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Inside the Pharmaceutical Journal

It was the ‘calm and carrying on’ British public, not COVID-19, that ended my mother-in-law’s life

Posted by: Wayne McLeanWed, 8 Apr 2020

The young and healthy folk who flout social distancing rules may be at a lower risk of coronavirus, but their carelessness may have grave consequences for our most vulnerable, says The Pharmaceutical Journal’s Wayne McLean.

How The Pharmaceutical Journal will support pharmacy teams through the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by: Tony ScullyWed, 25 Mar 2020

As all sectors of pharmacy are being put under immense pressure to maintain patient care, Tony Scully writes to reassure readers that we are doing everything we can to deliver supportive, up-to-date content.

Top ten most popular opinion articles of 2019

Posted by: Abigail JamesFri, 20 Dec 2019

The Pharmaceutical Journal wasn’t short of strong views this year — whether it was a criticism of clinical guidance or a defence of the pharmacy profession. Here are the opinions that resonated most with you in 2019.

Top ten features of 2019

Posted by: Dawn ConnellyThu, 19 Dec 2019

Among our most-read features in 2019 was an investigation into whether pharmacists are dispensing too many multicompartment compliance aids, and another on why thousands of patients are being left on potentially risky drug combinations involving anticoagulants.

Top five Careers and Tomorrow's Pharmacist articles of 2019

Posted by: Angela KamThu, 19 Dec 2019

Another year may have flown by, but that does not mean pharmacy professionals have not been investing time to lay important foundations for a thriving career.

Top five infographics of 2019

Posted by: Dawn ConnellyWed, 18 Dec 2019

Medicines-related harm is an issue close to the hearts of all of those who work in pharmacy, making our infographic on medication errors the most popular of 2019.

Top five most popular research articles of 2019

Posted by: Natasha LeesonWed, 18 Dec 2019

This year, our peer-reviewed research papers received more than 400,000 unique page views.

Top ten most popular research briefings of 2019

Posted by: Julia RobinsonTue, 17 Dec 2019

Our research briefings are concise and informative; they keep readers up to date with the latest developments in science and clinical research — from novel uses for existing drugs, to studies assessing potential new treatments.

Top ten most popular learning and CPD articles of 2019

Posted by: Kristoffer StewartMon, 16 Dec 2019

The Pharmaceutical Journal has been a vital resource for pharmacists in 2019, with a staggering 3.5 million page views across our learning and CPD articles — up 38% from 2018.

Top ten most popular articles from Your RPS in 2019

Posted by: Corrinne BurnsMon, 16 Dec 2019

There have been big changes across the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in 2019: it has been a year of new faces, new campaigns, new publications and, for the RPS in Scotland, a new home.

Making The Pharmaceutical Journal bigger and better

Posted by: Tony ScullyFri, 26 Jul 2019

Based on feedback from RPS members, you will soon receive one combined print journal per month.

Writing competition now open: tell us about the patient who changed your practice

Posted by: Abigail JamesTue, 7 May 2019

The Pharmaceutical Journal is asking readers to write a short piece on the theme of ‘The patient who change my practice’, where the winning entry will receive an Amazon Fire 8 tablet.

Shining a light on medicines safety in special #PJrightmedicine month

Posted by: Pharmaceutical JournalFri, 1 Feb 2019

In February 2019, The Pharmaceutical Journal is celebrating pharmacists’ contribution to improving medicines safety in the UK.

Clinical Pharmacist’s most popular research articles of 2018

Posted by: Michael DowdallThu, 24 Jan 2019

This year, articles exploring pharmacy’s role in antimicrobial stewardship, as well as original research articles on integrated pharmacy services and medicines optimisation in care homes, feature among the most popular.

Top ten features in The Pharmaceutical Journal in 2018

Posted by: Dawn ConnellyWed, 23 Jan 2019

Features can be timeless articles on an aspect of drug development, pharmacy practice or medicines optimisation, or topical pieces that delve further into news stories to give context and analysis. It has been an interesting year in pharmacy, from the rescheduling of cannabis to the patent expiry of the NHS’s most costly drug, and the magazine’s features section reflects this, and much more.

