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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Statins: the highs and lows

Statins: the highs and the lowsSubscription


Negative press seems to follow statins, the most prescribed drugs in England, despite them revolutionising cardiovascular disease prevention.

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GPhC registration assessment result gap must be closedSubscription

There is still much work to do to reduce disparities in registration assessment results, but the General Pharmaceutical Council’s efforts should hopefully be a move in the right direction.

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Is it time for community pharmacy to let go of dispensing?Subscription

The conversation about whether the days of pharmacists handing out white bags will soon be over was the most polarising debate of the FIP conference.


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The pharmacy regulator must take a role in ensuring minimum staffing levels if it is serious about patient safetySubscription


The pharmacy regulator should be involved in ensuring minimum staffing standards — and enforcing them where necessary — as part of its role in regulating pharmacy and protecting patient safety.


Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England

Keith Ridge: 'I regret the pain, but this is a watershed moment for pharmacy'Subscription


England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks to Nigel Praities about his plans for the future of pharmacy.

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Improving and standardising the management of controlled drugsSubscription

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Ensuring the safe and effective management of controlled drugs is an important role for pharmacists, particularly in secondary care.

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Managing dental emergencies in community pharmacy: soft tissue conditionsSubscription

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What advice pharmacists and their teams can give to patients presenting with soft tissue dental conditions in community pharmacy.


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The right ‘fit’: racial bias in pharmacy recruitmentSubscription


Pharmacists provide their thoughts and advice to a colleague concerned about racial discrimination in the workplace.

Julia Whettam, senior pharmacist, North West Ambulance Service clinical hub

A day in the life of an ambulance service pharmacistSubscription


Julia Whettam details a typical day as a senior pharmacist at the North West Ambulance Service clinical hub.

Claire Wynn Anderson, academic, pharmacy education advocate and chair of the 2018 FIP World Congress host committee

Claire Anderson: snorkelling, multitasking and FIPSubscription


A minute in the company of the academic, pharmacy education advocate and chair of the 2018 FIP World Congress host committee.


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Co-op returns to pharmacy market with purchase of repeat prescription appSubscription

The Co-op, which sold off its high street pharmacy business for £620 million in 2014, is returning to the market by buying the repeat prescription smartphone app Dimec.

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Pharmacies who delay FMD preparations risk non-compliance, IT suppliers warn Subscription

Falsified Medicines Directive suppliers have warned that pharmacies who wait until the last minute to purchase hardware could have to pay more, and may not receive their kit in time to comply with the regulations on implementation day.

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Asian and black pharmacists overrepresented in fitness-to-practise concerns, GPhC data showSubscription

Asian and black pharmacists are overrepresented in the number of fitness-to-practise concerns raised against them, figures released by the pharmacy regulator show.

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Black African pharmacy students still least likely to pass GPhC prereg examSubscription

Black African trainee pharmacists had the lowest pass rates in the General Pharmaceutical Council’s summer preregistration exam.

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AMR will be 'central' to NHS 10-year plan, says ministerSubscription

Antimicrobial resistance will be a central element of the NHS 10-year plan, public health and primary care minister Steve Brine told MPs at a House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee hearing on 11 September 2018.

Pharmacist explains medicine to old man

Pharmacy technicians more willing to look for another job than attend fitness to practise hearing, finds PDA reportSubscription

Almost three-quarters of pharmacy technicians did not attend their fitness to practise hearings, as many believed that they did not have an income, career or status worth protecting, according to a Pharmacists’ Defence Association report.

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Pharmacy2U to open 7.5m-items-per-month dispensing facility

19 SEP 2018By

Online pharmacy Pharmacy2U is to open a new dispensing facility that will enable it to increase its dispensing capacity to 7.5 million items a month, more than 16 times its current capacity.

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Number of vapers in Great Britain has quadrupled since 2012

18 SEP 2018

The number of vapers in Great Britain has reached an estimated 3.2 million in 2018, compared with 700,000 in 2012, according to figures from an Action on Smoking and Health survey.

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Contaminated valsartan does not increase short-term risk of cancer, study finds

14 SEP 2018

Valsartan contaminated with the impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) does not increase the short-term risk of overall cancer, according to research published in The BMJ.

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer at NHS England

Front line staff should be vaccinated against flu or face redeployment, say NHS leaders

11 SEP 2018

All front line staff are expected to be vaccinated against flu in 2018, and those who are not should be asked why or even be redeployed to other areas, NHS leaders have said.

Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England

Chief pharmaceutical officer expresses 'regret' for painful community pharmacy cuts

24 AUG 2018

Exclusive: NHS England’s chief pharmaceutical officer has expressed his regret for the difficulty cuts to the community pharmacy budget have caused the profession, but insisted they should be regarded as a “watershed” moment for pharmacy.

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