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The Pharmaceutical Journal


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‘A blessing and a curse’: the struggle to introduce e-prescribingSubscription

24 JUL 2019By

NHS England has set an ambitious target to be paperless by 2024, a major part of which is implementing electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems in hospitals. Although progress is being made, there remain challenges to overcome.

Digital Pharmacy

High street multiples take on the digital pharmacy revolution Subscription

26 JUL 2019By

Despite lagging behind their distance-selling counterparts in online dispensing, the digital revolution in community pharmacy may still be led by the top four high street pharmacy chains.

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Inside Pharmacy2USubscription

11 JUL 2019By

From controversial marketing campaigns to fears that its vast dispensing facilities will quash high street pharmacy businesses, Pharmacy2U’s rise has not gone unnoticed.


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Pharmacy access to full patient records is more critical than everSubscription

Pharmacists must be given full access to patient records to enable them to expand their role in the health service and provide better patient care.

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The bar must not be lowered for medical cannabisSubscription

There have been calls to loosen regulations around medical cannabis to increase access for those who need it, but the government must resist and view cannabis with the same scrutiny as any other new medicine.


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The big debate: is online dispensing a threat?Subscription

The inevitable Amazonification of community pharmacy offers community pharmacy businesses an opportunity to grow, but do online pharmacies put patients’ health and the sector’s very existence at risk? Two pharmacy experts weigh in.

Learning article

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Aspergillosis: causes, types and treatmentSubscription

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Aspergillus-related disease is rare, but results in high mortality rates. The limited treatment options and emerging antifungal drug resistance mean that accurate diagnosis and management is paramount.

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How to improve antifungal stewardshipSubscription

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Selecting appropriate antifungal therapies and performing ongoing reviews of these therapies can help support antifungal stewardship efforts and help reduce antifungal resistance.

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How to understand and interpret clinical dataSubscription

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This resource, part of the acute pain learning series, has been developed to help pharmacists understand the quality of evidence from clinical data to inform the advice they give to patients.



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Community pharmacy contract funding frozen at £2.59bn for next five years

Community pharmacies in England are set to receive £13bn over the next five years under the latest national contract, with a planned spend of £2.59bn each year.

Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Category M prices to increase by £15m per month from August 2019, announces PSNC

Category M reimbursement prices are to increase by £15m a month from August 2019, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced following discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care.

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Boots and PDA Union sign their first voluntary recognition agreement

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union has signed its first voluntary recognition agreement with Boots

The General Pharmaceutical Council has seen a 15% year-on-year increase in the number of complaints it has received about pharmacists on the register.

GPhC sees 15% rise in concerns raised about registrants in 2018/2019

The General Pharmaceutical Council has seen a 15% year-on-year increase in the number of complaints it has received about pharmacists on the register.

Phil Day, superintendent pharmacist at Pharmacy2U

Pharmacy2U could provide up to 3,000 telephone NMS appointments each month

Online pharmacy Pharmacy2U has said it will start to deliver the new medicine service in the coming months, estimating that it could provide up to 3,000 telephone appointments each month.

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GPhC set to confirm it will require universities to offer integrated pharmacy programmes

The General Pharmaceutical Council has said it is likely to move forward with proposals requiring pharmacy schools to offer integrated programmes of “study and practical experience”.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

July 2019, Vol 302, No 7927

Cover story:

Inside Pharmacy2U

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Your RPS

RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting on 24 April 2019

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 24 April 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board held their second meeting of 2019 at the Society’s Edinburgh offices on 24 April 2019.

RPS English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 11 April 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board held their spring meeting at the Society’s London offices on 11 April 2019.

RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting on 4 April 2019

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 4 April 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board gathered for their second meeting of the year at Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on 4 April 2019.

Ravi Sharma, RPS director for England

Ravi Sharma: 'We want to see the pharmacy profession flourish'


Ravi Sharma joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in November 2018, taking over from Robbie Turner as director for England. Here, Sharma talks to Corrinne Burns about the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’ upcoming campaigns, and seeing pharmacists “get the recognition they deserve”.


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

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