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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

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Government should take a common sense approach and abolish prescription chargesSubscription

It is time for England to follow the lead of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and abolish prescription charges.

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Despite setback, new combination therapies are still the future for multiple myelomaSubscription

Several clinical trials have been stopped because of safety concerns, but pharmaceutical companies should not lose their nerve.

Comment

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Antidepressants are not a ‘quick fix’ for children and young people with mental health problemsSubscription

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Mental health professionals are becoming increasingly concerned that antidepressants are being used as a sticking plaster as waiting lists for specialist psychological treatments get longer and longer.

Q&A

Trevor Mundel is president of the global health division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

How the Gates Foundation seeks to energise the global fight against neglected tropical diseasesSubscription

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The president of the global health division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Trevor Mundel, reveals how it is taking action against neglected tropical diseases.

From left: Sir Michael Rawlins, Douglas Simpson, Nikesh Kotecha and Clive Page

The Queen honours four people with connections to pharmacySubscription

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The Queen’s Birthday Honours lists recognise the achievements of a wide range of people from across the UK. The Pharmaceutical Journal has profiled four people honoured this year who are pharmacists or have close connections with pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry.

Books and Arts

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Collection of musings of the life of an NHS surgeonSubscription

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Admissions: a life in brain surgery, by Henry Marsh

The acid watcher diet: a 28-day reflux prevention and healing programme, by Jonathan Aviv

Changing eating habits to reduce gastro-oesophageal reflux disease symptomsSubscription

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The acid watcher diet: a 28-day reflux prevention and healing programme, by Jonathan Aviv

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An examination of the scientific history of medical geneticsSubscription

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Life histories of genetic disease: patterns and prevention in postwar medical genetics by Andrew J Hogan

Learning article

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How to use the new BNF and BNF for Children app

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Around 500,000 print copies of the BNF and BNF for Children are distributed to healthcare professionals each year. A new app which combines BNF and BNF for Children content ensures the availability of drug information through a smart device.

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How to identify and manage ‘problem’ excipients in medicines for childrenSubscription

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Children may be exposed to potentially harmful excipients, essential components of drug formulations, through unlicensed and off-label use of adult medicines. Excipient exposure should be minimised, although a medicine containing a problem excipient may be indicated, but only after a careful risk–benefit assessment.

Careers

Nick Thayer, pharmacy services lead for Well

What I do as pharmacy services lead for an independent pharmacy business

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Nick Thayer has always been vocal about the value and importance of local pharmacy services. Here, he describes how he is leading their development to ensure that community pharmacy remains a priority.

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Media training and media-facing roles in pharmacySubscription

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Pharmacy is too often left out of the media conversation on key healthcare issues, so it is important to strengthen our presence across all sectors, through both mainstream and social media. Gareth Malson explores how media training benefits both pharmacists and pharmacy.

Viv Horton, neurosciences pharmacist

What neuroscience pharmacist Viv Horton does for movement disorder and Parkinson's servicesSubscription

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As a neuroscience pharmacist, Viv Horton sees patients in a movement disorder clinic and Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit, and delivers ward-based medicines optimisation services covering neurology, neurosurgery, neurorehabilitation and stroke services.

News

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Pharmacy bodies express concerns over GPhC revalidation proposals

General Pharmaceutical Council suggestions on revalidating pharmacists not robust enough to improve patient safety, says RPS.

WannaCry cyber attack on NHS

Government announces new measures for cyber security and data sharing

The government is promising a £21m fund to help protect trauma centres from cyber attack after hospital centres were downed by the WannaCry ransomware virus.

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'Unorderly' Brexit risks shortage of life-saving drugs

The British and European pharmaceutical industries warn against impact on life-saving drugs in a letter to Brexit leaders.

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Powerful antibiotic against C. difficile to be tested in phase III clinical trial

Ridinilazole is a narrow-spectrum antibiotic that has been found to have a potent bactericidal effect on C. difficile.

