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Miles Mack, from Royal College of General Practitioners and Jonathan Burton, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, on their collaboration

Working together for the benefit of healthcare professionals, patients and the publicSubscription

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Jonathan Burton and Miles Mack provide a summary of the recent collaborative work between the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales

Striving to improve standardsSubscription

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Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales, looks at what is being done across Wales to improve patient care in light of the ‘Trusted to care’ report.

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Ensuring relevance across the breadth of pharmacySubscription

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Newly elected RPS President Ash Soni looks at some of the challenges ahead, including gaining his own Faculty accreditation.

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Take action to prevent misuse of psychotropic medicines in care homesSubscription

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English Pharmacy Board chairman Dave Branford makes the case for pharmacists to have more input into care home prescribing.

John Cromarty, chairman, Scottish Pharmacy Board

The RPS is heading in the right directionSubscription

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Scottish Pharmacy Board chairman John Cromarty takes stock of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and finds significant progress has been made.

Helen Gordon

Providing standards and resources — and paying tribute Subscription

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RPS chief executive Helen Gordon looks at initiatives to provide the professional leadership pharmacists seek.

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Clinical Pharmacist's monthly news round-up: the top 10 in September 2014Subscription

What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of must-read news from the past month…

John Cromarty, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB)

Scottish Pharmacy Board seeks assurances from UK parties following referendum voteSubscription

John Cromarty, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish Pharmacy Board, has asked for assurances that all stakeholders will be consulted on any decisions affecting pharmacy or healthcare in Scotland following vote to remain a part of the UK.

Patients offer insight into clinical research, RPS conference hears

Input from patients on the design and execution of clinical research can provide a valuable perspective that healthcare professionals may not offer, a researcher says.

Colin Hitchings

International award for former RPSGB PresidentSubscription

Colin Hitchings, former president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, has been awarded the Joseph A Oddis Award posthumously for exceptional service to the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

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New app to assist RPS membersSubscription

By Jeff Mills

A new app that allows pharmacists to record notes on the top 200 most-prescribed medicines has been launched by the RPS.

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Community pharmacy handbook launched by RPS FacultySubscription

By Jeff Mills

Starting to build a professional portfolio can be daunting but the RPS Faculty has a new resource for pharmacists in the community.

Cover of the 'Medicines, Ethics and Practice’ (MEP), the professional guide for pharmacists

Explore the latest MEPSubscription

By Rakhee Amin

The 38th edition of ‘Medicines, Ethics and Practice’ was distributed to RPS members in July. Rakhee Amin, on behalf of the RPS Support team, explains what is new in the resource.

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"Designer" antibioticsSubscription

16 September 2014: The Daily Mail reported on antibiotic resistance and a new ‘designer’ form of antibiotic drugs that could reduce the problem. According to the report, “this new style of antibiotic targets the specific strain of bacteria causing the illness, so that the other strains are left unharmed and don’t become resistant”. Speaking to the paper, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesman Phil Howard commented: “Gram-negative bacteria which are found in the gut and which ...

Pick the perfect painkillerSubscription

13 September 2014: The Daily Mail featured an article called ‘Pick the perfect painkiller’. It looked at paracetamol, ibuprofen, pain-relieving gels and other products. Speaking about paracetamol and the benefits of it for muscular pain such as sprains, strains and ligament pain, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesman Sid Dajani said: “Many people — particularly men — believe ibuprofen is more powerful, but there’s no evidence to support this, and paracetamol is much kinder ...

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Special report

FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

FIP International conference, Bangkok 2014

Just under 2,000 attendees gathered in Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (31 August-4 September). The theme of this year’s congress is “Access to medicines and pharmacists today, better outcomes tomorrow”.

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Reader's comment

It is my understanding that the EU determines the [pharmacy] course requirements so that there is reciprocity. Perhaps if Scotland leaves the EU then Scotland’s Chief Pharmacist Bill Scott could get his way [with removing the focus on science for pharmacy degrees] but pharmacists there might have limited career opportunities outside the country.

Howard McNulty Stop science focus for pharmacy degrees, chief pharmacist says

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