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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Infographic showing how the falsified medicines directive (FMD) will work

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD): how it will workSubscription


The Falsified Medicines Directive will be rolled out in Europe from February 2019 to address the threat of fake medicines and will impact the entire supply chain

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Vaping comes out of the smoking closetSubscription

Public Health England has called on the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to expedite the licensing of e-cigarettes as medicinal stop-smoking aids.

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Buying the public's trustSubscription

Launch of major campaign to encourage people to use community pharmacy and pharmacists as a frontline clinical service did not go entirely as planned


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Pharmacy is on the upSubscription

By Andrew Evans

Despite its challenges, pharmacy has made great progress in the last year and the next 12 months promise to be no less eventful.


Raj Patel, chair of the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK

Pharmacists need to be on board with falsified medicines directiveSubscription

With less than a year to go, The Pharmaceutical Journal catches up with Raj Patel, chair of the UK falsified medicine directive working group for community pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK, the organisation implementing the medicines verification system in the UK

Books and Arts

Book cover of ’Clinical pharmacokinetics’

Applying pharmacokinetics to clinical practiceSubscription


Clinical pharmacokinetics, 6th edition, edited by John E Murphy

Book cover of 'The clever guts diet. How to revolutionise your body from the inside out'

How gut bacteria affect our overall health and wellbeingSubscription


The clever guts diet: how to revolutionise your body from the inside out, by Michael Mosley

Learning article

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How to recognise and respond to potential child abuse and neglectSubscription


In October 2017, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance to support health and social care professionals in recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in young people aged under 18 years. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of their roles and responsibilities as outlined in this guidance. 

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How to support people with aphasia with medicines optimisationSubscription

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Aphasia is a communication disability, most often caused by stroke, which occurs when the language centres of the brain are damaged. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of how the communication needs of people with aphasia vary based on the severity of the condition, and how they can best provide support with medicines optimisation.


Discussion during the RPS conference

Pharmacy conferences: to attend or not attend?Subscription


Pharmacy conferences can be a good way to deepen your connection to pharmacy but it is important to be selective 

Lucy Lelliott

Helping respiratory patients breathe easySubscription


Sometimes as pharmacists we undervalue what impact we can have and how much patients appreciate our skills, says Lucy Lelliott.

Nuala Hampson, general practice pharmacist in West Bradford Medical Centre, Nottinghamshire

How Nuala Hampson promotes the role of pharmacists working in general practiceSubscription


Working in general practice has allowed me to develop my clinical knowledge and medicines management skills, says Nuala Hampson.


The NHS Stay Well Pharmacy campaign poster

NHS England launches major campaign to promote the use of community pharmacySubscription

NHS England has launched one of the biggest campaigns to encourage people to use pharmacies

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EMA sets out new measures to avoid risk from valproate in pregnancySubscription

All women of childbearing age prescribed the drug valproate — which has been linked to foetal abnormalities — will have to take part in a pregnancy prevention programme

pharmacist prescriber

GPhC to consult on education and training of pharmacist independent prescribersSubscription

General Pharmaceutical Council will open consultation in March and proposes three key changes to education and training standards

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Gluten-free prescribing limited to bread and flour mixesSubscription

Patients who are allergic to gluten will now only be able to be prescribed gluten-free bread and flour mixes

Sandra Gidley chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board

Integration fund to pay for pharmacist medicine optimisation posts in care homesSubscription

Announcement of 180 pharmacist and 60 pharmacy technician posts to improve medicines optimisation in care homes

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E-cigarettes should be available on prescription, Public Health England saysSubscription

There is now “compelling evidence” that NHS patients would benefit, new review shows

News in brief

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt

GPhC reassures pharmacy professionals as government orders review of medical malpractice

7 FEB 2018By

Review ordered after trainee paediatrician struck off following death of six-year-old boy from sepsis

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EMA admits temporary Amsterdam home 'not optimal solution'

1 FEB 2018

Initial plans for a temporary building to house the European Medicines Agency after it moves to Amsterdam have been shelved after it was concluded that the intended accommodation was not “fully fit for purpose”

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PHE supports use of trivalent flu vaccine in older people to reduce hospitalisations

1 FEB 2018

New Public Health England guidance says using adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine in older people would reduce GP consultations and hospitalisations

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WHO publishes first AMR surveillance report

31 JAN 2018

The World Health Organization has published its first Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS) report.

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Urgent medicine pharmacy service prevents a quarter of patients from going without drugs

26 JAN 2018

Just under one in four patients would have gone without their medicine if a pharmacist had not supplied it via the NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service

herbal medicines

Taking herbal medicines alongside prescription drugs may cause adverse drug interactions

26 JAN 2018

Herbal remedies, such as St John’s wort, green tea and ginseng, may affect the properties of prescription drugs, according to research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

February 2018, Vol 300, No 7910

Cover story:

One-year countdown to Falsified Medicines Directive

The Pharmaceutical Journal

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Your RPS

The English Pharmacy Board’s (EPB) first meeting of the year took place on 1 February 2018 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) London office.

English Pharmacy Board meeting report: February 2018

The English Pharmacy Board’s first meeting of the year took place at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s London office

The Welsh Pharmacy Board held their first meeting of 2018 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) Welsh offices in Pontprennau, Cardiff, on 19 January 2018

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting report: January 2018

The Welsh Pharmacy Board held the first meeting of 2018 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Welsh offices in Pontprennau, Cardiff

The first Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting of 2018 was held on 17 January 2018 at the Society’s Edinburgh offices in Holyrood Park House

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 17 January 2018

The first Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting of 2018 was held at the Society’s Edinburgh offices in Holyrood Park House


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