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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Virus lifecycle and potential therapies

Targeting COVID-19: the drugs being fast-tracked through clinical trials and how they work


The NHS is rapidly enrolling patients into studies as part of a focused international effort to find medicines that will interfere with viral replication or help modulate the immune system response.

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COVID 19 people who are dependent on illicit drugs

There is a vulnerable group we must not leave behind in our response to COVID-19: people who are dependent on illicit drugs


None of us are safe from COVID-19, but the health status, needs and behaviours of those who use illicit drugs leave them particularly vulnerable — pharmacists can reduce this risk, says drugs researcher Amira Guirguis.


Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive officer of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies

Leyla Hannbeck: ‘COVID-19 has many pharmacies struggling to keep their heads above water’


The chief executive officer of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies speaks about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected pharmacy and the risk of impending closures.

CPD article

Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy

Implementing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy in practiceSubscription

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How pharmacists can ensure the safe delivery of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy by ensuring governance, operational and clinical requirements are met.

Learning article

Managing pneumonia in adults with suspected COVID-19

Community management of pneumonia and suspected COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of understanding the differences between viral and bacterial pneumonia, and how adult patients can be managed as they recover at home.

Case-based learning: anxiety disorders

Case-based learning: anxiety disordersSubscription


There are many types of anxiety disorders with varying levels of severity. Pharmacists should know the treatment options that are available and how to support patients. 


Pharmacist conducting a face-to-face Polypharmacy review

Evaluation of the impact of pharmacist polypharmacy reviews within the Govan Social and Healthcare Integration Partnership (SHIP) project Subscription

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Providing pharmacist-led medicines reviews to patients in one of the most deprived areas in Scotland to reduce the health inequality gap.


Requesting a retrospective prescription from a GP

Requesting a retrospective prescription from a GPSubscription


A locum pharmacist’s decision to substitute one medicine for another may be in the best interest of the patient, but what are the legal and ethical implications?

'As I listen, I form an action plan' — a day in the life of a patient support officer

'As I listen, I form an action plan' — a day in the life of a patient support officer Subscription


When her son fell chronically ill, Arlene Brailey found the motivation to take on a role dedicated to helping patients with resistant bacterial infections find support and trustworthy information.


Patient holding medication record

The future is giving patients control over their own medication recordsSubscription

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The patient is the only person present at every stage of their treatment as they move between different healthcare settings, meaning that patient-held information could plug holes in our records and contribute to medicines safety.


Change concept

Pharmacy must change as a result of COVID-19, or be left behind

The pharmacy sector must not underestimate the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic will transform the NHS. 

Serology testing for COVID 19 is the way forward but we could face a long wait

Serology testing for COVID-19 is the way forward, but we could face a long wait

While news of imminent serology testing is incredibly encouraging, we must be pragmatic about how quickly it can be made available to the general public.


NHS volunteer responder app

Pharmacies request just 5% of all tasks carried out by COVID-19 volunteers so far, NHS England says

Only 5% of tasks carried out by NHS volunteers so far have been requested by community pharmacies, NHS England has said.

COVID-19 testing

Just 550 pharmacy staff referred for COVID-19 testing in first ten days of national scheme

Just over 550 community pharmacy staff members were referred for COVID-19 tests through a national booking system run by the Care Quality Commission, over ten days in mid-April 2020, the NHS watchdog has told The Pharmaceutical Journal.

covid19 community pharmacy

NHS England advises pharmacies to 'risk assess' BAME staff for susceptibility to COVID-19

NHS England has advised pharmacies to risk assess staff who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, including those from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.

Matt Hancock in front of Save the NHS signs in Downing Street

Community pharmacists will now be included in COVID-19 death-in-service scheme

Community pharmacists are to be included in the government life assurance scheme for staff working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health secretary, Matt Hancock has announced.

Community pharmacy staff during COVID-19

Community pharmacies need £200m extra to stay afloat during COVID-19, trade body warns

Community pharmacies need millions of pounds extra “to keep their heads above water” during the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacy bodies have warned.

Minutes silence

Pharmacy staff who have died during COVID-19 pandemic to be remembered during minute's silence

Pharmacy staff who are thought to have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are to be among the healthcare workers remembered with a minute’s silence on 28 April 2020.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

May 2020, Vol 304, No 7937

Cover story:

How pharmacists helped set up temporary field hospitals across the UK.

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Your RPS

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.


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

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