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All posts by Anas Hassan

Will Rowlands Pharmacy's appearance on TV change pharmacy? I doubt it

Posted by: Anas HassanTue, 12 Aug 2014

The managing director of Rowlands Pharmacy is a brave man and showed valuable insight into how the company is run. But last week’s Undercover Boss on Channel 4 will change nothing across pharmacy anytime soon.

Five alternative careers for pharmacists

Posted by: Anas HassanThu, 30 Jan 2014

Nobody needs to be surprised at how passionate I feel about the current employment crisis within the pharmacy profession at the minute. But I thought I’d explore alternative careers for my latest blog post. One of the most irritating assertions I hear is when someone wrongfully claims that a pharmacist only really has three places to go after qualification - community, hospital or industrial pharmacy. There are various alternatives available to pharmacists.

For 2014, do we save pharmacy's graduates or lose them?

Posted by: Anas HassanMon, 13 Jan 2014

Over the last two weeks or so, I’ve tried to compile a list of things I’d like to see happen in order to protect and improve the pharmacy profession for the twelve months ahead. But in all honesty, I’ve struggled. Because there is only one issue that really dominates the profession for me at the moment - the looming crisis on what we need to do to protect the welfare and enhance the growth of the careers of graduates with a pharmacy degree.

Happy New Year for 2014

Posted by: Anas HassanTue, 31 Dec 2013

This is probably going to be my shortest blog post ever for the PJ online. But it’s a sweet one too.

The world of Botox® and why I strongly support Dr Leah Totton

Posted by: Anas HassanTue, 17 Dec 2013

Earlier this year, unapologetically, I was cheering on Dr Leah Totton who is a qualified doctor from Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland who deservedly became the latest winner of BBC One’s The Apprentice (from the very start ...

Glaswegian solidarity

Posted by: Anas HassanSat, 30 Nov 2013

Today, I was planning to blog about the great success stories of Scotland in the field of medicine, especially being the fact that it is St Andrew’s Day.

£10 for a prescription? You're having a laugh?

Posted by: Anas HassanFri, 29 Nov 2013

No, it’s not Hallo’ween anymore. You did rightly hear that a centre-right political think-tank has proposed the idea of the prescription charge in England to increase to £10. 

Antibiotic apocalypse?

Posted by: Anas HassanThu, 28 Nov 2013

The debate over the continuing effectiveness of antibiotics in general to fight infection in human beings continues to go on and on in the media and between health professionals. 

Community pharmacy vs hospital pharmacy - a tale of two worlds?

Posted by: Anas HassanWed, 27 Nov 2013

I have many friends or fellow comrades who are hospital pharmacists. It’s just that I never get the chance to speak to them as often as I would have wished. It really does feel like sometimes that there ...

The feminisation of pharmacy

Posted by: Anas HassanTue, 26 Nov 2013

Today the White Paper on Scottish independence was launched in Glasgow. As I was tweeting on the event, a discussion emerged about the lack of female journalists present at the Glasgow Science Centre, where the document was launched. It led me to tweet about the rise of women in our working world and pharmacy certainly isn’t ...

The struggle for rural pharmacy in Scotland

Posted by: Anas HassanMon, 25 Nov 2013

The defining first twelve months

Posted by: Anas HassanFri, 15 Nov 2013

Want to get the message across? Become a telly pharmacist!

Posted by: Anas HassanWed, 6 Nov 2013


Have Scottish and English pharmacy practice grown apart?

Posted by: Anas HassanTue, 22 Oct 2013

Raising the profile of pharmacy through the media

Posted by: Anas HassanWed, 25 Sep 2013

Can pharmacy flourish under Scottish independence?

Posted by: Anas HassanWed, 18 Sep 2013

The lonely world of a pharmacist

Posted by: Anas HassanFri, 13 Sep 2013

From minor ailments to major success in Scotland

Posted by: Anas HassanWed, 11 Sep 2013

The Pharmaceutical Journal's Scotland Correspondent has reported on some very interesting figures that were revealed in the Scottish Parliament last week on the country's Minor Ailment Service.

Never underestimate yourself

Posted by: Anas HassanFri, 30 Aug 2013

Future methadone policy in Scotland - what does it mean for pharmacy?

Posted by: Anas HassanThu, 22 Aug 2013

The Scottish Drug Strategy Delivery Commission published a report today reviewing opioid replacement therapy north of the border. It has been mentioned a lot in the Scottish media today. The word "pharmacy" is mentioned 26 times within the document and there is no doubt that pharmacy's role within opioid replacement therapy programmes in Scotland is very hard to ignore.

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