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  • The myth of the male menopauseSubscription

    20 JAN 2017By Terry Maguire

    My old friend and fellow pharmacist Sid Dajani has been making passionate pleas on your pages and elsewhere for pharmacists to identify testosterone deficiency (Pharmaceutical Journal 2016;297:364). He is confident that, among men of a certain age, a dangerous lack of male hormone puts them at perilous ...

  • Asthma patients deserve better careSubscription

    20 JAN 2017By

    The 2016 Asthma UK annual asthma survey has produced some shocking findings. There are 5.4 million people in the UK diagnosed with asthma, but we found that two-thirds were not receiving the basic care that they need in order to stay well.

  • Why Australia decided to make all codeine products prescription onlySubscription

    19 JAN 2017By ,

    The recent decision in Australia to make codeine-containing medications prescription only from 2018 (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, 23 December 2016) was reported to have been met with disappointment from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

  • My concerns with changes to the conscience clauseSubscription

    17 JAN 2017By

    I read with interest about the proposed change to the conscience clause for pharmacists (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, 22 December 2016). This concerns me.

  • Irresponsible to allow technicians to do clinical checksSubscription

    17 JAN 2017By

    The Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board, established by the Department of Health to ‘rebalance’ pharmacy legislation and regulation, is expected to meet again in late January 2017.

  • Inappropriate piece about increasing OTC salesSubscription

    16 JAN 2017By

    I am concerned about one of your recent articles, particularly the headline ‘How pharmacists can boost sales of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines’ (Pharmaceutical Journal online, 9 January 2016).

  • Criminalisation of dispensing errors continues to haunt pharmacySubscription

    13 JAN 2017By

    The suspended prison sentence passed on Northern Ireland pharmacist Martin White is deeply troubling for the pharmacy profession (Pharmaceutical Journal online, 22 December 2016).

  • Progress with rebalancing medicines legislation programme is unacceptably slowSubscription

    13 JAN 2017By

    The snail-like progress of the rebalancing medicines legislation programme continues to amaze me.

  • The challenges of managing diabetes at mealtimesSubscription

    5 JAN 2017By

    Mealtimes pose many challenges for people living with diabetes, especially those who require a fast-acting insulin treatment to cover the post-meal glucose surge.

  • Update on the FIP pictogram project to improve health literacySubscription

    4 JAN 2017By

    I would like to provide readers with an update of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) pictogram project.

  • Multidisciplinary preregistration training is the way forwardSubscription

    3 JAN 2017By , ,

    Pharmacists increasingly need to work within a multidisciplinary team, especially in light of their increased potential roles. However, there is currently no formalised training model for multidisciplinary learning (MDL) after graduation. Opportunities need to be sought for learning together through provision of placements and learning events.

  • Breast cancer prevention trumps cureSubscription

    23 DEC 2016By ,

    Breast cancer is the most prevalent female cancer and is estimated to increase by 50% by 2030 compared to the incidence in 2011. The decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the UK health technology appraiser, to recommend the use of preventive medicines, which are known to decrease the risk of developing breast cancer, is a welcome advance in public health.

  • Former chair of RPS disciplinary committee with a second-to-none intellectSubscription

    22 DEC 2016By Edward Mallinson

    I was saddened to hear that Sir Mota Singh QC, Crown Court judge and former chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) Disciplinary Committee, died on 13 November 2016, aged 86 years.

  • Be careful how you promote the NMS to patientsSubscription

    21 DEC 2016By Jessica di Gesso

    I am writing to urge community pharmacists to be mindful of how they and their staff promote the new medicine service (NMS).

  • Patients want to learn about their condition and medicinesSubscription

    20 DEC 2016By , , , ,

    The 2016 Proprietary Association Of Great Britain (PAGB) report ‘Self-care nation’ cites the public’s lack of awareness of pharmacists’ skills and expertise as the main barrier to using pharmacy as the first port of call for help to manage minor ailments (Pharmaceutical Journal 17 November 2016

  • Unanswered questions about proposed PrEP trial Subscription

    7 DEC 2016By

    With 17 new HIV diagnoses made every day in the UK, we need to be bold and ambitious in our approach to HIV prevention — and this must include access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for all who need it.

  • Potential pharmacy closure might benefit another pharmacistSubscription

    7 DEC 2016By

    Graham Phillips’s excellent and passionate letter about the future of his Southdown, Harpenden, Hertfordshire pharmacy (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2016;297:294) illustrates the quandary proprietor pharmacists have.

  • Salford lung study in COPD: an example of pharmacists engaged in researchSubscription

    5 DEC 2016By

    We read with interest your editorial (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2016;297:128) and comment article by Sheri L Koshman (

  • Ending stigma towards HIV is the first step towards ending AIDSSubscription

    1 DEC 2016By

    On this World AIDS Day the National AIDS Trust’s theme is stigma, and there is so much that healthcare workers can do to help to combat stigma from the frontlines. The recently published UK Stigma Index highlighted the real problem in healthcare, with only 58% of people living with HIV feeling well supported by their GP practice, and 13% having heard negative comments ...

  • Child obesity rates continue to grow in England — we need action nowSubscription

    1 DEC 2016By

    In October 2016, NHS Digital released the latest set of figures from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). Another set of childhood obesity statistics and another bleak picture. Year on year, we are faced with sobering figures that reveal an increasingly worrying trend: the number of obese and overweight children in the UK is not falling and is, in fact, rising.

