducted shows that most of us (59%) now know someone with type 2 diabetes. Yet most people would ignore four out of six symptoms of diabetes (thrush, fatigue, increased urination and extreme thirst).
Managing stained teethSubscription
Many people often visit pharmacies to ask for solutions to stained teeth. We write to highlight to pharmacists briefly the different types of staining and treatment options available.
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing services are making comeback, but there have been concerns about their appropriateness.
You can now record your CPD entry at the end of certain articles on Pharmaceutical Journal, which you can transpose to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s CPD website.
Asam Latif explains what types of NIHR research funding pharmacists can apply for and how to secure it.
BBC docudrama on the Rochdale grooming scandal highlights the need for safe spaces for vulnerable girls in the community, and pharmacy can provide one.
Peter Noyce (1946-2017)Subscription
A visionary leader who drove pharmacy practice forward but always had time to mentor others, he was known as the most effective pharmacist of his generation.
Thomas Geoffrey Booth (1928-2016)Subscription
Thomas Geoffrey Booth, past president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, founded the UK’s first department of pharmacy practice.
Frank P Palopoli (1922–2016) Subscription
The scientist who discovered the fertility drug clomifene was known as a modest man who mentored his staff.
Kirit Patel (1949-2016)Subscription
A self-made man who started out wanting to own a shop to support his family, Kirit Patel’s lifetime achievements are inspirational.