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Hay fever OTC: management

Hay fever: OTC managementSubscription

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More patients may seek advice on hay fever in the future since NHS England has advised GPs not to routinely prescribe products that are available over the counter for this condition.

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We're grateful for the clarity, but the new pharmacy contract fails to fix our broken marketSubscription

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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.

Q&A

Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England, is gearing up for being in the driving seat at one of the most crucial times for pharmacy

Keith Ridge: 'This is the most fantastic time for pharmacy ever'Subscription

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England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks about being in the driving seat during one of the most crucial times for pharmacy.

CPD article

endometriosis

Endometriosis: symptoms, diagnosis and managementSubscription

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Early diagnosis and multi-modal treatment is necessary to improve quality of life in adolescents and women with endometriosis.

Learning article

Cough

Case-based learning: cough Subscription

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Most coughs are acute and self-limiting; however, it is important to understand when a cough becomes clinically significant.

Mycoplasma genitalium bacteria

Antibiotic treatment of Mycoplasma genitalium infectionSubscription

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An overview of the 2018 guideline for management of this sexually transmitted infection in men and women.

Research

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Prevention of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jawSubscription

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Severe bone damage in the jaw occurs in some people as an adverse reaction to certain medicines commonly used in the treatment of cancer and osteoporosis. There are a range of settings where pharmacists can contribute to the prevention of this painful and difficult-to-treat condition. 

Careers

Gemma Fromage

A day in the life of a pharmacist working in aestheticsSubscription

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Gemma Fromage explains why she decided to become a prescribing pharmacist and aesthetic practitioner, as well as what her role entails.

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Six things to look for in a pharmacy preregistration placementSubscription

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Preferencing the right training providers in Oriel will be one of the most important decisions for a future trainee to make. Here is what students should consider before making that choice.

Editorial

PJ August leader

Returning The Pharmaceutical Journal to its rootsSubscription

How we are making The Pharmaceutical Journal bigger, better and greener.

CONTRACT

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. 

News

Woman using NHS 111 Online

Pharmacists warned to look out for 'drug-seeking behaviour' in NUMSAS patients

Community pharmacy representatives have warned pharmacists to look out for “drug-seeking behaviour” from patients accessing NUMSAS through NHS 111 Online.

Freight ship

Government tenders £25m contract for 'express freight service' to transport urgent medicines after Brexit

The Department of Health and Social Care is looking for bids on a contract to set up an “express freight service” ahead of the UK leaving the EU at the end of October 2019.

CMA homepage

Drug manufacturer offers to pay NHS £8m to resolve CMA allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

A drug manufacturer has offered to pay the NHS £8m to resolve concerns around allegations of anti-competitive behaviour over the supply of a prescription drug.

Mike Barnes, a consultant neurologist and chair of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians’ Society

NICE guidance on medical cannabis products criticised as 'restrictive and negative'

Draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on cannabis-based medical products has been described as “restrictive and negative” by a doctor who has campaigned for greater access to medical cannabis.

Dosette tray planner

New tool developed to support decision-making on multicompartment compliance aids

Researchers have developed a decision tool to ensure that multi-compartment compliance aids are given only those patients who will benefit from them.

Busy GP waiting room

Pharmacist-led telephone triage leads to 50% reduction in same day GP appointments

A pharmacist-led triage pilot at a GP practice in London has led to a 50% reduction in the number of patients requiring a same-day face-to-face appointment with their GP.

Books and Arts

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Heartening documentary on the power of the sanitary padSubscription

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A powerful short film documenting India’s revolution against the stigma of talking about menstruation.

Guide to prescribing children's medicine by Rod Tucker

Guide to prescribing children's medicine Subscription

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Prescribing medicines for children: from drug development to practical administration, by Barker B, Turner M and Sharland M (eds).

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Asif Sadiq

Asif Sadiq to lead RPS's inclusion and diversity campaign

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Asif Sadiq MBE will chair the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS’s) new ‘Pharmacy inclusion and diversity programme’, the Society has confirmed.

Drug jar, syrup of wild poppy (1730–1750)

Drug jar, syrup of wild poppy (1730–1750)

Paying homage to a time where medicines and astronomy were thought to go hand in hand.

Former chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and newly elected president Sandra Gidley

Sandra Gidley: 'It’s not appropriate for the RPS to take a stance on Brexit'

As former chair of the English Pharmacy Board, newly elected president Sandra Gidley says she is in a great place to engage with members and continue steering the Society’s work to raise pharmacy’s profile in the wider healthcare sector.

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