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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 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

Cover story:

From the shop floor to the glass ceiling

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Your RPS

Matt Hancock

RPS co-signs letter to prime minister calling for patient safety to be 'at the heart' of Brexit talks

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and 16 other health organisations have written to prime minister calling on him to “put patient safety and protecting the nation’s health at the heart of Brexit negotiations”.

Asif Sadiq

Asif Sadiq to lead RPS's inclusion and diversity campaign


Asif Sadiq MBE will chair the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS’s) new ‘Pharmacy inclusion and diversity programme’, the Society has confirmed.

Drug jar, syrup of wild poppy (1730–1750)

Drug jar, syrup of wild poppy (1730–1750)

Paying homage to a time where medicines and astronomy were thought to go hand in hand.

MEP 43

MEP 43 out now

Guidance on the sale and supply of medicinal cannabis and cannabidiol oils is one of several new additions to the 43rd edition of Medicines, Ethics and Practice.

Former chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and newly elected president Sandra Gidley

Sandra Gidley: 'It’s not appropriate for the RPS to take a stance on Brexit'

As former chair of the English Pharmacy Board, newly elected president Sandra Gidley says she is in a great place to engage with members and continue steering the Society’s work to raise pharmacy’s profile in the wider healthcare sector.

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 June 2019

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 June 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting included the election of a new chair and vice chair, updates on several consultation responses and the e-cigarette policy, while guest speakers talked about advanced therapies.

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 20 June 2019

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 19–20 June 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board elected a new chair and vice chair, and heard updates on the publication of the cannabidiol oil guidance document and the Society’s three-tier response to the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’.

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 3 July 2019

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 3 July 2019

The latest meeting of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board included updates on mental health and e-cigarette policies, as well as agreeing in principle to a non-members fee for RPS Local events.

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Barrett’s Mandrake Embrocation (ca. 1885–1907)

Who says the Victorians didn’t have a sense of humour?

Sandra Gidley

Sandra Gidley elected as new president of RPS

Sandra Gidley has been elected as the new president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society by the RPS Assembly.

Ivana Knyght, head of professional support at the RPS

RPS relaunches membership survey

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is relaunching its membership survey. 

Ash Soni

Ash Soni: 'You get fed up with people throwing rocks at your head'


Ash Soni has announced his decision not to stand for re-election as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society when his current term comes to an end on 18 July 2019.

Mahendra Patel, a member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, led on work to deliver the policy

RPS policy on type 2 diabetes calls for full integration of pharmacists across NHS systems


Pharmacists must be fully integrated into the care of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in England across all care settings, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

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Ash Soni to step down as RPS president

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Ash Soni has announced that he will be stepping down as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society at the end of his term in July 2019.

RPS members and staff at London Pride

RPS joins London Pride parade for first time

Royal Pharmaceutical Society staff and members marched alongside more than 30,000 people in the Pride in London Parade, held in the capital on 6 July 2019.

Janine Barnes, a neurology specialist pharmacist for the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Janine Barnes: 'Pharmacists don't need to be frightened of Parkinson's disease'

As a neurology specialist pharmacist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Fellow Janine Barnes has dedicated her working life to highlighting Parkinson’s disease and why pharmacists must be involved in its management.

Jonathan Burton, chair of Scottish Pharmacy Board

Jonathan Burton elected as chair of Scottish Pharmacy Board


Jonathan Burton has been elected as chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish Pharmacy Board.

Claire Anderson, professor of social pharmacy at the University of Nottingham

Claire Anderson: 'It's important that we help pharmacists navigate the new NHS'


Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board, Claire Anderson, speaks about the problems facing pharmacy and what the board will do to overcome them.

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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RPS opens consultation on draft designated prescribing practitioner framework

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is asking members for their views on a draft competency framework for designated prescribing practitioners.


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

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