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The Pharmaceutical Journal

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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

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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 PSNCSubscription

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 findsSubscription

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 proposalsSubscription

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 yearSubscription

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 rolesSubscription

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.

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Prescription charge rises by 20 pence

26 FEB 2018

The NHS prescription charge in England will rise by 20 pence, to £8.80 per prescription item, from 1 April 2018, the government has announced.

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

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A third of pharmacists report COVID-19 significantly impacted their mental health and wellbeing

Just under a third (31%) of pharmacists said that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health and wellbeing to a significant extent, according to a survey by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and charity Pharmacist Support.

Sunayana Shah

Sunayana Shah appointed as chair of RPS’s Industrial Pharmacy Advisory Group

Sunayana Shah, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, has been appointed chair of the Society’s newly formed Industrial Pharmacy Advisory Group.

Clare Morrison

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

The Scottish Pharmacy Board discussed work on inclusion and diversity to encourage members to stand at the national pharmacy board elections, as well as careers support and ideas around changing the structure of board meetings.

Martin Astbury, vice president of English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

Topics discussed at the latest English Pharmacy Board meeting included learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Action in Belonging, Culture and Diversity group and updates on education.

Suzanne Scott Thomas

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

Discussions at the latest Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting revolved around how the Society can help promote independent prescribing pharmacists, the 2021 manifesto for the Welsh government elections and updates around science and research.

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Pharmaceutical leech jar, 19th century

This drug jar was used in the 19th century to store leeches, which were used to treat localised swelling and infections.

Mental health support

RPS Scotland policy sets out how pharmacists can support people with mental health conditions

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland’s has published a policy on how pharmacists can improve care of people with mental health conditions.

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Clare Morrison: ‘I honestly think this is the most exciting role in pharmacy in Scotland’


Clare Morrison, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s new director for Scotland, talks us through her career Source: Source: Courtesy of Clare Morrison Clare Morrison says that taking on the Scotland brief ...

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RPS Wales and Scotland publish manifestos ahead of 2021 devolved parliamentary elections

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales and in Scotland have published their manifestos ahead of the 2021 parliamentary elections in their respective nations.

Gail Fleming

RPS launches consultant pharmacist credentialing programme

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a consultant pharmacist credentialing programme.

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Medicines substitutions in supermarket home deliveries put customers at risk, RPS warns


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned that substituting medicines in supermarket home deliveries could put customers at risk.

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UK could see ‘influx of counterfeit medicines’ without FMD after Brexit, warns RPSSubscription


The UK could see “an influx of counterfeit medicines” after the Falsified Medicines Directive ceases to apply at the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned.

Museum Treasures October 2020

Bronze mortar, 16th century

The decoration on this bronze mortar symbolises the diversity of medicines development.


RPS and APTUK join NHS England to agree on inclusion and diversity principles for the sector


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and other bodies have developed a joint set of principles to improve inclusion, diversity and belonging in pharmacy.

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RPS and BPSA urge regulator to set date for 2020 registration assessment


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association have pressed the General Pharmaceutical Council to announce a date for the 2020 registration assessment.

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Collaborate to deliver biggest ever flu vaccination programme, RPS and RCGP say

Pharmacists and GPs should work together to make sure as many people as possible get their flu vaccination this winter, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners have said.

Mahendra Patel

Pharmacist brought in to encourage BAME recruitment to major UK COVID-19 clinical trial

A pharmacist has been brought in to strengthen recruitment of black, Asian and minority ethnic patients to one of the major UK-based COVID-19 trials.


Let pharmacists amend prescriptions to mitigate impact of medicines shortages, RPS tells government

Pharmacists should be allowed to alter prescriptions without going back to the prescriber when medicines shortages hit, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

Amandeep Doll

Amandeep Doll: ‘We have to become more comfortable with the uncomfortable’

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s inclusion and diversity co-ordinator, Amandeep Doll, reveals what the RPS aims to do with its inclusion and diversity strategy over the next five years.

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‘Radium’ Buxton Crystal Salts, circa 1930

Before its detrimental effects on health were discovered, radium was hailed as a wonder drug in the early 20th century.


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