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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 6 June 2015, Vol 294, No 7865

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  • Although becoming an independent prescriber would equip pharmacists with valuable skills, it is unnecessary for all pharmacists to obtain the qualification as most pharmacy roles do not require it. In the image, pharmacists run through a small door

    Potential problems of independent prescribing for all Subscription

    4 JUN 2015 14:10
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    Although becoming an independent prescriber would equip pharmacists with valuable skills, it may not be necessary for all pharmacists to obtain the qualification. 

  • The European Commission (EC) has released a document outlining how it plans to use scientific advice in forming policy. The proposed mechanism fills the void created when the key advisory role of chief scientific adviser (CSA) was scrapped

    Keeping the science in EU policy Subscription

    4 JUN 2015 14:09

    A high level group of scientists may offer a solution to the controversial scrapping of the European Commission’s chief scientific adviser role.

  • As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line.

    3D printing: the future of manufacturing medicine? Subscription

    2 JUN 2015 14:22 By Katharine Sanderson
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    As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line.

  • New Society Fellows Subscription

    2 JUN 2015 14:07

    In accordance with the powers vested in it, the Panel of Fellows appointed under section 4 of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s regulations has designated the following 18 members as Fellows of the Society for distinction in the profession of pharmacy. Karen Ang Seok Chin Acott Colin Andrew Baldwin Patricia Elizabeth Black Richard Stanley Bourne Harry Andrew Crook Rachel Ann Elliott Gail Susanne Fleming Jason ...

  • Error in RPS Annual Review 2014 Subscription

    1 JUN 2015 17:09 By Neal Patel

    In the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Review 2014, printed in the 23/30 May 2015 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal, we incorrectly referred to the Scottish Government’s ‘Prescription for excellence: a vision and action plan for the right pharmaceutical care through integrated partnerships and innovation’ as ‘The right medicine: a strategy for pharmaceutical care in Scotland’, an earlier strategy taken forward by the then Scottish Executive. Online versions have ...

  • The author states that if we rely a bit less on pharmacotherapy, and give a bit more consideration to the environmental implications of our inner fish we can deal with the obesity problem more effectively. In the image, a fish out of water, in a city

    Weight loss drugs: the wrong answer to the obesity problem Subscription

    1 JUN 2015 16:50 By David Katz
    Comments (1)

    Weight loss drugs are not the solution to achieve sustainable weight loss and improve overall health.

  • Synthetic marijuana known as spice

    UK government plans to ban psychoactive drugs Subscription

    1 JUN 2015 15:06 By Janna Lawrence

    The UK government is introducing a bill that would bring a blanket ban on the production and supply of any drug that has a psychoactive effect. 

  • NICE recommends new treatment for constipation Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 16:40

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued final draft guidance recommending naloxegol for constipation. Naloxegol (Moventig; AstraZeneca) is recommended as an option for treating opioid-induced constipation in adults whose symptoms have not adequately responded to laxatives. 

  • NICE recommends new psoriasis treatment Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 16:38

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued final draft guidance recommending a new treatment for psoriasis. Secukinumab (Cosentyx; Novartis) is recommended as an option for treating some adults with plaque psoriasis if they are unable to take standard systemic therapies and if the drug is provided with the agreed patient access scheme discount.

  • Newer contraceptive pills linked to higher risk of clots

    Newer contraceptive pills associated with higher risk of clots Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 15:26 By Ingrid Torjesen

    Combined contraceptive pills containing one of the newer progestogens are associated with a higher risk of venous thromboembolism than pills containing older progestogens, a study has found.

  • Buying a pharmacy is not as easy as it once was Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 15:19 By Mike Brunt

    As someone fortunate enough to have retired relatively wealthy from self-employment within community pharmacy some 20 years ago, and having made even more from investment since, I found the article written by Sean Dixon on buying a pharmacy (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:531) interesting, particularly in his breakdown of the main annual revenue available from the sector.

  • Tuesday 7 July: RPS Faculty webinar Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 15:12

    Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty webinar, ‘The Faculty Uncovered’. All you need to know about working towards the Faculty assessment and becoming a member of the Faculty. Find out what is the Faculty, how it fits and benefits your professional development and recognition. Online 1–2pm. To find out more information and to register and access the webinar, visit the RPS website.

  • Wednesday 1 July: South London Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 15:11

    Local practice forum event, ‘Minor ailments’. Postgrad Centre, Croydon University Hospital, 530 London Road, Croydon, Surrey CR7 7YE. Event 7.30–9.30pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • A recent study showed that standard and high doses of antihypertensive medications were not associated with an increased risk of falls. In the image, an elderly person with a walking frame is helped by a younger person

    Elderly people taking antihypertensive drugs do not have an increased risk of falls Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 15:03

    Withholding antihypertensive drugs to prevent falls in elderly people may not be a justifiable practice, study suggests.

  • A website will allow you to promote your services to a wider audience and is more flexible and cheaper than print advertising

    How to create a website for your independent pharmacy Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 13:42 By Kamal Mahasuria

    Is your pharmacy business lacking a website? Kamal Mahasuria, pharmacist and director of The Pharmacy Website Company, explains why you need an online presence and how you can build one.

  • Lipid-lowering drugs lower the risk of stroke in elderly people, study suggests.

    Lipid lowering drugs may lower risk of stroke in elderly people Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 11:38

    Research backs the idea that lipid lowering drugs may prevent stroke in healthy older people.

  • Cancer patients’ attitudes towards alternative therapies dictate their use

    Cancer patients’ attitudes towards alternative therapies dictate their use Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 11:34

    Attitudes and beliefs towards complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are better predictors of whether patients will use these therapies than their clinical or demographic characteristics, according to a survey of patients published in Cancer. 

  • Welsh Pharmacy Board election 2015 result Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 10:18

    This year the Welsh Pharmacy Board received two nominations for four places on the Welsh Pharmacy Board and, therefore, an election was not required. I can confirm that the following members were elected unopposed to the Welsh Pharmacy Board to serve for a period of three years: Mair Davies, any sector Cheryl Way, hospital sector

  • Scottish Pharmacy Board election 2015 result Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 10:16

    There were four nominations received for four places on the Scottish Pharmacy Board and, therefore, an election was not required. I can confirm that the following members were elected unopposed to the Scottish Pharmacy Board to serve for a period of three years: Anne Boyter John Cromarty David Thomson Elaine Thomson

  • English Pharmacy Board election 2015 result Subscription

    29 MAY 2015 10:15

    I have received the following report from UK Engage of votes cast in the recent election of members of the English Pharmacy Board. Electorate  Number of eligible votes 22,567 Votes cast by post 153 Votes cast online 2,490 Turnout 11.71%

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