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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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Pharmacy negotiator discusses pharmacy closures to provide flu vaccines with governmentSubscription

Pharmacies could be allowed to close for part of the day to focus on providing flu vaccines, subject to government approval, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said.

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Chief pharmacists advised to store specialist antidotes separately to avoid mis-selection errorsSubscription

New rules for storage of antidotes will come into effect in November 2020 in response to a series of incidents, including two with fatal outcomes.

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Health and safety watchdog receives six reports of pharmacy staff contracting COVID-19

Community pharmacy employers have reported six cases of staff contracting COVID-19 at work to the Health and Safety Executive as of 25 July 2020, latest figures show.

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Pharmacists able to vaccinate care home staff at work during 2020/2021 flu seasonSubscription

Community pharmacists in England will be able to vaccinate both the residents and staff of residential care and nursing homes in a single visit during the 2020/2021 flu season.

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Interim foundation programme will not have protected time for training, HEE saysSubscription

The newly introduced programme will offer provisionally registered pharmacists educational supervision and workplace assessments.

Community pharmacy included in Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce £4m funding package

Community pharmacy included in Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce £4m funding package Subscription

The Scottish government money will go to Scotland’s Alcohol and Drug Partnerships and ten research projects.

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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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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