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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Data visualisation of the fragmented community pharmacy market in Great Britain in 2016 showing ownership share and pharmacy premises

Community pharmacy in Great Britain 2016: a fragmented marketSubscription


There are more than 14,000 community pharmacies in Great Britain and the top 12 players own almost 50% of the market. 

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Workplace pressures in UK pharmacies must be addressedSubscription

Setting unreasonable financial targets for clinical services is undermining professional autonomy of pharmacists and not serving the patient.


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How the exit of the UK from the European Union could affect healthcare, science and research

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Should the UK remain a member of the European Union or should it leave? We put two opposing views together to help you decide. 


James Pound, editor-in-chief of the British Pharmacopoeia (BP)

Q&A: Providing official standards for UK medicines and pharmaceutical substances — the British PharmacopoeiaSubscription


James Pound, editor-in-chief of the British Pharmacopoeia (BP), explains how the BP is evolving to meet the changing needs of its many users and discusses how it compares and harmonises with other pharmacopoeias worldwide.

Learning article

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Communication during transfer of care of older peopleSubscription

By Lelly Oboh

Guidance, strategies and communication tools to support transfer of care of frail older people

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Using motivational interviewing to improve medicines adherence

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The principles of motivational interviewing and how pharmacists can use it to help patients take their medicines as prescribed.


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How to revise for the new pharmacy registration assessmentSubscription

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Nadia Bukhari and Harsha Parmar provide tips for preregistration trainees sitting the registration assessment in its new format.

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All you need to know about GP practice pharmacistsSubscription


The first pharmacists are about to start work under a new pharmacists in GP practices scheme. What do existing practice pharmacists do and how will the new roles differ?

Surgical pharmacist, Neetu Bansal

What I learnt in a year as a scholar at the National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceSubscription


Neetu Bansal is looking into how pharmacists can support the recovery of patients with colorectal disease as part of a project for her National Institute for Health and Care Excellence scholarship.


Lord Jim O'Neill

Government review says antibiotics should not be prescribed without rapid diagnostic test

Patients in developed countries should not be prescribed an antibiotic without first having a rapid diagnostic test to ensure the drug is appropriate and drug companies must be forced to do more to find new antibiotic drugs, the final report of the UK government’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has recommended.

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Methadone causes half of unintentional drug poisoning deaths in young children

Methadone, a drug prescribed as a heroin substitute, is responsible for more toddler deaths by unintentional poisoning in the UK than any other prescription drug, research shows.

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Placing pharmacists in emergency departments could help 36% of patients

Pharmacists have the potential to manage the care of up to 36% of patients attending hospital emergency departments (ED), according to the results of two studies by Health Education England (HEE).

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GPs demand review of pharmacy flu vaccination scheme

GPs want the influenza immunisation programme offered by community pharmacists in England scrapped unless a national review proves that it has increased the total number of people being vaccinated.

Proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) protein

NICE draft guidance recommends PCSK9 inhibitors for high risk cardiovascular patients

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the UK’s cost-effectiveness body, has recommended two new cholesterol-lowering drugs for certain adults with primary hypercholesterolaemia or mixed dyslipidaemia who are at extremely high risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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Atrial fibrillation patients on warfarin have increased risk of dementia

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) being treated with warfarin have higher rates of dementia compared with those taking the drug for other conditions, research shows.

News in Brief

The fourth junior doctors' strike on 6 April 2016

Junior doctors' contract deal agreedSubscription

20 MAY 2016

A deal has been reached between UK government negotiators and the British Medical Association (BMA) over the junior doctor contract, arbitration body the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), which facilitated ten days of negotiations, announced on 18 May 2016.

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Nuffield Trust highlights efficiencies pharmacists can bring to GP practicesSubscription

17 MAY 2016

Pharmacists working in surgeries can cut the time GPs would normally spend on medicines management and prescribing issues by nearly half, according to a report by the Nuffield Trust.

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Government to claw back £48m from pharmacy contractors in England on top of cutsSubscription

16 MAY 2016

The government is clawing back £48m from community pharmacy contractors in England over the next four months, with the possibility of more cuts after October 2016, national negotiators have revealed.

Keith Ridge, England's chief pharmaceutical officer

Chief pharmaceutical officer admits he misled MPs over hub and spoke dispensingSubscription

13 MAY 2016

England’s chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has admitted that data he gave to an All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) inquiry suggesting that hub and spoke dispensing is ‘much safer’ than traditional dispensing was inaccurate.

Maree Todd

Hospital pharmacist elected to Scottish ParliamentSubscription

10 MAY 2016

Hospital pharmacist Maree Todd has become a member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Scottish National Party (SNP) after standing for election for the first time.

Daniel Lee, managing director and founder of Pharmacy2U

Pharmacy2U unveils £3.5m centralised dispensing facilitySubscription

9 MAY 2016

Pharmacy2U, an online pharmacy, has unveiled its £3.5 million prescription centralised dispensing facility in Leeds. The site can despatch 1 million prescription items a month, increasing the company’s capacity by around ten-fold.

A GP consultation

Growth in GP workload exposed by King’s Fund reportSubscription

5 MAY 2016

The number of patient consultations in general practice has increased by 15% over the last five years, three times greater than the increase in general practitioners, an analysis on the extent of the crisis facing general practice by the King’s Fund has revealed.

The EMA recommends ceftazidime/avibactam for approval

EMA recommends approval of antibiotic combination to treat multi-drug resistant bacteriaSubscription

5 MAY 2016

A new combination antibacterial drug is being recommended for approval across the European Union (EU).

An older person's hands with an inhaler

EMA review confirms pneumonia risk linked to inhaled corticosteroidsSubscription

4 MAY 2016

A medicines safety review has confirmed a risk of pneumonia triggered by inhaled corticosteroids in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but was unable to specify whether there are any differences in risk for different products.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

May 2016, Vol 295, No 7889

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There are more than 14,000 community pharmacies in Great Britain and the top 12 players own almost 50% of the market.

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Cover of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) annual review 2015

RPS annual review reports 5.4% rise in core membership


The RPS annual review, released on 27 May 2016, outlines the Society’s major milestones and achievements in 2015

Pictures of the thirteen candidates of the RPS pharmacy board elections

If elected to the RPS pharmacy board, what will be your top two priorities?Subscription


Candidates explain what their top two priorities will be if they are elected to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society pharmacy board.

Charles Willis, head of public affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

What will happen to pharmacy if the UK votes to leave the European Union? Subscription


Charles Willis, head of public affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, considers what will happen if the EU referendum results in a majority ‘leave’ vote and the impact it could have on pharmacists. 


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

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