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The Pharmaceutical Journal

January 2017

2017: the year in pharmacySubscription

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Against a backdrop of political inertia caused by a surprise general election and protracted Brexit negotiations, pharmacy has been grappling with some major issues of its own, including supervision of medicines’ supply, professional revalidation and decriminalisation of dispensing errors (see 2017: ...

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Editorial

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Drug price manipulations destabilise pharmacySubscription

Emerging reports that some smaller pharmaceutical wholesalers and independent pharmacist wholesalers could be manipulating the markets to cause unprecedented drug price rises are deeply concerning.

Comment

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Pharmacists welcome patients and politicians on #pharmacywinter action day Subscription

Community pharmacists across the country joined national pharmacy organisations in November to showcase the important role community pharmacy plays during the winter months.

Books and Arts

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Superbug encounters of the resistant kindSubscription

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Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives, a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum, explores potential solutions to the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

Q&A

John D’Arcy, managing director of Numark

John D’Arcy — looking back on community pharmacy and predictions for the futureSubscription

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John D’Arcy, managing director of the virtual community pharmacy chain Numark and former chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association, spells out his vision for pharmacy as he approaches retirement.

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Highlights of CPD and learning in 2017Subscription

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Try our quiz, with questions taken from this year’s learning and CPD articles, and check your knowledge of subjects ranging from sepsis and skin cancer to coeliac disease.

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Computer vision syndrome: causes, symptoms and management in the pharmacy

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Computer vision syndrome is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and mobile phone use. Patients may present to pharmacies complaining of eye discomfort and vision problems, so pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be able to distinguish the factors involved for particular patients

Careers

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Supporting the supporterSubscription

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With ever increasing stressors placed on the healthcare sector, it is important that pharmacy professionals are able to look after their own health and wellbeing. But who can pharmacy professionals turn to when they are the ones in need of support? 

Nikki Holmes, head of pharmacy for forensic services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

How pharmacist Nikki Holmes helps mental health patients on their journey from high secure services to recoverySubscription

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Nikki Holmes is head of pharmacy for forensic services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as well as immediate past president of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. Here she talks to Julia Robinson about forensic mental health, how she entered the field and why she could never go back to “normal” pharmacy.

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Managing risk and protecting patient safety as an internal audit manager for GSK GlobalSubscription

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The career opportunities for pharmacists in industry are extensive says Hannah Le. Keep an open mind and don’t limit yourself — you might discover the career you always wanted, but never knew existed.

News

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Dispensing errors decriminalisation legislation passed by committees in both Houses of Parliament

New legislation to protect community pharmacists from prosecution over inadvertent dispensing errors has been passed by committees in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

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LloydsPharmacy to open healthcare centres across England

High street pharmacy chain LloydsPharmacy is to open a series of healthcare centres around England, providing infusion, testing and screening services

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Pharmacists ask for improvements to electronic prescription service

High-priority prescriptions, the ability to manage patient’s requests for the one-off use of a pharmacy, and automatic downloads of prescriptions are enhancements to the electronic prescription service pharmacy would like to see 

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Give honey and lemon, not OTC cough medicines, to children with coughs, says leading paediatrician

Children with troublesome coughs should be treated with ‘old-fashioned’ honey and lemon rather than over-the-counter cough medicines, a leading paediatrician has advised

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Survey shows widespread support for FMD, but concerns about effect on workload and finances

With just over a year until the Falsified Medicines Directive is fully incorporated into UK law, a Pharmaceutical Journal survey has revealed that most pharmacists, while supporting FMD in principle, remain concerned about how the law will operate in practice

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NHS England publishes new prescribing guidance in bid to save millions of pounds

NHS England has published national guidance on a range of medicines which should no longer be routinely prescribed in primary care

News in brief

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'Indigestion': 19th century punishment for a deadly sin

6 DEC 2017

The over-consumption of food and alcohol were popular subjects for caricaturists in the early 1800s.

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PDAU and senior Boots managers meet to discuss ongoing dispute

5 DEC 2017

Talks have been held between members of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union and senior managers from Boots in an ongoing dispute over the legal status of the Boots Pharmacists’ Association

Sion Scott (centre), research student and associate tutor at the University of East Anglia, received the award for a year-long project to develop a model for deprescribing in hospital. He is flanked by Dr Martyn Patel, consultant geriatrician and service

Pharmacy Research UK awards more than £80k in funding

30 NOV 2017

Six pharmacy researchers will share more than £80,000 of funding awarded by Pharmacy Research UK

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Scarlet fever in England reaches highest level in 50 years

30 NOV 2017

England is experiencing an unprecedented rise in scarlet fever with the highest incidence for nearly 50 years, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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NICE asks Merck to submit Cancer Drugs Fund proposal for immunotherapy drug

30 NOV 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has asked pharmaceutical company, Merck, to submit a Cancer Drugs Fund proposal for its immunotherapy drug avelumab (Bavencio; Merck)

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NHS Digital announces new cyber attack messaging system

29 NOV 2017

NHS Digital has established a new system to send cyber security updates across the NHS.

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Government launches consultation on reclassification of gabapentinoids

28 NOV 2017

The government has launched its consultation on the reclassification of pregabalin and gabapentin.

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NICE recommends two new breast cancer drugs

24 NOV 2017

Thousands of British women with breast cancer will have access to two drugs after the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended them for routine funding

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Report into HPT link to birth deformities branded a whitewash

24 NOV 2017

The findings of a report commissioned by the government into the link between hormone pregnancy tests and deformities in babies have been attacked as a ‘whitewash, an injustice and a betrayal’, by campaigners.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

December 2017, Vol 299, No 7908

Cover story:

2017: Pharmacy's roller-coaster year

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Your RPS

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Doris Jones, longstanding Society assistant librarian, celebrates 100th birthday

Doris Jones, a former assistant librarian at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, who spent 45 years with the Society, celebrates her 100th birthday on 8 December 2017.

Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: Neal Patel, RPS head of corporate communications

Neal Patel, head of corporate communications for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society talks to Corrinne Burns about how he got into the job, with the message to every practising pharmacist interested in engaging with the media that they have a story to tell.

'Indigestion' caricature published 1825

'Indigestion': 19th century punishment for a deadly sin

The over-consumption of food and alcohol were popular subjects for caricaturists in the early 1800s.

Andrew Evans chief pharmaceutical officer for Wales

Medicines Safety Conference: 29 November 2017

Welsh pharmacists will soon be able to access the Welsh GP record, Vaughan Gething, Welsh cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport told delegates at the 7th RPS Medicines Safety Conference on 29 November 2017

Sion Scott (centre), research student and associate tutor at the University of East Anglia, received the award for a year-long project to develop a model for deprescribing in hospital. He is flanked by Dr Martyn Patel, consultant geriatrician and service

Pharmacy Research UK awards more than £80k in funding

Six pharmacy researchers will share more than £80,000 of funding awarded by Pharmacy Research UK

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