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The Pharmaceutical Journal


Levelling the playing field for preregistration students

Are universities failing pharmacy trainees?Subscription

11 DEC 2019By

Graduates from some pharmacy schools achieve significantly higher final assessment pass rates than others.

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Before the dawn: the tough regulatory climate holding back insomnia reliefSubscription

5 DEC 2019By

A new class of sleep medicines, could provide relief for people living with insomnia, but pharmaceutical companies are struggling to bring them to the market.

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Secrets of success: the hospitals slashing their antibiotic useSubscription

28 NOV 2019By

Despite the rise of resistant infections, national figures show that antibiotic use continues to grow in hospitals. However, some trusts in England are stepping up their stewardship efforts and achieving significant reductions. Here, three trusts share the secrets to their success.

2019: trending topics in pharmacy

2019: trending topics in pharmacySubscription


We take a look at the biggest stories of the year and summarise some of your reactions to them.

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Governments must make tackling AMR worth pharmacy's whileSubscription


Pharmaceutical companies won’t develop fast, cheap and effective diagnostic tools on their own — incentives are the missing piece to tackling antimicrobial resistance.


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Regan McCahill: 'The mental health of students is of the utmost importance'Subscription


Regan McCahill, president of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, explains how her organisation will support newly qualified pharmacists in 2020.

CPD article

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Polypharmacy: putting the framework into practiceSubscription

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This article describes how to apply the polypharmacy framework at individual patient level through the use of a case study.

Learning article

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Test yourself: the 2019 CPD and learning quiz Subscription


Take this quiz, with questions based on 2019’s CPD and learning articles, and test your knowledge of subjects ranging from dermatological conditions to infectious diseases.


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Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy in primary care through pharmacy-led interventionsSubscription

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A pharmacy-led medicines optimisation team in a GP surgery setting reduced inappropriate polypharmacy, achieved cost savings of £103,975 and improved quality of prescribing for patients.


Celebrating a year of career highlights

Scaling new career heights in 2020Subscription


We asked some of this year’s contributors to The Pharmaceutical Journal’s Careers section to recap their biggest career highlights of 2019 and share their goals for the coming year.


The profession is likely to undergo significant changes over the forthcoming year.

A year of change for pharmacySubscription

The profession is likely to undergo significant changes over the forthcoming year.

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'Paperless NHS' drive ignores community pharmacySubscription

A lack of funding and the effects of the electronic prescribing system have meant that pharmacies are using more paper than ever.


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Confidential government documents reveal names of 209 medicine shortages in 2019 Subscription

The Department of Health and Social Care reported 209 medicines shortages in 2019, over half of which occurred for three months or more, according to monthly updates sent to NHS providers.

New FP10 Paper Prescription Form

Revised prescription forms with Universal Credit tick box to be introducedSubscription

Pharmacists can expect to see new FP10 prescription forms from the end of January 2020.

Public Health England

'Reporting illicit drug reactions' pilot to close following lack of useSubscription

A pilot of a national system for reporting unexpected or severe illicit drug reactions has been stopped because of a lack of use by healthcare professionals.

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NHS launches movie-inspired campaign to encourage public to visit their pharmacist Subscription

Patients are being encouraged to “take the drama out of minor illnesses” by visiting their pharmacist, as part of a movie poster-inspired campaign to encourage greater use of community pharmacies.

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More than 2,300 complaints to Ofcom following This Morning comments about pharmacists Subscription

The UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, has received more than 2,300 complaints following comments made about pharmacists on ITV’s This Morning.

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Pharmacists could be asked to advise patients on drinking and smoking under NICE proposalsSubscription

Community pharmacists could be asked to strike up a conversation with patients about their general wellbeing, to encourage them to stop smoking, cut down on drinking and/or lose weight.

Books and Arts

John Gibson’s pharmacy in the ‘Medicine and Treatments’ gallery

Original Victorian pharmacy recreated in full at the Science MuseumSubscription


One of London’s flagship museums invites visitors to Gibson and Son’s, a Victorian chemist’s shop preserved in time.

Hill S. How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control. Price £19.99. London: Orion Spring; 2019. ISBN 978-1409178835

Useful look at the wider societal effects of the contraceptive pillSubscription


How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control by Sarah Hill

The Pharmaceutical Journal

December 2019, Vol 303, No 7932

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2019: trending topics in pharmacy

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Your RPS

Gail Fleming, director for education and professional development at the RPS

RPS launches national Foundation Pharmacist Framework


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published its revised Foundation Pharmacist Framework — marking the first tangible step towards a nationwide, multisector foundation training programme for pharmacists across the UK.

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RPS Scotland moves into grade A listed building

By Alex MacKinnon

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has moved to its new home on Melville Street, Edinburgh.


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

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