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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Pharmaceutical Journal opioid infographic

Opioids in England: crisis averted? Subscription

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Despite a 20% increase in opioid prescriptions per 1,000 population over the past decade, there are signs that a US-style opioid epidemic may have been averted.

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A call for action on high-dose opioid prescribing Subscription

Despite a decrease in the number of prescriptions, there are thousands of patients still on high-dose opioids. Pharmacy’s mission must be to review whether this is appropriate.

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Breath of fresh air: why it is time for a national drive to recycle used inhalersSubscription

Every single one of us should be making changes to our living habits to ensure we reduce our carbon footprint, and the way we use and dispose of inhalers is no exception.


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Pharmacists must identify and treat the missing millions with hypertensionSubscription


Research shows that pharmacists can successfully support the 8 million people in England thought to have undiagnosed and untreated hypertension. But they cannot do it without a change in the community pharmacy contract.


Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists’ Association

Malcolm Harrison: 'Expect considerable pressure from staff shortages in the next 18 months'Subscription


Malcolm Harrison, lobbyist for the UK’s largest pharmacy chains, talks apprenticeships, branch closures and the digital challenge for pharmacy.

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Case-based learning: meningitisSubscription


Causes, diagnosis and initial management options for adults and children with meningitis.

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Case-based learning: acne vulgarisSubscription


Causes, diagnosis and management options for a range of patients, including those with mild or moderate acne.


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A day on the streets treating patients experiencing homelessnessSubscription


Lauren Gibson details a typical day working as part of a pharmacy-led, homeless health outreach service.

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Pharmacists in the Army ReserveSubscription


Anuj K Sunder describes the benefits of being a pharmacist in the Army Reserve.


Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care

Serious shortage protocols to be introduced into NHS terms of serviceSubscription

Legal amendments that introduce serious shortage protocols into the terms of service for NHS community pharmacies are due to come into force from 1 July 2019, subject to approval from Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary.

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Tax changes could make work as a locum 'untenable', pharmacy bodies warn Subscription

Changes to off-payroll working rules could deter pharmacists from working as locums, according to a joint statement from six pharmacy bodies.

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GP practices to directly refer patients to digital minor ailments schemeSubscription

GP practices are to refer patients direct to the pharmacy Digital Minor Illness Referral Service from June 2019.

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Pharmacies out of pocket after 'surge' in diabetes sensor prescribingSubscription

Pharmacy negotiators are in discussions with the government over reports that community pharmacists are being left out of pocket following a “surge” in prescriptions of a flash glucose monitoring device for people with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

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Pharmacists should work across health and social care to improve medicines safety, CQC saysSubscription

All health and social care providers should have pharmacy staff on their team to improve medicines safety, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

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Majority of Welsh community pharmacists have never submitted a Yellow Card report, study findsSubscription

More than half of community pharmacists in Wales have never submitted a Yellow Card report, according to survey results published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

June 2019, Vol 302, No 7926

Cover story:

Beneath the surface of OTC opioids

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Harvinder Sondh

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


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.

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Lelly Oboh to represent RPS in government overprescribing review

Lelly Oboh will represent the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in a government review of overprescribing in the NHS.

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Blazer of the London College of Pharmacy (around 1940)

This blazer would have been worn by students of the London College of Pharmacy, which was founded in 1899, but it was not part of the official uniform.

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Prison healthcare in Wales suffers 'significant workforce challenges', RPS says

The delivery of prison healthcare in Wales is suffering “from significant workforce challenges”, with “large numbers of pharmacy staff” required to improve quality of care for inmates, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales has warned.

Bridget McCabe; Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Mair Davies and Chris Flannagan

Suzanne Scott-Thomas receives special recognition award

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board, has received a special recognition award at the 2019 Welsh Pharmacy Awards.  

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Greater participation in RPS national elections sought after low turnout


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s national pharmacy boards will welcome five new members in June 2019, who will sit alongside six returnees who have been re-elected, but more can be done to encourage participation the RPS chief executive has said.


For official announcements from The Royal Pharmaceutical society please visit the announcements page here.

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