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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Pregnancy problems: a guide for pharmacists

Pregnancy problems: a guide for pharmacySubscription


Pregnancy causes many changes to the body, some of which can result in troublesome symptoms. Here we explain what pharmacy teams can do to help women seeking advice.

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Pharmacists must take the lead on medical cannabisSubscription

The legalisation of medical cannabis has offered a chance to put pharmacy at the forefront of health and patient care, where it belongs.

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Appreciating our hard-working pharmacy techniciansSubscription

With concerning levels of pharmacy technician job dissatisfaction, perhaps there is something pharmacists can do to help.


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Beyond cannabis: why we should look at legalising other illegal drugs for medical use to benefit patientsSubscription


The UK government has finally realised the value of cannabis as a medicine, but it must not ignore the medical potential of other Schedule 1 drugs, such as psilocybin, LSD and MDMA.

Graham Calder

‘Pioneer of pharmacy’: Graham Calder (1933–2018) Subscription

Described as a ‘pioneer of pharmacy’, former chief pharmacist of Scotland Graham Calder has been an inspiration for many pharmacy professionals during, and since, his varied career.


Rose Marie Parr

Rose Marie Parr: 'We want to make pharmacies the first port of call'Subscription


The Scottish chief pharmaceutical officer, Rose Marie Parr, on Brexit, minor ailments schemes and 24-hour pharmacies.

Learning article

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Hepatitis E virus infection: signs, symptoms and managementSubscription

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Frequency of hepatitis E infection is increasing in developed nations, and further research is needed to help develop effective treatment strategies for patients with both acute and chronic infections. 

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Identifying patients with suspected cancer: red flags and referral Subscription


This article provides practical advice to support pharmacy professionals in their duty of care to recognise and refer patients with ‘red flag’ cancer symptoms.


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The working lives of pharmacy techniciansSubscription


Emma Wilkinson investigates the effect of expanding pharmacy technician roles on job satisfaction.

Helen Pinney

A day in the life of a senior primary care pharmacy technicianSubscription


Helen Pinney details a typical day as a senior primary care pharmacy technician.

Alison Hemsworth

Alison Hemsworth: supervision, mentoring and flu vaccinesSubscription


A minute in the company of one of the most senior pharmacy technicians at NHS England.


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Small children prioritised under emergency protocol to tackle 'critical' EpiPen shortage Subscription

Supplies of adrenaline auto-injectors for children are now “critical” and are being rationed with new national guidance for community pharmacists being introduced across England.

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Most expensive NHS drug comes off patent

The health service’s most expensive drug has come off patent, which could save it at least £150 million per year by 2021.

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Pregabalin and gabapentin to be reclassified as Class C controlled substances Subscription

Pregabalin and gabapentin are to be reclassified as Class C controlled substances from April 2019, the government has announced.

Pharmacists turning patients away as flu vaccination supplies dwindleSubscription

Pharmacists across England have been forced to turn patients away after running out of the new enhanced flu vaccine for the those aged over 65 years.

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EMA to scale back work further after Christmas because of Brexit relocationSubscription

The European Medicines Agency has warned that it will have to cut down its work even further as it relocates from London to Amsterdam because of Brexit.

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch

MPs concerned that government does not know how to tackle generics price hikes, despite new powersSubscription

MPs have criticised the Department for Health and Social Care for the way it handled the generics drugs price problems in 2017 and said they have little confidence in new government powers designed to prevent history repeating itself.

News in brief

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GPhC proposes a rise in fees

15 OCT 2018

The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced that it will consult on increases to its fees.

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More women than men on GPhC committees

15 OCT 2018

Women now outnumber men as members of the statutory committees run by the General Pharmaceutical Council, according to latest figures.

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A third of women too embarrassed to talk to pharmacist about morning after pill

10 OCT 2018

Almost a third of women who want to obtain the morning after pill said they were embarrassed to talk to their pharmacist about it, a survey has found.

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Huge increase in pharmacy-supplied urgent repeat prescriptions, internal NHS evaluation finds

1 OCT 2018

Some 42% of all patient requests for urgent repeat prescriptions made via the NHS 111 service were supplied by community pharmacists, up from 1% a year ago. 

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Pharmacists given funding to tackle global antimicrobial resistance

28 SEP 2018

The government will ring fence £1.34m to support UK pharmacists and nurses working to tackle antimicrobial resistance in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

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MMR vaccine coverage in England falls for fourth year in a row

20 SEP 2018

Childhood vaccination coverage declined in 9 of the 12 routine vaccinations measured at ages one, two or five years in 2017/2018, compared with the previous year, according to statistics released by Public Health England.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

October 2018, Vol 301, No 7918

Cover story:

Tipping the scales: the problem of drug dosing in obese patients

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Your RPS

Photo of Welsh Pharmacy Board Meeting: 10 October 2018

Welsh Pharmacy Board Meeting: 10 October 2018

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Welsh Pharmacy Board held its autumn meeting at the Society’s offices in Pontprennau, Cardiff, on 10 October 2018.

English Pharmacy Board autumn meeting 4 October 2018

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 4 October 2018

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board’s autumn meeting was held on 4 October 2018 at the Society’s London headquarters.

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Scottish Pharmacy Board: 26 September 2018

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish Pharmacy Board held its autumn meeting on 26 September 2018 at the Society’s Edinburgh office.

RPS headquarters in London

Education Governance Oversight Board to lead pharmacy postgraduate training


The Royal Pharamaceutical Society (RPS) has established an Education Governance Oversight Board (EGOB) to oversee pharmacy post-graduate education and training.


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

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