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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Infographic on hepatitis C

Hepatitis C: tackling the silent killerSubscription


About 200,000 people are living with hepatitis C in the UK, but it is estimated that around half of these remain undiagnosed. Identifying those at risk, offering tests and connecting those infected with treatment are crucial to tackling the disease.

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Certification stamp revalidation concept

Are you revalidation ready?Subscription

Revalidation began with doctors in the UK in 2012; nurses embarked on their version of the process in 2016. Each of these events marked a huge change for its respective profession, and now it’s pharmacy’s turn.


Future pharmacist: tell us what you think the profession has in store

The Pharmaceutical Journal is asking readers to write a short piece on the theme of ‘Future Pharmacist’, where the winning entry will receive an Amazon Fire 7 tablet.


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Amazonising pharmacy — reality or just a rumour?Subscription


If the headlines are to be believed, the online commerce company Amazon is setting its sights on the US pharmacy market, and entry to the UK market could follow.

Books and Arts

Book cover of 'What’s in a story? Lessons from reflections in general practice'

Tales and take-home lessons from general practiceSubscription


What’s in a story? Lessons for general practice, by David Orlans, Rodger Charlton & Samuel Finnikin

Book cover of Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

A fascinating insight into sleep and healthSubscription


Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker

Learning article

Revalidation app on an iPad

How to use the new ‘RPS MyCPD’ app for pharmacy revalidationSubscription

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April 2018 marks the start of the new pharmacy revalidation process. In order to meet the requirements expected, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a new app, RPS MyCPD, which allows members and registered users to record, track and export their CPD activity.

Pharmacist taking notes in front of a computer

Revalidation: How to use planned and unplanned learning entries to record CPDSubscription


Revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians came into force on 30 March 2018. This article explains the revalidation timeline and requirements, including what represents suitable planned and unplanned CPD activities and how they should be recorded.


Healthcare technology concept

Health technology: learn, grow or become obsoleteSubscription


Steve Hemsley reports on the latest advancements in health technology, how they will affect the careers of pharmacy professionals, and why new technologies should be embraced in order to win the race for relevance.

Kayt Blythin is principal clinical pharmacist for medicines optimisation for care homes at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

How Kayt Blythin established a pharmacist-led medicines optimisation service in East Sussex care homes Subscription


Kayt Blythin is a principal clinical pharmacist for medicines optimisation for care homes at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.


Gluten-free range at a supermarket

Huge variation in gluten-free prescribing across England, new research findsSubscription

Prescribing of gluten-free products varies substantially across primary care in England, according to a new study published in BMJ Open.


New legal defence against inadvertent dispensing errors comes into force Subscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has welcomed the introduction of a UK-wide criminal defence against inadvertent dispensing errors.

European Medicines Agency headquarters

MHRA will lose EMA work before Brexit transition period

The UK will lose its involvement in evaluating medicines for the European Medicines Agency from the date it formally leaves the European Union in March 2019, despite plans for the UK to remain closely tied to the EU during a transition period lasting until the end of 2020.

Pharmacist advising patient on medication in pharmacy

Scheme that shaped community pharmacy contract proposals found to benefit patients

A community pharmacy long-term conditions service is improving the quality of life of patients, and providing cost effective solutions for the NHS, research has found.

The European Medicines Agency London headquarters

EMA to hold public hearing on the safety of quinolone and fluoroquinolone

A public hearing into the safety of quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics is to be held by the European drugs safety watchdog.

Lloyds Pharmacy

Men working for pharmacy multiples earn up to a third more than women, reports showSubscription

Men working for some of the biggest high street pharmacies earn up to 31% more than their female colleagues, gender pay gap reports have revealed.

News in brief

Alastair Buxton, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee director of NHS services

Community pharmacies administer almost 250,000 more flu vaccines

10 APR 2018

Community pharmacy teams administered at least 240,000 more flu vaccinations during this winter than last.

Number of prescriptions dispensed in the community rises, but cost falls

23 MAR 2018By

More prescriptions were dispensed in the community in England in 2017, but the cost of prescriptions fell slightly.

Medicine box with FMD unique identifier code

Only a fifth of pharma companies connecting to EU FMD hubSubscription

15 MAR 2018

Around 2,000 pharmaceutical companies across Europe have not yet started the process of connecting to the European Medicines Verification System (EMVS), also known as the “EU hub”, as part of Falsfied Medicines Directive (FMD) requirements.

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Elections 2018: What is the biggest issue facing pharmacy?

The results of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) national pharmacy board elections are due to be announced on or around 22 May 2018.


For official announcements from The Royal Pharmaceutical society please visit the announcements page here.

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