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Accurately diagnosing antibiotic allergiesSubscription

Diagnosing true drug allergy can be challenging and it is important that patients are managed appropriately.

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How to ask for a pay rise

In these difficult times of limited resources, funding cuts, lower profits and reductions in staff, it may have been some time since you have had a pay increase or even considered requesting one — but that does not mean you do not deserve one.

Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)

‘We need to move on and get the best deal for community pharmacy’Subscription

Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, on how he is going to negotiate a new deal for community pharmacy.

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Writing competition 2018

And the winners are ...

We challenged pharmacists to write 500 words on what they thought the future held for their profession and you did not disappoint. The entries varied hugely, from think pieces scoping a new direction for the profession, to chilling dystopias in which pharmacy, and even medicines, no longer exist. We were delighted to receive so many high-quality entries from pharmacists, and those in training, and hope you enjoy reading our selection of the best ones.

Read the winning entries here

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Should medicinal cannabis be legalised?

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Big Dope: why we shouldn’t rush to legalise medical cannabis

A powerful cannabis industry could emerge in the footsteps of Big Booze, Big Tobacco and Big Pharma, and we risk becoming beholden to it, says pharmacist Terry Maguire.

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Accurately diagnosing antibiotic allergiesSubscription

Diagnosing true drug allergy can be challenging and it is important that patients are managed appropriately.

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How to provide patients with the right information to make informed decisionsSubscription

A tailored approach can help pharmacists support patients to make better treatment choices, resulting in more successful outcomes.

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How to ask for a pay rise

In these difficult times of limited resources, funding cuts, lower profits and reductions in staff, it may have been some time since you have had a pay increase or even considered requesting one — but that does not mean you do not deserve one.

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Leyla Hannbeck: driving fast, fresh croissants and changing her mind on GDPRSubscription

A minute in the company of the National Pharmacy Association’s director of pharmacy.

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English Pharmacy Board urges Steve Brine to support wellbeing of the pharmacy workforce

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board has written to health minister Steve Brine to ask how the Department of Health and Social Care is planning to support the pharmacy workforce’s wellbeing.

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RPS confirms second revalidation training day for September 2018

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has confirmed that its second revalidation training day will be held on 14 September 2018 at the Society’s London headquarters.

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Putting insomnia to bedSubscription

An estimated 30–50% of the population will experience insomnia symptoms at some point in their lives and, in the UK, insomnia rates steadily rise with age. With a 2% increase in sales of over-the-counter sleep aids during 2017, pharmacists are seeing more patients with insomnia symptoms. Here we discuss the health implications of not getting enough sleep and what can be done to help people drift off.

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Should pharmacists be allowed to reuse medicines?Subscription

Medicines reuse schemes successfully operate in the United States and Greece, reducing medicines waste and environmental pollution, as well as saving money and providing drugs to thousands of people who could not otherwise afford them. Is there a demand for such a scheme in the UK, and would it be feasible?

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Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)

‘We need to move on and get the best deal for community pharmacy’Subscription

Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, on how he is going to negotiate a new deal for community pharmacy.

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How genetic testing can help women with breast cancer avoid chemotherapySubscription

By using Oncotype DX test technology, researchers behind the TAILORx trial have proven that invasive and often harmful chemotherapy needn’t be the only option for women with breast cancer. 

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NHS70: major moments in pharmacy 1948–2018Subscription

The lives of pharmacists and the medicines they manage have changed dramatically since the NHS was created. Here, we chart the milestones that shaped the profession.

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Breakdown of the OTC medicines market in BritainSubscription

The over-the-counter medicines market grew by almost 1% in 2017 to reach £2.56bn. Although pain relief remains the highest value category group, the most growth was seen in eye care and gastrointestinal products.

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Diagnosis and management of type 1 diabetes mellitus

An overview of management options for type 1 diabetes, the types of insulin, insulin regimens and strengths available for its day-to-day management as well as how to adjust doses and the role of carbohydrate counting and blood glucose monitoring.

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Lung cancer: advances in management and therapySubscription

An overview of traditional and emerging immunotherapy-based targets and treatments available for lung cancer, their side effects and the impact immune checkpoint inhibitors have had on the treatment of non–small-cell lung cancer.

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Big pharma, government and GPs under fire in polypharmacy investigationSubscription

Too many pills: How too much medicine is endangering our health and what can be done about it, by James Le Fanu

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Special report

Promoting self-care this summer

Pharmacists are well placed to help patients take care of themselves — from advising on sun protection and skin cancer risk to offering tips on managing hayfever. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on self-care and help patients in your community pharmacy to help themselves stay well this summer.

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CPD Learning for Pharmacists

A new series of ebooks from The Pharmaceutical Journal. The first book in the series focuses on the care of older patients.

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Risk factors for mortality, hospitalisation and imprisonment in substance misuse patientsSubscription

Pharmacists should be aware of the mortality rates and adverse outcomes, including hospitalisation and imprisonment, that are rife in illicit drug users and patients on opioid substitution therapy, in order to optimise patient safety and reduce adverse outcomes.

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Pharmacy’s role in antimicrobial resistance and stewardshipSubscription

This article summarises the evidence supporting the role of pharmacists and pharmacy teams in antimicrobial stewardship and outlines the impact of their activities.

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