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  • 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 ...

  • Many reasons why e-cigarettes should not be sold in pharmaciesSubscription

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    In response to recent articles in The Pharmaceutical Journal and to add to ongoing discussions within the pharmacy profession surrounding the hot topic of electronic cigarettes, there are some points worth considering.

  • A good student does not necessarily make a good pharmacistSubscription

    By Aamer Safdar,

    We wish to offer a different perspective on the recent decision by the government not to cap pharmacy student numbers (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:412).

  • Things will only get worse for pharmacy studentsSubscription

    By Adnan Baig

    I agree with Ryan Hamilton’s letter (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:463) which expresses concerns about the potential lack of pre-registration placements for the increased number of pharmacy graduates. As a part-time university lecturer, I have talked to fourth-year pharmacy students who have told me they are ...

  • E-cigarettes: proceed with cautionSubscription

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    I note that your online poll suggests support for the sale of e-cigarettes in pharmacies (2014;293:412). It is not clear who you polled but that is beside the point.

  • E-cigarettes in pharmaciesSubscription

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    I attended this year’s Pharmacy Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 5–6 October 2014 and saw a large number of exhibitors flogging their e-cigarette products to attendees, many of whom are pharmacists. How can pharmacists encourage patients to give up smoking while at the same time promote the sale of e-cigarettes? My local Boots pharmacy has a display stand of e-cigarettes right next to the dispensary and ...

  • Integrating science into practiceSubscription

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    I agree with other correspondents that science is integral to pharmacy practice but we also need to balance our application-to-practice credentials with our scientific background.

  • No guarantees of a pre-registration placementSubscription

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    I was disappointed to learn that Health Education England (HEE) and Higher Education Funding Council of England will no longer be pursuing the important issue of student numbers; a decision which has surely frustrated students and those who support the need for numbers to be managed.

  • Pharmacies should be involved in child protection measuresSubscription

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    The government initiative to spread public awareness about Ebola would have been considerably impaired had it not recognised the potential of pharmacies to inform, monitor and reassure.

  • The pharmacy degree risks becoming less attractive to studentsSubscription

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    We are extremely disappointed with the decision made by MP Greg Clark that it “is not necessary to implement a specific student number control for pharmacy”. As we set out in our response to the consultation in 2013, the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) does not support a free-market-based approach to the management of student numbers. We believe that a control at the point of entry would have the least impact on concerned parties. We hope that the minister’s comments ...

  • Why should the pharmacy student numbers be managed differently to other health professions?Subscription

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    So, despite all the evidence painstakingly compiled by the pharmacy profession, ably led by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), our justified expectations of a cap on pharmacy student numbers are dismissed in a few brief sentences by Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities.

  • Pre-registration training difficultiesSubscription

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    We have always believed that young talent should be nurtured and supported during the informative years when entering the profession. However, recently we have become alarmed at the number of reports from our students who have become disillusioned and demoralised as a result of their pre-registration training placement.

  • A provocative point that came out as a damaging statementSubscription

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    Like Brian Furman (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:276), I was distraught that a senior person in our profession could make such an outdated and factually incorrect statement at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference (

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