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The Pharmaceutical Journal

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Is hormone replacement therapy worth the risks?Subscription

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The risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have long been the source of confusion and controversy. Here we summarise the latest evidence to assist pharmacists in supporting patients thinking about HRT.

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For community pharmacists, the new contract does not add upSubscription


Changes outlined in the new pharmacy contract come into force on 1 October 2019, but pharmacists need clarity on these extra services and whether or not they will ultimately help or hinder patient care.


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Catriona Matheson: 'I support decriminalisation of illegal drugs for personal use'


Having spent her entire career researching pharmacy services for drug users, Catriona Matheson is the ideal person to head up Scotland’s Drug Deaths Taskforce. Here, she explains what the group will do to tackle rising drug deaths in Scotland.

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Hepatitis A infection: symptoms and managementSubscription

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Pharmacists must understand how hepatitis A is spread and how it affects patients in order to ensure prompt, effective treatment and to reduce the spread of the infection.

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Case-based learning: palliative care

Case-based learning: palliative and end-of-life care in community pharmacySubscription


Community pharmacists encounter patients at all stages in their life; however, patients who require palliative care require dedicated time and special consideration.

Case-based learning: recognising sepsis

Case-based learning: recognising sepsisSubscription

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Sepsis can lead to organ failure and death. However, early diagnosis and recognition in the pharmacy may help prevent these potentially fatal consequences.


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Opioid use disorder: adherence to prescribed medicines in community pharmacy Subscription

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A cross-sectional survey assessing adherence medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, and the predictors of risk of poor adherence.


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A day in the life of a quality improvement championSubscription


Callum Brown details a typical day improving the quality of care at a large NHS trust.

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How to ensure your safety when working aloneSubscription


Pharmacy professionals give their thoughts and advice to a locum pharmacist required to work alone at night.


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Pharmacy students should be able to trust the Oriel processSubscription

Since its introduction in 2017, the Oriel system has come a long way, but it must improve to ensure that preregistration training is suitable for all candidates.

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Moratorium on online dispensing of opioids is requiredSubscription

An undercover investigation carried out by The Times is further proof that online pharmacies should be prohibited from prescribing and dispensing opioid medicines until they can prove they are safe.


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Prescribing of 'low-risk' drugs to be expanded to wider range of healthcare professionals, government proposesSubscription

The government has said it will introduce legislation to allow a wider range of healthcare professionals in the NHS to prescribe “low-risk” medicines.

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Barcode database errors could see wrong medicines dispensed to patients, warns pharmacy negotiatorSubscription

Pharmacists have been asked to “remain vigilant” when dispensing certain packs of medicines after a discrepancy was found between barcodes on the packs and corresponding data stored in an NHS Business Services Authority database.

Anne Joshua

Pharmacist consultation service risks putting 'massive pressure' on urgent care if too few pharmacies sign upSubscription

The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service needs at least 4,000 pharmacies to register by its go-live date of 29 October 2019 or referrals will “revert back” to general practice, a senior NHS England official has warned.

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Competition and Markets Authority accepts £8m from drug firm accused of price fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted an offer of £8m to be paid to the NHS by a drug manufacturer as part of an agreement following allegations of anticompetitive behaviour and the supply of a prescription drug.

Suzanne Scott-Thomas

Welsh government proposes introducing pharmaceutical needs assessments from April 2020

Health boards in Wales may be required to conduct pharmaceutical needs assessments from 1 April 2020.

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Government issues first serious shortage protocols to combat shortages of fluoxetineSubscription

The government has issued the first serious shortage protocols to combat shortages of the antidepressant fluoxetine.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

October 2019, Vol 303, No 7930

Cover story:

Building vital connections between hospital and home

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The carboy: a pharmacy icon

The carboy is one of pharmacy’s most iconic objects.

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Asif Sadiq: 'We hope to put together a plan that’s truly inclusive'

Having dedicated his working life to improving equality in the workplace, Asif Sadiq hopes that the RPS’s newly launched inclusion and diversity strategy will create a true sense of belonging across the Society.

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Nadia Bukhari appointed as FIP global lead for gender equity and diversity

Nadia Bukhari, a former member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board, has been appointed as a global lead for gender equity and diversity with the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

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RPS launches revamped mentoring service

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a new and improved mentoring service for its members.


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