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The Pharmaceutical Journal


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Being transparent about payments to healthcare professionals is the right moveSubscription

Disclosure of drug company payments to healthcare professionals is on its way in the UK — a big step towards transparency.

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Breaking the cycle: the number of candidates for RPS national board elections needs to increase, as does the number of votersSubscription

Unless more members stand for RPS board elections, voter turnout is likely to remain low.


For patients with poor functional status, the “rescue culture” of modern medicine can result in a spiral of aggressive therapies that may have little benefit. This realisation has led researchers to call for deintensification of medical therapy

Why deintensification of drug therapy could be beneficial for some patientsSubscription

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Intensive drug treatment for certain patients with comorbidities can sometimes do more harm than good.


There have been over one million arrivals to Europe by land and sea in 2015. Syrians represent around two-thirds of arrivals from Eastern Mediterranean route. In the image, refugees trying to get into Germany from the Slovenian border

Q&A: Providing healthcare during the European refugee crisisSubscription


Pharmacist Miguel Serrano from Médecins Sans Frontières discusses the challenges with providing medicines to refugees and asylum seekers.

Learning article

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When to use a survey in pharmacy practice researchSubscription


Understanding when surveys can be a useful research tool and considerations for survey-based research.

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How to take an accurate and detailed medication historySubscription

By , Rhys Davies

Obtaining an accurate medication history is an essential part of medicine reconciliation and a process that pharmacists play a vital role in.


Many employee community pharmacists dream of owning their own pharmacy. Steve Hemsley weighs up the pros and cons of buying and building your own pharmacy. In the image, illustration of bricks and cash

Build or buy: what’s the best route to your own pharmacy?Subscription


Many employee community pharmacists dream of owning their own pharmacy — so what’s the best way of making this happen? Steve Hemsley weighs up the pros and cons.


Alistair Burt, minister of state for community and social care

Burt distances himself from ‘3,000 pharmacy closures’ predictionSubscription

The government is not making any presumptions about community pharmacy closures which could result from its proposals for the sector, according to Alistair Burt, minister of state for community and social care.

An electronic repeat dispensing service for people with long-term conditions should become routine for community pharmacists in England. In the image, pharmacist dispensing drugs to customer

Electronic repeat dispensing service at heart of PSNC’s proposals for clinically focused pharmacy serviceSubscription

An electronic repeat dispensing service for people with long-term conditions should become routine for community pharmacists in England, according to proposals for a more clinically led profession drawn up by national negotiators.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

February 2016, Vol 295, No 7886

Cover Story:

Oncologist Francis Lévi has been probing the potential of chronotherapy for 20 years, but momentum is now building as more researchers join his mission to prove that the time cancer drugs are given influences their efficacy and toxicity.

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What RPS members think about the pharmacy board electionsSubscription


Ahead of nominations opening for 2016, Julia Robinson investigates the factors that influence whether or not RPS members decide to exercise their right to vote in national pharmacy board elections. 


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