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The Pharmaceutical Journal

2019: trending topics in pharmacy

2019: trending topics in pharmacySubscription


We take a look at the biggest stories of the year and summarise some of your reactions to them.

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Governments must make tackling AMR worth pharmacy's whileSubscription


Pharmaceutical companies won’t develop fast, cheap and effective diagnostic tools on their own — incentives are the missing piece to tackling antimicrobial resistance.


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Regan McCahill: 'The mental health of students is of the utmost importance'Subscription


Regan McCahill, president of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, explains how her organisation will support newly qualified pharmacists in 2020.

CPD article

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Polypharmacy: putting the framework into practiceSubscription

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This article describes how to apply the polypharmacy framework at individual patient level through the use of a case study.

Learning article

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Test yourself: the 2019 CPD and learning quiz Subscription


Take this quiz, with questions based on 2019’s CPD and learning articles, and test your knowledge of subjects ranging from dermatological conditions to infectious diseases.


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Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy in primary care through pharmacy-led interventionsSubscription

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A pharmacy-led medicines optimisation team in a GP surgery setting reduced inappropriate polypharmacy, achieved cost savings of £103,975 and improved quality of prescribing for patients.


Celebrating a year of career highlights

Scaling new career heights in 2020Subscription


We asked some of this year’s contributors to The Pharmaceutical Journal’s Careers section to recap their biggest career highlights of 2019 and share their goals for the coming year.


The profession is likely to undergo significant changes over the forthcoming year.

A year of change for pharmacySubscription

The profession is likely to undergo significant changes over the forthcoming year.

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'Paperless NHS' drive ignores community pharmacySubscription

A lack of funding and the effects of the electronic prescribing system have meant that pharmacies are using more paper than ever.


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Scottish five-year pharmacy degree will not begin in 2020, government confirms Subscription

The five-year integrated pharmacy training will not start in Scotland in September 2020, the Scottish government has confirmed.

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Social prescribing staff numbers double in one yearSubscription

The number of social prescribing staff being employed across clinical commissioning group areas has doubled over the past year, a Freedom of Information request by The Pharmaceutical Journal has revealed.

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Government announces digital hospital-to-pharmacy referral service to cut hospital readmissionsSubscription

Hospitals will be able to digitally refer recently discharged patients to community pharmacies across England for advice on new and updated prescriptions from July 2020.

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Pharmacy regulator fails four in ten fitness-to-practise standards in watchdog reportSubscription

The General Pharmaceutical Council has failed to meet four out of ten fitness-to-practise standards set by the Professional Standards Authority, an annual review has found.

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Warnings over macrolides in early pregnancy after research shows risk of birth defectsSubscription

Macrolide antibiotics should be used “with caution” in early pregnancy, researchers who found an associated increased risk of major birth defects have warned.

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Almost 40% of hospitals do not offer non-drug therapies to distressed dementia patientsSubscription

Nearly 40% of acute trusts in England do not offer any non-pharmacological therapies to help manage symptoms such as distress, aggression and agitation in patients with dementia while they are in hospital, The Pharmaceutical Journal can reveal.

Books and Arts

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Original Victorian pharmacy recreated in full at the Science MuseumSubscription


One of London’s flagship museums invites visitors to Gibson and Son’s, a Victorian chemist’s shop preserved in time.

Hill S. How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control. Price £19.99. London: Orion Spring; 2019. ISBN 978-1409178835

Useful look at the wider societal effects of the contraceptive pillSubscription


How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control by Sarah Hill

The Pharmaceutical Journal

December 2019, Vol 303, No 7932

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Your RPS

Gail Fleming, director for education and professional development at the RPS

RPS launches national Foundation Pharmacist Framework


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published its revised Foundation Pharmacist Framework — marking the first tangible step towards a nationwide, multisector foundation training programme for pharmacists across the UK.

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RPS Scotland moves into grade A listed building

By Alex MacKinnon

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has moved to its new home on Melville Street, Edinburgh.


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

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