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  • Reunion for the University of Manchester pharmacy class of 1979Subscription

    17 MAY 2019

    A group of graduates of the University of Manchester pharmacy class of 1979 are planning a reunion weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our graduation and share memories of Manchester; stories of our lives, families, and careers; and plans for retirement.

  • E-cigarettes have no place in pharmacySubscription

    16 MAY 2019By

    I am one of those people who cannot tolerate the idea of people using nicotine in the long term. Louise Ross, a smoking cessation consultant, in ‘Should pharmacy sell e-cigarettes and encourage people to vape?’, suggests that e-cigarettes can be used to sustain an addiction for life — this opinion is astonishing. Nicotine ...

  • Nothing beats practical experience during pharmacy trainingSubscription

    14 MAY 2019

    I realise that present-day requirements for pharmacy education may be very different from those in my day at the end of the Second World War and in the 1950s, but, having read comments on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s proposal to integrate practical placements throughout a five-year pharmacy degree, I think some general principles might apply.

  • Help us understand current practice in cold and flu management in community pharmacySubscription

    8 MAY 2019By The Pharmaceutical Journal

    The Pharmaceutical Journal recently emailed members, inviting them to complete a short survey that seeks to better understand current practice in relation to the management of cold and flu in community pharmacy. Your responses will inform an editorially independent learning campaign.

  • Piloting an undergraduate student-led health check serviceSubscription

    8 MAY 2019

    There is a growing focus on the development of communication and clinical skills during undergraduate pharmacy programmes; this has been demonstrated particularly by the General Pharmaceutical Council’s recent consultation on initial education and training

  • Reducing cephalosporin-related supply errorsSubscription

    2 MAY 2019

    Cephalosporins are a class of beta-lactam antimicrobials that exert bactericidal effects through disruption of the bacterial cell wall. These broad-spectrum antimicrobials have played a core role in the treatment of severe infections since their launch in the latter half of the 20th century. Early generation cephalosporins provide robust coverage of Gram-positive bacteria, while the newer third- and fourth-generations offer additional Gram-negative coverage, including Pseudomonas ...

  • Remember that some optometrists are independent prescribers tooSubscription

    26 APR 2019

    Would you be surprised if a patient handed you a prescription written by an optometrist? Would you know what to do? Optometrists tell us that some pharmacists do not realise that some optometrists are qualified as independent prescribers.

  • Learning from Gosport: RPS standards for clinical checks of inpatient prescriptions are inadequateSubscription

    16 APR 2019

    ‘Learnings from Gosport: Sharing pharmacy themes, current practice and key resources’ — published jointly by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK — states that the “RPS standards for hospital pharmacy services … set out what’s expected of a quality service”

  • Daily dosing of any vitamin D supplementation is valuableSubscription

    10 APR 2019

    A research briefing in the March 2019 issue of Clinical Pharmacist has the headline: ‘Monthly vitamin D dosing does not slow bone loss’. This story refers to a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which was published on 8 January 2019. The study ...

  • Looking at the 'disproportionate' number of fitness-to-practise cases between ethnic groupsSubscription

    9 APR 2019

  • Unimpressed with new paper RPS membership cardSubscription

    8 APR 2019

    I would just like to add my voice to that of my esteemed friend Mr Peter Lowe with regard to the disgracefully unimpressive membership card I have just received. I get a much more impressive card from my local gym.

  • Advising patients to check practitioners who are not regulated by lawSubscription

    4 APR 2019

    Imagine this scenario. You are chatting to someone in your pharmacy about an ailment and out of the blue they say: “My friend had acupuncture — would you recommend it?” How would you respond? The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) knows, from its research with GPs, that when it comes to treatments delivered by practitioners who are not regulated by law, there is no simple answer.

  • How pharmacists can make sure people with asthma get the most from their inhalersSubscription

    27 MAR 2019

    Recent research has shown that almost half of people with asthma are not using their inhaler properly[1]. Not only does this mean that they could be susceptible to side effects, such as oral thrush, but, more importantly, ...

  • New paper membership card from the RPS erodes its reputationSubscription

    27 MAR 2019

    Proud as I am to be a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), I would be loath to confirm it by producing the tawdry piece of paper that is now my membership card. This substitute for the smart plastic identifier that I formerly carried may be saving the RPS a few pounds but surely diminishes the standing of its members, and, by association, erodes the reputation of the organisation.

