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John Nuttall, chief executive officer at Well Pharmacy

John Nuttall: You might say 'close stores', but we like to play the long gameSubscription


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.

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Ignorance is not bliss: why we need more empowered patients

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.

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Should community pharmacy stock homeopathic remedies?Subscription

By Abigail James

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.

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What would you like to see in the new community pharmacy contract?Subscription

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.

Tracey Herlihey, head of safety intelligence at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

No blame game: giving pharmacists a 'safe space' to discuss errorsSubscription

By Abigail James

Safety expert of a new investigative body talks to Abigail James about how its approach will enable pharmacists to be more transparent about errors.

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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.

Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England and chief medical advisor to the UK government

Q&A: Dame Sally Davies — protecting antibiotics for the futureSubscription

By Abigail James

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.

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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.

Raj Patel, chair of the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK

Pharmacists need to be on board with falsified medicines directiveSubscription

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

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Pharmacy is on the upSubscription

By Andrew Evans

Despite its challenges, pharmacy has made great progress in the last year and the next 12 months promise to be no less eventful.

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Viagra from the pharmacist: insight from reclassification in New ZealandSubscription


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.

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Why we need to legalise cannabis for medical use in the UKSubscription


Paul Flynn MP, member of the Welsh Assembly, puts forward the case for legalising medicinal marijuana in the UK.

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Reforming regulation: General Pharmaceutical Council responds to consultationSubscription


On 23 January 2018, the Department of Health closed its consultation on reforming the way that health professionals across the UK are regulated

Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Negotiating Services Committee (PSNC)

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.

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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.

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Dealing with medicines misuse in execution by lethal injectionSubscription


New standards of industry best practice have been established for implementing distribution controls on drugs that could be used for execution

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Smoking cessation: shifting the research focus to community pharmacySubscription


Evidence suggests that smoking cessation interventions can be effective in UK pharmacies but there are few trials with validated endpoints.

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Turning off the Huntington's geneSubscription

By Douglas Langbehn

Initial safety and tolerability trials of breakthrough Huntington’s therapy are a success, but we must await judgment on clinical efficacy.

MPs parliamentary briefing on pharmacywinter

Pharmacists welcome patients and politicians on #pharmacywinter action day Subscription

Community pharmacists across the country joined national pharmacy organisations in November to showcase the important role community pharmacy plays during the winter months.

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Tearing down walls to deliver a dedicated ward pharmacy serviceSubscription

By Alistair Gray, Clare Mackie, Susan Holgate, Jill Francis, John Eatough

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.

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Penicillin bottles used in World War II

Making penicillin in milk bottles: a tale of wartime antibiotic manufacture

By Richard Felix

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.

Welsh pharmacy board during their annual spring meeting

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 18 April 2018

The board discussed palliative and end-of-life care and wellbeing for the workface, and said goodbye to long-serving board member Phil Parry.

Scottish Board members John Cromarty, John McAnaw and Elaine Thompson

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 25 April 2018

A draft policy on pharmacist independent prescribers was shared, and the board was briefed on FIP conference planning.

Group picture of the participants of the English Pharmacy Board meeting held on 12 April 2018

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 April 2018

The board heard from representatives of Public Health England and Health Education England, and ratified the Society’s mental health policy document.

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Elections 2018: What is the biggest issue facing pharmacy?

The results of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) national pharmacy board elections are due to be announced on or around 22 May 2018.

Elections, ballot box illustration

Elections 2018: Which unique contribution would you bring to the board?

The results of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society national pharmacy board elections are due to be announced on or around 22 May 2018.

Ivana Knyght, professional development and support services lead, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: Ivana Knyght, interim head of professional support at the RPS


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, chair of the Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group

Q&A with Jacqueline Sneddon, chair of the Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group

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, new new chief scientist of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: Gino Martini, RPS chief scientist

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.

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The changing role of the pharmacist in the 21st century

By Christopher John

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.

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