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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Graphs showing results of salary and satisfaction survey

The 2017 pharmacy salary and satisfaction surveySubscription

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The Pharmaceutical Journal has surveyed Royal Pharmaceutical Society members about their salary, and how they feel about their career and the profession. 

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Now could be the time for LTC managementSubscription

Could the time finally have come for community pharmacy to show that it can manage long-term conditions?

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Pharmacists' woes under the lensSubscription

In a survey delivered in 2017, The Pharmaceutical Journal asked members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society — from all sectors of the profession — for their views on their salary, their career and the wider profession.


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Enhancing pharmacy services across NHS ScotlandSubscription


Chief pharmaceutical officer for Scotland Rose Marie Parr provides an overview of the nine commitments for improving pharmaceutical care in NHS Scotland and making it an integral part of evolving NHS services.


Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England and chief medical advisor to the UK government

Q&A: Dame Sally Davies — protecting antibiotics for the futureSubscription


Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England and chief medical advisor to the UK government, is well known for issuing stark warnings on the careless use of antibiotics.

Books and Arts

Book cover of 'Compounding Sterile Preparations: 4th Edition'

Welcome update to resource on sterile compoundingSubscription

Compounding sterile preparations: 4th edition, edited by E Clyde Buchanan, Philip J Schneider & Ryan A Forrey.

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Working to reverse the cognitive decline of dementiaSubscription


The end of Alzheimer’s: the first programme to prevent and reverse the cognitive decline of dementia, by Dale E Bredesen

Learning article

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Syphilis: diagnosis and management optionsSubscription

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In 2016, the number of diagnoses of syphilis in England rose by 12%. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options for this disease, and understand the role they can play in the wider promotion of good sexual health to patients.

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Dry mouth: advice and managementSubscription

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Xerostomia (dry mouth) is a common condition caused by a range of factors including smoking, the side effects of xerogenic medicines and by autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren’s syndrome. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs, symptoms, aetiology and management, including the use of salivary stimulants and substitutes, for dry mouth.


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The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow Scheme: from the insideSubscription

By Chief pharmaceutical officer's clinical fellows

With applications for the 2018 Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme closing on 9 April, pharmacists in the UK are encouraged to consider this unique opportunity to expand their professional skills

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From the shop floor to the glass ceilingSubscription

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The significance of gender inequality in pharmacy and its potential impact on the careers of female pharmacists.


Hospital pharmacy

Using technology to tackle medication errorsSubscription

An estimated 237 million medication errors occur in England every year. Although three-quarters of these errors are unlikely to result in harm, avoidable adverse drug reactions are directly responsible for the deaths of 712 patients every year, and a contributory factor in the deaths of thousands more.

Mike Dent, PSNC director of pharmacy funding

Pharmacies under 'enormous pressure' because of generic drugs, says PSNC

Ongoing supply and price issues with generic drugs are putting pressure on community pharmacy contractors, the PSNC says.

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Stroke survivors need more support with taking medicines, survey finds

A survey of stroke survivors in London and the East of England has found that one-in-ten say they need more help with taking their medications.

Ken Jarrold, chairman of the Rebalancing Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Partners Forum hears superintendent and responsible pharmacist proposals

Proposals to redefine the roles of superintendent and responsible pharmacists, and to introduce a defence for dispensing errors in hospital pharmacy, were outlined at the most recent meeting of the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board Partners Forum.

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GPhC registration renewal fees frozen for next year

The General Pharmaceutical Council will not increase registration renewal fees for next financial year, despite forecasting a budget deficit of £2.6m.

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Women underrepresented in senior pharmacy and NHS roles

An analysis of the representation of women across the hospital and community health services workforce, published to mark International Women’s Day, has shown that more than half of ‘very senior managers’ in the NHS are male, despite more than 75% of staff employed by the health service being women.

News in brief

Frances (Fanny) Elizabeth Potter, first woman to qualify for registration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Frances (Fanny) Elizabeth Potter

16 MAR 2018

Women have always been involved in the production and administration of medicines.

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board

Dementia Action Plan for Wales looks at antipsychotic use

27 FEB 2018

The use of antipsychotic medication for dementia patients should be a “short-term intervention”, the Welsh Government has said in its new Dementia Action Plan for Wales.


