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  • A provocative point that came out as a damaging statement Subscription

    11 OCT 2014 0:00 By Bill Dawson
    Comments (1)

    Like Brian Furman (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:276), I was distraught that a senior person in our profession could make such an outdated and factually incorrect statement at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference (

  • Nobel prize awarded for deciphering how individuals orientate themselves Subscription

    7 OCT 2014 11:00

    The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to three neuroscientists who between them discovered the brain’s “inner GPS”.

  • We need to be at the cutting edge of relevant science Subscription

    6 OCT 2014 16:09 By Michael Brown

    As a profession, pharmacy has a main focus on medicines. The idea from Scotland’s chief pharmaceutical officer Bill Scott that science, especially chemistry, is of minor importance (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:234) is absurd. It is a waste of resources if a university course does not get as close to the cutting edge of the relevant science as possible. ...

  • We need to embrace science more positively Subscription

    2 OCT 2014 By John Harris

    Two items attracted my attention in a recent issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal. The first was the report on the development of advanced clinical academic training of pharmacists “which will support the advancement of a relatively small cohort of pharmacist each year… to the overall benefit of pharmacy as a profession” (2014;293:226), ...

  • Science and practice components of pharmacy are mutually interdependent Subscription

    29 SEP 2014 0:00 By Luigi Martini, Jayne Lawrence, David Barlow

    We agree and support wholeheartedly the views expressed by Brian Furman (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:276) in his response to the recent suggestion from Bill Scott, the chief pharmaceutical officer for Scotland, that science be removed from the MPharm curriculum.

  • Science is the backbone of the pharmacy profession Subscription

    25 SEP 2014 17:26 By Yvonne Perrie
    Comments (1)

    The Pharmacy Schools Council (PhSC) was disappointed to see reports in The Pharmaceutical Journal (9 September 2014) of Bill Scott’s comments at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference, which asserted a need to remove the science from the MPharm to focus on healthcare. The PhSC represents 27 schools of ...

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    Genetics plays a role in drug-induced pancreatitis Subscription

    22 SEP 2014 14:47

    New research identifies a genetic variant that confers increased susceptibility to drug-induced pancreatitis.

  • Ludicrous to suggest removal of science from pharmacy degrees Subscription

    22 SEP 2014 9:50 By Mathew Smith

    I was disappointed to read the unhelpful and divisive report in The Pharmaceutical Journal (online, 9 September 2014) suggesting that I favour the removal of science from the undergraduate pharmacy programme. Nothing could be further from the truth. In response to a question at the RPS conference on how I would change the undergraduate pharmacy degree I was quoted ...

  • Science is intrinsic to pharmacy

    19 SEP 2014 By Jonathan Tugbobo

    At the recent Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference, Scotland’s chief pharmaceutical officer Bill Scott suggested that the focus of the pharmacy degree should not be on science. But science is integral to the pharmacist’s role, argues Jonathan Tugbobo

  • Science is an essential component of undergraduate pharmacy education Subscription

    15 SEP 2014 15:31 By Brian Furman
    Comments (2)

    It was with incredulity that I read the reported comments of Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer on the removal of science from the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014:293:234). Given the enormous challenges of future healthcare provision, with escalating costs of medicines, an aging population, growing antimicrobial resistance ...

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