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We must learn the lessons from Priadel

We must learn the lessons from PriadelSubscription

The discontinuation of Priadel shows we need a tougher regulatory environment to prevent firms making commercial decisions that put vulnerable patients at risk.

We're running out of time to tackle COVID 19 vaccine hesitancy

We’re running out of time to tackle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

The seeds of doubt are being sown before a vaccine has even been approved. It is time to prepare the public for what could be a significant hurdle for any COVID-19 vaccine.

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Untangling IBS from IBD Subscription

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Although they sound similar, share some symptoms and are not mutually exclusive, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease are two distinct conditions that require different approaches.

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Comment

We pharmacists are risk-averse but it is logical that we should all independently prescribe on registration

We pharmacists are risk-averse but it is logical that we should all independently prescribe on registrationSubscription

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In light of the shifts in healthcare practice that have been expedited during the COVID-19 pandemic, one important change that is long overdue is ensuring pharmacists have a much bigger role in prescribing, says Anthony Cox.

Q&A

Warwick Smith, British Generic Manufacturers Association director general

Warwick Smith: ‘The pandemic has removed factors that allowed us to be resilient for Brexit’Subscription

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The director general of the British Generic Manufacturers Association speaks about how manufacturers are planning to juggle Brexit with COVID-19, and what the government can do to help.

CPD article

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: diagnosis and managementSubscription

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Early diagnosis and medicines optimisation are fundamental to ensure timely and appropriate treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and improve a patient’s quality of life.

Learning article

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Case-based learning: constipation in adultsSubscription

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It is important that pharmacists understand how to appropriately and safely manage patients with constipation in light of new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency guidance announced in August 2020.

Cervical cancer prevention: advice and services

Cervical cancer prevention: advice and servicesSubscription

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With the uptake of cervical screening at 70–73% in the UK, it is important for pharmacy teams to recognise the symptoms of cervical cancer, as well as provide advice on prevention strategies.

Research

Pharmacist contributions to consultant-led post-take ward rounds: a service evaluation

Pharmacist contributions to consultant-led post-take ward rounds: a service evaluationSubscription

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A study carried out at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust shows that pharmacists’ contributions on post-take ward rounds are highly valued, with their interventions leading to a reduction in prescribing errors and potential for harm.

Careers

Aaron Acquaye

'I have developed good working relationships with my patients beyond their diagnosis' – a day in the life of a renal pharmacistSubscription

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With the support of his manager and the renal department, Aaron Acquaye is constantly striving to develop his clinical knowledge and skills. 

Transatlantic pharmacy: what to consider if you want to work in Canada

Transatlantic pharmacy: what to consider if you want to work in CanadaSubscription

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As a socially progressive nation with universal healthcare and a friendly reputation, Canada could prove to be that tempting next move for many UK pharmacists.  

Writing competition 2020

Eleanor Harvey, specialist pharmacist in cancer and nutrition at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital pharmacist's dystopian fiction takes top prize in COVID-19 writing competitionSubscription

30 OCT 2020By

The shortlist for the The Pharmaceutical Journal’s writing competition 2020 has been announced.

More than socially distanced

More than socially distanced

30 OCT 2020By

This piece won our 2020 writing competition ‘Post-pandemic pharmacy: a brave new world?’

The human touch?

The human touch?

30 OCT 2020By

This piece was shortlisted in our 2020 writing competition ‘Post-pandemic pharmacy: a brave new world?’

A reluctant key worker

A reluctant key worker

30 OCT 2020By

This piece was shortlisted in our 2020 writing competition ‘Post-pandemic pharmacy: a brave new world?’

The letter

The letter

30 OCT 2020By

This piece was shortlisted in our 2020 writing competition ‘Post-pandemic pharmacy: a brave new world?’

COVID-19-by-the-sea, but this is no holiday

COVID-19-by-the-sea, but this is no holiday

30 OCT 2020By

This piece was shortlisted in our 2020 writing competition ‘Post-pandemic pharmacy: a brave new world?’

News

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Antivirals have little effect on mortality in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, suggest WHO trial interim results

Four repurposed antiviral treatments for COVID-19 have little or no effect on mortality in patients who are hospitalised, interim results from the World Health Organization’s Solidarity trial have suggested.

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Pharmacists able to administer unlicensed COVID-19 vaccines following legislation changes

Pharmacists will be able to administer a COVID-19 vaccination when one becomes available, following changes to the Human Medicine Regulations.

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Medicines substitutions in supermarket home deliveries put customers at risk, RPS warns

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned that substituting medicines in supermarket home deliveries could put customers at risk.

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Warfarin treatment continued in 'small number' of patients after starting on DOACs, MHRA saysSubscription

Warfarin treatment has been continued in a small number of patients after starting treatment with direct oral anticoagulants.

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UK could see ‘influx of counterfeit medicines’ without FMD after Brexit, warns RPSSubscription

The UK could see “an influx of counterfeit medicines” after the Falsified Medicines Directive ceases to apply at the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned.

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Nightingale hospital pharmacy lead among recipients of Queen’s birthday honours Subscription

The 2020 Queen’s birthday honours list focused on frontline responders and community volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the lead pharmacist for the Nightingale Hospital in London.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

October 2020, Vol 305, No 7942

Cover story:

Stuck in the 1950s: why UTI diagnosis badly needs an update

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Your RPS

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Medicines substitutions in supermarket home deliveries put customers at risk, RPS warns

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned that substituting medicines in supermarket home deliveries could put customers at risk.

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UK could see ‘influx of counterfeit medicines’ without FMD after Brexit, warns RPSSubscription

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The UK could see “an influx of counterfeit medicines” after the Falsified Medicines Directive ceases to apply at the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned.

Museum Treasures October 2020

Bronze mortar, 16th century

The decoration on this bronze mortar symbolises the diversity of medicines development.

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RPS and APTUK join NHS England to agree on inclusion and diversity principles for the sector

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and other bodies have developed a joint set of principles to improve inclusion, diversity and belonging in pharmacy.

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Collaborate to deliver biggest ever flu vaccination programme, RPS and RCGP say

Pharmacists and GPs should work together to make sure as many people as possible get their flu vaccination this winter, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners have said.

Mahendra Patel

Pharmacist brought in to encourage BAME recruitment to major UK COVID-19 clinical trial

A pharmacist has been brought in to strengthen recruitment of black, Asian and minority ethnic patients to one of the major UK-based COVID-19 trials.

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