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Diet pill deathSubscription

21 April 2015: There were media reports of a 21-year-old woman who died after taking suspected diet pills which had been bought online. They were believed to contain DNP, an industrial chemical used as a pesticide and not for human consumption.

Less than 1% of NHS 111 callers are directed to a pharmacy. In the image, an elderly woman dials NHS 111

Why doesn't NHS 111 refer patients to pharmacists?Subscription

Less than 1% of NHS 111 callers are directed to speak to a pharmacist. Stephen Robinson asks why and looks at what can be done to increase referrals.

Applicants are about to undergo their final assessment as the RPS Faculty prepares to accept the first pharmacists with less than ten years’ experience

Tough, costly, rewarding: how 12 pharmacists found the RPS Faculty processSubscription

As the RPS Faculty prepares to accept the first pharmacists with less than ten years’ experience, Stephen Robinson explores the views of those applicants about to undergo their final assessment.

David Branford is the English Pharmacy Board chair

RPS chair: GP practice role will help develop clinical future for the professionSubscription

Creating opportunities in general practice for pharmacists will allow to the profession to adopt a greater clinical role in care, says the English Pharmacy Board chair David Branford.

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Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member

Pre-registration training: is ‘good enough’ good enough?Subscription

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Following reports of dissatisfaction with pre-registration training, Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member, and Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy, ask whether the programme is fit for purpose.

Elizabeth Butterfield, RPS English Pharmacy Board member

Pharmacists in GP practices is a vital next step for the profession – but it's not the only one we needSubscription

By Elizabeth Butterfield

Opportunities for pharmacists to work within general practice teams will be an important new role for the profession, but integration with primary care needs to go further still, argues Elizabeth Butterfield, RPS English Pharmacy Board member.

Prescription charging is an inequitable tax well past its expiry date, argues Sid Dajani, treasurer of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and English Pharmacy Board member.

The prescription charge system is illogical, unfair and morally indefensibleSubscription

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Prescription charging is an inequitable tax well past its expiry date, argues Sultan Dajani, treasurer of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and English Pharmacy Board member.

Neal Patel, head of corporate communications of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

RPS to consult pharmacists over proposals to decriminalise dispensing errorsSubscription

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As the government proposes the decriminalisation of dispensing errors, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s head of corporate communications, Neal Patel, tells Stephen Robinson how the Society will canvas the profession’s views.

Aileen Bryson, policy and practice lead at Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland.

Why a 'conscience clause' is essential in assisted suicide legislationSubscription

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Pharmacists must be allowed to opt out of dispensing lethal prescriptions if assisted suicide is legalised, and this right should be protected in law, says Aileen Bryson, policy and practice lead at Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland.

Ash Soni, RPS President

RPS president: becoming a royal college would give us greater gravitasSubscription

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Six months into the role, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) President Ash Soni talks to Stephen Robinson about how the Society could become a royal college and why pharmacists will come to be seen as the ‘glue’ holding together the NHS and social care.

Wing Tang, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacists can’t ignore ‘quality improvement’ in today’s NHSSubscription

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Pharmacists must show a commitment to the developing field of ‘quality improvement’ as the NHS evolves, says Wing Tang, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

David Branford, chair of the English Pharmacy Board; John Cromarty, chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board and Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board

RPS leaders: braced for a challenging yearSubscription

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The three Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) board chairs in England, Scotland and Wales tell Stephen Robinson what 2015 holds for the pharmacy profession and how they plan to tackle the challenges to come.

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Paracetamol effectiveness questionedSubscription

1 April 2015: An Australian review was published, warning that paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis. Speaking to BBC Online, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesperson Roger Knaggs said: “There are other medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids, which may provide better pain relief, but these are associated with a range of other side-effects. Anybody with concerns about whether taking paracetamol could cause harm should ...

Antibiotic-resistant infectionsSubscription

6 April 2015: Sky News reported on a new antibiotic resistant superbug and warned that drug resistant infections will continue to rise without new antibiotics. Speaking to the channel, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesperson Jayne Lawrence said: “The pharmaceutical industry is not producing new antibiotics. There have been less than two new classes of antibiotics since the 1980s… so we need to incentivise industry to make more of them.”

RPS promotes pharmacists and GPs campaignSubscription

Tuesday 17 March 2015: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) made a joint call for pharmacists to work in GP surgeries. This gained a significant amount of media coverage. The story was covered by:

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Special report

UK general election 2015

UK General Election 2015

The British public will decide the next UK government on 7 May in the 2015 general election. Unsurprisingly, healthcare and the NHS feature heavily in political party campaigns and manifestos. Here you can find our coverage of the elections, with a special focus on healthcare and pharmacy.

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