Tomorrow's pharmacist blog
Many peers have asked me the same question over the past few years: why do you want to work in the pharmaceutical industry? This was often the natural response, after those around me discovered the summer placement and eventually pre-reg training I was to complete.
When reading about the use of hyaluronic acid in osteoarthritis, I started to look into hyaluronan and found that it is normally present in synovial fluid and is a component of the extracellular matrix. It has a significant role in cell proliferation and migration. Immediately, this links in my brain to cancer biology and the potential role in malignancy.
On a hospital summer placement I spent time in the hospital’sMedicines Information Office. This was a regional centre where they had to becareful not to take calls from outside of the region which required a goodknowledge of regional geography. The particular centre I visited receivedapproximately 200 inquiries a month and was open to members of the public, GPs,
Pharmacy has had more than its fair shareof scandal recently. It began with inappropriatesales of over-the-counter medicines, then moved on to several variants of thespecials procurement theme. I thinkthere's another area pharmacy needs to be more vigilant of: patient confidentiality.
So here I am,breaking the silence and rising from a black hole of absent blogs as a full-onpharmacist!
Preregs have a number of resources available to help them pass the registration exam. The list includes workbooks, workshops, mockpapers, books and websites. But few areas authoritative and useful as ONtrack,
I recently stumbled across the PJ archive and promptly got lostsomewhere in a 1999 version of pharmacy as depicted by readers' letters.
am happy, proud, excited, delighted and surprised to say that I have passed the registration exam and am on the way to becoming a Pharmacist! I still cannot believe I have made it and it has almost been a week since I found out. Seeing my name on the pass list brought up so many emotions from all the hard work five years has produced.
We share our profession withseveral thousand people you won't find on the register. Their behaviour makes those selling Oramorphlook tame. Dubious advice, no qualityassurance and no clinical governance are examples of charges on theirlist. Despite this, we've let themcontinue their trade with little protest.
I shadowed a pharmacist on a chemotherapy unit who showed methat dosing is by the patient’s surface area. This is done because the dosageneeds to be very accurate for the patient’s size. In addition, the chemotherapychart is separate to the ordinary drug chart which is crucial in helping to
I am sad and yet glad, to be finishing my pre-registration year this week. I have learnt so much this year, but I feel like it's gone so very fast. I am sure many pre-reg's would agree with me. I would probably argue that I learnt more about myself and others than I did about medicines. Which is probably a strange thing to say.
The official countdown has begun. In one week, the pre-reg exam will be over.
The Office of National Statistics collects data on paywhich, since 2011, has included pharmacists. Their data is sourced from a sample of PAYE records (so excludesself-employed locums).
For my final semester I chose to do a Cancer biology and therapy module, and whilst being interesting it is not the most uplifting of subjects. Therefore whilst revising it was to my surprise that I stumbled upon this heart-warming story in between journal articles.