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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

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Carter’s review of NHS hospitals: a much better effort from the government compared with community pharmacySubscription

Lord Carter appears to have got it right in his review about how to improve efficiencies in NHS hospitals.

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Automated hub-and-spoke dispensing will create opportunities for greater patient contact; unless it’s all about the bottom lineSubscription

Hub-and-spoke dispensing has the potential to change community pharmacy for the better but questions remain.

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Blocking the immune system in rheumatoid arthritisSubscription

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Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the body. It afflicts about 1% of people in the UK and is now treated with a variety of biologic drugs that dampen the immune system in different ways

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Comment

NPA and PSNC members protest in front of the Department of Health in London against the community pharmacy cuts

Community pharmacy cuts: a breakdown of a flawed rationale Subscription

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The government’s decision to cut funding on a large scale for community pharmacy is short-sighted and will cause long-term damage to patients and pharmacy.

Q&A

Joselia Frade, director of professional development of the Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas

The Zika virus: how Brazilian pharmacists are fighting back

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Josélia Frade explains what Brazilian pharmacists are doing to help control the Zika virus outbreak.

Learning article

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How to use the summary care record in community pharmacySubscription

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An overview of the summary care record, including its contents, who can view it, how its use can be monitored as well as how access in community pharmacies in England can benefit patients and pharmacy practice.

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How to conduct a literature reviewSubscription

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The purpose of literature reviews and how to execute them.

Careers

Jilly Croasdale is head of radiopharmacy and associate director of healthcare science at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

What my career in radiopharmacy involvesSubscription

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Radiopharmacy involves the manufacture of sterile radioactive medicines which are used as part of nuclear medicine studies.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

April 2016, Vol 295, No 7888

Cover Story:

A facility in Warrington is using automated assembly lines and robotics to prepare prescriptions for a handful of community pharmacies in the north of England. This new model of dispensing medicines challenges the traditional role of community pharmacies but could increase efficiences and reduce errors. It could also give pharmacists more time to deliver clinical services in the pharmacy setting.

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Emily Rose, hospital pharmacist and winner of the 2015 'I Love My Pharmacist' Award

I Love My Pharmacist Award 2016 launched to find ‘unsung pharmacy heroes’Subscription

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For the first time, this years’ I Love My Pharmacist Award, launched on 18 April, enables members of the public to nominate their favourite pharmacist. 

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