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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.
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.
As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, it is time to maximise the contributions pharmacists can make to healthcare in the future.
The Pharmaceutical Journal launches insight-led campaign to advance pharmacy’s role in management of osteoarthritis.
For pharmacists to make a difference in mental health care, there must be a push to provide appropriate training and resources.
Securing the best deal for community pharmacySubscription
Negotiators must not forget pharmacy's roots in any reform of the community pharmacy contract.
Though commonplace in other countries, pharmacogenomic testing is yet to become a mainstay of NHS healthcare. Here, David Wright and Dhiren Bhatt argue how this process could improve the chance of therapeutic success and why pharmacists should be at the heart of its implementation.
Results from a meta-analysis show that a mother’s fish oil supplementation during pregnancy may reduce allergy in her children, but the exact benefits of this supplement – and many others – are yet to be determined.
How does the technology giant’s marketing approach relate to person-centred care in health?
Repurposing drugs to treat disturbances of learning and memory in neuropsychiatric disorders Subscription
In high-income countries, such as the UK, mental health problems are among the most prevalent medical conditions.
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.
Safety expert of a new investigative body talks to Abigail James about how its approach will enable pharmacists to be more transparent about errors.
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.
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
AHFS Drug Information 2018, edited by Gerald K McEvoy
The Skincare Bible: Your No-nonsense Guide to Great Skin, by Anjali Mahto.
The Plant Paradox: The hidden dangers in ‘healthy’ foods that cause disease and weight gain by Steven Gundry.
One-stop resource for pharmacists in HIV careSubscription
HIV pharmacotherapy: the pharmacist’s role in care and treatment, edited by Jason J Schafer, Jennifer M Cocohoba, Elizabeth M Sherman and Alice L Tseng.
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.
There are data from many countries to indicate that the provision of more pharmacists will improve healthcare delivery. The Square Alumni Foundation has been established to provide funding for students in less-developed countries who wish to enrol for an undergraduate degree in pharmacy.
In response to The Pharmaceutical Journal’s editorial, ‘Securing the best deal for pharmacy’, published in May 2018, I agree that community pharmacy has a big part to play in reducing drug errors.
Research in practice has traditionally been the Cinderella of academia. Many pharmacists conduct service evaluations and audits, but often the findings are not published.
Antibiotic prescribing in a clinician-first telephone triage setting in a general practiceSubscription
In May 2016, a general practice with around 16,000 registrants introduced a clinician-first triage system, which moved the practice’s more traditional face-to-face approach to one in which the majority of the consultations were conducted over the telephone. As a result, many prescriptions have been issued remotely, including those for antibiotics. As part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) scholarship programme, a project was initiated to measure the impact ...
Locum pharmacist Emmanuel Chisadza shuns the current reimbursement framework for community pharmacy, and calls for a model that recognises that value of pharmaceutical care.
Healthcare professionals have a role to play in improving care for people who take street drugs and providing better information on their drugs’ content, says Royal Pharmaceutical Society president Ash Soni.
Pharmacists can start discussions on new packaging methods to reduce the amount of waste pharmacy sends to landfill, says preregistration trainee Emily Cooper.
Whittington Health have piloted a six month pharmacist medication administration and phlebotomy service to help address chronic nursing shortages
William Charles Evans (1924–2018) Subscription
Author of Trease and Evans’ Pharmacognosy, a seminal text on the chemistry and uses of medicinal plants, William Charles Evans was a prolific researcher and educator throughout his 60-year career.
William Martindale Darling (1934 – 2017)Subscription
Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s youngest president and longest-serving Council member was also known for bringing the voice of pharmacy to the highest levels of government.
Peter Noyce (1946-2017)Subscription
A visionary leader who drove pharmacy practice forward but always had time to mentor others, he was known as the most effective pharmacist of his generation.
Thomas Geoffrey Booth (1928-2016)Subscription
Thomas Geoffrey Booth, past president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, founded the UK’s first department of pharmacy practice.