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The Pharmaceutical Journal

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The Carter review: how are hospitals measuring up?Subscription


Two years on from Lord Carter’s 2016 review of hospital efficiency, The Pharmaceutical Journal looks at the progress pharmacy departments in England are making towards meeting his challenging targets.

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Cuts to pharmacy preregistration training are reckless — they must be reversedSubscription

Cuts to preregistration placement funding threaten to undo all the progress that has been made across pharmacy in recent years. 

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NHS ten-year plan: good for pharmacists, but what about pharmacies?Subscription

Although the ‘NHS Long-Term Plan’ outlines some potential new roles for pharmacists, the lack of detail on plans for community pharmacy are cause for concern.


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We must work together to help pharmacy thrive in 2019Subscription


Securing a good deal in 2019 will require a collective and clear-headed vision of where community pharmacy is going.


Mark Lyonette, chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association

Mark Lyonette: ‘You can only push people so far’Subscription


The chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association on meeting the health secretary, preparations for Brexit and whether the pressures on pharmacy are affecting patient safety.

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Colorectal cancer screening and the role of community pharmacySubscription

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Access to colorectal cancer screening varies across the UK. This article describes the various tests and how community pharmacists can promote them.

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Discussing the MMR vaccine with patientsSubscription

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As outlined in Public Health England’s ‘UK Measles and Rubella elimination strategy’, MMR vaccination needs to improve to achieve and maintain elimination in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization. 


Joerg Reinhardt, pharmacist and chair of the board of directors for Novartis

Joerg Reinhardt: 'A career in industry demands authenticity, candour and courage'Subscription


Pharmacist and chair of the board of directors for Novartis, Joerg Reinhardt, sits down with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s chief scientist, Gino Martini, to discuss his career success to date, the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry and his future vision for Novartis.

Chris Maguire

A day in the life of an industry marketing managerSubscription


Pharmacist Chris Maguire details a typical day as a marketing manager for a medical technology company.


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FMD compliance to be part of pharmacy inspections Subscription

Existing pharmacy inspection processes will be used to monitor pharmacies’ compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive, the General Pharmaceutical Council has announced.

Steve Williams, clinical spokesperson on medicine safety at the RPS

Shared decision-making and older people should be medicines safety priorities, survey respondents saySubscription

Transitions of care and shared decision making should be the highest priority for the NHS Improvement’s national Medicines Safety Programme, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Pharmacy sector 'deploying all necessary resources' to prevent Brexit medicines shortages, as government deal voted downSubscription

Following the historic parliamentary defeat of the government’s Brexit withdrawal agreement, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said it is “deploying all necessary resources” to ensure patients do not run short of medicines when the UK leaves the EU.

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Opioid prescribing highest in more deprived regions of England, study showsSubscription

Opioid prescribing in general practice is highest in the North West of England and the East Midlands, mirroring general geographical health inequalities, a study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy has found.

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Data on NHS medicinal cannabis prescribing expected by end of March 2019Subscription

NHS England is monitoring the prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use, with the first data expected by the end of March 2019, health minister Steve Brine says.

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Pharmacy Schools Council expresses concern over GPhC education proposals Subscription

“Appropriate funding” and enhanced quality assurance of preregistration providers is necessary for greater integration between academic study and practical preregistration experience for pharmacists in training to be successful, the Pharmacy Schools Council (PhSC) has warned.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

January 2019, Vol 302, No 7921

Cover story:

A trigger for change? Two years on from the Carter review

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'Rouse Ltd (Chemist) of Wigmore Street', a 1953 oil painting by John Vicat Cole

This painting captures in detail the exterior of Rouse’s pharmacy at 12 Wigmore Street, London, W1.

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Palliative Care Formulary now available on MedicinesComplete

The Palliative Care Formulary is now available on MedicinesComplete, following the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s acquisition of its publisher,, in August 2018.

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Jeremy Macdonald: 'The data we collect are critical to understanding how people are using our services'

Jeremy Macdonald speaks to The Pharmaceutical Journal about his newly expanded role and how his team uses technology to understand and respond to the needs of Royal Pharmaceutical Society members.


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