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The Pharmaceutical Journal


A pharmacist prepares a chemotherapy drug for a patient

Time to recognise the importance of non-patient facing roles in pharmacySubscription

Pharmacists are needed and are just as important in roles that are not clinical or patient facing.


Hospital pharmacists working in office

Non-patient facing roles in hospital pharmacy are just as vital as patient facing onesSubscription


Roles such as procurement are important in hospital pharmacy services and should not be brushed aside.


Luiz Loures is deputy executive director of programme at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030: can it be done?Subscription


Luiz Loures from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) talks about ending the epidemic, and the challenges in fighting the disease that has claimed over 34 million lives.

Learning article

Speech and language therapist (SLT) works with senior patient suffering from dysphagia

How to tailor medication formulations for patients with dysphagiaSubscription

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An overview of dysphagia and how to ensure patients are receiving the safest and most efficacious oral formulations.

An injured player is carried out of a field with the help of two other people

Advising patients on prevention and management of sporting injuries in the pharmacySubscription

By , David Mottram, Colin Waldock

How to identify common sporting injuries and provide specific advice to patients on their effective management, including the role of over-the-counter pharmacological treatments, as well as when to refer for specialist assessment and treatment.


Close up of person signing a resignation letter

How pharmacists can resign in the best way possibleSubscription


Resigning can be an awkward experience but it does not mean you have to sever all ties with your current employer. Steve Hemsley finds out the best way to handle your resignation.

Andrew Sturrock

How I encourage patients to take part in research in GP practicesSubscription


As a clinical research pharmacist in a GP practice, Andrew Sturrock’s first project will be looking at the development of diabetes.

Sarah Billington, head of medicines optimisation at the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

How Sarah Billington helps improve medicines use across EnglandSubscription


Sarah Billington explains why and how she leads medicines optimisation at the Care Quality Commission.


Focus on Dry Eye

People visit pharmacies to seek advice on everything from hay fever to stomach bugs and sprained wrists. While it is known that people also ask their pharmacist about dry eye, we know little about the frequency of such complaints or how knowledgeable pharmacists are in providing quality care, since they receive little formal training on the condition.

The Pharmaceutical Journal has joined forces with UK health company RB and surveyed members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to gauge how commonly dry eye is seen in the pharmacy and devise an independent editorial campaign to address the learning needs of pharmacists.

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Person using inhaler

Lung disease patients still don’t use inhalers properly

Data spanning 40 years show only 31% of patients with asthma or COPD use inhalers correctly, prompting calls for new approaches to education and drug delivery.

Orlistat (Xenical) tablets

Orlistat side effects were underreported, study shows

Adverse effects that occurred during clinical trials of Roche’s obesity drug orlistat in the 1990s appear to have been substantially underreported in both published papers and summarised clinical study reports submitted to the European Medicines Agency for drug approval, an analysis has found.

Breast cancer cells

Cancer charities say patients are being denied access to new drugs

NHS cancer patients are missing out on innovative new drugs which are available in other European countries because of a flawed assessment and pricing system, according to a report published by cancer charities Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK.

Winners of the 2015 Care Awards Audience Choice Awards. From left, Ryan Buchanan, Pembe Hassan-Hicks and Kevin Noble

Community pharmacy helps diagnose people with hepatitis C infection, study shows

Community pharmacists have the potential to identify people with undiagnosed hepatitis C infection, according to research published in Clinical Pharmacist.

A nursing staff member helping an older patient

Warning labels help nursing home staff avoid incorrectly crushing medicines

Printing warning symbols on unit dose packaging alongside a staff education programme successfully reduced the number of times medicines were wrongly crushed before being given to nursing home residents, research from the Netherlands has revealed. 

Ishaq Abu-Arafeh, consultant paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, speaks at the RB event about childhood headache

Quarter of pharmacists never speak to parents about childhood headache

More than a quarter of pharmacists (27.6%) say that they have never spoken to a parent or carer about childhood headache, despite the condition occurring in around 60% of children and adolescents.

News in Brief

Vape pen

Pharmacies selling e-cigarettes illegally

16 AUG 2016

Pharmacies are making illegal sales of e-cigarettes and vaping liquids to people under the age of 18, according to a report published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. 

NHS logo on the side of a building

NHS England may commission PrEP for HIV if its appeal fails

12 AUG 2016

NHS England has set out how it plans to commission pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV if it fails in its bid to overturn a High Court ruling that says commissioning the treatment does fall within its powers. 

The aedes mosquito, carrier of the Zika virus

Cases of Zika virus infection detected in Scotland

5 AUG 2016

Five people in Scotland have been diagnosed with Zika virus infection, the Scottish government has confirmed.

Micrograph of renal cell carcinoma

EMA recommends two new kidney cancer drugs for approval

1 AUG 2016

Two new drugs for the treatment of adults with advanced kidney cancer are being recommended for fast track approval across the EU. 

Sainsbury's supermarket frontage

Lloydspharmacy must sell 12 stores as part of Sainsbury’s deal

29 JUL 2016

The Competition and Markets Authority has given approval to Celesio’s £125m takeover of Sainsbury’s pharmacy business, on the condition that the company sells 12 of its existing Lloydspharmacy stores.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotic molecule

FDA strengthens fluoroquinolone warnings

28 JUL 2016

Revised warnings about the risks of being left permanently disabled after taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been added to products in the United States following a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration.

Vitamin D capsules

Everyone should consider taking vitamin D during winter, PHE says

26 JUL 2016

The population of the UK should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter months, Public Health England has advised.

UK prime minister Theresa May

Pharmacy cut announcement delayed by government reshuffle

25 JUL 2016

Final details about the £170m community pharmacy cuts, which were expected to be announced in July 2016, have been delayed, possibly until after October 2016, The Pharmaceutical Journal has learnt.

European Medicines Agency building

European regulator reviews first in human trial guidelines following death

25 JUL 2016

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a public consultation on proposals to change its guidance on first in human (FIH) clinical trials. 

The Pharmaceutical Journal

August 2016, Vol 297, No 7892

Cover Story:

Dysphagia and medicines: Ensuring patients with swallowing difficulties have the most efficacious forumlations

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The future of the UK post-BrexitSubscription


Two months on from the referendum vote to exit the EU, English Pharmacy Board member Sid Dajani puts forward his ideas on the potential impact on medicine and what the RPS should be doing to minimise the fallout.

Martin Astbury, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: New RPS president Martin AstburySubscription


Two years after he was succeeded by Ash Soni, recently affirmed RPS president and self-professed ‘Joe Bloggs pharmacist’ Martin Astbury says he has learnt from his four terms from 2010 to 2014 and is ready to serve the Society again.

The RPS Assembly members

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society AssemblySubscription


In light of recent changes to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s governance, Julia Robinson spoke with members of the RPS Assembly and their peers to find out who they are and what experience they bring to their role.


For official announcements from The Royal Pharmaceutical society please visit the announcements page here.

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