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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 9/16 August 2014, Vol 293, No 7822/3

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  • Helen Gordon

    Providing standards and resources — and paying tribute Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 12:00 By Helen Gordon

    RPS chief executive Helen Gordon looks at initiatives to provide the professional leadership pharmacists seek.

  • Trichophyton interdigitale, the fungus responsible for athlete's foot.

    Over-the-counter treatments for athlete's foot Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 By Sai-Ling Ho, Nina Walming
    Comments (2)

    This fungal skin infection is estimated to affect more than 15% of the world’s population. Make sure your pharmacy team knows how to advise patients in managing this common condition.

  • Nicola Clargo, clinical pharmacist at First Databank

    Quality control of clinical information Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 By Jeff Mills

    Pharmacist Nicola Clargo describes her chance career in medical informatics and how it gives her the opportunity to make a difference to patient safety.

  • RPS Faculty crest

    Community pharmacy handbook launched by RPS Faculty Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 By Jeff Mills

    Starting to build a professional portfolio can be daunting but the RPS Faculty has a new resource for pharmacists in the community.

  • Close up of a lung-on-chip linked to a cyclic suction - organ on chip

    Organ-on-chip technology to revolutionise drug development Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 By Janna Lawrence

    Pioneering work creating organ models aims to predict the human response to a protein in order to assess whether it is a suitable drug target.

  • Care homes should use local pharmacies

    Care homes are better off with local pharmacies Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 By Mimi Lau
    Comments (3)

    National pharmaceutical providers can cut costs, but it is the personal touch and higher quality of care provided by local pharmacies that care homes should consider. 

  • Free Community Pharmacy Scotland membership for technicians Subscription

    7 AUG 2014

    Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) is offering free associate membership for pharmacy technicians in Scotland. Further information and an application form are available from the CPS website.

  • Cover of the 'Medicines, Ethics and Practice’ (MEP), the professional guide for pharmacists

    Explore the latest MEP Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 By Rakhee Amin

    The 38th edition of ‘Medicines, Ethics and Practice’ was distributed to RPS members in July. Rakhee Amin, on behalf of the RPS Support team, explains what is new in the resource.

  • Primary care on a scrabble board

    Help is needed for patients to understand the scope of pharmacy services

    7 AUG 2014
    Comments (1)

    Patients and the public could do with more information about the clinical role of pharmacists — but more research is needed, too.

  • Berwick report messages remain relevant a year on

    7 AUG 2014

    The lessons from Mid Staffs should resonate beyond England and more widely than hospital care.

  • Verifying genuine pharmaceutical products will be difficult to implement Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 10:15 By Umakant Patel
    Comments (1)

    In most big IT projects software providers have over promised and under delivered and at a far higher final cost. I do not believe it will be any different when it comes to verifying genuine pharmaceutical products (2014;293:587). One billion items are dispensed every year. Assuming it takes one second to check each item physically, this equates to about 280,000 hours of labour.

  • A safe service does not mean it is a good service Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 10:15

    “Surely pharmacists should have been consulted?” writes Graham Phillips (2014;293:85) in his blog about the new General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) inspection model for community pharmacies. He considers it unjustified to conclude that only 1 in 30 pharmacies in the UK is “good”. In fact, pharmacists were consulted. I was on the

  • Is it not time registered pharmacy technicians are allowed to join the RPS? Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 10:14 By Howard McNulty

    As one of many who advocated that registered pharmacy technicians should be able to join the new professional body for pharmacy in the past, I was disappointed that the then new Royal Pharmaceutical Society decided not to allow it.

  • Tuesday 2 December: RCN/Royal Pharmaceutical Society Joint Conference Subscription

    7 AUG 2014 10:13

    “Working Together to Help Patients Make the most of Medicines” by the RPS and the RCN. Confirmed speakers include Simon O-Neill, Director of Care Policy and Intelligence, Diabetes UK. Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN. Buffet 12.40pm, meeting 9.30am–16.30pm.

  • Zameer Choudrey, CEO of Bestway Group

    Bestway aims high in the UK pharmacy market

    5 AUG 2014 20:30 By Elizabeth Sukkar

    How will Bestway, new owner of the UK’s third largest pharmacy chain, perform in the pharmacy market? And, crucially, will it change the Co-operative business model?

  • Genomics biomarker good practice consultation Subscription

    5 AUG 2014 17:06

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has produced a concept paper for consultation on good practice in the use of genomic data and biomarkers in medicines development and safety monitoring. Responses to the consultation should be sent to

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux in children and young people Subscription

    5 AUG 2014 16:28

    The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance on the recognition, diagnosis and management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in children and young people. This includes gastro-oesophageal reflux in babies. The guidance is open for consultation on the NICE website until 25 September 2014.

  • Preregistration survey Subscription

    5 AUG 2014 16:22

    The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a preregistration survey for trainees who sat the registration assessment on 27 June 2014 and undertook preregistration training in the 2013/2014 training year. The survey will help to improve the GPhC’s understanding of key trends, issues and themes in preregistration training. It is part of a three-year project that started with their first survey of preregistration trainees in 2013. The survey is available on the

  • Contraindications for Eviplera Subscription

    5 AUG 2014 16:22

    Additions have been made to the list of mutations that exclude patients with HIV from treatment with Eviplera (emtricitabine/rilpivirine/tenofovir; Gilead). These are the tenofovir resistance-associated substitution K70E, and the combination of L100I+K103N as a rilpivirine resistance-associated substitution.

  • Drug tariff price updates: July 2014 Subscription

    5 AUG 2014 15:21

    The Department of Health and National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following items for July 2014 prescriptions: loperamide capsules 2mg, now £2.13; hydrocortisone tablets 10mg, now £58.52; pizotifen tablets 500μg and 1.5mg, now £7.50 and £7.60, respectively.

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