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Lancet study reveals the first vaccine to show protection against gonorrhoea

Exposure to the meningococcal group B vaccine is associated with a reduced likelihood of contracting gonorrhoea, according to the findings of a large study in The Lancet.

General Pharmaceutical Council

GPhC agrees new threshold criteria for complaints

New threshold criteria governing when a complaint against a pharmacist or technician should be referred to the professional regulator’s investigation committee have been agreed.

News in brief

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Bear fat: pharmacy's first leave-in conditionerSubscription

18 JUL 2017

Bear’s grease became a popular hair-restoring pomade during the second half of the 1700s, when the wearing of wigs fell out of fashion.

Survey now open: how do pharmacists support antimicrobial stewardship? Subscription

14 JUL 2017

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is seeking real-world examples of how pharmacists are supporting antimicrobial stewardship.

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Community pharmacy services to be cut owing to reduced public spending, says King's Fund

14 JUL 2017

An analysis of data from the Department of Communities and Local Government suggests stop smoking schemes will be among the hardest hit services.

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Public invited to take part in EMA valproate safety review

13 JUL 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is holding its first public hearing to ask patients for their experience of taking valproate.

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Chickenpox vaccine available for first time on the high street

13 JUL 2017

Superdrug has introduced a chickenpox vaccination service in 58 of its stores in an attempt to reduce hospital visits.

Novartis

Two new biosimilars 'could save NHS millions'

12 JUL 2017

Two biosimilar medicines for the treatment of patients with specific blood cancers and a range of inflammatory conditions have been made available for patients in the UK.

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ABPI applies for judicial review to challenge NHS and NICE

10 JUL 2017

The ABPI has confirmed that it has applied for a judicial review to challenge a decision made by NHS England and the NICE to introduce process for medicines likely to cost the NHS more than £20m in any of the first three years of use.

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PPIs linked to increased risk of death

10 JUL 2017

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) could be responsible for thousands of excess deaths every year, according to the authors of a recent study.

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UK to recruit 500 GPs from the EU

30 JUN 2017

NHS England is close to launching a £30m contract framework that will invite companies to tender to hire 500 general practitioners from the European Union

The Pharmaceutical Journal

July 2017, Vol 299, No 7903

Cover stories:

Prescription charges backfire on UK health and wealth

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Your RPS

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RPS Scotland tells Government: 'digital divide' and access to records must be addressedSubscription

Community pharmacist access to patients’ electronic health records is now an “urgent patient safety concern”, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland.

Ash Soon, newly re-elected president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Ash Soni returns to RPS presidencySubscription

Community pharmacist Ash Soni has again been elected as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Alasdair Angus Macintyre, Deborah Alice Stafford and Jonathan Burton

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 14 June 2017Subscription

The Scottish Pharmacy Board held its third meeting of the year in June 2017, at Holyrood Park House, Edinburgh. Improving the pharmaceutical care of people in care homes, patient consent and how to increase the number of nominations for Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society were the topics of debate.

Creamware advertising model for Bears Grease, Staffordshire, 1799–1818

Bear fat: pharmacy's first leave-in conditionerSubscription

Bear’s grease became a popular hair-restoring pomade during the second half of the 1700s, when the wearing of wigs fell out of fashion.

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Chair, Welsh Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 20 June 2017Subscription

RPS Wales is to join the Welsh Government group drawing up the national dementia strategy and has been invited to give oral evidence on the use of anti-psychotic medication in care homes. The RPS in Wales continues to promote the full integration of pharmacy into all care models.

Members of the English Pharmacy Board during the June 2017 meeting

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 22 June 2017Subscription

Members of the English Pharmacy Board got together at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society London headquarters for the third  meeting of 2017, which took place on 22 June 2017.

Survey now open: how do pharmacists support antimicrobial stewardship? Subscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is seeking real-world examples of how pharmacists are supporting antimicrobial stewardship.

Paul Bennett new chief executive Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Q&A with Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription

Paul Bennett took up his new role as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 3 July. He joins the RPS from his position as chief officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee. He was previously professional standards director and superintendent pharmacist at Boots UK.

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