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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Community pharmacy at  the heart of primary care

Community pharmacy at the heart of primary careSubscription


As the ‘NHS long-term plan’ is implemented in England, community pharmacy will become the heart of the new primary care landscape, delivering clinical services and receiving referrals from other health providers.

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Pharmacy and nutrition concept

It's not just medicines that improve health — pharmacists need a better understanding of nutritionSubscription


Research shows that dietary changes can help to manage conditions such as diabetes and asthma, so undergraduate pharmacy courses must better prepare pharmacists to advise patients on healthy eating behaviours.


The government won't tell us how many pharmacies it wants to close

Simon Dukes: 'The government won't say how many pharmacies it wants to close'Subscription


The chief negotiator for community pharmacy in England on the new contract he agreed with ministers, and what it means for the future of community pharmacy.

CPD article

Polypharmacy concept, pills in a jar

Polypharmacy: a framework for theory and practiceSubscription

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There are several tools pharmacists can use when assessing a patient’s medicines; however, patient input and appropriate questions can have a profound impact in ensuring medicines optimisation.

Learning article

Managing common ear problems: discharge, ache and dizziness

Managing common ear problems: discharge, ache and dizzinessSubscription


Pharmacists and their teams should be able to manage patients presenting with ear discharge, earache and dizziness effectively, referring patients only when necessary.

Managing ear problems

Managing ear problems: hearing loss and tinnitusSubscription


Pharmacy teams should know when to manage and refer patients presenting with hearing loss or tinnitus.


Evaluation of the Portsmouth medicines advice at home service

Evaluation of the Portsmouth medicines advice at home serviceSubscription


A Portsmouth-based medicines advice at home service highlights the impact of pharmacist-led interventions.


Ana Armstrong

A day in the life of a community-based pharmacist supporting older patients at home Subscription


Former hospital pharmacist Ana Armstrong would often find herself worrying about her older patients after discharge; so she decided to move sectors and help bridge care between hospital and home.

Whistleblowing scenario

Whistleblowing in pharmacy: know your rights and obligationsSubscription


Pharmacists and lawyers give advice on what to do if you witness inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.


Getting to grips with the polypharmacy challenge

Getting to grips with the polypharmacy challengeSubscription

Over the next two months, The Pharmaceutical Journal will publish the results of its call for papers on medicines optimisation.

controlled drug complacency is dangerous

Controlled drug complacency is dangerousSubscription

Despite the UK having robust measures in place to protect and monitor the supply of controlled drugs, reporting of incidents must improve.


Patient giving a blood spot sample

Greggs vouchers offered to encourage drug users to get tested for hepatitis CSubscription

Substance misuse and needle exchange patients in Newcastle will be given “up to £25 of Greggs vouchers” if they present for a blood spot test for hepatitis C in a community pharmacy.

NICE recommends first cannabis-based medicines for use on the NHS

NICE recommends first cannabis-based medicines for use on the NHSSubscription

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended two cannabis-based medicinal products for reimbursement under the NHS.

Methadone dispensing unit

Reports of lost and stolen controlled drugs increase by 19% in one yearSubscription

Reports of lost, stolen or missing controlled drugs in England increased by 19% between 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.

flu vaccine stocks

Community pharmacy flu vaccination uptake rises by 61%Subscription

The number of flu vaccinations given by community pharmacists in England by November 2019 is 61% higher that what was achieved by November 2018.

Steve Brine, pharmacy minister

More than a quarter of funding for pharmacy integration diverted to 'other NHS priorities' in 2018/2019Subscription

Exclusive: A Freedom of Information request submitted by The Pharmaceutical Journal has revealed that £11m from the Pharmacy Integration Fund has been diverted to other NHS priorities.

simon dukes being interviewed

No evidence that hub-and-spoke dispensing will save money, admit pharmacy negotiatorsSubscription

Pharmacy negotiators have not seen any evidence that extending the hub-and-spoke model of dispensing in community pharmacy will save money, the chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

November 2019, Vol 303, No 7931

Cover story:

Open to abuse: gaps highlighted in the controlled drug system

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Your RPS

RPS English pharmacy board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 10 October 2019

The latest meeting of the English Pharmacy Board included updates on a campaign for pharmacists’ wellbeing, the implementation of pharmacogenomics and the plans for a nationwide foundation pharmacist programme.

RPS Scotland board

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 25 September 2019

At the latest Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting, members and guests focused on medical cannabis guidance, RPS Scotland’s plans for 2020 and how to future proof the pharmacy profession. 

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 10 September 2019

At the latest Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting, discussions revolved around plans for the future of pharmacy in Wales and the launch of Pharmacy Learning Complete.


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

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