Tomorrow's pharmacist blog
All posts by Ranveer Bassey
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.
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.
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.
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).
Ever tried to read the DrugTariff? It's mind-numbingly boring withits lists of numbers, confusing sections and pages that helpfully inform you are"intentionally left blank". All thishides the fact that its content has an unrivalled impact on how pharmacy ispracticed.
There are currently concerns overthe number of pharmacists and their increasing workload. I've pulled together a few numbers which mighthelp inform the debate.
University is expensive. The numbers scream that fact. Atypical pharmacy student will borrow £36k in tuition fee loans and at least £14kin maintenance loans, totalling a scary £50k. Add another (roughly) £10k if they complete the 5-year course. It's good then that, for the vast majority,these numbers are meaningless. You could
What would community pharmacylook like in Wonderland? Join me as we tumbledown the rabbit hole...
You would not be hailed as thenext Nostradamus for predicting the current state of the pharmacy jobmarket. It's an inevitable consequenceof a more than doubling of the number of schools of pharmacy within the lastdecade. A stagnating economy andausterity healthcare budget don't help.
Admit it. For all the paperwork they harassed you with,you'll miss your PCT, even if only because you knew what you were getting. It's too late to send your farewell card -today they are gone.
Pharmacists dispensed £270million worth of happiness in2011, with 1 in every 20 items dispensed being an antidepressant. It worries me a little.
There's currently apoll asking if homoeopathy should be funded by the NHS. I think it's entirely the wrong question toask. We should be asking if drugs shouldbe funded by the NHS. Allow me toexplain.
I have a confession to make. I have taken a smartdrug. It was not prescribed for me, norwas it bought from a registered pharmacy. It improved my alertness, increased my attention and allowed me to workfor longer. But you can hang up yourcall to the GPhC. I’m talking aboutcaffeine.
Give three pharmacists acalculator, the drug tariff and a prescription. Ask them how much they will be paid for dispensing theprescription. I bet you'll get threedifferent answers.
You've read the title and think the topic is a little bitsilly. Who really cares about thecalories in their medication? Asurprising number of people onthe internet apparently. But it was
The pharmaceutical industry createsproducts that help people live longer and better lives. So why is it hated? How have the companies it compromises destroyedthe goodwill?
Despite what it might seem, the process of creating drug names does not involve a bowl of alphabet soup, someone sneezing and interpretation of the resulting mess. The process is a little more considered than that.
In 19th century Britain, a person who committedsuicide would have a stake driven through their heart before beingunceremoniously buried at a road side. You'd think we'd have progressed since then, and we have. Suicide is no longer the felo de se crime it used to be, but in the case of assisted dying our
Sorry if you feel misled by the title, but this isn't a blogabout a new fad-diet involving eating the BNF and/or a cocktail of anti-obesitydrugs. No, this is a blog about how theBNF itself might soon need to diet.