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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Infographic showing how dupilumab works

Atopic dermatitis: emerging and current treatments Subscription


Atopic dermatitis affects up to 30% of children and 10% of adults, and is common in both developed and developing countries. Two new medicines on the brink of entering the market — dupilumab, a biologic for severe disease, and crisaborole, a topical small molecule drug for milder disease — could herald a new era in the management of this condition, which has seen no major changes to the way it has been treated for over 15 years.

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Your RPS needs youSubscription

Show your passion and dedication to pharmacy by putting yourself forward for this year’s RPS national pharmacy board elections.

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Recommendations made in Murray’s review for community pharmacy will not be simple to implementSubscription

Practical challenges, including building closer relationships with GPs, will need to be overcome if the recommendations in the Murray review on community pharmacy are to be implemented successfully.


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How chemicals and heavy metals contribute to antimicrobial resistanceSubscription


Evidence is emerging that biocides and heavy metals all contribute to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.


Maree Todd, member of the Scottish Parliament and pharmacist

Q&A: From pharmacy to the Scottish Parliament — interview with MSP Maree ToddSubscription


Maree Todd, pharmacist and member of the Scottish Parliament, speaks to Jenny Bryan about the successes of community pharmacy in Scotland, what can England learn from them and her life in politics so far.

Books and Arts

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Best pharmacy practice guidance Subscription


ASHP best practices 2016­–2017: position and guidance documents of ASHP, by Bruce Hawkins

Book cover of ‘One health and the politics of antimicrobial resistance’, by Laura Kahn

The history of antibiotic use in livestock and its contribution to antimicrobial resistanceSubscription


‘One health and the politics of antimicrobial resistance’, by Laura Kahn.

Learning article


Preconception care: genetic and pre-existing conditionsSubscription

By ,

Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide appropriate and comprehensive preconception care by identifying couples who are at risk of having a baby with a genetic or chromosomal malformation and can empower the couple by giving them enough knowledge to make informed decisions.

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Understanding the aims of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and what they mean for pharmacySubscription


An overview of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) — which the NHS will use to deliver the ‘Five year forward view’ — and how to work with them.


William Wake, pharmacist

How pharmacist William Wake's time in the Royal Navy during the Second World War influenced his careerSubscription


Pharmacist William Wake received the highest French order for military and civil merits at the end of 2016. Julia Robinson finds out more about his time in the navy during the Second World War and his career in pharmacy.

Iqbal Mohammed

Heading for Hollywood: how community pharmacist Iqbal Mohammed ended up screening his films across the worldSubscription


Balancing working as a pharmacist with writing, directing and producing films means finding time can be a challenge, says Iqbal Mohammed.

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The role of academic pharmacists in science and research


A career in academia allows pharmacists to conduct research and work in the cutting edge of pharmaceutical science. Here, Steve Hemsley speaks to academic pharmacists to find out more about what such roles involve.


Sir Alasdair Breckenridge

Brexit could delay introduction of new cancer drugs by up to two years, experts warn

Patients could have to wait up to two years longer to access new cancer drugs after the UK leaves the EU, because drug companies will prioritise winning approval for access to the larger European market, experts have warned.

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Researchers find metal impurities in vaccines, but European regulator challenges study

Lead, stainless steel, iron particles and other inorganic material have been found in a sample of vaccines manufactured in France and Italy, according to a study.


Government is considering merging pharmacy regulator with others

The number of regulators of healthcare professionals may be slashed, with bodies merged into new organisations, the Department of Health has confirmed.

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Anti-inflammatory drugs show no clinically significant effect in back pain, study suggests

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) seem to offer no real benefit over placebo in relieving back pain, a systematic review suggests.

Health Charter Medical Centre with a pharmacy next to it in Brighton, UK

Evaluate pharmacists working in GP pilot schemes, MPs urge

Pilot schemes testing whether locating pharmacists inside GP practices can improve clinical care and free up GP time now need to be formally evaluated, says an all-party parliamentary group of MPs.