  • Looking back on a successful South London pharmacy education programmeSubscription

    27 MAR 2019

    The Pharmacy Education South London (PESL) programme was formed in 2014 as a platform to streamline and co-ordinate the training on offer for community pharmacists and their teams, and was supported by Health Education England funding. South London has approximately 1,800 pharmacists ...

  • Barriers to developing the clinical pharmacist in general practiceSubscription

    26 MAR 2019

    On 26 July 2018, the University of Nottingham published its independent evaluation report, the ‘Clinical pharmacists in general practice: pilot scheme’. The report highlighted ...

  • Lessons for better use of community pharmacy in primary careSubscription

    18 MAR 2019

    Policymakers have, for some time, recognised the importance of community pharmacy in optimising patient-centred care and reducing GPs’ workload through extended service delivery. However, awareness and use of such services among patients and members of the public remain low

  • Switching between monitored dosage systems and patient pack dispensingSubscription

    13 MAR 2019

    Many will be supportive of Boots’s decision to change its method of dispensing for care home residents from monitored dosage system (MDS) to patient pack dispensing (PPD). However, this U-turn prompted me to reflect ...

  • Impact of opioid prescribing following arthroplasty on long-term opioid prescribing in the communitySubscription

    8 MAR 2019

    Adequate relief of acute postsurgical pain is a metric of patient satisfaction[1]. Patients undergoing hip and knee arthroplasty — in which joints are altered or replaced — ...

  • 'Patient-centred pharmacy' is unsustainable without investmentSubscription

    28 FEB 2019

    For many years the majority of pharmacy school teaching consisted of the chemistry and pharmaceutical aspects of a patient’s medication. This resulted in pharmacists who were more likely to spend their time preparing extemporaneous products than talking with patients. In recent years, however, the profession has come leaps and bounds in creating healthcare professionals with advanced clinical knowledge and exceptional patient care. This reform was imperative with the current strain ...

  • Using a gravimetric chemotherapy workflow system to improve careSubscription

    27 FEB 2019

    An undeclared conflict of interest was discovered after this article was published. This article is now unavailable.

  • Preventing hazardous prescribing with a pharmacist-led dashboard interventionSubscription

    25 FEB 2019

    Medication errors that lead to adverse drug events are a major problem, and one that has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization’s third Global Patient Safety Challenge. In the UK,

  • New certificate from the International Olympic Committee for sports pharmacistsSubscription

    14 FEB 2019

    Healthcare professionals are frequently consulted by athletes on drug use, from both clinical and anti-doping perspectives.

  • Concern for RPS's cost reimbursement policySubscription

    11 FEB 2019

    I write to express my concern about the presumed policy the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has towards reimbursement of locum costs.

  • Share your views on the future of your journalsSubscription

    8 FEB 2019

    The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist have a proud history of providing members with the best possible content in print and online. But the world is changing and we need help from you, our members, to ensure we continue to meet your needs.We are currently investigating a two-fold change to improve The Pharmaceutical Journal. The first would involve moving the content from Clinical Pharmacist to The Pharmaceutical Journal. The ...

  • Contribute to research on perceptions of 'the pharmacist'Subscription

    7 FEB 2019

    At this time of uncertainty within the pharmacy profession, it is more important than ever that, together, we can articulate exactly what a pharmacist is. Without a clear idea, we will struggle to convince patients, commissioners and politicians of our value and the contribution we make.

  • Health Education England: clarifying the cuts to preregistration fundingSubscription

    30 JAN 2019

    The Pharmaceutical Journal’s editorial ‘Cuts to pharmacy preregistration training are reckless — they must be reversed’ (21 January 2019) included a number of assertions and inaccuracies that Health Education England (HEE) would like to respond to. HEE has been reviewing ...

  • Remembering compassionate pharmacy technician Elizabeth Maria MorganSubscription

    24 JAN 2019

    It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Elizabeth Maria Morgan, a pharmacy technician, on 13 January 2019.

  • Working with schools to help young people and their families stop smokingSubscription

    24 JAN 2019

    Smoking remains the single biggest preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Wales[1], and a significant cause of health inequality. Pembroke Dock, a town in south-west Wales, has a population of around 10,000 people. ...

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