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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Graph showing breakdown of the OTC medicines market in Britain in 2017

Breakdown of the OTC medicines market in BritainSubscription


The over-the-counter medicines market grew by almost 1% in 2017 to reach £2.56bn. Although pain relief remains the highest value category group, the most growth was seen in eye care and gastrointestinal products.

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Securing the best deal for community pharmacySubscription

Negotiators must not forget pharmacy's roots in any reform of the community pharmacy contract.

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E-cigarettes: part of the solution or part of the problem?Subscription

Marketing e-cigarettes towards children undermines the positive impact they have had on smoking rates in the UK.


Vox pop montage on community pharmacy contract

What would you like to see in the new community pharmacy contract?Subscription

While the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the Department of Health and Social prepare for contract negotiations, The Pharmaceutical Journal asked community pharmacists on the frontline to redesign the contractual framework.

William Charles Evans

William Charles Evans (1924–2018) Subscription

Author of Trease and Evans’ Pharmacognosy, a seminal text on the chemistry and uses of medicinal plants, William Charles Evans was a prolific researcher and educator throughout his 60-year career.


Tracey Herlihey, head of safety intelligence at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

No blame game: giving pharmacists a 'safe space' to discuss errorsSubscription


Safety expert of a new investigative body talks to Abigail James about how its approach will enable pharmacists to be more transparent about errors.

Books and Arts

Cover of 'The Plant Paradox'

Cardiologist's claims for health benefits of lectin-free diet are questionableSubscription


The Plant Paradox: The hidden dangers in ‘healthy’ foods that cause disease and weight gain by Steven Gundry.

Book cover of 'HIV pharmacotherapy: the pharmacist’s role in care and treatment'

One-stop resource for pharmacists in HIV careSubscription


HIV pharmacotherapy: the pharmacist’s role in care and treatment, edited by Jason J Schafer, Jennifer M Cocohoba, Elizabeth M Sherman and Alice L Tseng.

Learning article

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Immune checkpoint inhibitors in cancer: pharmacology and toxicitiesSubscription

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These treatments are commonly associated with autoimmune-related side effects and toxicities. This article outlines how pharmacists and the pharmacy team can recognise and manage these adverse events.

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Cow’s milk protein allergy in children: identification and treatmentSubscription

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How pharmacists and pharmacy professionals can diagnose this complex problem and advise parents and carers on options for management.


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Six tips on how to use social media to promote your pharmacy Subscription


Steve Hemsley describes how pharmacy professionals can optimise the use of social media to develop and grow their career or business.

Nadira Callachand, pharmacist and pharmacy services manager at Hibernian Healthcare

Training pharmacists in travel healthSubscription


Pharmacist and pharmacy services manager at Hibernian Healthcare, Nadira Callachand, has developed an e-learning travel health vaccination programme for pharmacists, soon to be launched in the UK.

Moonira Hinglotwala, pharmacist, business owner and MasterChef UK 2018 finalist

Mixing medicines and MasterChefSubscription


Pharmacist Moonira Hinglotwala talks about her passion for pharmacy, and her experience on the BBC television show, MasterChef.


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More than a fifth of housebound patients referred to GP following domiciliary MURsSubscription

Around a fifth (21.6%) of housebound patients were referred to their GP after pharmacists carried out domiciliary medicines use reviews, a study has found.

Bruce Warner, England’s deputy chief pharmaceutical officer

Pharmacy Integration Fund used to bail out other parts of NHSSubscription

Money set aside to develop new pharmacy roles in primary care and integrated services in 2017–2018 was instead spent on bailing out other parts of the health service.

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NHS 111 community pharmacy referral service to be extended to London, Devon and East MidlandsSubscription

Exclusive A scheme that has seen thousands of patients referred to pharmacists after calling NHS 111 is to be extended to London, Devon and the East Midlands.

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Vaping industry figures reject e-cigarettes on prescriptionSubscription

The vaping industry does not want to e-cigarettes provided on prescription, MPs have been told.

Endoscope image of gastric bleeding caused by a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug

Almost 200,000 patients at risk from NSAID prescribing, NHS data showSubscription

Hundreds of thousands of patients aged over 65 years in England were prescribed an NSAID without a gastroprotective medicine over a three-month period in 2017, according to new data published by NHS Business Services Authority intended to improve patient safety.

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PHE guidance highlights role of community pharmacy in tackling opioid overdoseSubscription

Community pharmacies could be used as an outlet to boost the supply of take-home naloxone, a drug used to block the effects of opioids for individuals who are most in need, according to guidance from Public Health England.

News in brief

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Lloyds creates guide for pharmacists on diabetes support during Ramadan

16 MAY 2018By

LloydsPharmacy has issued all its UK pharmacy teams with a guide to diabetes and fasting, to help pharmacists better support patients with diabetes who choose to fast during Ramadan, which begins on 16 May 2018.

Ambulances parked at the NHS Lothian Royal Infirmary in Scotland

Pharmacists are most visited out-of-hours resource and rated highest for care, Scottish survey reveals

26 APR 2018By

Pharmacists and ambulance A&E crews have been rated joint best for care, according to a survey by the Scottish government.

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Locum pharmacists told not taking lunch will boost their chances of work

26 APR 2018

A pharmacy locum agency is telling pharmacy staff that they have a greater chance of getting shifts if they are willing to work through their lunch breaks, the Pharmacists Defence Association has claimed.

OTC medicines in pharmacies

Patients with minor ailments should be given 'recommendation prescriptions'

18 APR 2018

A “recommendation prescription” should be given to patients with minor ailments, the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) has said. The prescriptions would suggest appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) treatments and include self-care advice for people with minor, self-treatable conditions.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

May 2018, Vol 300, No 7913

Cover story:

Health anxiety: who is at risk and how can pharmacists help?

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Your RPS

Welsh pharmacy board during their annual spring meeting

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 18 April 2018

The board discussed palliative and end-of-life care and wellbeing for the workface, and said goodbye to long-serving board member Phil Parry.

Scottish Board members John Cromarty, John McAnaw and Elaine Thompson

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 25 April 2018

A draft policy on pharmacist independent prescribers was shared, and the board was briefed on FIP conference planning.

Group picture of the participants of the English Pharmacy Board meeting held on 12 April 2018

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 April 2018

The board heard from representatives of Public Health England and Health Education England, and ratified the Society’s mental health policy document.


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