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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Infographic on the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

New oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillationSubscription


Around 12,500 strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation (AF) in the UK each year, and 7,100 of these are preventable with appropriate anticoagulation. Four new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now available in the UK in addition to warfarin.

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Concept illustration of "bench to bed" with microscope and hospital bed

Pharmacists should be trained to become clinical scientists, rather than researchers in pharmacy

Education and training should be provided for pharmacists so they have the opportunity to conduct research and contribute to translational research projects.


Pharmacy research in the dictionary

Time to redefine pharmacy researchSubscription


There is no universal definition of pharmacy research, and this may be one of the reasons for poor quality research in the sector.


Nicola Magrini, secretary of the WHO expert committee on the selection and use of essential medicines

Q&A: Increasing global access to medicines for non-communicable diseasesSubscription


Nicola Magrini from the World Health Organization discusses improving access to affordable medicines for non-communicable diseases and warns that treatments for cancer lag behind.

Learning article

Elderly person eating with medicines on the table

Covert administration of medicines in care homesSubscription


Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be familiar with covert administration of medicines, a complex process requiring multidisciplinary assessment, to ensure its appropriate use in care homes.

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head and thorax of a human head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) clinging to a strand of human hair.

Head lice: resistance and treatment optionsSubscription


An update on head lice, their identification and the various treatment options available after considering resistance and treatment failure.


Jonathon Clarke, pharmacist, entrepreneur and co-founder of Locate a Locum

How locum pharmacy work inspired me to build my own businessSubscription


Pharmacist and entrepreneur Jonathon Clarke explains what led him to create his own business — and why he didn’t give up.

A candidate during an interview talks with the interviewees

Seven of the hardest pharmacy interview questions and how to answer them


Some questions asked in job interviews can be a challenge, even for an experienced pharmacist. What are prospective employers hoping to find out from the trickiest questions and how should you tackle them?

Jerry Fahrni, consultant in pharmacy informatics

Technology and pharmacy: my role as a pharmacist in informaticsSubscription


Pharmacy informatics involves working with new technology, automation and information systems.


Woman using an e-cigarette

Study finds direct association between e-cigarette use and successful quitting

Electronic cigarettes are helping people who want to quit smoking to successfully kick the habit, according to a study on the population impact of e-cigarettes on quit rates.

Intrauterine device, or coil

Coil as effective as emergency contraception pill, says UK health technology assessment body

Women seeking emergency contraception should be advised that an intrauterine device (IUD, or coil) is more effective than the morning after pill, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care (NICE) announced on 8 September 2016.

Newborn baby

Adverse drug reactions underreported in children aged under two years

Researchers have questioned the effectiveness of the MHRA’s Yellow Card scheme after receiving a low number of reports involving infants aged under two years.

Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Community pharmacy care delivered at no net cost to public purse in 2015

Twelve services provided by community pharmacy in England delivered £3bn in net value during 2015, concludes a report commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

Young boy using an MDI asthma inhaler with a spacer

Vitamin D reduces the rate of severe asthma attacks

Vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks by over a third, a systematic review has found. 

Rahul Singal speaking at the RPS conference

NHS England sets out recommendations for seven-day hospital pharmacy services

Unnecessary variation in hospital pharmacy services on weekends can be avoided through optimal use of medicines, technology and workforce, according to an NHS report published on 5 September 2016.

News in Brief

Ian Strachan, chair of the National Pharmacy Association

Pharmacy cuts in England to be announced in October 2016

14 SEP 2016

Source: NPA Ian Strachan, chair of the National Pharmacy Association, urged new pharmacy minister David Mowat to be “true to his word” and take time to get ...

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Continuing professional development records to be called at random under new plans from British pharmacy regulator

13 SEP 2016

Pharmacists will be randomly selected every year to provide a record of their continuing professional development (CPD) in changes being put forward for consultation by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). 

Students taking an exam

Many factors affect pharmacy registration exam results, GPhC report finds

13 SEP 2016

Ethnic background and the sector in which pharmacy students have trained continue to influence preregistration assessment results, according to a report presented at the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) council meeting on 8 September 2016. 

Students undergoing a test

EU pharmacists will need to demonstrate grasp of English to work in the UK, British pharmacy regulator says

12 SEP 2016

Pharmacists who qualified in the EU and want to practice in Great Britain will in future have to provide evidence of their knowledge of the English language before joining the professional register, according to draft guidance ...

Nosebleed in nostril

Simple saline spray is as effective as drug therapy for treating chronic nosebleeds

12 SEP 2016

Squirting a simple saline solution into the nostrils twice a day could alleviate chronic nosebleeds just as effectively as administering any one of three different medication sprays, a study shows. 

US FDA building

FDA strengthens warning over opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines

2 SEP 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adding a boxed warning to prescription opioid painkillers and cough medicines, and benzodiazepines following evidence the two drug classes are increasingly being prescribed together. 

Sainsbury's pharmacies have become Lloydspharmacy branches

Sainsbury’s pharmacies have become Lloydspharmacy branches

1 SEP 2016

All 281 Sainsbury’s pharmacies officially became Lloydspharmacy branches on 1 September 2016 as part of a £125m takeover deal agreed in July 2015 between J Sainsbury Plc and Celesio UK.

Community pharmacies are being prevented from reordering prescriptions

Moves to stop pharmacy repeat prescription schemes prompts new guidance

1 SEP 2016

Community pharmacy leaders have produced guidance about the management of repeat medicine requests following moves by GPs to prevent community pharmacies from reordering prescriptions in advance on behalf of patients.

European Commission building Brussels

First drug licenced in Europe for pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV

30 AUG 2016

The European Commission has approved the first drug for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV for use in Europe following a positive recommendation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in July 2016.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

September 2016, Vol 297, No 7893

Cover Story:

Overcoming antibiotic resistance: Several promising strategies aim to supplement or replace failing antimicrobial drugs

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Naoko Arakawa, the international programme lead at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: RPS international programme lead Naoko ArakawaSubscription


In 2015, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society signed an agreement with the Japanese Pharmaceutical Association promising to work together and share best practice on patient care and professional development. Here, Julia Robinson talks to Naoko Arakawa, the international programme lead at the RPS, about the collaboration so far. 

Olutayo Arikawe, pharmacist manager and winner of the 2016 'I love my pharmacist' award

Dudley pharmacist crowned winner of I Love My Pharmacist 2016 Subscription


Source: Nadia Attura “I really believe that if you take care of the community, they will in turn take care of you,” says winner of ...

Aamer Safdar

Benchmarking will help hospital trusts meet Carter efficiency challengeSubscription


Member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board Aamer Safdar makes the case for using benchmarking to help realise savings in line with the Carter review.

Attendees of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society awards

Outstanding contributions to pharmacy recognised at 2016 RPS awards


Mahendra Patel, a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, has been awarded the annual RPS Charter Award, which recognises exceptional service in promoting the interests of pharmacy.

RPS president Martin Astbury

'A pharmacy without a pharmacist is a shop', Royal Pharmaceutical Society president tells annual conference


Any further technological advances and legislative changes in pharmacy must not lead to the removal of pharmacists from the high street, Martin Astbury president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) said at the annual RPS conference on 4 September 2016.


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

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