Commissioners have saved millions of pounds by decommissioning a fifth of minor ailment schemes and restricting sales of over-the-counter medicines, but pharmacists are concerned that vulnerable patients may not be being protected.
While the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 appears to have controlled circulation of novel psychoactive substances, formerly known as ‘legal highs’, on the high street, a Home Office review has proved what many experts predicted — that the legislation would drive sales onto the streets and the dark web.
NHS looks to pharmacy as it faces a tough winterSubscription
As winter demands on the NHS rise, pharmacists are being reallocated to offer ward-based prescribing and seven-day pharmacy services to relieve the pressure.
Pharmacy should take Brexit leadSubscription
As discussions continue over the relationship the UK will have with the EU, pharmacy bodies must do what they can to protect the interests of patients, whichever form of Brexit emerges.
Well-run pharmacies have nothing to fear as the General Pharmaceutical Council develops a tougher stance on inspections. But the regulator must prove that changes to its regime will drive continuous improvement.
Two pharmacists give their personal views on whether the current supervision legislation is fit for purpose.
Andrew Evans: 'We’re reinvesting money in clinical services that we want pharmacy to offer'Subscription
As Brexit looms and concerns of medicines shortages and funding issues murmur throughout the UK healthcare industry, Andrew Evans, chief pharmaceutical officer in Wales, is optimistic that Welsh pharmacy services are moving in the right direction.
Try our quiz, with questions based on 2018’s CPD and learning articles, and test your knowledge of subjects ranging from depression in children and young people, menopause, type 1 diabetes mellitus and Parkinson’s disease.
Vision and eye health in childrenSubscription
How to advise parents, dispell myths and spot the ‘red flags’ for onward referral.
Managing plantar heel pain in the pharmacySubscription
How to differentiate plantar fasciopathy from other causes of plantar heel pain, advice for pharmacists on counselling patients and when to refer.
Celebrating a year of career highlightsSubscription
The Pharmaceutical Journal invited this year’s Careers section contributors to share their 2018 career highlights and their best piece of career advice for other pharmacy professionals.
Parts of the medicines supply chain have started stockpiling drugs in anticipation of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, against government recommendations, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has warned.
Pharmacists could be given new powers to switch patients’ prescriptions without consulting a doctor in the event of a national medicines shortage.
Community pharmacies forced to 'limit' services to comply with safe staffing guidance, pharmacy owners say
Pharmacy owners have told the General Pharmaceutical Council that they have been forced to limit services, including evening and weekend opening hours, in an effort to operate safely.
Women who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse are twice as likely to have a consultation for emergency contraceptives, according to research.
A further product recall for heart and blood pressure drug valsartan has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will be placed on a new low-calorie diet as part of a pilot scheme to treat the condition, NHS England has announced.