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Patient information leaflet (PIL)

Why patient information leaflets have their place in informing patients about their medicinesSubscription


Patient information leaflets have come under criticism again recently. Theo Raynor explains the improvements that have been made to them and how they can be more useful for pharmacists during patient consultations.

John D’Arcy, managing director of Numark

John D’Arcy — looking back on community pharmacy and predictions for the futureSubscription


John D’Arcy, managing director of the virtual community pharmacy chain Numark and former chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association, spells out his vision for pharmacy as he approaches retirement.

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Charting Wales’s progress in professional collaboration and medicines safetySubscription


Vaughan Gething, Welsh cabinet secretary for health and social services, addresses the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s 2017 Medicines Safety Conference.

Julie Hall (MBE) from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Boost in availability of oral cholera vaccines is a potential game changer in global fight against choleraSubscription


Julie Hall from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies discusses a new global health plan to cut cholera deaths by 90% and to eliminate the disease by 2030.

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Decriminalisation legislation cannot come soon enoughSubscription


On 14 November, an Order was laid before Parliament purporting to introduce a statutory defence to the offence committed when patients are supplied with the wrong prescription medicine.

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What the Lloyds announcement means for pharmacistsSubscription

By Deborah Franks

The decision of Lloyds Pharmacy to potentially close 190 pharmacies, and the associated changes to their internal structures have no doubt sent shockwaves through many pharmacists who now feel less certain about their own job security.

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The Medical Costs Act — what it means for pharma and pharmacySubscription


Legal expert Andrew Sweetman explains the new Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act and its implications for pharmacy.

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Generic shortages: what can be done?Subscription


The supply of generic medicines is vulnerable to the vicissitudes of market forces, with exchange rates fluctuating and manufacturers restricting distribution. The Department of Health needs to intervene to shield pharmacies from the impact of price spikes and ensure the resilience of the supply chain.

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Awareness campaigns: opening patients’ eyes to what pharmacy can offer


This year’s National Eye Health Week (18–24 September 2017) presented an opportunity for healthcare organisations to highlight the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests.

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Science reproducibility crisis: better measurement is required to tackle global health challengesSubscription

Measurement underpins UK trade and regulation, and helps us support innovation and government policy.

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Type 2 diabetes in children and young people: extending our reach to prevent disease in those most at riskSubscription

Prevention of type 2 diabetes in high-risk groups will avoid catastrophic comorbid consequences. It is essential to use our resources more effectively to identify and help children and young people who are most in danger.

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Why we should increase access of EHC to women, rather than restrict itSubscription


Barriers, such as a price premium, should be removed to allow easier access to emergency hormonal contraception.

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Why women who misuse drugs have different needsSubscription


Two editorials published in The Lancet and Addiction highlight how little is known about women and drugs, pointing to a blind spot in our collective knowledge

Marc Bulterys, team leader of the global hepatitis programme (GHP) at the World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization looks to eliminate threat of hepatitis B and CSubscription


The World Health Organization’s Marc Bulterys on the agency’s efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis by scaling up screening and improving access to new and effective drugs

Meg Caroline Doherty, co-ordinator of treatment and care at the department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organisation (WHO)

The World Health Organization warns of increasing HIV drug resistance and issues new guidelines to address threatSubscription


Meg Caroline Doherty from the World Health Organization discusses the increasing number of cases HIV drug resistance, and the new guidelines and global action plan developed by the WHO to help countries address the threat.

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Q&A: Let’s talk foot care with patients


As part of The Pharmaceutical Journal and RB’s joint campaign on foot health, five healthcare professionals talk about their different approaches to discussing foot care with patients and the challenges they face.

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Antidepressants are not a ‘quick fix’ for children and young people with mental health problemsSubscription


Mental health professionals are becoming increasingly concerned that antidepressants are being used as a sticking plaster as waiting lists for specialist psychological treatments get longer and longer.

Murray Aitken, executive director of QuintilesIMS and co-author of a new report on system therapeutics

Q&A: Why pharmacists must prepare for precision medicineSubscription


Murray Aitken, co-author of a new report on system therapeutics, including precision medicines, explains to Julia Robinson the important role pharmacy will play in precision medicine.

Trevor Mundel is president of the global health division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

How the Gates Foundation seeks to energise the global fight against neglected tropical diseasesSubscription


The president of the global health division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Trevor Mundel, reveals how it is taking action against neglected tropical diseases.

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Helping the vulnerable: why we need integrated pharmacy services for the homelessSubscription


Additional funding and joined-up collaboration between different sectors of healthcare are needed to help address the health needs of the growing homeless population in the UK.

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Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: Neal Patel, RPS head of corporate communications Subscription

Neal Patel, head of corporate communications for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society talks to Corrinne Burns about how he got into the job, with the message to every practising pharmacist interested in engaging with the media that they have a story to tell.

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175 years of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society MuseumSubscription

The Museum was set up to be a scientific reference resource of materia medica for students of the Society’s newly established School of Pharmacy.

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How we can increase turnout to RPS board electionsSubscription


The RPS needs to be more engaged with the membership in order to increase voter turnout, says English Pharmacy Board member Sid Dajani.

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Gonorrhoea and antibiotics — past, present and futureSubscription

By John Betts

The problem of dwindling treatment options for gonorrhoea is complicated because there are very few new antibiotics in development. Stewardship of our remaining antibiotic resources is now more urgent than ever.

Rob Duncombe, director of pharmacy at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Hospital Expert Advisory Group

Q&A: Rob Duncombe, chair of the RPS Hospital Expert Advisory Group Subscription

Rob Duncombe, director of pharmacy at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Hospital Expert Advisory Group, discusses the group’s activities and the diversity of hospital pharmacy.

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A survival guide to your preregistration training Subscription

By Rachel Joynes, Marianna Liaskou

The transition from university to preregistration training can be daunting. As the new training year begins Marianna Liaskou, pharmacist and research administrator at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), and Rachel Joynes, head of research and evaluation at the RPS, discuss the support available from the Society during your preregistration year.

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Q&A with Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription

Paul Bennett took up his new role as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 3 July. He joins the RPS from his position as chief officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee. He was previously professional standards director and superintendent pharmacist at Boots UK.

John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) museum

Q&A: John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society museumSubscription

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.

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Why pharmacists need advanced practice specialist residences: the UK–Australia storySubscription

By , Ian Bates, Michael Dooley, Ian Coombes, Kristin Michaels

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.

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Pharmacist independent prescribers can make a significant contribution to antimicrobial stewardshipSubscription

By Karen Hodson, Rhian Deslandes, Molly Courtenay

Karen Hodson, member of the Welsh Pharmacy Board, and colleagues discuss their experiences of how pharmacist prescribers can help in antimicrobial stewardship.

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