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The Pharmaceutical Journal

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Leading providers of influenza vaccinations in pharmacies in EnglandSubscription

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In 2015–2016, 7,195 pharmacies in England administered influenza vaccinations to almost 600,000 individuals as part of the first year of the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service, with some pharmacies delivering over 1,000 vaccinations.

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Editorial

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Planned funding cuts for community pharmacy in England are not based on evidenceSubscription

The UK government’s documents on funding cuts for community pharmacy are inconsistent and lack evidence.

Simon Stevens, the chief executive officer of NHS England

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.

Comment

Illustration showing the two sides of clinical pharmacy: medicines optimisation and patient care and well-being

Defining clinical pharmacy: a new paradigm Subscription

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Amid the rapid change and evolution of pharmacy, now is the time to redefine what clinical pharmacy means.

Q&A

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.

Learning article

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Presenting data visually for a poster or presentationSubscription

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How to present research findings and other data using a poster or interactive presentation.

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How to evaluate services delivered within community pharmacySubscription

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How pharmacists and healthcare professionals can perform service-based evaluations within community pharmacy.

Careers

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Careers in pharmacy procurement: medicines, management and moneySubscription

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Jennifer Richardson finds out what type of professionals work in pharmacy procurement and why it may be a more interesting career option than you think.

Pearl D’Souza, airport pharmacist at Gatwick Airport

High emotions, high expectations, high flying: my life as an airport pharmacistSubscription

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Working in an airport means doing shifts at odd times, running travel clinics and dispensing medicines against the clock, explains Pearl D’Souza.

Roger Knaggs, pharmacist, Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

How a pharmacist made a career in pain and anaesthesiaSubscription

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Roger Knaggs is the first pharmacist to be appointed as a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He tells Julia Robinson about his journey into pharmacy and pain management.

News

Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England

Government lists pharmacies that will be shielded from full effect of funding cuts

More than 1,300 pharmacies will receive additional payments to protect against the full effects of community pharmacy funding cuts in England.

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Establishment payments to be phased out in pharmacy funding overhaul

From December 2016, establishment payments will be gradually phased out, the Department of Health announced on 20 October 2016.

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NICE to fast track most cost-effective treatments

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and NHS England have proposed changes to NICE’s drug appraisal process so that some treatments become available more quickly to patients.

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Patients needing urgent repeat prescriptions will be referred to pharmacies, not GPs

Patients who require urgent repeat medicines will be urged to see a community pharmacist rather than go to a GP or A&E department to take pressure off urgent care services under plans revealed by community health and care minister David Mowat.

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Study highlights drug-drug interaction risk from two commonly used drugs

Combined treatment with the antibiotic ceftriaxone and the proton pump inhibitor lansoprazole can lead to an increased risk of drug-induced arrhythmia, a study has found.

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)

The BMJ accuses drug company of withholding data on faulty test device in rivaroxaban trial

Janssen may have withheld data from the US Food and Drug Administration about a faulty blood testing device used in a trial of the anticoagulation drug rivaroxaban, according to the results of an investigation by The BMJ.

News in Brief

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Pharmacy integration fund will total £42m over next two years

21 OCT 2016

NHS England has announced that the pharmacy integration fund (PhIF), originally proposed in December 2015 as part of the government’s plans for community pharmacy, will total £42m over the next two years. This is substantially lower than the initial figure put forward earlier in 2016, which suggested the fund would amount to £300m by 2020–2021.

Health minister David Mowat

David Mowat announces community pharmacy cuts in House of Commons

20 OCT 2016

Health minister David Mowat has set out the government’s planned cuts to community pharmacy in a statement to the House of Commons, dashing the sector’s hopes that the plans would be rethought.

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New treatment option for Parkinson’s disease launched in the UK

18 OCT 2016

Drug company BIAL Pharm UK has launched opicapone (Ongentys), a new drug to improve mobility in some adult patients with Parkinson’s disease, for use in the UK. 

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Boots staff offered voluntary redundancy

13 OCT 2016

Boots has announced that it has asked support office staff to volunteer for redundancy as part of plans to cut 700 jobs.

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Pfizer loses appeal in patent case concerning Lyrica use in pain relief

13 OCT 2016

The Court of Appeal in London ruled on 13 October 2016 that it has upheld last year’s High Court decision that the patent covering Lyrica for pain relief has not been infringed by generic drug manufacturers Actavis and Mylan. 

John Maraganore, chief executive officer at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Trials of genetic heart failure drug halted after patient deaths

7 OCT 2016

Source: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals John Maraganore, chief executive officer at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, says the company has stopped all dosing and ...

Emergency department

Pharmacist-led medication reviews reduce drug-related readmissions

7 OCT 2016

Medication reviews carried out by hospital pharmacists can reduce drug-related readmissions and emergency department visits but the evidence behind these services is of poor quality, according to a study.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency office

Homeopathic teething products licensed in UK are safe, says medicines regulator

7 OCT 2016

Homeopathic teething products licensed in the UK are safe, says the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, after the US Food and Drug Administration issued a safety warning about US products.

General Pharmaceutical Council

GPhC reveals training providers with 100% pass rate for preregistration pharmacists

5 OCT 2016

At least 14 training providers recorded a 100% pass rate for their preregistration pharmacist trainees who took the registration assessment for the first time in June 2016, according to data published by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

October 2016, Vol 297, No 7894

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Leading providers of influenza vaccinations in pharmacies in England

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RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 13 October 2016Subscription

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The most recent Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Welsh Pharmacy Board (WPB) meeting took place on 13 October 2016 in Cardiff.

RPS English Pharmacy Board meeting

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 6 October 2016Subscription

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On 6 October 2016, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board met at the RPS’s London offices for its quarterly board meeting.

Claire Anderson, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board vice chair

Why RPS members should attend the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical SciencesSubscription

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board vice chair, Claire Anderson, reflects on her experience of the 2016 International Pharmaceutical Federation World Congress and explains why she feels there is professional value in RPS members attending, particularly when it comes to Glasgow in 2018. 

The RPS Scottish pharmacy board

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 28 September 2016Subscription

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB)’s final meeting of 2016 was held on 28 September at Holyrood Park House in Edinburgh.

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.

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