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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Infographic comparing the different dispensing models in community pharmacy

Dispensing: a comparison of different models in community pharmacySubscription

Although most medicines are still dispensed by hand, new technology allows parts of the process to be automated. This infographic compares examples of the newer models, such as hub and spoke and centralised dispensing, with the traditional model.

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Governance of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

On the governance of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription

Five years after the new incarnation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, it may be time to review its governance structure.


Sharing best practice globe

Challenges of sharing pharmacy best practice internationallySubscription


There are many barriers to overcome to ensure best practice is shared more widely on an international level.


Katherine Murphy, pictured, chief executive of the Patients Association, discusses the current crisis in the NHS and where pharmacists fit in to help, and explains why safety and transparency in the NHS are key priorities for the association in 2016

Q&A: What do patients want from pharmacists and the NHS?Subscription


Katherine Murphy discusses the current crisis gripping the NHS and where pharmacists can fit in to help, and explains why safety, accountability and transparency are key priorities for the NHS.

Learning article

Illustration showing the different types of asthma inhalers: From left, MDI inhaler, turbohaler, autohaler and accuhaler

How to help patients optimise their inhaler techniqueSubscription


Examining the impact of sub-optimal inhaler technique and how healthcare professionals can support patients in optimising their technique.

Pharmacist from Liptrots Calverley Pharmacy hands over a medication to a young woman showing signs of sexual exploitation

How to spot signs of child sexual exploitationVideoSubscription


Children and young people affected by sexual exploitation can present to a wide range of health settings, including community pharmacies. Pharmacists should be aware of the signs of potential sexual exploitation to ensure that they seek the appropriate help and support to protect the child or young person.


An enteral feeding tube inserted into a newborn premature baby

Pharmacy technical services: what it involves and who can work in this areaSubscription


Pharmacy technical services include aseptic dispensing and preparation, production, radiopharmacy and quality assurance and control. Jennifer Richardson finds out why the role is so vital and rewarding.

Owen Wood works as a ‘flying’ pharmacist for Médicins San Frontières (MSF)

What I do as a flying pharmacist in Democratic Republic of CongoSubscription


As a pharmacist working for an international charity, Owen Wood shares his knowledge of mass vaccination and medicines procurement.

Richard Hough is a partner at Brabners LLP and a pharmacist

Law and pharmacy: a dual careerSubscription


Richard Hough is a partner at Brabners LLP, a commercial law firm in north west England, where he established a specialist pharmacy law team. He has been also a pharmacist for 26 years, a role which he says sets him apart from nearly every other legal adviser. 


Kirit Patel, co-founder and chief executive of Day Lewis

Kirit Patel, ‘giant of independent community pharmacy’, dies aged 66 years

Kirit Patel, co-founder and chief executive of the Day Lewis Group of high street pharmacies, has died suddenly on 16 July 2016 at the age of 66 years.

Close up of acne

FDA approves first OTC retinoid for acne

The first retinoid acne treatment to be made available over the counter in the United States has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Pill organisation device

Pill organisers could put older patients at risk of adverse events

The use of pill organisers by older people could increase the risk of drug-related adverse events, say researchers.

Black-African student

GPhC sheds light on lower pass rates in Black-African pharmacy students

An investigation into why Black-African trainee pharmacists perform less well in the registration assessments has been carried out by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the results suggest they could be more likely to struggle because many are also mature or overseas students.

Pascal Soriot and Andrew Witty

GSK and AstraZeneca chiefs brought into ministerial Brexit working group

The chief executive officers of the UK’s leading pharmaceutical companies will be advising the government on the main priorities for the life sciences sector in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

A healthcare professional speaking with a patient in their home

Home visit service could reduce medicines-related harm for vulnerable adults

Providing a medicines optimisation service to frail and vulnerable people at home can reduce the risk of medicines-related harm and could prevent hospital admissions, say the authors of a report in Clinical Pharmacist.

