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The Pharmaceutical Journal


Lady Justice at the Old Bailey in London

No more delays with rebalancing medicines legislation and pharmacy regulationSubscription

We need fewer empty promises and more action and progress with rebalancing medicines legislation and pharmacy regulation — particularly around dispensing errors.


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Why pharmacists need to re-evaluate what information they provide to patientsSubscription

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Previous court cases concerning informed consent of treatment have raised questions about what consent means in relation to pharmacists, medicines and prescribing.


From left (top), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Flavia Bustreo, Philippe Douste-Blazy, (bottom) David Nabarro, Sania Nishtar and Miklós Szócska

Q&A: WHO director-general candidates’ views on global healthSubscription


Six candidates in the race to be director-general of the World Health Organization outline their priorities and vision for global health.

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Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carersSubscription

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Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in palliative care and can be a source of important information and support for patients at the end of life. Health professionals caring for patients with advanced illness should develop skills for communicating with patients, and their families and carers.

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Preconception care: dietary and lifestyle adviceSubscription

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Engagement by women with a pharmacist or healthcare professional for preconception advice and care ranges from 18% to 45%. Pharmacists are uniquely placed to provide this advice when individuals present for new registration checks, well-woman consultations, contraceptive advice and reviews, as well as medicine use reviews.


Members of the team at Warman-Freed pharmacy

How pharmacists can boost sales of over-the-counter medicines


Joanna Mills, consumer and influencer insight manager at specialist over-the-counter pharmaceutical company Perrigo, uses examples from Warman-Freed pharmacy in London to explain how pharmacists can increase their sales of non-prescription products.

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What pharmacists do at NHS 111Subscription


Saša Jankovic finds out how pharmacists play an integral role at the non-emergency medical helpline for England and Scotland.

Rachel Macdonald, professional services pharmacist for PCT Healthcare Ltd

How Rachel Macdonald got involved in research in a community pharmacySubscription


Rachel Macdonald, professional services pharmacist for PCT Healthcare Ltd, recently participated in the Salford Lung Study in community pharmacy.


The new oral anticoagulant drugs Dabigatran, Rivaroxaban and Apixaban pills and pill boxes

Safety issues highlighted with newer oral anticoagulant drugs

Analysis of ‘real-life’ data comparing newer direct oral anticoagulants with warfarin has identified adverse drug reactions (ADRs) ‘not previously associated’ with the new treatments, including hip fracture.

Toddler using an inhaler

Heartburn drug use during pregnancy associated with asthma in children

A new study shows that children born to women who take heartburn medicines when pregnant are at least a third more likely to develop asthma symptoms compared with non-users, but scientists say more research is needed to confirm whether there are any other reasons behind the possible link.

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Treatment fund launched in Wales for newly approved drugs

An £80m new treatment fund to pay for high-cost drugs approved for use on the NHS in Wales has been launched.

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Scottish government confirms commitment to GP practice role for pharmacists

The Scottish government has reiterated its commitment for 140 prescribing pharmacists to work directly with general practices by the end of 2018.

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NHS England announces extra £112m for expansion of GP-based pharmacist scheme

NHS England has announced it will supply an additional £112m investment to roll out a pilot scheme embedding clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries.

Dispensary shelves in a pharmacy

Similar branding partly blamed for ‘devastating’ dispensing error

An “overworked” community pharmacist, who pleaded guilty to dispensing the wrong drug to a patient who later died, has been sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years.

News in Brief

Alex MacKinnon, acting chief executive of the RPS

Alex MacKinnon, director for Scotland, to act as interim chief executive of RPSSubscription

18 JAN 2017By

Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society RPS president Martin Astbury says Alex MacKinnon is “delighted to accept the acting up arrangement”

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New inhaler standards endorsed by RPSSubscription

18 JAN 2017By

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has endorsed a new set of inhaler standards developed by the UK Inhaler Group (UKIG) — a coalition of not-for-profit organisations and professional societies with a common interest in promoting the correct use of inhaled therapies.

Ian Strachan, chair of the National Pharmacy Association

Two legal cases against pharmacy cuts to be heard jointly in March 2017

16 JAN 2017

The UK High Court will consider two legal actions against the government’s decision to cut community pharmacy funding in a hearing set for March 2017.

Karen Baxter, director of the BNF

BNF receives NICE accreditation

13 JAN 2017By

Source: PharmPress The BNF has now been accredited by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 

Carole Longson, director of the centre for health technology evaluation at NICE

Kidney cancer drug to be funded by NHS after manufacturer cuts price

12 JAN 2017

Everolimus has been recommended for use in the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence after its manufacturer, Novartis, cuts its price.

