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  • No more pro-pharmacy rhetoric: we need actionSubscription

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    GP surgeries and accident and emergency departments are under siege. Barely a day goes past without the issue being highlighted in the nation’s media and discussed by politicians of all persuasions. Everyone, it seems, agrees that pharmacy is a significant part of the answer and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and other pharmacy bodies have done a great job of

  • Maize growth is the real reason why malaria is a problem in AfricaSubscription

    By Maeve Hawkesworth

    This letter was removed from publication as it contravened our editorial standards. For more information on our editorial guidelines, please visit our Contribute page.

  • Patients should know who did the final checkSubscription

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    I have had heated debates with dispensing staff about patients’ right to know if a pharmacist has performed the final check and bagged their medicines. Certainly, if I were a patient, I would like to know who is doing the final check of my medicines.

  • Generic prescribing is not appropriate for inhaled drugsSubscription

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    The UK is experiencing an explosion of new drugs and inhaler devices being licensed for people with respiratory disease, increasing the complexity of prescribing for people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The management of how these new products are introduced into clinical practice is important because they may vary in type of inhaler device and licensing.

  • Stay away from retail pharmacy if you want a successful careerSubscription

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    Anna Durbin (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:599) asks: “how low are you prepared to go?” with regard to pay for community pharmacists. If you have a family to feed, then you will work for whatever salary is offered. Big chain pharmacies will now take advantage of the saturated market and reduce pay to as low as they can so that their profits ...

  • Kicking out foreign graduate students will not resolve oversupply problemSubscription

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    We note the recent announcement from the Home Secretary Theresa May suggesting that foreign graduates are forced to return home as soon as they graduate as opposed to finding employment in the UK.

  • Missing the point of medicines use reviewsSubscription

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    Monty Goldin said that medicines use reviews (MURs) cannot be conducted properly without full access to patient records (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:599)

  • Pharmacy has little control over government fundingSubscription

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    The decision by Greg Clark, the minister for universities, science and cities, not to introduce controls on the number of pharmacy students is pretty much what many of us expected. Since extra government funding for pre-registration places will not be made available, it is no skin off his nose if large numbers graduate. If it is not costing the NHS a penny, it seems pointless lobbying our local MP, as Gino Martini suggested (The ...

  • Caution is needed with e-cigarettesSubscription

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    In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), known as e-cigarettes. The working party responsible showed less enthusiasm than Margaret Cunningham (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:599). ...

  • English language testing is a good thingSubscription

    By Aamer Safdar

    I support the plans for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to test pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the European Economic Area (EEA) on their levels of English.

  • Medicinal cannabis widely used in IsraelSubscription

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    I would like to add to David Nutt’s piece about medicinal cannabis (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:560). Cannabidiol and d9-tetrahydrocannabinol were discovered by scientists in Israel and medicinal cannabis is now widely used there for a number of conditions. It is grown in secret locations under strict security and is prescribed by doctors registered to do so. There is now a facility ...

  • Our knowledge and understanding of e-cigarettes is still limitedSubscription

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    A letter from M Cunningham exhorts “those in the profession opposed to e-cigarettes to come around in light of growing evidence” (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:599). To support this argument, she cites the opinion of experts who spoke at a recent conference, ‘The e-cigarette ...

  • The long struggle to ensure prudent use of antibioticsSubscription

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    Déjà vu was the overwhelming reaction I had to the feature on strategies to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:517).

  • The tide is turning in favour of e-cigarettesSubscription

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    I recently attended the E-cigarette Summit at the Royal Society in London on 13 November 2014, which aimed to offer the opportunity for debate around the use of e-cigarettes. I am a locum pharmacist and stop smoking adviser, and in my role I come across many patients who are smokers.

  • Disillusioned with the future of pharmacySubscription

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    After becoming qualified and working as a locum community pharmacist for over a year, I am already disillusioned by what the future of pharmacy will be. I agree with Adnan Baig’s letter (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014:293:524) regarding how an uncontrolled, competitive market will undermine the profession. Throughout my studies I have worked hard with the hope of becoming ...

  • Without access to medical records, MURs cannot be conducted properlySubscription

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    A medicines use review (MUR) can only be done properly if the pharmacist has access to the medical records of the patient. I believe this is only possible if the MUR is conducted in a doctor’s surgery. I spent three months working in a large medical practice where I had access to the patient’s medical records. With this information, I was able to make a proper assessment of the patient’s needs. Also, community pharmacists are under pressure to meet MUR targets, which doesn’t help because ...

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