Pharmacy practice and profession blog
All posts from: November 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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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