Proposed guideline says pharmacist medication reviews do not provide value for money for the NHS.
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 for steps to underline the risks of buying antibiotics online without a prescription.
Commissioning community pharmacies to handle minor infections more often could help reduce dependence on antibiotics, conference told.
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.
NHS must commit to national targets to use fewer antibiotics to halt the rise in antimicrobial resistance, according to a coalition of health professional bodies.
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.
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.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has spoken out about the increased role that community pharmacy could play in primary care.
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. ...
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
A new generation of RPS members is invigorating local practice forums in Wales, says Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board.
RPS president Ash Soni reflects on major issues raised during the ‘pharmacy conference season’ in September.
Getting our priorities correctSubscription
English Pharmacy Board Chairman Dave Branford looks at the challenges of setting priorities in such a diverse profession as pharmacy.
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.
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.
Newly elected RPS President Ash Soni looks at some of the challenges ahead, including gaining his own Faculty accreditation.
English Pharmacy Board chairman Dave Branford makes the case for pharmacists to have more input into care home prescribing.
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.
RPS chief executive Helen Gordon looks at initiatives to provide the professional leadership pharmacists seek.
Just saying “bore da” (good morning) can help!Subscription
Principal policy adviser for RPS Wales Elen Jones reflects on the recent inquiry by the Welsh Language Commissioner on the use of Welsh in primary care.