Young woman taking a pill

US agency reaffirms folic acid advice for women planning pregnancy

11 JAN 2017

The US Preventive Services Task Force has reaffirmed its 2009 advice that all women who are planning or capable of pregnancy should take a daily supplement of folic acid of between 0.4mg and 0.8mg to reduce the risk of having a baby with neural tube defects.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt

Hunt denies community pharmacy funding cuts will deepen NHS crisis

11 JAN 2017

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has denied that the government’s decision to cut the community pharmacy budget in England will deepen the current NHS crisis.

The Food and Drug Administration

FDA approves nusinersen for use in rare genetic condition

3 JAN 2017

The first drug approved to treat patients with the potentially fatal genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy has been approved for use in the United States.

Pharmacy shelves

Australia tightens restrictions over codeine-containing medicines

23 DEC 2016By

Products containing codeine will no longer be available over the counter in Australia following a review by its medicine’s regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

January 2017, Vol 298, No 7897

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Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carers

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British National Formulary

Celebrating 70 years of the BNF

By Jane Trodd

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society library celebrates the British National Formulary’s 70th anniversary.

An advertising card for Lydia Pinkham's vegetable compound

Lydia Pinkham's 'vegetable compound', c. 1890–1905

Lydia Pinkham and her ‘vegetable compound’ inspired The Scaffold’s 1960s song Lily the Pink. Her company was founded in America in 1876 and targeted women with its products.

Diane Ashiru-Oredope, lead pharmacist for antimicrobial resistance at Public Health England

RPS offers free antimicrobial stewardship training to pharmacists in England

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is offering free antimicrobial stewardship training to pharmacists in England.

Prescription bag

RPS conference attendees back idea of prescriber post-nominals

A member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has called for independent prescribers to be recognised with post-nominals.

RPS English pharmacy board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 10 October 2019

The latest meeting of the English Pharmacy Board included updates on a campaign for pharmacists’ wellbeing, the implementation of pharmacogenomics and the plans for a nationwide foundation pharmacist programme.

RPS Scotland board

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 25 September 2019

At the latest Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting, members and guests focused on medical cannabis guidance, RPS Scotland’s plans for 2020 and how to future proof the pharmacy profession. 

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.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Building

RPS election manifesto calls for investment in workforce development

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is asking candidates in the upcoming general election to pledge their support for pharmacy.

An artist's impression of themes discussed at the RPS's inclusion and diversity workshop

Disability is often overlooked in inclusion and diversity planning, RPS workshop hears

Disability is “frequently seen as being low down on the pecking order” when it comes to addressing inclusion and diversity, according to Adrian Ward, senior disability consultant for the Business Disability Forum.

Matthew Johnston, museum documentation assistant at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

'Up close and medical': RPS hosts hands-on event showcasing medical history

By Matthew Johnston

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s ‘Up close and medical’ event on 26 October 2019 invited visitors to gain a better understanding of the history of pharmacy.

Wheelchair depicting disability

Pharmacists with disabilities should be better supported, RPS survey finds

Some two-thirds of respondents to a Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey on inclusion and diversity said that there were several career barriers in pharmacy, with the biggest being disability.

Sandra Gidley, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Include pharmacists in NHS mental health staff support, RPS tells health secretary

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has written to health secretary Matt Hancock asking him to include pharmacists in the NHS practitioner health programme, which offers mental health and wellbeing support to NHS staff.

Scotland office meeting rooms

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.

Gino Martini Todd Lecture 2019

Gino Martini delivers 2019 Todd Lecture

Therapy needs to become more proactive and less “casualty-based” as more people live to an advanced age, Gino Martini, chief sceintist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

‘Universal Pills No 4’ — coloured lithograph published by W. Spooner, c.1830s

‘Universal Pills No 4’ — coloured lithograph published by W. Spooner, c. 1830s

Many caricatures were published during the 1830s ridiculing James Morison’s ‘Universal Pills’, including this example by an unknown artist in which a man has sprouted a carrot for a nose after taking one too many.

Robbie Turner, director of pharmacy and member experience at the RPS

Royal Pharmaceutical Society 2019 conference sells out: waiting list now open

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s 2019 annual conference is now fully booked, but a waiting list has opened for those still interested in attending.

Paresh Dawda

Integrated Healthcare Journal: New venture between the RPS and The BMJ now accepting submissions


An online, open access journal covering joined-up care across the health and social care network has been launched by The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and The BMJ.

Women in Leadership 2019 speakers

Women in Leadership 2019: pharmacists share experience and advice


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society hosted its second ‘Women in leadership’ conference in London on 3 October 2019.

RPS BAME event

Those ‘timid about inclusion’ will not succeed, delegates hear at RPS’s first BAME event


Leaders must be bold about making structural changes to their healthcare organisations if they are to guarantee equality and inclusion, delegates heard at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s ‘Celebrating BAME contribution to pharmacy’ event.

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The carboy: a pharmacy icon

The carboy is one of pharmacy’s most iconic objects.


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