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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

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.

Comment

Illustration of legal scales

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.

Q&A

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

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

Learning article

Health worker holding a dying patient's hand

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.

Woman holds a positive pregnancy test

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.

Careers

Members of the team at Warman-Freed pharmacy

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

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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

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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

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

News

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.

vaughan gething wales welsh wales health secretary

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.

Scottish government building in Edinburgh

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.

Patients waiting in GP waiting room

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”

Person using inhaler

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

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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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Your RPS

Drug jar, syrup of wild poppy (1730–1750)

Drug jar, syrup of wild poppy (1730–1750)

Paying homage to a time where medicines and astronomy were thought to go hand in hand.

MEP 43

MEP 43 out now

Guidance on the sale and supply of medicinal cannabis and cannabidiol oils is one of several new additions to the 43rd edition of Medicines, Ethics and Practice.

Former chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and newly elected president Sandra Gidley

Sandra Gidley: 'It’s not appropriate for the RPS to take a stance on Brexit'

As former chair of the English Pharmacy Board, newly elected president Sandra Gidley says she is in a great place to engage with members and continue steering the Society’s work to raise pharmacy’s profile in the wider healthcare sector.

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 June 2019

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 June 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting included the election of a new chair and vice chair, updates on several consultation responses and the e-cigarette policy, while guest speakers talked about advanced therapies.

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 20 June 2019

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 19–20 June 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board elected a new chair and vice chair, and heard updates on the publication of the cannabidiol oil guidance document and the Society’s three-tier response to the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’.

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 3 July 2019

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 3 July 2019

The latest meeting of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board included updates on mental health and e-cigarette policies, as well as agreeing in principle to a non-members fee for RPS Local events.

Barrett’s Mandrake Embrocation (ca. 1885-1907)

Barrett’s Mandrake Embrocation (ca. 1885–1907)

Who says the Victorians didn’t have a sense of humour?

Sandra Gidley

Sandra Gidley elected as new president of RPS

Sandra Gidley has been elected as the new president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society by the RPS Assembly.

Ivana Knyght, head of professional support at the RPS

RPS relaunches membership survey

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is relaunching its membership survey. 

Ash Soni

Ash Soni: 'You get fed up with people throwing rocks at your head'

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Ash Soni has announced his decision not to stand for re-election as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society when his current term comes to an end on 18 July 2019.

Mahendra Patel, a member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, led on work to deliver the policy

RPS policy on type 2 diabetes calls for full integration of pharmacists across NHS systems

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Pharmacists must be fully integrated into the care of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in England across all care settings, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

Ash Soni RPS annual general meeting

Ash Soni to step down as RPS president

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Ash Soni has announced that he will be stepping down as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society at the end of his term in July 2019.

RPS members and staff at London Pride

RPS joins London Pride parade for first time

Royal Pharmaceutical Society staff and members marched alongside more than 30,000 people in the Pride in London Parade, held in the capital on 6 July 2019.

Janine Barnes, a neurology specialist pharmacist for the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Janine Barnes: 'Pharmacists don't need to be frightened of Parkinson's disease'

As a neurology specialist pharmacist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Fellow Janine Barnes has dedicated her working life to highlighting Parkinson’s disease and why pharmacists must be involved in its management.

Jonathan Burton, chair of Scottish Pharmacy Board

Jonathan Burton elected as chair of Scottish Pharmacy Board

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Jonathan Burton has been elected as chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish Pharmacy Board.

Claire Anderson, professor of social pharmacy at the University of Nottingham

Claire Anderson: 'It's important that we help pharmacists navigate the new NHS'

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Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board, Claire Anderson, speaks about the problems facing pharmacy and what the board will do to overcome them.

Harvinder Sondh

Harvinder Sondh: 'You can’t beat going out and speaking to your customer'

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Harvinder Sondh, director of innovation and enterprise at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, speaks about what his directorate offers members, both in the UK and overseas.

pharmacy shelf

RPS opens consultation on draft designated prescribing practitioner framework

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is asking members for their views on a draft competency framework for designated prescribing practitioners.

RPS Scotland's Edinburgh office

Angela Timoney becomes first pharmacist to chair Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network council

Angela Timoney, a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, has become the first pharmacist to chair the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network council.

Stolen RPS presidents' chain

Man who stole RPS president's chain sentenced to 30 months in prison

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The man who stole the Royal Pharmaceutical Society president’s chain in November 2018 from its London headquarters has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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