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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 25 April 2015, Vol 294, No 7859

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  • As the May 2015 UK General Election approaches, party campaigns have swung into motion, manifestos launched, party lines drawn and political rhetoric ramped up. In the image, the houses of Parliament

    General election promises should be based on evidence Subscription

    23 APR 2015 14:40

    When it comes to developing policy, politicians should heed the best available evidence. Election promises should be no different.

  • The Pharmaceutical Journal approached the three main political parties to find out their views on health-related policy matters

    UK political parties discuss healthcare and pharmacy issues ahead of general election Subscription

    23 APR 2015 14:34 By Benedict Lam
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    Ahead of the UK public going to the polls on 7 May in the 2015 general election, the three largest political parties in Westminster respond to questions on the big issues in healthcare and pharmacy.

  • Pharmacists often fear complaints Subscription

    23 APR 2015 10:28 By Rebecca Myers

    I write in response to Adam Pattison Rathbone’s blog (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:385), where he describes ...

  • Less than 1% of NHS 111 callers are directed to a pharmacy. In the image, an elderly woman dials NHS 111

    Why doesn't NHS 111 refer patients to pharmacists? Subscription

    23 APR 2015 10:27 By Stephen Robinson
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    Less than 1% of NHS 111 callers are directed to speak to a pharmacist. Stephen Robinson asks why and looks at what can be done to increase referrals.

  • Neuropathic pain (NP) is notoriously difficult to treat. Average daily pain scores were reduced significantly more with combination therapy than with either nortriptyline or morphine alone.

    Combining nortriptyline with morphine may provide superior analgesia over monotherapies Subscription

    23 APR 2015 10:23
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    For patients with neuropathic pain, average daily pain scores were reduced significantly more with combination therapy than with either nortriptyline or morphine alone.

  • Clinical trials and the rules that govern them are coming under pressure for an overhaul. In the image, a researcher checks storage of samples in freezer

    Clinical trials and tribulations Subscription

    23 APR 2015 10:22 By Katharine Sanderson

    A shake-up of the way clinical trials are conducted is on the horizon, with the aim of improving access to medicines.

  • Relocation of RPS headquarters Subscription

    22 APR 2015 14:43

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is moving offices from 1 Lambeth High Street to 66 East Smithfield later this year. Due to a revised completion date in the refurbishment of the new site, the RPS will relocate to offices in Aldgate on 11 May 2015 for a period of six to eight weeks. From 11 May 2015, visitors to the RPS should come to: RPS, 11th Floor, Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London EC3A 7BB.

  • Thursday 7 May: RPS Faculty webinar Subscription

    22 APR 2015 14:31

    Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty webinar, ‘Faculty Question Time with a Faculty member’. Ask questions and listen to the experiences of a colleague who has gone through the Faculty assessment. Includes a live demonstration of the Faculty portfolio. Online 1–2pm. To find out more information and to register and access the webinar visit the RPS website.

  • The RPS needs a change in approach Subscription

    22 APR 2015 14:01 By Samir Vohra
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    Pharmacy is no longer synonymous with pharmacists. Pharmacy now includes a range of support staff. Pharmacy technicians are qualified team members regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) needs to decide whether its remit is to promote pharmacy or pharmacists.

  • An internet pharmacy is a business worth considering. Here are advice, rules and regulations for setting one up

    Advice, rules and regulations for setting up an internet pharmacy Subscription

    22 APR 2015 12:37 By Gareth Malson
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    There are 496 distance-selling pharmacy websites currently registered in the UK. What do pharmacists who want to set up their own online pharmacy need to know? 

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