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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, March 2018, Vol 300, No 7911

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  • Jacqueline Sneddon, chair of the Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group

    Q&A with Jacqueline Sneddon, chair of the Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group

    26 MAR 2018 12:30

    Jacqueline Sneddon, one of Scotland’s first antimicrobial pharmacists, has been elected as chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group (AEAG). Here, Sneddon talks to Corrinne Burns about the current status of antimicrobial awareness in the UK, and her plans for the AEAG. 

  • Sun dial, concept of time

    Now could be the time for LTC management Subscription

    23 MAR 2018 9:50

    Could the time finally have come for community pharmacy to show that it can manage long-term conditions?

  • Hospital pharmacy

    Using technology to tackle medication errors Subscription

    23 MAR 2018 9:10 By Ingrid Torjesen

    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.

  • Magnifying glass against a yellow background

    Pharmacists' woes under the lens Subscription

    22 MAR 2018 14:55
    Comments (1)

    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.

  • 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 future Subscription

    21 MAR 2018 12:23 By Abigail James

    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.

  • Graphs showing results of salary and satisfaction survey

    The 2017 pharmacy salary and satisfaction survey Subscription

    21 MAR 2018 0:00 By Angela Kam, Dawn Connelly
    Comments (1)

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

  • Secondary syphilis rash at the nape of patient's neck

    Syphilis: diagnosis and management options Subscription

    20 MAR 2018 15:28 By Emma Carter, Will Nevin, Lucy Hedley

    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.

  • Group shot of the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s (CPhO) Clinical Fellow Scheme

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

    19 MAR 2018 9:18 By Chief pharmaceutical officer's clinical fellows

    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

  • Tribute: Douglas Swift Subscription

    16 MAR 2018 15:01 By Caroline Baskerville

    It is with great sadness I report the death of Douglas Swift. He started his career as an assistant lecturer at Bradford technical college in 1955 before leaving to take up a post as a research student and demonstrator at Chelsea College from 1956 to 1958. His first lectureship was at Sunderland Technical College in 1958, where he stayed for three years. He moved back to Bradford and was a lecturer in pharmaceutical chemistry at Bradford University (formerly Bradford Institute of Technology) ...

  • Deaths: Douglas Swift Subscription

    16 MAR 2018 15:00

    On 22 February 2018, Douglas Swift, aged 86 years, of Boulder Clough, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. Mr Swift registered with the Society in 1955 and left in 2005.

  • Deaths: Robert Hill Subscription

    16 MAR 2018 15:00

    On 28 February 2018, Robert Hill, aged 99 years, of Newcastle upon Tyne. Mr Hill registered with the Society in 1940 and left in 2006. During his period of membership Mr Hill was conferred with Fellowship of the Society.

  • Tribute: Bryan Holroyd Hartley Subscription

    16 MAR 2018 14:59 By K. John Ayling

    I first met Bryan some 50 years ago. We both joined Wyeth after each working for a couple of other companies. Bryan was with product development, based at the company headquarters in Taplow, and I looked after sterile production at the Havant factory. Bryan specialised in tablet production, and was busy getting us up to standard for the upcoming Medicines Act of 1968.

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

    Frances (Fanny) Elizabeth Potter

    16 MAR 2018 14:58

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

  • Opposing faces, good versus bad, nocebo effect illustration

    Nocebo: the placebo effect’s evil twin Subscription

    15 MAR 2018 15:26 By Rachel Brazil

    The little-known nocebo effect, where negative expectations about treatment lead to side effects, can have a huge impact on clinical outcomes. It is important that healthcare professionals are aware of the nocebo effect and talk to patients about their medicines in a balanced way so as to try to minimise it.

  • Excellence concept, nine stars stamp

    Enhancing pharmacy services across NHS Scotland Subscription

    15 MAR 2018 14:19 By Rose Marie Parr

    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.

  • National pharmacy board elections 2018 Subscription

    15 MAR 2018 9:59

    Members are reminded that the deadline for nominations to the national pharmacy boards is noon on 5 April 2018 and the deadline for updating voting preferences is 17:00 on 6 April 2018.

  • Mike Dent, PSNC director of pharmacy funding

    Pharmacies under 'enormous pressure' because of generic drugs, says PSNC Subscription

    14 MAR 2018 13:43 By Graham Clews

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

  • Shattering glass ceiling concept

    From the shop floor to the glass ceiling Subscription

    13 MAR 2018 16:32 By Saša Jankovic, Angela Kam
    Comments (3)

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

  • Close-up of woman's hand holding pills

    Stroke survivors need more support with taking medicines, survey finds Subscription

    13 MAR 2018 16:28 By Kirsty Oswald

    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.

  • SEM of salivary gland tissue

    Dry mouth: advice and management Subscription

    13 MAR 2018 15:43 By Anwar R Tappuni, Nairn Wilson
    Comments (1)

    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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