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The Pharmaceutical Journal

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The 2017 pharmacy salary and satisfaction surveySubscription

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The Pharmaceutical Journal has surveyed Royal Pharmaceutical Society members about their salary, and how they feel about their career and the profession. 

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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?

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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.


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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

Q&A: Dame Sally Davies — protecting antibiotics for the futureSubscription


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

Book cover of 'Compounding Sterile Preparations: 4th Edition'

Welcome update to resource on sterile compoundingSubscription

Compounding sterile preparations: 4th edition, edited by E Clyde Buchanan, Philip J Schneider & Ryan A Forrey.

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Working to reverse the cognitive decline of dementiaSubscription


The end of Alzheimer’s: the first programme to prevent and reverse the cognitive decline of dementia, by Dale E Bredesen

Learning article

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Syphilis: diagnosis and management optionsSubscription

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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.

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Dry mouth: advice and managementSubscription

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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.


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The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow Scheme: from the insideSubscription

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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

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From the shop floor to the glass ceilingSubscription

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The significance of gender inequality in pharmacy and its potential impact on the careers of female pharmacists.


Hospital pharmacy

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.

Mike Dent, PSNC director of pharmacy funding

Pharmacies under 'enormous pressure' because of generic drugs, says PSNCSubscription

Ongoing supply and price issues with generic drugs are putting pressure on community pharmacy contractors, the PSNC says.

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Stroke survivors need more support with taking medicines, survey findsSubscription

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.

Ken Jarrold, chairman of the Rebalancing Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Partners Forum hears superintendent and responsible pharmacist proposalsSubscription

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.

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GPhC registration renewal fees frozen for next yearSubscription

The General Pharmaceutical Council will not increase registration renewal fees for next financial year, despite forecasting a budget deficit of £2.6m.

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Women underrepresented in senior pharmacy and NHS rolesSubscription

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

Frances (Fanny) Elizabeth Potter, first woman to qualify for registration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Frances (Fanny) Elizabeth Potter

16 MAR 2018

Women have always been involved in the production and administration of medicines.

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board

Dementia Action Plan for Wales looks at antipsychotic use

27 FEB 2018

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.


EMA recommends five new medicines for approval

27 FEB 2018

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.

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Prescription charge rises by 20 pence

26 FEB 2018

The NHS prescription charge in England will rise by 20 pence, to £8.80 per prescription item, from 1 April 2018, the government has announced.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

March 2018, Vol 300, No 7911

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From the shop floor to the glass ceiling

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Your RPS

Museum Treasures January2021

Oral poliomyelitis vaccine, 1960s

An example of an oral attenuated live-virus vaccine pack, developed by Albert Sabin.

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RPS backs changes to interval between COVID-19 vaccination doses

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said it strongly supports changes to the planned interval between currently licensed COVID-19 vaccine doses in the UK.

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RPS launches 180-year anniversary celebrations with a new online history resource

In 2021, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society celebrates its 180th anniversary.

Free access to pharmacy journals under five year deal with Oxford University Press

Free access to pharmacy journals under five-year deal with Oxford University Press

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Oxford University Press to give its members free access to a portfolio of research in pharmacy, pharmacology and the pharmaceutical sciences.

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Pharmacists can take the lead in public reassurance on COVID-19 vaccines, RPS says

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has asked pharmacists to show leadership in reassuring the public that Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency-approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

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Give provisionally registered pharmacists all the support you can, RPS urges employers

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has called on employers to offer provisionally registered pharmacists all possible support as they head towards the registration assessment.

Claire Anderson

RPS and PSNC call for law change to ensure ongoing access to full Summary Care Record

The law should be changed so that pharmacies continue to have access to full patient Summary Care Records after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee have said.

Botanical illustration of Citrus vulgaris 1880

Botanical illustration of Citrus vulgaris, 1880

Traditionally, the leaves and fruit of bitter orange were used to alleviate nausea and aid digestion.

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RPS meets with government to discuss pharmacists amending prescriptions during medicines shortages

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has met with government officials to press the case for pharmacists to be able to amend prescriptions during medicines shortages.

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Aston University first in UK to subscribe to Pharmacy Knowledge


Aston University has become the first university in the UK to fully adopt digital learning platform Pharmacy Knowledge.

Atif Saddiq Chair of RPS Early Careers Pharmacist Advisory Group

Atif Saddiq: ‘We are here to listen’

Atif Saddiq, the chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s recently established Early Careers Pharmacist Advisory Group, reveals his ambitions for the new venture.

Victoria Rutter

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association launches learning platform


A global continuing professional development platform has been launched by the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association.

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A third of pharmacists report COVID-19 significantly impacted their mental health and wellbeing

Just under a third (31%) of pharmacists said that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health and wellbeing to a significant extent, according to a survey by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and charity Pharmacist Support.

Sunayana Shah

Sunayana Shah appointed as chair of RPS’s Industrial Pharmacy Advisory Group

Sunayana Shah, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, has been appointed chair of the Society’s newly formed Industrial Pharmacy Advisory Group.

Clare Morrison

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

The Scottish Pharmacy Board discussed work on inclusion and diversity to encourage members to stand at the national pharmacy board elections, as well as careers support and ideas around changing the structure of board meetings.

Martin Astbury, vice president of English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

Topics discussed at the latest English Pharmacy Board meeting included learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Action in Belonging, Culture and Diversity group and updates on education.

Suzanne Scott Thomas

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

Discussions at the latest Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting revolved around how the Society can help promote independent prescribing pharmacists, the 2021 manifesto for the Welsh government elections and updates around science and research.

Leech jar

Pharmaceutical leech jar, 19th century

This drug jar was used in the 19th century to store leeches, which were used to treat localised swelling and infections.

Mental health support

RPS Scotland policy sets out how pharmacists can support people with mental health conditions

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland’s has published a policy on how pharmacists can improve care of people with mental health conditions.

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Clare Morrison: ‘I honestly think this is the most exciting role in pharmacy in Scotland’


Clare Morrison, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s new director for Scotland, talks us through her career Source: Source: Courtesy of Clare Morrison Clare Morrison says that taking on the Scotland brief ...


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