Top five infographics in The Pharmaceutical Journal in 2018

Posted by: Dawn ConnellyFri, 18 Jan 2019

With the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) due to come into force in February 2019 (with the caveat of a Brexit deal, of course), it’s no surprise that our infographic explaining how FMD will work was the most read of those published in 2018. Other topics that made it to the top five include medical cannabis and our salary and satisfaction survey.

Most popular research briefings of 2018

Posted by: Julia RobinsonThu, 17 Jan 2019

In 2018, our most popular research briefings covered new areas of research that have been particularly topical this year — including medical cannabis, new antibiotics and e-cigarettes — as well as areas that have long been of interest to pharmacists, such as pain management and adherence.

Most popular opinion pieces of 2018

Posted by: Abigail JamesTue, 15 Jan 2019

Access to medicines has been a big theme for 2018 — from new legal access to medical cannabis treatment options, to fears that price hikes and Brexit are jeopardising the supply of medicines to patients who are already dependent on them.

Most popular learning and CPD articles of 2018

Posted by: Natasha LeesonMon, 14 Jan 2019

With nearly 2 million page views in 2018, our learning section has gone from strength to strength this year and has seen a 20.5% increase in page views compared with 2017.

Most popular articles from Your RPS in 2018

Posted by: Corrinne BurnsMon, 14 Jan 2019

It’s been a busy year for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). The Society co-hosted the 2018 International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Congress, which saw more than 3,000 delegates from 107 countries gather in Glasgow during 2–6 September. The Society used the congress to launch its professional development core curriculum, the product of five years’ work to help support pharmacists through their career development.

Most popular research briefings of 2017

Posted by: Julia RobinsonThu, 21 Dec 2017

Catch up on this year’s most read clinical trial stories, many of which cover important research into adverse effects of commonly used drugs.

Most popular learning and CPD articles of 2017

Posted by: Natasha LeesonWed, 20 Dec 2017

Catch up with the best peer-reviewed learning and CPD articles from 2017 to boost your pharmacy practice.

Clinical Pharmacist’s top five research articles of 2017

Posted by: Michael DowdallWed, 20 Dec 2017

Most-read articles from our journal on evidence-based pharmacy practice, therapeutic areas, and the latest advancements in drug development and medical interventions.

Most popular careers articles of 2017

Posted by: Angela KamWed, 20 Dec 2017

Showcasing the individuals challenging the traditional pharmacy roles of today and redefining the careers of the pharmacy team of tomorrow.

Most popular opinion pieces of 2017

Posted by: Abigail JamesTue, 19 Dec 2017

Tthe top five most-read opinion pieces from The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist suggest that resilient pharmacists have been improving their knowledge of medicines and helping patients achieve the best outcomes.

Top five infographics in The Pharmaceutical Journal in 2017

Posted by: Dawn ConnellyTue, 19 Dec 2017

A summary of the top five infographics published in The Pharmaceutical Journal in 2017, as well as an infographic on aspirin published in 2014, which continues to draw readers.

Top ten features in The Pharmaceutical Journal in 2017

Posted by: Dawn ConnellyTue, 19 Dec 2017

Most-read features, which include interviews with experts from relevant fields, published in The Pharmaceutical Journal in 2017.

Most popular articles from Your RPS in 2017

Posted by: Corrinne BurnsTue, 19 Dec 2017

Highlights of Royal Pharmaceutical Society news and events from 2017.

Record a copy of your CPD entry on

Posted by: Marcus ParkerTue, 13 Jun 2017

You can now record your CPD entry at the end of certain articles on Pharmaceutical Journal, which you can transpose to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s CPD website.

Clinical Pharmacist calls for papers on long-term conditions

Posted by: Michael DowdallTue, 7 Mar 2017

We are calling for article submissions that highlight best practice in relation to the management of long-term conditions.

The Pharmaceutical Journal’s best of 2016: top news stories

Posted by: Harriet AdcockThu, 5 Jan 2017

A round up of the most popular news stories of 2016.

