Reclassifying emergency hormonal contraception levonorgestrel from a pharmacy to general sale medicine is not the answerSubscription
Instead of making levonorgestrel available to purchase in any retail outlet without medical advice, it would be better to improve emergency hormonal contraception consultations, lower the price of the medicine and make it more easily accessible via national patient group directions.
A decision on whether to fund HIV prevention treatment on the NHS should be based on the evidence, not politics.
Ending homeopathy funding on the NHSSubscription
The funding of homeopathic products on the NHS must stop – and not just for financial reasons.
The UK government’s documents on funding cuts for community pharmacy are inconsistent and lack evidence.
NHS England CEO should not use derogatory language about pharmacy to justify funding cutsSubscription
There is no need for Simon Stevens, the chief executive officer of NHS England, to use language that undermines the role of pharmacies in order to convince MPs that funding cuts to the sector are justified.
Education and training should be provided for pharmacists so they have the opportunity to conduct research and contribute to translational research projects.
People visit pharmacies to seek advice on everything from hay fever to stomach bugs and sprained wrists. While it is known that people also ask their pharmacist about dry eye, we know little about the frequency of such complaints or how knowledgeable pharmacists are in providing quality care, since they receive little formal training on the condition.
Pharmacists are needed and are just as important in roles that are not clinical or patient facing.