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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Editorial

Two years after legalisation, medical cannabis has yet to live up to the hype

Medical cannabis has yet to live up to the hypeSubscription

Two years since legalisation, prescribers need convincing that medical cannabis is an effective therapy option.

Pharmacies must be at the forefront of the COVID 19 vaccination campaign

Pharmacies must be at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccination campaignSubscription

It will not be easy to deliver the huge COVID-19 vaccination programme, but there is no doubt that the profession can step up to the challenge, with community pharmacy playing a vital role.

Features

'I could barely function' – the devastating effects of long COVID

'I could barely function' – the devastating effects of long COVID

5 NOV 2020By

Most people recover from COVID-19 within two weeks; however, early figures suggest that around one in seven people have symptoms lasting for at least four weeks, and a smaller proportion are sick for months.

Waiting in vain: why are UK patients still missing out on vital new treatments?

Just out of reach: why the UK must rethink its barriers to novel medicinesSubscription

17 NOV 2020By

The early access to medicines scheme has been running for six years, but has it had the desired impact of ensuring the sickest patients are spared the wait for the most promising treatments, or is it failing to live up to expectations?

Revealed: the generic price hikes costing the NHS millions

Revealed: the generic price hikes increasing the NHS drugs billSubscription

27 NOV 2020By

Far from being a money saver, the generic medicines market has cost the NHS an additional £76m over the past two years.

Nov 20 Infographic Becoming a pharmacist in numbers

Becoming a pharmacist: in numbersSubscription

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The path to becoming part of the profession can be a rocky one for some. Here are an aspiring pharmacist’s chances at each stage of the process, based on the best available data. Would you make it now?

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Comment

Too often patient concerns over treatment are trivialised or ignored — this must end

Too often patient concerns over treatment are trivialised or ignored — this must endSubscription

By

Expert patient Andrew Taylor lost a decade of his life to crushing side effects after being prescribed steroids against his wishes, and he was only helped when healthcare professionals started to really listen.

Q&A

Harpreet Chana

Harpreet Chana: ‘Pharmacists put the needs of everyone before ourselves’Subscription

By

The founder of the Mental Wealth Academy speaks about why the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a surge in mental health issues and how pharmacists can support each other and their patients.

CPD article

Syringe driver

Opioid use in palliative care: selection, initiation and optimisationSubscription

By , ,

Opioids are commonly administered as part of end-of-life care. Pharmacists should know how to select, initiate and optimise opioids to best meet patient needs.

Learning article

Pharmacist in dispensary

Understanding dispensing errors and riskSubscription

By , , , , Darren Ashcroft

As prescription numbers continue to increase, it is necessary to understand the dispensing errors that can occur and how they may happen. 

Oral candidiasis: causes, types and treatment

Oral candidiasis: causes, types and treatmentSubscription

By ,

Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be able to recognise oral thrush, a common yeast infection, and provide appropriate treatment advice to resolve infections.

Research

Misuse of prescription and OTC drugs to obtain illicit highs: how pharmacists can prevent abuse

Misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs to obtain illicit highs: how pharmacists can prevent abuseSubscription

By , , , Fabrizio Schifano

An overview of the range of medicines that are being misused, diverted, or recorded on websites reporting new trends and experimentations of drug abuse for recreational purposes and how pharmacists can detect, understand and prevent drug diversion activities and drug-misuse adverse effects.

Careers

“It motivates me to know we can make a difference to patients’ lives” - a day in the life of a medical affairs head

'It motivates me to know we can make a difference to patients’ lives' – a day in the life of a medical affairs headSubscription

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Domenico Curinga details a typical day leading a medical affairs team at Novartis Oncology UK.

Insight

Medication in contemporary music: what precisely are our patients listening to?

Medication in contemporary music: what precisely are our patients listening to?Subscription

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Contrary to popular belief, modern music often references legitimate medications, as well as illegal substances — understanding societal beliefs around drugs can help us help our patients.

News

Lancet fingerprick blood

Public Health England to review guidance against the use of rapid COVID-19 tests in community pharmacies

Public Health England is reviewing its guidance against the use of rapid point-of-care tests for COVID-19 in community pharmacy.

Clare Morrison

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

The Scottish Pharmacy Board discussed work on inclusion and diversity to encourage members to stand at the national pharmacy board elections, as well as careers support and ideas around changing the structure of board meetings.

Martin Astbury, vice president of English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

Topics discussed at the latest English Pharmacy Board meeting included learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Action in Belonging, Culture and Diversity group and updates on education.

Suzanne Scott Thomas

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

Discussions at the latest Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting revolved around how the Society can help promote independent prescribing pharmacists, the 2021 manifesto for the Welsh government elections and updates around science and research.

injectable medicine

Increasing injectable medicines ten-fold could release time equivalent to 4,000 extra nurses, report saysSubscription

The production of injectable medicines in England could be increased from the current 3.4 million individual doses to more than 40 million per year.

Sore throat swab test

Welsh pharmacy sore throat test and treat service ‘should not be routinely adopted’, review finds Subscription

The use of rapid antigen detection tests in community pharmacies for the diagnosis and management of people with group A streptococcal infections should not be routinely adopted, according to guidance from Health Technology Wales.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

November 2020, Vol 305, No 7943

Cover story:

'I could barely function' – the devastating effects of long COVID

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Clare Morrison

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

The Scottish Pharmacy Board discussed work on inclusion and diversity to encourage members to stand at the national pharmacy board elections, as well as careers support and ideas around changing the structure of board meetings.

Martin Astbury, vice president of English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

Topics discussed at the latest English Pharmacy Board meeting included learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Action in Belonging, Culture and Diversity group and updates on education.

Suzanne Scott Thomas

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 8 October 2020

Discussions at the latest Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting revolved around how the Society can help promote independent prescribing pharmacists, the 2021 manifesto for the Welsh government elections and updates around science and research.

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