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Illustration showing alarm due to rise of antimicrobial resistant bacteria from biocides and heavy metals

How chemicals and heavy metals contribute to antimicrobial resistanceSubscription


Evidence is emerging that biocides and heavy metals all contribute to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.

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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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What impact president-elect Donald Trump will have on the US healthcare systemSubscription


William Seligman takes a look at what might happen to the US healthcare system and pharma under a Trump presidency.

Maree Todd, member of the Scottish Parliament and pharmacist

Q&A: From pharmacy to the Scottish Parliament — interview with MSP Maree ToddSubscription


Maree Todd, pharmacist and member of the Scottish Parliament, speaks to Jenny Bryan about the successes of community pharmacy in Scotland, what can England learn from them and her life in politics so far.

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Q&A: Community pharmacy funding cuts in England – views from the front lineSubscription


In light of the government’s intention to cut funding for the sector and reform the remuneration structure, we asked four people from four different community pharmacy backgrounds to share their views.

Illustration showing that healthcare professionals and organisations must talk in order to get the best value for money when it comes to NHS funding

UK drug funding framework needs an overhaul to ensure the right areas are being prioritisedSubscription

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If the NHS is to get value for money from medicines, it needs to consider what the UK population values and where its priorities lie.

Tim Evans is the senior director of health, nutrition and population at the World Bank Group

Q&A: World Bank warns that inaction on antimicrobial resistance could increase healthcare costs in developing countriesSubscription


Tim Evans from the World Bank Group talks about new research that shows how inaction on antimicrobial resistance could wipe out decades of healthcare gains and dramatically increase healthcare costs in developing countries.

Illustration showing the two sides of clinical pharmacy: medicines optimisation and patient care and well-being

Defining clinical pharmacy: a new paradigm Subscription

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Amid the rapid change and evolution of pharmacy, now is the time to redefine what clinical pharmacy means.

Paul Gallagher, head of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s School of Pharmacy

Q&A: From training surgeons in Ireland to providing healthcare education internationallySubscription


Paul Gallagher, head of the school of pharmacy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, speaks to Benedict Lam about how the royal college focus on education and training led to the expansion of its provision of healthcare education in Ireland and beyond.

Pharmacy research in the dictionary

Time to redefine pharmacy researchSubscription


There is no universal definition of pharmacy research, and this may be one of the reasons for poor quality research in the sector.

Nicola Magrini, secretary of the WHO expert committee on the selection and use of essential medicines

Q&A: Increasing global access to medicines for non-communicable diseasesSubscription


Nicola Magrini from the World Health Organization discusses improving access to affordable medicines for non-communicable diseases and warns that treatments for cancer lag behind.

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High street pharmacies and opticians should work together to help manage minor eye conditions


Pharmacists and opticians should work together to better manage patients with dry eye within primary care, with one local scheme serving as a model for pharmacists to refer patients to opticians when necessary.

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Non-patient facing roles in hospital pharmacy are just as vital as patient facing onesSubscription


Roles such as procurement are important in hospital pharmacy services and should not be brushed aside.

Luiz Loures is deputy executive director of programme at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030: can it be done?Subscription


Luiz Loures from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) talks about ending the epidemic, and the challenges in fighting the disease that has claimed over 34 million lives.

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Challenges of sharing pharmacy best practice internationallySubscription


There are many barriers to overcome to ensure best practice is shared more widely on an international level.

Katherine Murphy, pictured, chief executive of the Patients Association, discusses the current crisis in the NHS and where pharmacists fit in to help, and explains why safety and transparency in the NHS are key priorities for the association in 2016

Q&A: What do patients want from pharmacists and the NHS?Subscription


Katherine Murphy discusses the current crisis gripping the NHS and where pharmacists can fit in to help, and explains why safety, accountability and transparency are key priorities for the NHS.

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How full disclosure of clinical trial data will benefit the pharmaceutical industrySubscription


Disclosing clinical trial data is a step in the right direction towards transparency, which benefits both the public and the pharmaceutical industry.

V Craig Jordan, the scientist who discovered the role of tamoxifen in breast cancer

Q&A: V Craig Jordan — the father of tamoxifenSubscription


V Craig Jordan, Dallas/Fort Worth living legend chair of cancer research, professor of both breast medical oncology and molecular and cellular oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, is best known as “the father of tamoxifen”.

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How the exit of the UK from the European Union could affect healthcare, science and research

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Should the UK remain a member of the European Union or should it leave? We put two opposing views together to help you decide. 

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Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Q&A: Farewell to RPS chief executive, Helen GordonSubscription


After seven years in the pharmacy world, Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to enter pastures new at the Royal Society of Medicine. Here, she talks to Julia Robinson about her proudest moments and what advice she would give to her successor. 

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Pharmacy needs global professional standards for education and workforce developmentSubscription

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Catherine Duggan, director of professional development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Ian Bates, education adviser to the RPS English Pharmacy Board, discuss the importance of developing a global standard of education and training for pharmacists.

Simon Redman, director of finance at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: An insight into the finances of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription


The 2017 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) budget, agreed in November 2016, includes a financial surplus of £5,000 before interest. Here Simon Redman, director of finance at the RPS, talks to Julia Robinson about how the RPS has recovered from last year’s budgeted loss of £1.5m and what plans are being made to improve services and engage with members in the coming year. 

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Health and social care need to be better integratedSubscription


Sandra Gidley, chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, makes the case for the integration of health and social care funding and explains why pharmacists are needed across the entire health and social care system and at all levels of the NHS.

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What can pharmacists do to improve the physical health of people with mental illness?Subscription

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David Branford, member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, and Dolly Sud, specialist mental health pharmacist Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, explain the importance of the role of pharmacists in improving the physical well-being of patients with severe mental illness.

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Pharmacists can help improve the care of patients with long-term conditions across Great BritainSubscription

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On 3 November 2016, the RPS launched its campaign on long-term conditions. Here, the chairs of the three RPS national pharmacy boards highlight the significance of the campaign and how it needs to be actioned in their respective countries. 

Claire Anderson, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board vice chair

Why RPS members should attend the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical SciencesSubscription


Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board vice chair, Claire Anderson, reflects on her experience of the 2016 International Pharmaceutical Federation World Congress and explains why she feels there is professional value in RPS members attending, particularly when it comes to Glasgow in 2018. 

Aileen Bryson, RPS Scotland’s practice and policy lead

What is the Falsified Medicines Directive? Subscription


Aileen Bryson, practice and policy lead at RPS Scotland, speaks to Julia Robinson about the purpose of the Falsified Medicines Directive and how it will affect pharmacists in the UK.

Naoko Arakawa, the international programme lead at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: RPS international programme lead Naoko ArakawaSubscription


In 2015, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society signed an agreement with the Japanese Pharmaceutical Association promising to work together and share best practice on patient care and professional development. Here, Julia Robinson talks to Naoko Arakawa, the international programme lead at the RPS, about the collaboration so far. 

Aamer Safdar

Benchmarking will help hospital trusts meet Carter efficiency challengeSubscription


Member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board Aamer Safdar makes the case for using benchmarking to help realise savings in line with the Carter review.

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