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The Pharmaceutical Journal


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Brexit is not the only reason for medicines shortages

While Brexit may not be the direct cause of worsening medicines shortages, it is distracting Westminster from giving the issue the attention it needs. 


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Should pharmacy sell e-cigarettes and encourage people to vape?Subscription


A smoking cessation expert and a pharmacist share their views on whether pharmacies should stock and recommend e-cigarettes to people who want to kick their tobacco habit.

Learning article

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How to demonstrate empathy and compassion in a pharmacy settingSubscription

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Showing kindness and compassion is central to the delivery of patient-centred care and can help make better use of the short time pharmacists have in consultations.

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Advising patients about malaria risks and preventionSubscription

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Pharmacists must be able to advise UK-based travellers to malaria-endemic areas on the precautions they can take to protect themselves against the disease.


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How do I boost low staff morale?Subscription


Three pharmacy managers provide their thoughts and advice to a colleague who is concerned about staff satisfaction and engagement.

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A day in the life of a pharmaceutical patent attorneySubscription


Bal Matharu details a typical day at intellectual property firm HGF Ltd.


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Online pharmacies required to verify patient ID before prescribing, under new GPhC guidelinesSubscription

Online pharmacies will have to verify the identities of patients they are prescribing for, under new guidance published by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists' Association

Five-year pharmacy apprenticeship proposals publishedSubscription

Proposals to develop a five-year apprenticeship scheme for pharmacists have been criticised as “highly disruptive to the profession”.

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / CDC

Antibiotic OTC treatments for sore throat could be fuelling antimicrobial resistance, researchers warnSubscription

Over-the-counter treatments that do not contain antibiotics should be considered for the symptomatic management of sore throat to help protect against antimicrobial resistance, researchers have recommended.

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Gender pay gap at LloydsPharmacy sees year-on-year increaseSubscription

LloydsPharmacy’s male employees continue to earn more than their female colleagues as the company’s gender pay gap saw a 2.5% increase in 2018 compared to 2017.

Simon Dukes

'Critical' contract negotiations begin for community pharmacySubscription

The government has shared its proposals for a new community pharmacy contract for 2019/2020 “and beyond”, with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee opening the latest round of negotiations.

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NHS Tayside pharmacists felt 'professionally vulnerable' drug dosing concerns were ignoredSubscription

Pharmacists at NHS Tayside said they felt “professionally vulnerable” after changes to breast cancer drug dosing were introduced by a consultant breast cancer oncology team, a report by Health Improvement Scotland has found.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

April 2019, Vol 302, No 7924

Cover story:

Stopping whooping cough in its tracks

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Your RPS

RPS election candidates

Elections 2019: By the end of your term, what would you hope to have achieved?

The candidates in the 2019 national pharmacy board elections explain what they would hope to achieve, if elected.

RPS election candidates

Elections 2019: What will you do to ensure the voice of members is represented on the board?

The candidates in the 2019 national pharmacy board elections explain how they would, if elected, represent members’ voices.


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