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Dilip Nathwani, consultant physician in Dundee and chairman of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAGP), spoke of the dangers posed by antibiotic resistance were already apparent in other countries

RPS antimicrobial resistance event prompts parliamentary debateSubscription

Politicians in Scotland are set to debate the next steps to take in order to tackle rising antimicrobial resistance.

Elizabeth Butterfield, lead for medicines optimisation at the English Pharmacy Board (EPB)

RPS disputes NICE appraisal of pharmacist medication reviewsSubscription

Proposed guideline says pharmacist medication reviews do not provide value for money for the NHS.

The World Health Organization (WHO) puts pressure on drug manufacturers to make clinical trial data publicly accessible

WHO joins drive to make all clinical trial data publicly availableSubscription

The World Health Organization has issued an official statement to encourage pharmaceutical companies to publicly disclose clinical trial results.

Pharmacists and GPs in Wales call to raise awareness of risks of buying antibiotics from unlicensed websites

Call to raise awareness of the risks of buying antibiotics from unlicensed websitesSubscription

Pharmacists and GPs in Wales call for steps to underline the risks of buying antibiotics online without a prescription.

Philip Howard, consultant antimicrobial pharmacist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust spoke at the Antimicrobial Resistance Summit hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Community pharmacy vital to tackling antimicrobial resistance, summit hearsSubscription

Commissioning community pharmacies to handle minor infections more often could help reduce dependence on antibiotics, conference told.

NHS could save up to £2bn by reducing medicine waste and improving clinical practice, says recent study by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

NHS could save nearly £2bn through waste reduction and improved clinical practice Subscription

Around £2bn of savings could be made in the NHS through reducing waste and improving clinical practice, says a report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

EllaOne to be available without prescriptionSubscription

EllaOne (ulipristal acetate), an emergency contraceptive, is to be made available without a prescription from community pharmacies throughout the European Union.

Pharmacy student numbers will not be controlled

Clinical Pharmacist's monthly news round-up: the top 10 in the past monthSubscription

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

Pharmacists and clinical pharmacologists to collaborate following call for more consultant postsSubscription

Pharmacists and clinical pharmacologists are to look at how they can work together to improve patient care and increase the potential of medicines management to save NHS funds.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published a strategic plan to grow the role of pharmacy

Growth at the heart of new GPhC strategy Subscription

The General Pharmaceutical Council has published a new strategy with a focus on improving the quality of the pharmacy profession and outcomes for patients.

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Winter pressures fundingSubscription

14 November 2014: The government announced that a further £300m is being invested to help the NHS in England deal with winter pressures this year. As part of the announcement, patients are being encouraged to make more use of pharmacists and seek early advice from them. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) featured on a number of news outlets speaking about this story, including Good Morning Britain, Sky News and LBC.

Antimicrobial resistance summitSubscription

6 November 2014: the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) hosted a summit on antimicrobial resistance, attended by GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and pharmacists. The summit called for binding national targets to “roll back” antibiotic prescribing to 2010 levels, to halt the relentless rise in resistance. The summit and the topic of antimicrobial resistance was covered that day by a range of national and regional media outlets, including the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Sky News, ITV News, ...

Statin dose timingSubscription

28 October 2014: The Daily Mail reported that statins “work best if they are taken before bedtime”, as individual genes “become more or less active at certain times of the day”. Speaking about simvastatin, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokeswoman Heidi Wright said: “Simvastatin is best taken at bedtime as your liver makes most of your cholesterol at night. Low-dose aspirin works by making your blood less sticky. There is research that says more heart attacks occur in the morning, so ...

Minor ailments campaignSubscription

19 October 2014: the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) called on the NHS in England to provide a national common ailments service through community pharmacies. It followed the publication of research that showed common ailments, such as coughs and sore throats, cost the NHS an extra £1.1bn a year when patients are treated at A&E or GP ...

Risks of opioid useSubscription

30th September 2014: The Daily Mail reported on a statement from the American Academy of Neurology that said the risks of strong painkillers, including codeine, morphine and oxycodone, outweigh the benefits. Speaking to the paper, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesperson Roger Knaggs said: “Like the US, there has been a marked increase in opioid prescribing for pain in the UK. It remains unclear as to whether the harms of this increased prescribing are the same.”

