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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Infographic showing link between drinking alcohol and cancer risk

Drinking alcohol increases cancer riskSubscription

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Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, yet only 13% of adults are aware of the link.

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Editorial

Stacks of paper reports

The evidence for community pharmacy

Drug researchers continue to investigate the efficacy of medicines long after they hit the market, so why should NHS services delivered in community pharmacy be any different?

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Full pharmacist access to records is the key to better patient careSubscription

Every four seconds a health or care professional in England accesses an NHS patient’s summary care record

Comment

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Reforming regulation: General Pharmaceutical Council responds to consultationSubscription

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On 23 January 2018, the Department of Health closed its consultation on reforming the way that health professionals across the UK are regulated

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Smoking cessation: shifting the research focus to community pharmacySubscription

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Evidence suggests that smoking cessation interventions can be effective in UK pharmacies but there are few trials with validated endpoints.

Q&A

Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Negotiating Services Committee (PSNC)

17 years of fighting for pharmacySubscription

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After 17 years at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, chief executive Sue Sharpe will be leaving her position at the end of May 2018.

Learning article

Senior woman speaks to a pharmacist about menopause

Treatment options for menopausal symptomsSubscription

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Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide a patient-centred approach to advising women about the menopause, and provide robust information about the risks and benefits of menopause hormone treatment that will allow patients to make an informed choice about how to relieve their symptoms.

Careers

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Developing the role of the critical care pharmacistSubscription

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The evolution of the critical care pharmacist — from lone practitioner to integral multidisciplinary team member.

Oscar Ekpenyong, senior pharmaceutical scientist in the department of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug metabolism at Merck Research Laboratories in South San Francisco, California

Achieving my career potential through the FIP Young Pharmacists Group Mentorship ProgramSubscription

Oscar Ekpenyong participated in the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Young Pharmacists Group Mentorship Program in 2016 and describes the benefits of being mentored as “tremendous” and “unquantifiable”. Here he explains how participation has shaped his career potential and why others should consider enrolling for the newly relaunched programme. 

Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector for acute hospitals in South London

Making a difference to patient care as an acute hospital inspector for the Care Quality Commission Subscription

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It is our duty to ensure that patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times, says Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission inspector for acute hospitals in South London

News

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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.

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Pharmacogenetic testing in community pharmacy could improve drug selection and cut adverse reactions, study findsSubscription

Pharmacogenetic testing could improve drug or dose selection for a fifth of patients prescribed one of 56 common medicines, research has found.

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More than 700 pharmacy staff apply to join NHS COVID-19 vaccination team

Some 715 pharmacy staff members have applied to vaccinate patients as part of the NHS’s COVID-19 vaccine team.

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Further 65 community pharmacy sites to start vaccinating patients against COVID-19

An additional 65 community pharmacy-led vaccination sites will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines over the coming week.

Community pharmacy

Pharmacy contractors asked to audit patient consultations for ‘improper referrals’ from GPs and NHS 111Subscription

Pharmacy negotiators have asked contractors to audit their patient contacts over concerns about “improper referrals” from general practice and NHS 111.

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Late-night pharmacy offers to vaccinate until 22:30 as it joins COVID-19 programme

A pharmacy in Greenwich, London, is to start offering the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and could provide vaccinations until 22:30 if needed.

News in brief

Electronic prescription

Urgent care services pilot use of electronic prescription service

27 DEC 2017

NHS Digital has launched the electronic prescription service in a number of urgent care services in London

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Launch of new medicines in UK face two-year delay post-Brexit, MPs told

15 DEC 2017

The launch of new medicines in the UK may be delayed by two years post-Brexit as it is “relegated” in the global medicines market, the House of Commons Health Select Committee was told

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Gino Martini, new new chief scientist of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: Gino Martini, RPS chief scientist

Gino Martini has been appointed the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) new chief scientist. Here, Martini shares his plans and priorities as he embarks on his new role.

Ryan Donnelly, Queen’s University Belfast, presenting on antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Winter Summit 2017

RPS Winter Summit 2017

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Winter Summit, held in London in December 2017, explored issues such as drug discovery and health information technology.

Pharmacist speaking with patient

The changing role of the pharmacist in the 21st century

By Christopher John

As the Royal Pharmaceutical Society publishes its member survey on what it means to be a pharmacist today, Christopher John, the Society’s workforce development lead, provides a summary of how the pharmacist function can be defined for this day and age.

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Updated RPS hospital pharmacy standards published

A major update of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services has been released.

Announcements

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