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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. 

From left (top), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Flavia Bustreo, Philippe Douste-Blazy, (bottom) David Nabarro, Sania Nishtar and Miklós Szócska

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.

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.

Illustration of a person cutting a pharmacy price tag

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.

Tim Evans is the senior director of health, nutrition and population at the World Bank Group

Q&A: World Bank warns that inaction on antimicrobial resistance could increase healthcare costs in developing countriesSubscription

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Tim Evans from the World Bank Group talks about new research that shows how inaction on antimicrobial resistance could wipe out decades of healthcare gains and dramatically increase healthcare costs in developing countries.

Aileen Bryson, RPS Scotland’s practice and policy lead

What is the Falsified Medicines Directive? Subscription

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Aileen Bryson, practice and policy lead at RPS Scotland, speaks to Julia Robinson about the purpose of the Falsified Medicines Directive and how it will affect pharmacists in the UK.

Paul Gallagher, head of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s School of Pharmacy

Q&A: From training surgeons in Ireland to providing healthcare education internationallySubscription

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Paul Gallagher, head of the school of pharmacy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, speaks to Benedict Lam about how the royal college focus on education and training led to the expansion of its provision of healthcare education in Ireland and beyond.

Naoko Arakawa, the international programme lead at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: RPS international programme lead Naoko ArakawaSubscription

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In 2015, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society signed an agreement with the Japanese Pharmaceutical Association promising to work together and share best practice on patient care and professional development. Here, Julia Robinson talks to Naoko Arakawa, the international programme lead at the RPS, about the collaboration so far. 

Nicola Magrini, secretary of the WHO expert committee on the selection and use of essential medicines

Q&A: Increasing global access to medicines for non-communicable diseasesSubscription

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Nicola Magrini from the World Health Organization discusses improving access to affordable medicines for non-communicable diseases and warns that treatments for cancer lag behind.

Luiz Loures is deputy executive director of programme at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030: can it be done?Subscription

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Luiz Loures from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) talks about ending the epidemic, and the challenges in fighting the disease that has claimed over 34 million lives.

Martin Astbury, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: New RPS president Martin AstburySubscription

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Two years after he was succeeded by Ash Soni, recently affirmed RPS president and self-professed ‘Joe Bloggs pharmacist’ Martin Astbury says he has learnt from his four terms from 2010 to 2014 and is ready to serve the Society again.

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