  • Promoting self care to reduce unnecessary GP visitsSubscription

    30 NOV 2016By

    Healthcare is changing dramatically and so are the needs of our patients. As such, GPs and our teams are changing the ways in which we are working, but we also need our patients to play their part.

  • Identifying patients with testosterone deficiency in community pharmacySubscription

    24 NOV 2016By

    Addressing men’s health is always an ongoing conundrum and not just limited to “Movember”. Beyond just addressing this health issue, it is also about saving valuable NHS resources, keeping families together for longer, reducing economic loss and improving health equality.

  • We need safe and better labelled vitamin D products on the marketSubscription

    23 NOV 2016By

    Recommended vitamin D intakes for all of us living in the UK have changed following the publication of a report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on 22 July 2016. New guidelines were required because of the persisting problem relating to vitamin D deficiency: ...

  • Over-simplistic view of too many clustered pharmaciesSubscription

    21 NOV 2016By

    As has been reported in The Pharmaceutical Journal, pharmacy trade magazines and national and local media outlets, community pharmacies up and down England are facing the threat of huge cuts to their income, threatening non-contractual services, patient safety and even financial viability. These cuts, for most pharmacies, amount to around £5,000 a year plus ...

  • Researchers wanted Subscription

    18 NOV 2016By

    We are looking for researchers who are working on medicines supply and shortages of medicines to join a network of researchers in the UK and other European countries so that they can meet and share their knowledge. Financial support is available for travel and accommodation to workshops and conferences and grants are available towards attendance at training schools and short-term scientific missions (exchange visits of a few days). In particular, we are looking for “early career investigators”,

  • Wear glasses to reduce dry eyeSubscription

    17 NOV 2016By

    I read with interest your Focus dry eye supplement in the August issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal. Wearing spectacles would probably help most patients suffering from dry eye. I have found that city air pollution aggravates the condition, but wearing glasses quickly works and it is no longer a problem.

  • Spotting the signs of oral mouth cancer in pharmacySubscription

    17 NOV 2016By

    In the UK, mouth cancer cases have increased by 39% in the past decade and by 92% since the 1970s. In fact, it is one of a small number of cancers that is continuing to see cases increase. Alongside this, survival rates have not improved in the same period and, sadly, more than 2,000 lives are lost to the disease every year. This is twice as many as cervical and testicular cancers combined and much of this can be attributed to late diagnosis.

  • The Unbeatables: a new team of superheroes of the inflammatory bowel disease communitySubscription

    16 NOV 2016By

    Superheroes are known to be inspirational, shaping our culture and beliefs and expanding our understanding of the world. And now superheroes are helping us fight for our health.

  • Parkinson’s disease-specific medicines use reviewSubscription

    11 NOV 2016By

    Members of Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s London North West Local Practice Forum (LNW LPF) are working with charity Parkinson’s UK to develop a new service for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The overall aim is to develop a PD-specific medicines use review by designing and trialling it in an initial and follow-up trial.

  • How to spot signs of postnatal depression in the pharmacySubscription

    10 NOV 2016By

    In light of singer Adele’s recent admission in an interview that she has suffered from postnatal depression (PND), I would like to alert readers to how they can spot the signs and help those who might be affected in their day-to-day work in the pharmacy.

  • Using repeat dispensing systems to reduce medicines wasteSubscription

    9 NOV 2016By Deborah Yawson

    The new guidance published on management of repeat medication requests by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, which negotiates the community pharmacy contract in England, and Pharmacy Voice, the trade association of community pharmacies in England, offers ...

  • Listening Friends: the original peer support scheme for pharmacistsSubscription

    8 NOV 2016By

    This year — 2016 — is a special year for Pharmacist Support (previously The Benevolent Fund) because not only does it commemorate the charity’s 175th anniversary, it also marks 20 years of one of its most recognised services, Listening Friends.

  • Pharmacy closures are not in the interests of patients or the publicSubscription

    1 NOV 2016By

    Despite almost a year of protests and the 2.2 million people who signed a petition against funding cuts to community pharmacy, the government has decided to go ahead. The truth is it had already made the decision, has never engaged meaningfully in any consultation and is now intent on window dressing the consequences, both intended and not. So I want to alert readers to the effect this will have locally in my part of Hertfordshire.

  • How you dress affects professional imageSubscription

    21 OCT 2016By

    As a retired community pharmacist who used to own my own pharmacies, it was important to me that all staff looked clean, presentable and wore an overall. Any male managers would wear a clean white lab coat or smart business suit that clearly showed him to be a man of competence and authority and the person in charge. The female managers normally chose to wear a white coat and all staff wore smart, similar designed overalls.

  • A media campaign in Portugal to highlight responsible medicines use Subscription

    18 OCT 2016By ,

    The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 50% of people across the globe fail to take their medicines correctly and, according to a study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, it is estimated that US$500bn could be saved in healthcare services through more responsible use of medicines, which represents approximately 8% of the world’s healthcare expenditure per year.

  • Like the United States, the UK has a drug price gouging problem and it's getting worseSubscription

    17 OCT 2016By

    I read with interest John Rother’s letter on drug price gouging in the United States. Unfortunately this behaviour is also prevalent in the UK.

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