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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 8 November 2014, Vol 293, No 7835

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  • Pharmacies making the grade in inspections Subscription

    6 NOV 2014

    Tough pharmacy standards are welcome, but they must not disadvantage the majority of pharmacies that are inspected.

  • Government incentive to pay GPs who diagnose dementia patients should be cancelled

    Dementia payments are misspent Subscription

    6 NOV 2014

    The government should cancel the incentive scheme that pays GPs in England for each case of dementia they diagnose.

  • Howard Duff, director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

    Pharmacists are crucial to solving the NHS urgent care problem Subscription

    5 NOV 2014 16:13 By Howard Duff

    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.

  • The decision not to cap the number of pharmacy students could damage the future of the pharmacy profession

    With no control on student numbers, tomorrow’s pharmacists will have a bleak future Subscription

    5 NOV 2014 16:00 By Luigi Martini
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    The decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could have a damaging impact on the future of the profession.

  • Wednesday 12 November: London Subscription

    5 NOV 2014 10:13

    Assembly meeting at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s London headquarters, 1 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7JN. Event 3pm. For a copy of the agenda, email

  • Saturday 13 December: SW London Subscription

    4 NOV 2014 11:19

    Local practice forum event, ‘Pre-registration support workshop’. Kingston University, Penhryn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT3 3RX. Event 10.30am–3.30pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • Friday 12 December: London Subscription

    4 NOV 2014 10:31

    Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) event, ‘Transforming leadership culture in pharmacy’. RPS Head Office, 1 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7JN. Event 9.30am–4.30pm, registration from 9.15am. Book via the RPS website.

  • Tuesday 2 December: London Subscription

    4 NOV 2014 10:30

    Royal Pharmaceutical Society event, ‘Working together to help patients make the most of medicines: a summit for nurses and pharmacists’. In collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). RCN Headquarters, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN. Event 10am–4.30pm, registration from 9.30am. Book via the RCN website or call 02920 546460.

  • Micrograph of colorectal cancer. Triple drug combinations of fluorouracil (plus leucovorin), irinotecan and oxaliplatin, together with bevacizumab produce better results for metastatic colorectal cancer

    Adding bevacizumab to triple therapy improves outcome in colorectal cancer Subscription

    4 NOV 2014 9:54

    Patient outcome is improved when bevacizumab is given with a triple- rather than a two-drug combination in metastatic colorectal cancer.

  • The number of pharmacists per 10,000 population varies considerably, ranging from 0.02 in Somalia to 25.07 in Malta. The mean number is 6.02. The United Kingdom sits close to the middle, with 8.08 pharmacists per 10,000 population.

    Taking stock of pharmacy: a breakdown of global workforce data Subscription

    4 NOV 2014 9:43 By Dawn Connelly

    Numerous factors influence demand for pharmacists, with a rise in the number of prescriptions and more complex drug regimens increasing demand, and developments in the technician workforce and automation mitigating it in some regions.

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