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Prices for generic cancer drugs in the UK have soared over a five-year period, conference hears

The price the NHS pays for some generic cancer drugs has risen by between 100% and more than 1,200% over the past five years, according to research presented at the European Cancer Conference held in Amsterdam.

News in Brief

David Mowat, UK health minister

Murray review of community pharmacy services will ‘direct’ government policy, says health minister

15 FEB 2017

UK health minister David Mowat says that the Murray review into the provision of community pharmacy services will “direct” government policy.

Martin Sawer, executive director of the Healthcare Distribution Association

Brexit won’t stop UK implementation of Falsified Medicines Directive

15 FEB 2017

The UK government has confirmed that Brexit will not put a stop to its plans to implement the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive, Martin Sawer, executive director of the Healthcare Distribution Association, told delegates at the Sigma conference in Rio de Janeiro on 14 February 2017.

Pakistani president Muhammad Nawaz Sharif

Pharmacists caught up in Lahore blast

15 FEB 2017

Pharmacists in Pakistan protesting about new government regulations were caught up in what is thought to be a suicide bomb attack in Lahore on 13 February 2017, which claimed at least 13 lives and saw scores of others injured.

Sir Malcolm Grant chair NHS England

NHS England drops requirement for clinicians to declare earnings from private work

15 FEB 2017

NHS clinicians will not have to declare their income from private practice following a change of heart by NHS England.

Steve Williamson, chair of the British Oncology Pharmacy Association

Biosimilar anticancers get support from British oncology pharmacists

13 FEB 2017

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA), a charity of cancer specialist pharmacists, has backed the use of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (MABs) as part of cancer treatment.

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FDA insists on warning labels for OTC chlorhexidine products

7 FEB 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told manufacturers of over-the-counter antiseptic products that contain chlorhexidine gluconate to add warning labels to their products about the possibility of a serious but rare allergic reaction.

Jeremy Hunt, UK health secretary

Overseas patients to pay fees to the NHS under new plans

6 FEB 2017

Hospitals in England will have to check overseas patients’ and migrants’ entitlement to free non-urgent NHS care from April 2017 when new regulations are due to be introduced, the Department of Health has announced.  On ...

Micrograph of Plasmodium falciparum malarial parasite

African parasite shows signs of resistance to widely used malaria treatment

3 FEB 2017

Artemether-lumefantrine, the most widely used antimalaria treatment in Africa and the one recommended for treating imported cases of the disease in the UK, is starting to fail, experts have warned.

Rob Darracott, chief executive of Pharmacy Voice

Pharmacy Voice to disband following NPA departure

3 FEB 2017

Pharmacy Voice, the lobbying group and trade association that represents community pharmacy in England, has revealed that it will disband following the National Pharmacy Association’s (NPA) decision to leave.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

February 2017, Vol 298, No 7898

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Atopic dermatitis: dupilumab and crisaborole could herald a new era in treatment

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Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Q&A: Farewell to RPS chief executive, Helen GordonSubscription


After seven years in the pharmacy world, Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to enter pastures new at the Royal Society of Medicine. Here, she talks to Julia Robinson about her proudest moments and what advice she would give to her successor. 

RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 2 February 2017Subscription


At the most recent RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting, members discussed the future of local engagement in Wales and RPS Wales’ ongoing work with Welsh government and celebrated two more board member receiving their Faculty pins.

RPS English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 26 January 2017Subscription


The English Pharmacy Board met for its first board meeting of the year on 26 January 2017, at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s London headquarters in Wapping, east London.

RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 18 January 2017Subscription


The first Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB) meeting of 2017 was held on 18 January 2017 at Holyrood House in Edinburgh.

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Pharmacy needs global professional standards for education and workforce developmentSubscription

By , Ian Bates

Catherine Duggan, director of professional development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Ian Bates, education adviser to the RPS English Pharmacy Board, discuss the importance of developing a global standard of education and training for pharmacists.


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