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.
Five years after the new incarnation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, it may be time to review its governance structure.
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.
Examining the impact of sub-optimal inhaler technique and how healthcare professionals can support patients in optimising their technique.
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.
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.
As a pharmacist working for an international charity, Owen Wood shares his knowledge of mass vaccination and medicines procurement.
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 the Day Lewis Group of high street pharmacies, has died suddenly on 16 July 2016 at the age of 66 years.
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.
The use of pill organisers by older people could increase the risk of drug-related adverse events, say researchers.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
FDA approves drug for dry eye diseaseSubscription
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.
The High Court has ruled against plans to relocate a Derby pharmacy because of the potential impact on women seeking emergency hormonal contraception.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Medicines shortage management survey Subscription
Release details of how each member votedSubscription
President should be elected by membersSubscription
GSK’s open door policy on patents could catch onSubscription