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The Pharmaceutical Journal

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Drinking alcohol increases cancer riskSubscription

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Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, yet only 13% of adults are aware of the link.

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Editorial

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The evidence for community pharmacy

Drug researchers continue to investigate the efficacy of medicines long after they hit the market, so why should NHS services delivered in community pharmacy be any different?

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Full pharmacist access to records is the key to better patient careSubscription

Every four seconds a health or care professional in England accesses an NHS patient’s summary care record

Comment

Building blocks

Reforming regulation: General Pharmaceutical Council responds to consultationSubscription

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On 23 January 2018, the Department of Health closed its consultation on reforming the way that health professionals across the UK are regulated

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Smoking cessation: shifting the research focus to community pharmacySubscription

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Evidence suggests that smoking cessation interventions can be effective in UK pharmacies but there are few trials with validated endpoints.

Q&A

Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Negotiating Services Committee (PSNC)

17 years of fighting for pharmacySubscription

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After 17 years at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, chief executive Sue Sharpe will be leaving her position at the end of May 2018.

Learning article

Senior woman speaks to a pharmacist about menopause

Treatment options for menopausal symptomsSubscription

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Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide a patient-centred approach to advising women about the menopause, and provide robust information about the risks and benefits of menopause hormone treatment that will allow patients to make an informed choice about how to relieve their symptoms.

Careers

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Developing the role of the critical care pharmacistSubscription

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The evolution of the critical care pharmacist — from lone practitioner to integral multidisciplinary team member.

Oscar Ekpenyong, senior pharmaceutical scientist in the department of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug metabolism at Merck Research Laboratories in South San Francisco, California

Achieving my career potential through the FIP Young Pharmacists Group Mentorship ProgramSubscription

Oscar Ekpenyong participated in the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Young Pharmacists Group Mentorship Program in 2016 and describes the benefits of being mentored as “tremendous” and “unquantifiable”. Here he explains how participation has shaped his career potential and why others should consider enrolling for the newly relaunched programme. 

Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector for acute hospitals in South London

Making a difference to patient care as an acute hospital inspector for the Care Quality Commission Subscription

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It is our duty to ensure that patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times, says Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission inspector for acute hospitals in South London

News

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NHS England to look at offering childhood vaccinations in healthcare settings other than general practice

NHS England will consider allowing other healthcare settings outside of general practice to offer vaccinations as part of a government strategy to tackle vaccine coverage in the UK.

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Government to consider a more personalised and 'intelligent' approach to NHS Health Checks

A government-led review of the NHS Health Check programme will look into providing patients with “personalised interventions” based on where they live, their age and their genetics.

Freight ship

Government tenders £25m contract for 'express freight service' to transport urgent medicines after Brexit

The Department of Health and Social Care is looking for bids on a contract to set up an “express freight service” ahead of the UK leaving the EU at the end of October 2019.

CMA homepage

Drug manufacturer offers to pay NHS £8m to resolve CMA allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

A drug manufacturer has offered to pay the NHS £8m to resolve concerns around allegations of anti-competitive behaviour over the supply of a prescription drug.

High street independent pharmacy

Community pharmacies should have same business rate support as GPs, says LloydsPharmacy parent company

Community pharmacies should have their business rate tax reimbursed by the NHS in the same way as GP practices and dental surgeries, the head of a high street pharmacy chain has said.

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Industry and pharmacy bodies confirm signing government 'gagging orders' over no-deal Brexit plans

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee is one of several pharmacy bodies to have signed non-disclosure agreements preventing them from disclosing the UK government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit.

News in brief

Electronic prescription

Urgent care services pilot use of electronic prescription service

27 DEC 2017

NHS Digital has launched the electronic prescription service in a number of urgent care services in London

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Launch of new medicines in UK face two-year delay post-Brexit, MPs told

15 DEC 2017

The launch of new medicines in the UK may be delayed by two years post-Brexit as it is “relegated” in the global medicines market, the House of Commons Health Select Committee was told

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Gino Martini, new new chief scientist of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Q&A: Gino Martini, RPS chief scientist

Gino Martini has been appointed the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) new chief scientist. Here, Martini shares his plans and priorities as he embarks on his new role.

Ryan Donnelly, Queen’s University Belfast, presenting on antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Winter Summit 2017

RPS Winter Summit 2017

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Winter Summit, held in London in December 2017, explored issues such as drug discovery and health information technology.

Pharmacist speaking with patient

The changing role of the pharmacist in the 21st century

By Christopher John

As the Royal Pharmaceutical Society publishes its member survey on what it means to be a pharmacist today, Christopher John, the Society’s workforce development lead, provides a summary of how the pharmacist function can be defined for this day and age.

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Updated RPS hospital pharmacy standards published

A major update of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services has been released.

Announcements

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