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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Infographic showing how money from the pharmacy contracts is spent in England, Scotland and Wales

Pharmacy contracts: where the money goesSubscription


Funding for the national community pharmacy contracts in England, Scotland and Wales is distributed differently. Here is a breakdown of how the three countries fund pharmacy services.

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The public must be warned about the dangers of the online medicines free-for-allSubscription

The government needs to take action to stop prescription drugs, including opioids and slimming tablets, being obtained from online pharmacies that can avoid regulation.

Medicine pack with unique identifier anti-tampering device, FMD

Pharmacists need answers now on FMDSubscription

With less than six months to go until the Falsified Medicines Directive comes into force, pharmacists in the UK need to know how to prepare for its implementation and what financial impact it could have on their business.


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Let’s be honest about the new medicine serviceSubscription


We need to be sure whether the community pharmacy service works or not before expanding it to new patients.


Michael Rawlins, MHRA chair

'Patients could be seriously disadvantaged by Brexit, if we don’t get our act together'

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UK drug regulator chair Sir Michael Rawlins on supplies of medicines after Brexit, POM-to-P switches and the legalisation of medical cannabis.

Learning article

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Thrush: detection and management in community pharmacy

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Pharmacists can provide treatment and advice for this common yeast infection.

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How pharmacists can encourage patient adherence to medicines

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This article outlines how community pharmacists can play an important role in medicines adherence, including examples of how to reinforce treatment.


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GP pharmacist contracts: to sign or not to sign?Subscription


Pharmacists give advice to a colleague who has discovered something disturbing in the small print of their contract.

Shivani Patel, pharmacist, with a patient

A day in the life of a GP pharmacistSubscription


Shivani Patel details a typical day as a newly registered GP pharmacist.

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Graham Stretch: biking, climbing and power toolsSubscription


A minute in the company of the multi-award winning primary care pharmacist.


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BMA warns of 'catastrophic' effect on health of no-deal BrexitSubscription

A no-deal Brexit could be a “catastrophe” for NHS services and workforce, patients and the health of the nation, the British Medical Association has warned.

Hadiza Bawa Garba after her High Court appeal

Bawa-Garba wins appeal to be reinstated to medical register Subscription

A paediatric trainee who was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after the death of a six-year-old boy from sepsis has won her appeal to be reinstated to the medical register and continue to practise as a doctor.

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FDA permits marketing of first mobile app for contraceptionSubscription

The first mobile medical application to be used as a method of contraception has been granted marketing approval by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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CCG commissions new minor ailments schemeSubscription

Dudley clinical commissioning group has commissioned a minor ailments scheme to improve patient care and make cost savings for the NHS, bucking the trend of the schemes being wound down elsewhere.

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Patient safety must not be risked by unannounced pharmacy inspections, says RPSSubscription

Inspectors should be given the power to close pharmacies if patient care is put at risk during unannounced pharmacy inspections, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

Raj Patel, chair of the UK FMD working group for community pharmacy

Do not buy new scanners before clarification on government funding, says FMD lead Subscription

Community pharmacists should not have to pay for scanners and other technology needed to implement the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) without government assurances on funding, the chair of the UK FMD working group for community pharmacy has said.

News in brief

Woman holding card of contraceptive pills

Oral contraceptives among top 10 most important medicines to be introduced in NHS history, say experts

14 AUG 2018

Oral contraceptives, tamoxifen and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine are three of the ten most important and impactful medicines to be introduced to the NHS during its history, according to a report funded by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

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Pharmacies to get phased delivery of flu vaccines for over 65s from September

3 AUG 2018By

Community pharmacies will receive 40% of their supply of the trivalent flu vaccine in September 2018, with the rest following after that, in order to ensure an “equitable supply”.

Ravi Sharma

Ravi Sharma appointed RPS director for England

1 AUG 2018

Ravi Sharma has been appointed as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s director of England.

Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council

Preregistration exam pass rate up to 79%

27 JUL 2018

This year’s preregistration candidates increased their pass rate from last year to 79%.

Vaccination being given to young boy

HPV vaccination programme in England to be extended to boys

25 JUL 2018

Boys aged 12–13 years in England will now be offered the human papilloma virus vaccine to protect them from cancer, health minister Steve Brine has announced.

Community pharmacy shelves

Newly-registered community pharmacists experience high strain and professional isolation, study reveals

25 JUL 2018By

The transition to independent community pharmacy practice is associated with emotional stress and workplace isolation.

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Medication reviews cut prescribing in older people with diabetes

24 JUL 2018By

A review of older people with diabetes who take sulfonylureas led to 58% being deprescribed the medication, according to results of research carried out by the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Probable carcinogen in heart drug may have been present since 2012, reveals EMA

19 JUL 2018

An impurity found in valsartan-containing medicines manufactured in China could have been present since 2012, according to the European Medicines Agency.

Woman with hay fever

More than 40 hay fever risk genes uncovered by international study

19 JUL 2018

Researchers have discovered more than 40 risk genes associated with hay fever, including 20 not previously known about.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

August 2018, Vol 301, No 7916

Cover story:

Preparing for the big biologic switch

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Your RPS

'You dirty boy!' statuette, circa 1800s

'You Dirty Boy!', 1800s

Alongside medicines, pharmacists have also historically sold other products such as perfumes, cosmetics, and toiletries.

Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Paul Bennett: 'Pharmacy has a strong and vibrant future'

After a year as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Paul Bennett reflects on his first 12 months in office and the Society’s plans moving forward.

Hands forming pharmacy cross symbol, working together

Empowering pharmacy technicians is good for all of us


Principal pharmacist lead for education and development at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board member, Aamer Safdar, says pharmacists must “stop being precious” about traditional pharmacy roles and embrace the skills of technicians.

Ravi Sharma

Ravi Sharma appointed RPS director for England

Ravi Sharma has been appointed as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s director of England.


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

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