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The Pharmaceutical Journal

2019: trending topics in pharmacy

2019: trending topics in pharmacySubscription


We take a look at the biggest stories of the year and summarise some of your reactions to them.

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Governments must make tackling AMR worth pharmacy's whileSubscription


Pharmaceutical companies won’t develop fast, cheap and effective diagnostic tools on their own — incentives are the missing piece to tackling antimicrobial resistance.


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Regan McCahill: 'The mental health of students is of the utmost importance'Subscription


Regan McCahill, president of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, explains how her organisation will support newly qualified pharmacists in 2020.

CPD article

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Polypharmacy: putting the framework into practiceSubscription

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This article describes how to apply the polypharmacy framework at individual patient level through the use of a case study.

Learning article

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Test yourself: the 2019 CPD and learning quiz Subscription


Take this quiz, with questions based on 2019’s CPD and learning articles, and test your knowledge of subjects ranging from dermatological conditions to infectious diseases.


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Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy in primary care through pharmacy-led interventionsSubscription

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A pharmacy-led medicines optimisation team in a GP surgery setting reduced inappropriate polypharmacy, achieved cost savings of £103,975 and improved quality of prescribing for patients.


Celebrating a year of career highlights

Scaling new career heights in 2020Subscription


We asked some of this year’s contributors to The Pharmaceutical Journal’s Careers section to recap their biggest career highlights of 2019 and share their goals for the coming year.


The profession is likely to undergo significant changes over the forthcoming year.

A year of change for pharmacySubscription

The profession is likely to undergo significant changes over the forthcoming year.

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'Paperless NHS' drive ignores community pharmacySubscription

A lack of funding and the effects of the electronic prescribing system have meant that pharmacies are using more paper than ever.


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Community pharmacies deliver 2.5 million flu vaccinations so far during the 2020/21 flu seasonSubscription

More than 2.5 million influenza vaccinations have been delivered through community pharmacies in England so far during the 2020/2021 flu season.

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Candidates sitting registration assessment at home will be unable to leave their computer during exam Subscription

Candidates taking their registration assessment from home risk failing their exam if they leave the room for any reason.

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Pharmacy-led COVID-19 vaccination site in a mosque is beating vaccine hesitancy, says contractor

A pharmacy-led vaccination site in a Birmingham mosque is campaigning against vaccine hesitancy among the local black, Asian and minority ethnic community.

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NHS investigation body launches inquiry into medication errors in childrenSubscription

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the risks involved in prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines to children.

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RPS maintains support for up to 12-week dosing interval between COVID-19 vaccines

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said it maintains its support for leaving up to 12 weeks between administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Team of community pharmacists to start vaccinating housebound patients

Community pharmacists in South Tyneside will administer COVID-19 vaccinations to housebound patients over four weekends from 23 January 2021.

Books and Arts

John Gibson’s pharmacy in the ‘Medicine and Treatments’ gallery

Original Victorian pharmacy recreated in full at the Science MuseumSubscription


One of London’s flagship museums invites visitors to Gibson and Son’s, a Victorian chemist’s shop preserved in time.

Hill S. How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control. Price £19.99. London: Orion Spring; 2019. ISBN 978-1409178835

Useful look at the wider societal effects of the contraceptive pillSubscription


How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control by Sarah Hill

The Pharmaceutical Journal

December 2019, Vol 303, No 7932

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Gail Fleming, director for education and professional development at the RPS

RPS launches national Foundation Pharmacist Framework


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published its revised Foundation Pharmacist Framework — marking the first tangible step towards a nationwide, multisector foundation training programme for pharmacists across the UK.

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RPS Scotland moves into grade A listed building

By Alex MacKinnon

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has moved to its new home on Melville Street, Edinburgh.


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

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