EMA recommends five new medicines for approval

27 FEB 2018

The European Medicines Agency Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended five medicines for approval at its most recent meeting held 19–22 February 2018.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

March 2018, Vol 300, No 7911

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From the shop floor to the glass ceiling

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Your RPS

British National Formulary

Celebrating 70 years of the BNF

By Jane Trodd

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society library celebrates the British National Formulary’s 70th anniversary.

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Lydia Pinkham's 'vegetable compound', c. 1890–1905

Lydia Pinkham and her ‘vegetable compound’ inspired The Scaffold’s 1960s song Lily the Pink. Her company was founded in America in 1876 and targeted women with its products.

Diane Ashiru-Oredope, lead pharmacist for antimicrobial resistance at Public Health England

RPS offers free antimicrobial stewardship training to pharmacists in England

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is offering free antimicrobial stewardship training to pharmacists in England.

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RPS conference attendees back idea of prescriber post-nominals

A member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has called for independent prescribers to be recognised with post-nominals.

RPS English pharmacy board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 10 October 2019

The latest meeting of the English Pharmacy Board included updates on a campaign for pharmacists’ wellbeing, the implementation of pharmacogenomics and the plans for a nationwide foundation pharmacist programme.

RPS Scotland board

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 25 September 2019

At the latest Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting, members and guests focused on medical cannabis guidance, RPS Scotland’s plans for 2020 and how to future proof the pharmacy profession. 

Gail Fleming, director for education and professional development at the RPS

RPS launches national Foundation Pharmacist Framework


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published its revised Foundation Pharmacist Framework — marking the first tangible step towards a nationwide, multisector foundation training programme for pharmacists across the UK.

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RPS election manifesto calls for investment in workforce development

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is asking candidates in the upcoming general election to pledge their support for pharmacy.

An artist's impression of themes discussed at the RPS's inclusion and diversity workshop

Disability is often overlooked in inclusion and diversity planning, RPS workshop hears

Disability is “frequently seen as being low down on the pecking order” when it comes to addressing inclusion and diversity, according to Adrian Ward, senior disability consultant for the Business Disability Forum.

Matthew Johnston, museum documentation assistant at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

'Up close and medical': RPS hosts hands-on event showcasing medical history

By Matthew Johnston

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s ‘Up close and medical’ event on 26 October 2019 invited visitors to gain a better understanding of the history of pharmacy.

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Pharmacists with disabilities should be better supported, RPS survey finds

Some two-thirds of respondents to a Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey on inclusion and diversity said that there were several career barriers in pharmacy, with the biggest being disability.

Sandra Gidley, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Include pharmacists in NHS mental health staff support, RPS tells health secretary

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has written to health secretary Matt Hancock asking him to include pharmacists in the NHS practitioner health programme, which offers mental health and wellbeing support to NHS staff.

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RPS Scotland moves into grade A listed building

By Alex MacKinnon

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has moved to its new home on Melville Street, Edinburgh.

Gino Martini Todd Lecture 2019

Gino Martini delivers 2019 Todd Lecture

Therapy needs to become more proactive and less “casualty-based” as more people live to an advanced age, Gino Martini, chief sceintist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

‘Universal Pills No 4’ — coloured lithograph published by W. Spooner, c.1830s

‘Universal Pills No 4’ — coloured lithograph published by W. Spooner, c. 1830s

Many caricatures were published during the 1830s ridiculing James Morison’s ‘Universal Pills’, including this example by an unknown artist in which a man has sprouted a carrot for a nose after taking one too many.

Robbie Turner, director of pharmacy and member experience at the RPS

Royal Pharmaceutical Society 2019 conference sells out: waiting list now open

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s 2019 annual conference is now fully booked, but a waiting list has opened for those still interested in attending.

Paresh Dawda

Integrated Healthcare Journal: New venture between the RPS and The BMJ now accepting submissions


An online, open access journal covering joined-up care across the health and social care network has been launched by The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and The BMJ.

Women in Leadership 2019 speakers

Women in Leadership 2019: pharmacists share experience and advice


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society hosted its second ‘Women in leadership’ conference in London on 3 October 2019.

RPS BAME event

Those ‘timid about inclusion’ will not succeed, delegates hear at RPS’s first BAME event


Leaders must be bold about making structural changes to their healthcare organisations if they are to guarantee equality and inclusion, delegates heard at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s ‘Celebrating BAME contribution to pharmacy’ event.

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The carboy: a pharmacy icon

The carboy is one of pharmacy’s most iconic objects.


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