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The Pharmaceutical Journal

2018: The twists and turns

Pharmacy 2018: The twists and turnsSubscription


The main events in pharmacy throughout 2018 and a preview of the year ahead.

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Brexit protest

Pharmacy should take Brexit leadSubscription

As discussions continue over the relationship the UK will have with the EU, pharmacy bodies must do what they can to protect the interests of patients, whichever form of Brexit emerges.

Brexit protest

Pharmacy inspections: we need carrots as well as sticksSubscription

Well-run pharmacies have nothing to fear as the General Pharmaceutical Council develops a tougher stance on inspections. But the regulator must prove that changes to its regime will drive continuous improvement.


Ross Ferguson and Martin Astbury give their personal views on whether the current legislation is fit for purpose.

Should the law change to allow more flexible pharmacy supervision?Subscription


Two pharmacists give their personal views on whether the current supervision legislation is fit for purpose.


Andrew Evans, chief pharmaceutical officer for Wales

Andrew Evans: 'We’re reinvesting money in clinical services that we want pharmacy to offer'Subscription

As Brexit looms and concerns of medicines shortages and funding issues murmur throughout the UK healthcare industry, Andrew Evans, chief pharmaceutical officer in Wales, is optimistic that Welsh pharmacy services are moving in the right direction. 

Learning article

Try our quiz, with questions based on 2018’s CPD and learning articles, and test your knowledge of subjects ranging from depression in children and young people, menopause, type 1 diabetes mellitus and Parkinson’s disease.

Test yourself: the learning and CPD quiz for 2018

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Try our quiz, with questions based on 2018’s CPD and learning articles, and test your knowledge of subjects ranging from depression in children and young people, menopause, type 1 diabetes mellitus and Parkinson’s disease.

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Vision and eye health in children


How to advise parents, dispell myths and spot the ‘red flags’ for onward referral.

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Managing plantar heel pain in the pharmacySubscription


How to differentiate plantar fasciopathy from other causes of plantar heel pain, advice for pharmacists on counselling patients and when to refer. 


Career stars

Celebrating a year of career highlightsSubscription


The Pharmaceutical Journal invited this year’s Careers section contributors to share their 2018 career highlights and their best piece of career advice for other pharmacy professionals.


Simon Dukes, chief executive of the PSNC

PSNC warns of drugs stockpiling against government advice over 'no-deal' Brexit fearsSubscription

Parts of the medicines supply chain have started stockpiling drugs in anticipation of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, against government recommendations, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has warned.

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Government consults on giving pharmacists powers to substitute drugs during shortagesSubscription

Pharmacists could be given new powers to switch patients’ prescriptions without consulting a doctor in the event of a national medicines shortage.

Helga Mangion, policy manager for the NPA

Community pharmacies forced to 'limit' services to comply with safe staffing guidance, pharmacy owners saySubscription

Pharmacy owners have told the General Pharmaceutical Council that they have been forced to limit services, including evening and weekend opening hours, in an effort to operate safely.

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Women exposed to abuse are twice as likely to seek emergency contraception, researchers findSubscription

Women who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse are twice as likely to have a consultation for emergency contraceptives, according to research.

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More valsartan products recalledSubscription

A further product recall for heart and blood pressure drug valsartan has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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Patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to be put on 800-calorie diet in new NHS pilot Subscription

People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will be placed on a new low-calorie diet as part of a pilot scheme to treat the condition, NHS England has announced.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

December 2018, Vol 301, No 7920

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2018: the twists and turns

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Your RPS

Alina Lourie

Alina Lourie, departing director of Pharmaceutical Press, on taking RPS publishing into the digital age


Alina Lourie, managing director of Pharmaceutical Press, will be stepping down from her role in December 2018 after six-and-a-half years leading the publishing division of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Richard Hain, consultant and lead clinician in paediatric palliative medicine in Wales

'Good palliative care depends on pharmacy expertise', speaker tells Welsh Medicines Safety Conference


“To avoid unnecessary suffering in children, doctors must have support from expert pharmacist colleagues,” Richard Hain, consultant and lead clinician in paediatric palliative medicine, told the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Medicines Safety Conference, held in Cardiff on 22 November 2018.

photo of Chris Roberts, medicines management lead for Fleetwood Primary Care Home

Chris Roberts: 'We're trying to demedicalise health care'

In the first of a series profiling individual Royal Pharmaceutical Society members who are doing great work, Chris Roberts, medicines management lead for the award-winning Fleetwood Primary Care Home, tells Corrinne Burns how pharmacists, their colleagues and the town’s residents are working together to help patients take control of their health.


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