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The Pharmaceutical Journal

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Medication errors: where do they happen?Subscription


Reducing medicines-related harm requires a clear understanding of where and when errors occur. This visual summary shows the latest estimates in England per year.

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Leading the way to self-care for acute pain


Pharmacists supporting patients to appropriately treat sudden, short bouts of pain through self-care will put patients at the centre of their treatment.

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Falsified Medicines Directive is yet another casualty of BrexitSubscription

It is understandable that pharmacists are reluctant to buy expensive equipment and change their workflows to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive when the legislation may no longer apply after Brexit.

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Think outside the box: replacing multicompartment compliance aidsSubscription

In January 2019, Boots announced that it was changing the way it dispenses medicines to care homes — from multicompartment compliance aids to original packs.


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Stewart Adams (1923–2019)Subscription


Having fallen into the pharmacy profession “purely by chance”, Stewart Adams OBE went on to discover ibuprofen, one of the world’s best selling anti-inflammatory painkillers.

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We can do more to improve medicines safety for patients in the NHSSubscription


How pharmacists are at the forefront of a national scheme to make the NHS the safest health service in the world for medicines.

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Challenging the acute pain status quo


Changes at NHS England mean that now is the time for pharmacists and their teams to reassess how they support patients with acute pain, says Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.


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Nigel Clarke: 'Pharmacy isn’t just handing over a bag of medicine'Subscription


The chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s plans to revamp pharmacy training, the regulation of online pharmacy and data which show white pharmacists are less likely to be struck off the register.

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The top ten prescribing errors in practice and how to avoid themSubscription

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Prescribing errors affect patient safety, but pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can reduce the risk of them occurring.

How to investigate and manage a medication incident

How to investigate and manage a medication incidentSubscription


Of the nearly 237 million medication errors occurring in England each year, 28% have the potential to cause harm. This article outlines the immediate steps to be taken following identification of a medicines safety incident.



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FMD system goes down on its first working weekday Subscription

The computer system for the Falsified Medicines Directive crashed on the first weekday morning since after its 9 February 2019 launch.

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GPhC expects more than 2,000 pharmacists to leave the register by end of 2018/2019Subscription

More than 2,000 pharmacists are expected to leave the pharmacy register in 2019, according to forecasts from the General Pharmaceutical Council.

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EMA recommends sartan manufacturers review processes to avoid contaminationSubscription

The European Medicines Agency has recommended that manufacturers making sartan blood pressure medicines review their processes after impurities were found in a small number of products.

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No-deal Brexit will be 'hair-raising' for pharmacists, says chief medical officerSubscription

The prospect of medicines shortages following a no-deal Brexit on 29 March 2019 is “hair-raising” and pharmacists will be on the front line, the chief medical officer for England has said.

Liz Fidler, incoming president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK

APTUK appoints new president and vice president Subscription

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK has appointed a new president following the departure of Tess Fenn in 2018.

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Pharmacists send nearly 800 patients to their GP during pilot of PHE's 'heart age' testSubscription

In the south west of England, pharmacists sent nearly 800 patients to their GP during a pilot of Public Health England’s ‘heart age tool’ in 2018.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

February 2019, Vol 302, No 7922

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Thinking outside the box: replacing multicompartment compliance aids

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Mair Davies, director for Wales

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 17 January 2019

RPS Wales discussed planning for Brexit, improving local engagement, the draft policy on online pharmacies and training required for the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive.

Alex MacKinnon, director of RPS Scotland

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 23 January 2019

The most recent Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting covered the 2019 business plan, budget priorities, focusing attention on pharmacists at the early stages of their career, and the future of ‘closed business’.

RPS English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 31 January 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS’s) English Pharmacy Board (EPB) held its first meeting of the year on 31 January 2019, at the Society’s London headquarters.


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

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