Restricting what is allowed on prescription in England: views from healthcare professionals and patient groupsSubscription
We ask healthcare professionals across primary care and patient groups for their thoughts on NHS England’s decision to review what GPs are allowed to prescribe.
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.
Q&A: How to ensure access to essential medicines for those in low and middle-income countriesSubscription
Andy Gray and Hans Hogerzeil, co-chairs of the The Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines, discuss the analysis on the cost of providing essential medicines to people in low and middle-income countries.
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.
Shanelle Hall from UNICEF discusses the breakthrough pentavalent vaccine three-year tender with six vaccine suppliers.
The author of the 2013 report which looked at patient safety in the NHS after the Mid Staffordshire Hospital scandal speaks to Jenny Bryan to share his thoughts on whether progress has been made.
Evidence is emerging that biocides and heavy metals all contribute to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.
Previous court cases concerning informed consent of treatment have raised questions about what consent means in relation to pharmacists, medicines and prescribing.
Six candidates in the race to be director-general of the World Health Organization outline their priorities and vision for global health.
William Seligman takes a look at what might happen to the US healthcare system and pharma under a Trump presidency.
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.
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.
UK drug funding framework needs an overhaul to ensure the right areas are being prioritisedSubscription
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.
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.
Defining clinical pharmacy: a new paradigm Subscription
Amid the rapid change and evolution of pharmacy, now is the time to redefine what clinical pharmacy means.
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.
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 from the World Health Organization discusses improving access to affordable medicines for non-communicable diseases and warns that treatments for cancer lag behind.
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.
Roles such as procurement are important in hospital pharmacy services and should not be brushed aside.
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.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Welsh Pharmacy Board launched its manifesto in November 2015. Mair Davies, director for RPS Wales, talks to Julia Robinson about progress made since the launch, and her objectives for 2017 and beyond.
New RPS director for England, Robbie Turner, tells Julia Robinson about his plans for 2017 and how he hopes his experience as chief executive of Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will help him achieve his goals.
Alex MacKinnon, director for the Scotland at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), tells Julia Robinson what 2017 will mean for pharmacists in Scotland and how RPS Scotland plans to embrace new opportunities on behalf of the profession.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pharmacists can help improve the care of patients with long-term conditions across Great BritainSubscription
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.