Using antibiotics frugallySubscription

10 October 2014: the first annual report of Public Health England’s English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance was published, showing a 6% increase between 2010 and 2013 in the prescribing of antibiotics by GPs and hospitals. Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesperson Kieran Hand said: “Inevitably, bacteria will become resistant to the antibiotics that are used frequently. ...

"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 ...

RPS media appearancesSubscription

In the first six months of 2014, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and its spokespeople featured in national and regional media (TV, radio and print) on average five times per week. Between January and June 2014, comments from the RPS were read in national print every two days, and heard on both national and regional radio every ten days.  

Drug shortage views airedSubscription

29 August 2014: BBC One’s South Today programme has been looking at the problem of medicines shortages in the south of England. According to the report, the shortage of prescription drugs in this area is a growing problem, with some patients having to wait weeks for their medicines.

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For official announcements from The Royal Pharmaceutical society please visit the announcements page here.

David Branford, English Pharmacy Board chairman, says government’s decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could lower the quality of applicants and lead to greater unemployment levels.

Q&A: Failure to cap student numbers risks poorer job prospectsSubscription


David Branford, English Pharmacy Board chairman, says the government’s decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could lower the quality of applicants and lead to greater unemployment levels.

Helen Gordon, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Teamwork will define the future NHSSubscription


Greater partnership between pharmacists and other health professions will be vital to delivering better care under the new five-year NHS plan, says Helen Gordon, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Howard Duff, director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacists are crucial to solving the NHS urgent care problemSubscription

By Howard Duff

A greater role for pharmacists is essential if the NHS is to reduce unsustainable pressure on unplanned care services, says Howard Duff, director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Pharmacists will be sent a self care guide to help patients manage minor illnesses

How pharmacists in Scotland can help combat antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

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Jacqueline Sneddon, project lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, and Annamarie McGregor, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, explain how pharmacists in Scotland can improve antimicrobial stewardship.

Mair Davies

Strengthening participation in Welsh local practice forumsSubscription


A new generation of RPS members is invigorating local practice forums in Wales, says Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board.

Ash Soni, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Medicines optimisation, antimicrobial resistance and pharmacy educationVideoSubscription


RPS president Ash Soni reflects on major issues raised during the ‘pharmacy conference season’ in September.

David Branford, English Pharmacy Board Chairman

Getting our priorities correctSubscription


English Pharmacy Board Chairman Dave Branford looks at the challenges of setting priorities in such a diverse profession as pharmacy.

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


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


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


Take action to prevent misuse of psychotropic medicines in care homesSubscription


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


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


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

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Promoting excellence in pharmacy in ScotlandVideo

8 SEP 2014

Hamish Wilson, the Vice Chair of Healthcare Improvement in Scotland, and Alpana Mair, the Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, discuss the future of the Prescription for Excellence programme in Scotland, how they plan to help pharmacists expand their clinical role and the possible impact of the Scottish referendum.

The future of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietyVideo

8 SEP 2014

Ash Soni (President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society) explains to Matthew Wright (Executive Editor at The Pharmaceutical Journal) the future of RPS as a Royal College for pharmacists and the value of the RPS Faculty for the career path of the Pharmacists.

Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2014 audience choice winners from Royal Pharmaceutical Society on Vimeo.

Audience choice winners reflect on their Pharmaceutical Care Awards projectVideo

1 AUG 2014Updated: 6 SEP 2014

A team from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust scooped the audience choice award at the Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2014 for a project that enabled care home residents to become more involved with decisions about their medicines. David Campbell and Steve Barrett explain why they believe they received the most audience votes for the project most able to be replicated.

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Special report

Antimicrobial resistance

Last defence dam in antimicrobial resistance

Around 25,000 people die in the European Union each year from infections resistant to antibiotics. Third-generation cephalosporins are often useless against common bacteria like Escherichia coli, and fluoroquinolones are no longer the treatment of choice for gonorrhoea because resistance has become widespread. Here, you can find news stories and articles about the issue.

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