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Digital pharmacy

Digital Pharmacy

Throughout July, The Pharmaceutical Journal will analyse the drive to use digital technology in pharmacy. We will publish a series of articles looking at whether new technologies are freeing up time and improving safety, or whether they are blocking the human interaction essential for good patient care. #digitalpharmacy


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The deadly online prescribing loopholeSubscription

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Online prescribing has long operated in a regulatory grey area, with some online pharmacies evading oversight by exploiting technical loopholes in the law.

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Building vital connections between hospital and homeSubscription


Communication between hospital and community pharmacists when patients are discharged is often absent, which can have a detrimental impact on patients’ health. The transfers of care around medicines — or ‘TCAM’ — scheme is beginning to change this, but there are several obstacles to overcome.

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E-prescribing in hospital: ten ways to make it a successSubscription


Some hospital trusts are making progress towards replacing paper prescriptions with their electronic counterparts, but others are yet to make the switch. Here are ten tips for successful implementation of electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems.

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High street multiples take on the digital pharmacy revolution Subscription


Despite lagging behind their distance-selling counterparts in online dispensing, the digital revolution in community pharmacy may still be led by the top four high street pharmacy chains.

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‘A blessing and a curse’: the struggle to introduce e-prescribingSubscription


NHS England has set an ambitious target to be paperless by 2024, a major part of which is implementing electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems in hospitals. Although progress is being made, there remain challenges to overcome.

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Inside Pharmacy2USubscription


From controversial marketing campaigns to fears that its vast dispensing facilities will quash high street pharmacy businesses, Pharmacy2U’s rise has not gone unnoticed.

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Why are few pharmacies using the summary care record?Subscription


Lack of time and not being able to access the required information means that many community pharmacists in England are not using abbreviated patient records online.

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Web therapy: how pharmacists are leading the way on telehealthSubscription


A solution developed to deliver clinical pharmacy services to remote dispensing GP practices in Scotland is being used as a model to expand telehealth services across the rest of NHS Highland. 

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Is it worth all community pharmacies having an online presence?Subscription


With multiples tackling the threat of online retailers head on, should smaller chains and independents try to compete with the big boys?


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How pharmacists can comply with GDPRSubscription

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Pharmacies could be heavily fined if they break new data protection rules. Here is a quick guide on how to stay within the law.

Your RPS

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RPS launches digital ADR checker

Pharmaceutical Press, the publishing arm of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, has launched a digital product allowing clinicians to search for potential adverse drug reactions (ADRs) among more than 1,600 drugs.


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Data-driven care: why pharmacy needs to get involved


Access to data will transform the NHS — it’s time pharmacists got to grips with clinical informatics, says Andrew Davies.

Ade Williams, superintendent pharmacist, Bedminster Pharmacy; pharmacist prescriber, Broadmead Medical Centre

How our remote prescribing service has improved care


We can transform care by embracing portfolio working and remote technologies, says Ade Williams.

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How we revolutionised care by giving everyone in our team an iPad

Claire Patel describes how Nottingham University Hospital pharmacy department took a leap into the world of health technology.

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What to do when social media goes bad


The student-led Robert Gordon University Pharmacy Law and Ethics Group reminds pharmacy professionals of how online behaviour can influence younger members of the profession.


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'Paperless NHS' drive ignores community pharmacySubscription

A lack of funding and the effects of the electronic prescribing system have meant that pharmacies are using more paper than ever.

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Moratorium on online dispensing of opioids is requiredSubscription

An undercover investigation carried out by The Times is further proof that online pharmacies should be prohibited from prescribing and dispensing opioid medicines until they can prove they are safe.

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Full pharmacist access to records is the key to better patient careSubscription

Every four seconds a health or care professional in England accesses an NHS patient’s summary care record


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Amazonising pharmacy — reality or just a rumour?Subscription


If the headlines are to be believed, the online commerce company Amazon is setting its sights on the US pharmacy market, and entry to the UK market could follow.


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How to shift your pharmacy career from analogue to digitalSubscription


Five tips to help pharmacy professionals digitise their career.

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How to handle online criticism


Pharmacy professionals give their thoughts and advice on the receiving negative comments on social media.

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Six tips on how to use social media to promote your pharmacy Subscription


Steve Hemsley describes how pharmacy professionals can optimise the use of social media to develop and grow their career or business.

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Health technology: learn, grow or become obsoleteSubscription


Steve Hemsley reports on the latest advancements in health technology, how they will affect the careers of pharmacy professionals, and why new technologies should be embraced in order to win the race for relevance.


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Stephen Watkins: 'What we're doing is about transformation of pharmacy'Subscription


Despite the recent announcement that it plans to close 200 stores, Stephen Watkins, director of pharmacy items at Boots, promises that its ongoing digital transformation will be a game changer for the entire industry.

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Jeremy Macdonald: 'The data we collect are critical to understanding how people are using our services'

Jeremy Macdonald speaks to The Pharmaceutical Journal about his newly expanded role and how his team uses technology to understand and respond to the needs of Royal Pharmaceutical Society members.

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Straightforward app to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxietySubscription

By Hannah Krol

An app for those who need help with making the most of living in the moment.

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