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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2017, Vol 299, No 7908

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  • 2017 end of year review concept

    2017: Pharmacy's roller-coaster year Subscription

    14 DEC 2017 15:41 By Debbie Andalo

    It has been an unsettling 12 months for pharmacy and as 2017 draws to a close there are still a number of unresolved issues hanging over the New Year.

  • January 2017

    2017: the year in pharmacy Subscription

    14 DEC 2017 15:05 By Dawn Connelly

    Against a backdrop of political inertia caused by a surprise general election and protracted Brexit negotiations, pharmacy has been grappling with some major issues of its own, including supervision of medicines’ supply, professional revalidation and decriminalisation of dispensing errors (see 2017: ...

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) brain

    Artificial Intelligence: will it change the way drugs are discovered? Subscription

    7 DEC 2017 15:44 By Rachel Brazil

    The pharmaceutical industry is beginning to invest in artificial intelligence (AI), with many large pharmaceutical companies partnering with AI start-ups in 2017 in order to develop better diagnostics or biomarkers, to identify drug targets and to design new drugs. But when will the first AI-designed drugs reach the market and will AI permanently change the pharmaceutical industry and the way drugs are discovered?

  • Close up of computer screen reflected on a man's eyeglasses

    Computer vision syndrome: causes, symptoms and management in the pharmacy

    5 DEC 2017 10:20 By Janki Barai, Chris Hammond

    Computer vision syndrome is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and mobile phone use. Patients may present to pharmacies complaining of eye discomfort and vision problems, so pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be able to distinguish the factors involved for particular patients

  • Deaths: Meriel Pope Subscription

    1 DEC 2017 10:39

    On 22 November 2017, Meriel Pope MRPharmS, aged 57, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Ms Pope registered with the Society in 1982.

  • digital monitoring of diabetes

    Digital pilot launched to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes

    17 NOV 2017 15:38

    NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have teamed up with a number of healthcare technology companies to try to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes

  • houses of parliament buildings

    Dispensing errors decriminalisation legislation passed by committees in both Houses of Parliament

    7 DEC 2017 11:15 By Julia Robinson
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    New legislation to protect community pharmacists from prosecution over inadvertent dispensing errors has been passed by committees in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

  • Four nations flags (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) merging into the Union Jack

    Diverging community pharmacy practice across the four UK nations Subscription

    1 DEC 2017 11:31 By Julia Robinson

    Responsibility for the health service in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has been devolved for almost two decades. With community pharmacy practice diverging across the UK, there is an opportunity for each of the four countries to compare, contrast and learn from each other. However, differences across the countries also represent the individual priorities and people in the four nations, and highlight the localised progress that has been made possible by devolution.

  • Doris Jones, a former assistant librarian at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

    Doris Jones, longstanding Society assistant librarian, celebrates 100th birthday

    8 DEC 2017 9:39

    Doris Jones, a former assistant librarian at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, who spent 45 years with the Society, celebrates her 100th birthday on 8 December 2017.

  • Empty shelves

    Drug price manipulations destabilise pharmacy Subscription

    13 DEC 2017 13:16
    Comments (1)

    Emerging reports that some smaller pharmaceutical wholesalers and independent pharmacist wholesalers could be manipulating the markets to cause unprecedented drug price rises are deeply concerning.

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