News in Brief

Health minister Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt will continue in health secretary role

14 JUL 2016

Jeremy Hunt will remain as health secretary, contrary to speculation in the media on 14 July 2016 that new UK prime minister Theresa May had ousted him from the post as part of a cabinet reshuffle.

Close up image of an eye

FDA approves drug for dry eye diseaseSubscription

13 JUL 2016

A new class of drug is being made available in the United States to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease, the US Food and Drug Administration has announced.

A Superdrug store sign

High Court rules that pharmacy relocation would inconvenience women seeking emergency contraception

11 JUL 2016

The High Court has ruled against plans to relocate a Derby pharmacy because of the potential impact on women seeking emergency hormonal contraception.

Superdrug store frontage

Superdrug reports surge in profits for 2015

7 JUL 2016

Profits for high street retailer Superdrug, which operates just over 200 pharmacies, more than doubled in 2015, according to official figures published on 5 July 2016.

Alistair Grey

Refer-to-pharmacy scheme wins HSJ patient safety award

6 JUL 2016

An electronic referral system that allows hospital patients to be referred to their community pharmacist when they leave hospital has won a Health Service Journal patient safety award.

Pharmacy2U's website

Pharmacy2U and Chemist Direct merge in £40m deal

4 JUL 2016

Two online pharmacy companies have merged in a £40m deal to become the sector’s leading digital pharmacy business in the UK, reaching 1.5 million customers

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Astellas UK suspended from ABPI following ‘deception on a grand scale’

29 JUN 2016

Astellas UK’s membership of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has been suspended for a year following complaints about a meeting organised for 100 clinicians in Europe that broke the industry’s code of practice.

Drone carrying abortion pills

Drone flies abortion pills to Northern Ireland to highlight its abortion laws

24 JUN 2016

A drone carrying abortion pills landed in Northern Ireland on 21 June 2016 as part of a stunt organised to highlight the strict abortion laws in the province.

NICE office logo

NICE rejects £104,000 lumacaftor/ivacaftor therapy for cystic fibrosis

20 JUN 2016

The high cost of combination treatment lumacaftor/ivacaftor (Orkambi) means it has not been recommended for use in the NHS in England and Wales for cystic fibrosis (CF), draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says

The Pharmaceutical Journal

July 2016, Vol 297, No 7891

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Doping and the Olympics: Detection methods are becoming more sophisticated to expose drug cheats

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Medicines, Ethics and Practice, 40th edition

Medicines, Ethics and Practice 40 now includes guidance on naloxone and biosimilars Subscription


From 1 August 2016, the 40th edition of ‘Medicines, Ethics and Practice’, which includes a number of amendments and additions, will be available on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website and in the July 2016 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal. 

Martin Astbury, RPS president

Martin Astbury elected new RPS president Subscription


The new Royal Pharmaceutical Society president is community pharmacist Martin Astbury, who was previously president between 2010 and 2014.

Ailsa Power, associate postgraduate pharmacy dean at NHS Education for Scotland and vice chair of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board

Working together to serve the interests of pharmacists in ScotlandSubscription


Ailsa Power, associate postgraduate pharmacy dean at NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and vice chair of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board, talks to Julia Robinson about how NES and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are working together to support Scotland’s 4,500 pharmacists. 

Catherine Duggan, director of professional development and support and acting director for England at the RPS

RPS publishes updated competency framework for all prescribers across UKSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published an updated competency framework for all prescribers on behalf of, and in collaboration with, all the prescribing professions in the UK.

Gino Martini, a representative of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Pharmaceutical Sciences External Advisory Panel

What impact will personalised medicine have on pharmacy? Subscription


Gino Martini, a representative of the RPS Pharmaceutical Sciences External Advisory Panel and recently appointed chair of the RPS Industrial Pharmacy Forum, discusses the increasingly important impact of personalised medicines on pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. 


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