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

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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.

From left: Sir Michael Rawlins, Douglas Simpson, Nikesh Kotecha and Clive Page

The Queen honours four people with connections to pharmacySubscription

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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.

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Q&A: UK general election 2017: pharmacists reactSubscription

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The Pharmaceutical Journal interviews pharmacists from across the nation to get their thoughts on the results of the UK general election in June 2017.

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The High Court verdict on community pharmacy cuts marks a new beginning, not the endSubscription

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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.

Marie-Paule Keiny, World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director-general for health systems and innovation

Q&A: Progress in seasonal influenza vaccines but world still short of capacity for pandemic vaccinesSubscription

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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.

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NHS cyber attack: views from the front lineSubscription

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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.

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How drug prices are hiked and what is being done to tackle the problemSubscription

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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.

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Restricting what is allowed on prescription in England: views from healthcare professionals and patient groupsSubscription

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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.

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Rare but not forgotten: why drug appraisal methods must be updated to consider treatments for rare diseasesSubscription

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The UK government needs to adapt its drug and technology appraisal methods to prevent patients with rare diseases being left out in the cold.

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Q&A: How to ensure access to essential medicines for those in low and middle-income countriesSubscription

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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.

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Why legal action is not the best way to address the community pharmacy funding crisis in England

By Terry Maguire

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, Director of Supply Division, UNICEF

A breakthrough in lowering the price of vaccines to increase access to childrenSubscription

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Shanelle Hall from UNICEF discusses the breakthrough pentavalent vaccine three-year tender with six vaccine suppliers.

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Q&A: Invest in safety and make savings overall — interview with Don BerwickSubscription

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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.

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How chemicals and heavy metals contribute to antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

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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.

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Q&A: WHO director-general candidates’ views on global healthSubscription

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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It’s RPS national board election time againSubscription

By Alex MacKinnon

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.

Mair Davies, RPS director for Wales

RPS director for Wales: 'There’s a collaborative approach to everything in Wales'

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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.

Robbie Turner, new Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) director for England

RPS director for England: 'Let's make sure pharmacists feel supported and invigorated'

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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 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Scotland

RPS director for Scotland: '2017 will be a year of opportunity rather than challenge'Subscription

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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.

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

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

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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

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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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