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The Pharmaceutical Journal

NHS70 timeline

NHS70: major moments in pharmacy 1948–2018Subscription


The lives of pharmacists and the medicines they manage have changed dramatically since the NHS was created. Here, we chart the milestones that shaped the profession.

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Pharmacists can help the NHS celebrate another 70 yearsSubscription

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, it is time to maximise the contributions pharmacists can make to healthcare in the future.

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Pharmacists can help improve mental health, but not under current structuresSubscription


For pharmacists to make a difference in mental health care, there must be a push to provide appropriate training and resources.


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Should community pharmacy stock homeopathic remedies?Subscription


Two pharmacists argue whether homeopathic remedies should be available to buy in community pharmacies after the High Court’s support for the decision to stop funding homeopathy on the NHS.


John Nuttall, chief executive officer at Well Pharmacy

John Nuttall: You might say 'close stores', but we like to play the long gameSubscription


Chief executive of Well Pharmacy, the third largest pharmacy chain in the UK, discusses the independent multiple’s strong position despite cuts to community pharmacy funding and how the business is preparing for online competition.

Books and Arts

Book cover of 'AHFS Drug Information 2018'

Valuable and easy-to-use drug information resourceSubscription

AHFS Drug Information 2018, edited by Gerald K McEvoy

Book cover of 'The Skincare Bible: Your no-nonsense guide to great skin'

Patient-friendly advice for people with skin problemsSubscription

The Skincare Bible: Your No-nonsense Guide to Great Skin, by Anjali Mahto.

Learning article

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Heavy menstrual bleeding: diagnosis and management optionsSubscription


Heavy menstrual bleeding has a major impact on a woman’s quality of life. This article covers the most recent guidance and available treatment options.

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How pharmacists can comply with GDPRSubscription

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Pharmacies could be heavily fined if they break new data protection rules. Here is a quick guide on how to stay within the law.


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How to ace pharmacy calculations

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Newly qualified pharmacists Abida Begum and Urvasi Patel share their eight tips for tackling the calculations paper in the GPhC registration assessment.

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Christine Heading: career breaks, freelancing and following your gutSubscription


A minute in the company of the pharmacist and academic.

Reena Barai, pharmacist, montage

Reena Barai: comfy shoes, having no regrets and living la dolce vitaSubscription


A minute in the company of the pharmacy owner and National Pharmacy Association board member.


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Half the Pharmacy Integration Fund budget spent elsewhere in NHSSubscription

More than £20m of Pharmacy Integration Fund money was used to prop up other parts of the NHS in the last financial year.

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NHS unions vote to accept pay dealSubscription

Members of every health union except one have voted to accept the proposed NHS three-year pay deal.

Vaughan Gething, Welsh health and social services secretary

Sore throat 'test and treat' scheme for Welsh pharmaciesSubscription

A ‘test and treat’ scheme for patients with sore throats will be piloted at 70 Welsh community pharmacies in autumn 2018.

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Boots pharmacists vote to end deal with BPASubscription

Boots pharmacists have narrowly voted to derecognise the Boots Pharmacists Association

Sandra Gidley, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board

Pharmacists should review every patient after a depression diagnosis, says RPSSubscription

Pharmacists in England should play a greater role in supporting people with mental health problems and help eradicate inequalities in their care, according to a new report published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Over-the-counter medication

Pharmacy minor ailment scheme discontinued after NHS England OTC guidance Subscription

Four Derbyshire clinical commissioning groups will no longer commission Pharmacy First, a minor ailments service, in response to NHS England guidance to restrict prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor, self-limiting or short-term conditions.

News in brief

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'The Quack Doctor', 1814

13 JUN 2018

Thomas Rowlandson’s caricature of the dubious nature of apothecaries is shown in a painting called ‘The Quack Doctor’.

Robbie Turner

Robbie Turner appointed director of pharmacy and member experience

11 JUN 2018

Robbie Turner has been appointed as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) new director of pharmacy and member experience.

Simon Stevens, chair of NHS England

Homeopathy legal challenge fails

6 JUN 2018

A legal attempt to overturn NHS England’s decision to reduce NHS prescribing of homeopathic products has failed.

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Text messages can help diabetes control, study finds

24 MAY 2018

A text message-based system can help improve diabetes control, researchers have found.

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East of England Co-op puts all six pharmacies up for sale

18 MAY 2018

The East of England Co-operative Society is pulling out of community pharmacy in Suffolk and has put all six of its branches up for sale.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

June 2018, Vol 300, No 7914

Cover story:

NHS70: major moments in pharmacy 1948–2018

The Pharmaceutical Journal

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Your RPS

Jean Kennedy Irvine, the first woman president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

From the Archives: pharmacists' views on the new National Health Service

By Karen Horn

In January 1948, a rousing message from Jean Kennedy Irvine, the Society’s first woman president, greeted members on opening their New Year’s issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.

'The quack doctor' caricature print

'The Quack Doctor', 1814

Thomas Rowlandson’s caricature of the dubious nature of apothecaries is shown in a painting called ‘The Quack Doctor’.

Robbie Turner

Robbie Turner appointed director of pharmacy and member experience

Robbie Turner has been appointed as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) new director of pharmacy and member experience.

RPS members present the Society's report on mental health

Pharmacists crucial in tackling mental health problems, minister says

Pharmacists are a crucial part of the drive to achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health problems, Jackie Doyle-Price, parliamentary under-secretary of state for mental health and inequalities has said.

Ivana Knyght, professional development and support services lead, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: Ivana Knyght, interim head of professional support at the RPS


Ivana Knyght leads the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s professional development and support service. Here, she talks to Corrinne Burns about the type of support the team offers members throughout their careers.


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

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