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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

Secondary syphilis rash at the nape of patient's neck

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

RPS publishes training resource for pharmacists redeployed to care homes

RPS publishes training resource for pharmacists redeployed to care homes


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published a training resource for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians deployed to care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pharmacy PPE

Pharmacists must be given access to PPE online ordering system, RPS says


Pharmacists must be given access to an online portal through which healthcare and social care professionals can order personal protective equipment, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

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Pharmacist leading coronavirus rapid test project elected as Fellow of Royal Society


A pharmacist who is currently leading a €600,000 project to develop a rapid test for coronavirus infection has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Tony Scully publisher of Pharmaceutical Journal Publications

Tony Scully: 'We need to constantly keep adapting and growing in new ways'


Tony Scully, a publishing director at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society with responsibility for The Pharmaceutical Journal and a portfolio of other editorial products, discusses the evolution of The Pharmaceutical Journal, future plans and how we are supporting pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society from around the world explain how their practice has changed in the face of COVID-19

How RPS members around the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society from around the world explain how their practice has changed in the face of COVID-19.

Mary Smith  a pharmacy inspiration

My mother, Mary Smith: a pharmacy inspiration

By Anthony Smith

Source: Mary Smith Mary Smith, my mother, is an inspiration to many pharmacists — not just myself

How the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is working to support pharmacists through the COVID-19 pandemic

How the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is working to support pharmacists through the COVID-19 pandemic


Since announcing it would be exclusively focusing its resources on supporting members through the COVID-19 outbreak for the foreseeable future, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has been striving for better support for the profession across England, Scotland and Wales.

Mahendra Patel

Promoting antibiotic guardians in India


English Pharmacy Board member Mahendra Patel on sharing the antimicrobial stewardship message across India, with students and younger pharmacists at the vanguard.

Scotland RPS Board

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 22 January 2020

At the latest Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting, discussions revolved around pharmacotherapy, science and research, and public affairs in Scotland.

England RPS Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 30 January 2020

At the latest Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board meeting, discussions revolved around plans for science and research, and a digital edition of Medicines, Ethics and Practice.

Wales RPS Board

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 5 February 2020

At the latest Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting, discussions revolved around Brexit, medicines shortages and public affairs in Wales.

RPS headquarters on East Smithfield, east London

RPS to focus activities on coronavirus support

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has announced that it will stop all activities that are not related to coronavirus. The decision has been made because “supporting our members, the wider profession and the public around COVID-19 is now our priority”.


Advice on NSAIDs and COVID-19

RPS issues advice following news reports originating in France regarding the use of ibuprofen in patients with COVID-19


RPS elections 2020: three board members explain why members should stand

Current Royal Pharmaceutical Society national pharmacy board members Tracey Thornley, John McAnaw and Dylan Jones discuss what members can achieve by standing for election.

Sandra Gidley

RPS backs regulator's guidance on buying medicines online

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is one of nine healthcare bodies backing new General Pharmaceutical Council guidance for patients ordering medicines or treatment online.

RPS device screens

Member feedback leads to MyCPD upgrade


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s MyCPD app has been upgraded and synchronised with the Society’s web-based MyCPD portfolio. This means that any entries made on the MyCPD app will now also appear in the desktop portfolio — and vice versa.

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Fellow Raj Aggarwal is promoted to honorary Royal Navy Captain

Raj Aggarwal FRPharmS, a Cardiff-based community pharmacist and pharmacy owner, has been promoted to the title of honorary captain in the Royal Navy.

Yardley's Lavender Sellers, 1925–1938

Yardley's Lavender Sellers, 1925–1938

Pharmacies have long sold non-medicinal products, as shown by this figurine advertising Yardley’s old English lavender.

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Should RPS board members be restricted to serving two consecutive terms?

Mohammed Hussain and Sibby Buckle debate whether members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English, Scottish and Welsh pharmacy boards should be limited to two consecutive three-year terms.

Welsh Assembly

Pharmacists and doctors launch resource to support multidisciplinary teams in general practice

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales and the Royal College of General Practitioners Wales have jointly published a resource designed to help multidisciplinary teams in general practice work better together.


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

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