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.
Securing the best deal for community pharmacySubscription
Negotiators must not forget pharmacy's roots in any reform of the community pharmacy contract.
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 (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.
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
The Plant Paradox: The hidden dangers in ‘healthy’ foods that cause disease and weight gain by Steven Gundry.
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.
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.
How pharmacists and pharmacy professionals can diagnose this complex problem and advise parents and carers on options for management.
Steve Hemsley describes how pharmacy professionals can optimise the use of social media to develop and grow their career or business.
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.
Mixing medicines and MasterChefSubscription
Pharmacist Moonira Hinglotwala talks about her passion for pharmacy, and her experience on the BBC television show, MasterChef.
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.
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.
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.
The vaping industry does not want to e-cigarettes provided on prescription, MPs have been told.
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.
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
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.
Pharmacists are most visited out-of-hours resource and rated highest for care, Scottish survey reveals
Pharmacists and ambulance A&E crews have been rated joint best for care, according to a survey by the Scottish government.
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.
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.