Now could be the time for LTC managementSubscription
Could the time finally have come for community pharmacy to show that it can manage long-term conditions?
Pharmacists' woes under the lensSubscription
In a survey delivered in 2017, The Pharmaceutical Journal asked members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society — from all sectors of the profession — for their views on their salary, their career and the wider profession.
Enhancing pharmacy services across NHS ScotlandSubscription
Chief pharmaceutical officer for Scotland Rose Marie Parr provides an overview of the nine commitments for improving pharmaceutical care in NHS Scotland and making it an integral part of evolving NHS services.
Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England and chief medical advisor to the UK government, is well known for issuing stark warnings on the careless use of antibiotics.
Books and Arts
Compounding sterile preparations: 4th edition, edited by E Clyde Buchanan, Philip J Schneider & Ryan A Forrey.
Syphilis: diagnosis and management optionsSubscription
In 2016, the number of diagnoses of syphilis in England rose by 12%. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options for this disease, and understand the role they can play in the wider promotion of good sexual health to patients.
Dry mouth: advice and managementSubscription
Xerostomia (dry mouth) is a common condition caused by a range of factors including smoking, the side effects of xerogenic medicines and by autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren’s syndrome. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs, symptoms, aetiology and management, including the use of salivary stimulants and substitutes, for dry mouth.
With applications for the 2018 Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme closing on 9 April, pharmacists in the UK are encouraged to consider this unique opportunity to expand their professional skills
From the shop floor to the glass ceilingSubscription
The significance of gender inequality in pharmacy and its potential impact on the careers of female pharmacists.
Using technology to tackle medication errorsSubscription
An estimated 237 million medication errors occur in England every year. Although three-quarters of these errors are unlikely to result in harm, avoidable adverse drug reactions are directly responsible for the deaths of 712 patients every year, and a contributory factor in the deaths of thousands more.
Ongoing supply and price issues with generic drugs are putting pressure on community pharmacy contractors, the PSNC says.
A survey of stroke survivors in London and the East of England has found that one-in-ten say they need more help with taking their medications.
Proposals to redefine the roles of superintendent and responsible pharmacists, and to introduce a defence for dispensing errors in hospital pharmacy, were outlined at the most recent meeting of the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board Partners Forum.
The General Pharmaceutical Council will not increase registration renewal fees for next financial year, despite forecasting a budget deficit of £2.6m.
An analysis of the representation of women across the hospital and community health services workforce, published to mark International Women’s Day, has shown that more than half of ‘very senior managers’ in the NHS are male, despite more than 75% of staff employed by the health service being women.
News in brief
Women have always been involved in the production and administration of medicines.
The use of antipsychotic medication for dementia patients should be a “short-term intervention”, the Welsh Government has said in its new Dementia Action Plan for Wales.
The European Medicines Agency Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended five medicines for approval at its most recent meeting held 19–22 February 2018.