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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, May, Vol 298, No 7901

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  • Infographic showing the history of sildenafil (Viagra)

    Three decades of Viagra

    25 MAY 2017 16:20 By Dawn Connelly

    Sildenafil (Viagra) — the first oral drug for erectile dysfunction to hit the market in 1998 — has been prescribed for more than 64 million men worldwide, and may soon be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine in the UK.

  • Busy hospital ward

    Sustainability and transformation plans: is pharmacy's voice being heard? Subscription

    23 MAY 2017 16:12 By Alison Moore
    Comments (1)

    Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are the blueprints for the future of the NHS, setting out how 44 areas across England — identified as geographical STP ‘footprints’ — plan to get the best health outcomes for their populations from increasingly stretched financial resources.

  • Three and a half month-old baby receives DTP vaccination which protects infants from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)

    Whooping cough: public health management and guidance Subscription

    Comments (1)

    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious, acute bacterial infection. It can affect people of all ages, but is especially dangerous in vulnerable groups, such as unimmunised infants.

  • Group picture of the Welsh Pharmacy Board

    Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 3 May 2017 Subscription

    22 MAY 2017 16:15

    At the Welsh Pharmacy Board’s second meeting of 2017, members discussed the value of consultation responses and RPS campaigns, and changes to models of local engagement.

  • Group picture of the Scottish Pharmacy Board and guests

    Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 26 April 2017 Subscription

    22 MAY 2017 16:14

    At the second quarterly meeting of the Scottish Pharmacy Board members discussed antimicrobial stewardship, new ‘cross-sector’ vocational training for community pharmacists, and heard from representatives of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association.

  • Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board during a previous meeting held in April 2016

    English Pharmacy Board meeting: 5 April 2017 Subscription

    22 MAY 2017 16:11

    Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board gathered at the University of Nottingham for their second quarterly meeting on 5 April 2017. Pharmacy in NHS 111, new models of local engagement and promotion of the Society’s campaigns were on the agenda.

  • Viagra pill

    Reclassifying erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil as a P medicine not such a huge leap Subscription

    19 MAY 2017 15:25
    Comments (2)

    Allowing pharmacists to sell sildenafil would offer men a convenient, safe, and perhaps less intimidating, channel for seeking professional advice and treatment for erectile dysfunction.

  • Streak test on petri dish to test for antimicrobial resistance

    Pharmacist independent prescribers can make a significant contribution to antimicrobial stewardship Subscription

    18 MAY 2017 16:44 By Karen Hodson, Rhian Deslandes, Molly Courtenay

    Karen Hodson, member of the Welsh Pharmacy Board, and colleagues discuss their experiences of how pharmacist prescribers can help in antimicrobial stewardship.

  • Blank or white medicine blister pack

    Design for dispensing: how far can we go to make packaging safer? Subscription

    18 MAY 2017 13:26 By Emma Wilkinson
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    It is a decade since the National Patient Safety Agency issued guidance on medicines packaging design in a bid to reduce the risk of dispensing errors. But medicines that sound alike or look alike are still responsible for a large proportion of errors. A collaborative approach between manufacturers, regulators and pharmacy organisations is required to tackle the problem.

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    NHS cyber attack: views from the front line Subscription

    17 MAY 2017 17:50 By Benedict Lam

    The Pharmaceutical Journal spoke to pharmacists to find out how the cyber attack of 12 May 2017 affected their service provision and what they did to manage the situation.

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