Top learning and CPD articles of 2016

Posted by: Natasha LeesonTue, 20 Dec 2016

Natasha Leeson provides the most popular learning and CPD articles published in The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist in 2016.

Clinical Pharmacist’s top five research articles of 2016

Posted by: Michael DowdallTue, 20 Dec 2016

Michael Dowdall breaks down the most popular research articles published in 2016.

The most popular careers articles of 2016

Posted by: Emma PageMon, 19 Dec 2016

Pharmacy careers cover all sorts of sectors: from community, hospital, industry and academia through to prisons, technology and primary care. What were the most popular careers articles published in 2016?

Most popular Your RPS articles of 2016

Posted by: Julia RobinsonFri, 16 Dec 2016

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has had a busy and challenging year. Julia Robinson describes the most popular ‘Your RPS’ articles of 2016.

The Pharmaceutical Journal’s most read opinion pieces of 2016

Posted by: Benedict LamThu, 15 Dec 2016

A round up of the most popular opinion pieces of 2016.

Most popular features of 2016 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Posted by: Dawn ConnellyThu, 15 Dec 2016

Dawn Connelly describes the most popular features and infographics published in 2016.

The vital role of the peer reviewer

Posted by: Michael DowdallWed, 21 Sep 2016

Research and learning editor Michael Dowdall describes the important and often overlooked contribution of peer reviewers to the academic publishing process.

April 2016: Who read what on

Posted by: Arash HejaziTue, 31 May 2016

Find out what other readers found useful in April 2016 and discover the most popular articles and sections on

Top 10 news stories for 2015

Posted by: Elizabeth SukkarMon, 25 Jan 2016

Drug safety was a hot topic in 2015, accounting for five of the top 10 news stories consumed by our readers.

Most read 'Your RPS' articles of 2015

Posted by: Julia RobinsonWed, 13 Jan 2016

Last year saw a significant shift in the pharmacy landscape, with calls to better utilise the clinical knowledge and skills of pharmacists, and expand their role within the multidisciplinary team.

Most popular features of 2015 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Posted by: Dawn ConnellyMon, 11 Jan 2016

Features about new cholesterol-busting drugs, the use of ketamine to treat depression and the regulation of clinical trials in India were the most popular of those published online in 2015.

Most popular learning and CPD articles of 2015

Posted by: Emma PageFri, 8 Jan 2016

Practical articles on topics of everyday relevance prove popular in 2015

The Pharmaceutical Journal's top 5 comment pieces of 2015

Posted by: Benedict LamTue, 22 Dec 2015

Junk food tax, statins prescribing and opioid painkiller addiction were among the most read topics in the opinion section in 2015.

A reflection on RPS members' priorities as pharmacists

Posted by: Arash HejaziTue, 15 Dec 2015

What RPS members are anonymously telling The Royal Pharmaceutical Society via the content they read on

Top ten careers articles in 2015

Posted by: Emma PageThu, 3 Dec 2015

Career articles that give pharmacists practical advice on changing jobs, sectors or country of practice again proved popular with online readers of The Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist and Tomorrow’s Pharmacist.

Pharmaceutical Journal Publications’ learning and CPD strategy

Posted by: Arash HejaziTue, 6 Oct 2015

On the various article types with a ‘learning element’, and the concept of ‘learning object’ adopted by Pharmaceutical Journal Publications.

The next step in the evolution of Pharmaceutical Journal publications

Posted by: Arash HejaziMon, 21 Sep 2015

On the changes happening in The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist.

What changed in The Pharmaceutical Journal and what we are going to do next

Posted by: Arash HejaziTue, 25 Aug 2015

Arash Hejazi summarises the changes to The Pharmaceutical Journal in the past twelve months and explains the upcoming changes to The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist.

The Pharmaceutical Journal's top 5 comment pieces of 2014

Posted by: Benedict LamWed, 21 Jan 2015

Benedict Lam takes a look back on the most popular and talked about comment pieces of 2014

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