Chief executive of Well Pharmacy, the third largest pharmacy chain in the UK, discusses the independent multiple’s strong position despite cuts to community pharmacy funding and how the business is preparing for online competition.
Shared decision-making should become a mandatory part of training for all healthcare professionals to improve collaboration with their patients, save the NHS billions, and ultimately improve patient outcomes, say Aseem Malhotra and Sue Bailey.
Two pharmacists argue whether homeopathic remedies should be available to buy in community pharmacies after the High Court’s support for the decision to stop funding homeopathy on the NHS.
While the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the Department of Health and Social prepare for contract negotiations, The Pharmaceutical Journal asked community pharmacists on the frontline to redesign the contractual framework.
Safety expert of a new investigative body talks to Abigail James about how its approach will enable pharmacists to be more transparent about errors.
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.
Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England and chief medical advisor to the UK government, is well known for issuing stark warnings on the careless use of antibiotics.
Enhancing pharmacy services across NHS ScotlandSubscription
Chief pharmaceutical officer for Scotland Rose Marie Parr provides an overview of the nine commitments for improving pharmaceutical care in NHS Scotland and making it an integral part of evolving NHS services.
With less than a year to go, The Pharmaceutical Journal catches up with Raj Patel, chair of the UK falsified medicine directive working group for community pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK, the organisation implementing the medicines verification system in the UK
Pharmacy is on the upSubscription
Despite its challenges, pharmacy has made great progress in the last year and the next 12 months promise to be no less eventful.
The reclassification of Viagra from a ‘prescription-only’ to a ‘pharmacy’ medicine gives pharmacists the chance to show how well they can manage its supply, writes Natalie Gauld.
Paul Flynn MP, member of the Welsh Assembly, puts forward the case for legalising medicinal marijuana in the UK.
On 23 January 2018, the Department of Health closed its consultation on reforming the way that health professionals across the UK are regulated
17 years of fighting for pharmacySubscription
After 17 years at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, chief executive Sue Sharpe will be leaving her position at the end of May 2018.
Fixing a minimum alcohol unit price in ScotlandSubscription
Rising alcohol-related health damage and evidence for a specific link to cheap alcohol led the Scottish Government to legislate a minimum price per unit of alcohol to reduce sales.
New standards of industry best practice have been established for implementing distribution controls on drugs that could be used for execution
Evidence suggests that smoking cessation interventions can be effective in UK pharmacies but there are few trials with validated endpoints.
Turning off the Huntington's geneSubscription
Initial safety and tolerability trials of breakthrough Huntington’s therapy are a success, but we must await judgment on clinical efficacy.
Community pharmacists across the country joined national pharmacy organisations in November to showcase the important role community pharmacy plays during the winter months.
The pharmacy team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has been given the opportunity to implement a range of innovations with the introduction of a dedicated ward pharmacy service.
In 1944, Richard Felix was part of a team of pharmacists tasked with producing penicillin. In May 2018, Felix donated some original penicillin samples from this work to the RPS museum and below, he recalls some of the challenges of antibiotic production and formulation during the Second World War.
The board discussed palliative and end-of-life care and wellbeing for the workface, and said goodbye to long-serving board member Phil Parry.
A draft policy on pharmacist independent prescribers was shared, and the board was briefed on FIP conference planning.
The board heard from representatives of Public Health England and Health Education England, and ratified the Society’s mental health policy document.
The results of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) national pharmacy board elections are due to be announced on or around 22 May 2018.
The results of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society national pharmacy board elections are due to be announced on or around 22 May 2018.
Ivana Knyght leads the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s professional development and support service. Here, she talks to Corrinne Burns about the type of support the team offers members throughout their careers.
Jacqueline Sneddon, one of Scotland’s first antimicrobial pharmacists, has been elected as chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group (AEAG). Here, Sneddon talks to Corrinne Burns about the current status of antimicrobial awareness in the UK, and her plans for the AEAG.
Gino Martini has been appointed the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) new chief scientist. Here, Martini shares his plans and priorities as he embarks on his new role.
As the Royal Pharmaceutical Society publishes its member survey on what it means to be a pharmacist today, Christopher John, the Society’s workforce development lead, provides a summary of how the pharmacist function can be defined for this day and age.