Pharmacy practice and profession blog
If patients knew how much their medicines had cost the NHS, would they be more or less likely to take them? If they knew how much a visit to the A&E cost, would they be more or less likely to go?
Some people who visit the doctor with a cough or sore throat might have already tried to treat it themselves with over-the-counter remedies and waited around a week for it to clear, before deciding that it is serious enough to warrant a GP visit. Once they do visit a GP, they might request antibiotics.
We are here primarily to ensure the safe use of medicines. We are not here for convenience, profit or to meet targets set by those who might be clueless about what we do. If we can ensure we are running a pharmacy effectively and safely — and that includes having adequate staffing levels — then those other factors will follow.
It’s always nice to do number exercises when big reports are published. This week, pharmacists will be hearing a lot about “Now or never: shaping pharmacy for the future” , the long-awaited report of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Commission on Future Models of Care delivered through pharmacy, which was chaired by Judith Smith, director of policy at the Nuffield Trust.
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.
I have been meaning to write something about leadership for a while now and the forthcoming RPS Conference 2013 has stimulated me to do this now… First things first… many of you younger people may not be too familiar with the original Star Trek so here is a summary of the main characters:
Recently, the national media have highlighted a three-minute blood test that could tell GPs whether an antibiotic is needed for a patient. It has even been claimed that this test could tackle the ongoing issue of antibiotics resistance since it may put patients — who otherwise pressure GPs into prescribing an antibiotic — at ease.
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.
Before I begin, let me set the recordstraight. I am no politician and I’m only in the early stages of my career as a
A traffic-light food nutritional food labelling system is to be introduced across the UK over the next 18 months. The consistent colour coded labelling will show much fat, salt, and sugar and how many calories are in each product.
Since I am certain I am not the only pharmacist guilty of this, what some might call, nerdy habit, I thought I would share my thoughts on my tour of some community pharmacies in the US (it is not the main reason why I travelled there but I do have a habit of visiting pharmacies just to see how they differ to the ones in the UK whenever I am abroad).
As pharmacists we have an obligation always to act in the patient’s best interests. After all, according to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s “Standards of conduct, ethics and performance”, the first principle is “Make patients your first concern”. But just how far are you willing to go to justify your actions?
Pharmacists who care about this profession would have been cringing last week after reading the Daily Telegraph’s investigation into how pharmacists were allegedly involved in defrauding the NHS over the reimbursement of “specials” medicines.