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The pharmacy profession needs an official association for black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals to help ensure skin colour is never a barrier to success.
Beyond cannabis: why we should look at legalising other illegal drugs for medical use to benefit patientsSubscription
The UK government has finally realised the value of cannabis as a medicine, but it must not ignore the medical potential of other Schedule 1 drugs, such as psilocybin, LSD and MDMA.
The pharmacy regulator must take a role in ensuring minimum staffing levels if it is serious about patient safetySubscription
The pharmacy regulator should be involved in ensuring minimum staffing standards — and enforcing them where necessary — as part of its role in regulating pharmacy and protecting patient safety.
Let’s be honest about the new medicine serviceSubscription
We need to be sure whether the community pharmacy service works or not before expanding it to new patients.
Andrew Evans: 'We’re reinvesting money in clinical services that we want pharmacy to offer'Subscription
As Brexit looms and concerns of medicines shortages and funding issues murmur throughout the UK healthcare industry, Andrew Evans, chief pharmaceutical officer in Wales, is optimistic that Welsh pharmacy services are moving in the right direction.
Pharmacy director for Boots UK Richard Bradley on union representation, technology and dealing with negative press.
The Scottish chief pharmaceutical officer, Rose Marie Parr, on Brexit, minor ailments schemes and 24-hour pharmacies.
England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks to Nigel Praities about his plans for the future of pharmacy.
Well-run pharmacies have nothing to fear as the General Pharmaceutical Council develops a tougher stance on inspections. But the regulator must prove that changes to its regime will drive continuous improvement.
BAME pharmacist pay: a hidden injusticeSubscription
As a survey suggests that Black, Asian and minority ethnic pharmacists are paid on average 16% less than their white counterparts, The Pharmaceutical Journal asks whether pharmacy employers should be compelled to publish ethnicity pay gap figures alongside gender pay gap statistics.
If you want an example of the perverse twists and turns of the UK’s medicines supply market, just look at buprenorphine.
The legalisation of medical cannabis has offered a chance to put pharmacy at the forefront of health and patient care, where it belongs.
Too many patients are not receiving their full prescribed dose with small-volume drug infusions, but hospital pharmacists can act to ensure patient safety.
Pharmacy must demonstrate that it has the knowledge and skills to support people to use opiods safely and effectively.
Pharmacists should be aware of the rapidly expanding illicit drug market and how they can play a role in reducing harm from popular novel psychoactive substances.
The UK government recognises that cannabis-based medicines could benefit children with epilepsy, but more robust effectiveness and safety data is required before the products can become widely available.
Final year pharmacy student Mahamoud Ali shares his concerns over fewer numbers of preregistration placements available compared to trainees.
As a community pharmacist, Sean Quay recognised that he could be doing more to support his patients affected by mental illness.
Independent pharmacies need a new kind of contract if they are to survive the threat from funding cuts and wholesaler market control, says the Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s head of policy, Alima Batchelor.
During #AskYourPharmacist Week 2018 — which aims to raise awareness of the services pharmacy can offer — we asked our readers to tell us the most unusual questions their patients had posed to them. From the bizarre to the ridiculous, here are some of our favourites.
NICE must provide patient decision aids if the tools are to become part of routine practiceSubscription
In the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guideline NG5 — ‘Medicines optimisation: the safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes’ — sit recommendations around patient decision aids (PDAs) used in consultations involving ...
With many options for learning, and many different organisations providing guidance, wouldn’t it be great if we could consolidate the resources and support available?
While reading the November issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal, was I the only one who noticed the slight irony in the ‘News in brief’ section?
Bacterial endophthalmitis is a sight-threatening eye infection, which may occur after penetrating injuries and ocular procedures. Bacterial load in the eye can double within 30 minutes. For this reason, European guidelines recommend delivery of endophthalmitis treatment within one hour of presentation
Other people’s shoes: 40 Questions for Leaders and Managers, by Ken Jarrold.
In-depth look at biologics and biosimilarsSubscription
Biosimilars and Biologics by Steven Lucio.
The Pharmacist Guide to Implementing Pharmaceutical Care, edited by Filipa Alves da Costa, JW Foppe van Mil & Aldo Alvarez-Risco.
Pharmacy Marketing Formulary by Gavin Birchall.
‘Pioneer of pharmacy’: Graham Calder (1933–2018) Subscription
Described as a ‘pioneer of pharmacy’, former chief pharmacist of Scotland Graham Calder has been an inspiration for many pharmacy professionals during, and since, his varied career.
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.