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We're grateful for the clarity, but the new pharmacy contract fails to fix our broken marketSubscription
The new community pharmacy contractual framework offers pharmacists some hope of a future, but the flawed Category M reimbursement system — which sees only wholesalers cashing in the chips — still needs to go.
The big debate: is online dispensing a threat?Subscription
The inevitable Amazonification of community pharmacy offers community pharmacy businesses an opportunity to grow, but do online pharmacies put patients’ health and the sector’s very existence at risk? Two pharmacy experts weigh in.
Research shows that pharmacists can successfully support the 8 million people in England thought to have undiagnosed and untreated hypertension. But they cannot do it without a change in the community pharmacy contract.
Should the pharmacy degree be five years long?Subscription
The General Pharmaceutical Council has proposed radical changes to pharmacy education, but not everyone agrees that it has found the best way forward. Berwyn Owen and Nigel Ratcliffe give arguments for and against.
England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks about being in the driving seat during one of the most crucial times for pharmacy.
Despite the recent announcement that it plans to close 200 stores, Stephen Watkins, director of pharmacy items at Boots, promises that its ongoing digital transformation will be a game changer for the entire industry.
Malcolm Harrison: 'Expect considerable pressure from staff shortages in the next 18 months'Subscription
Malcolm Harrison, lobbyist for the UK’s largest pharmacy chains, talks apprenticeships, branch closures and the digital challenge for pharmacy.
Government adviser and specialist pharmacist Roger Knaggs speaks about reducing opioid dependency, non-drug alternatives for chronic pain and why we need to be cautious about medical cannabis.
Community pharmacy: the revolution has begunSubscription
The proposals put forward in the new community pharmacy contract require a major transition if the sector is going to reap the rewards.
Pharmacists must be given full access to patient records to enable them to expand their role in the health service and provide better patient care.
The bar must not be lowered for medical cannabisSubscription
There have been calls to loosen regulations around medical cannabis to increase access for those who need it, but the government must resist and view cannabis with the same scrutiny as any other new medicine.
A call for action on high-dose opioid prescribing Subscription
Despite a decrease in the number of prescriptions, there are thousands of patients still on high-dose opioids. Pharmacy’s mission must be to review whether this is appropriate.
Pharmacists must embrace pharmacogenetic services before other professions beat them to it Subscription
Multidisciplinary genetic testing services will help patients receive more targeted medicines, and pharmacists are the obvious healthcare professional to lead them.
The new English Desprescribing Network will bring together healthcare professionals and researchers to stamp out medicine-related harm.
The rates of opioid misuse and related deaths may be lower in the UK than in the United States, but healthcare professionals should remain vigilant when caring for patients with chronic pain.
HbA1c targets that ignore differences in the physiology of older patients put them at risk of severe hypoglycaemia, harm and death.
Top tips for keeping your cool while working on call.
Samrina Bhatti describes how closed loop medicines administration can reduce medication error rates.
Access to data will transform the NHS — it’s time pharmacists got to grips with clinical informatics, says Andrew Davies.
Based on feedback from RPS members, you will soon receive one combined print journal per month.
In August 2018, I expressed my concern in Clinical Pharmacist that the NHS, described as ‘an organisation with a memory’, was losing its patient safety memory and not addressing many important risks effectively. Other reports from the Care Quality Commission
In Wales, people with a sore throat may be offered advice and symptomatic treatment free of charge in community pharmacies through the common ailment service (CAS). However, antibiotics cannot be supplied and this can limit patients’ perceived value of the service. As a result, some patients continue to seek a GP appointment when they have a sore throat.
Low rates for locum pharmacists are unfairSubscription
I happened to be in Barnet, North London, recently, and I popped into the local pharmacy for a couple things. To my delight, the locum pharmacist on duty there had been a student of mine a few years ago at the UCL School of Pharmacy.
As newly appointed chair of the Pharmacy Professional Group of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), I represent more than 500 pharmacists who provide specialist travel health and travel medicine services globally. Also, as a member of the leadership council, I also represent the voice of pharmacy and am instrumental in the development of working with other professions. The position was established to characterise the role the pharmacist plays in travel medicine globally ...
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The Longevity Paradox by Steven Gundry.
Peter Hylands (1946–2019) Subscription
As the first pharmaceutical scientist member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Peter Hylands’ respected and varied career specialised in natural products research.
Stewart Adams (1923–2019)Subscription
Having fallen into the pharmacy profession “purely by chance”, Stewart Adams OBE went on to discover ibuprofen, one of the world’s best selling anti-inflammatory painkillers.
‘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.