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In 1944, Richard Felix was part of a team of pharmacists tasked with producing penicillin. In May 2018, Felix donated some original penicillin samples from this work to the RPS museum and below, he recalls some of the challenges of antibiotic production and formulation during the Second World War.
The board discussed palliative and end-of-life care and wellbeing for the workface, and said goodbye to long-serving board member Phil Parry.
A draft policy on pharmacist independent prescribers was shared, and the board was briefed on FIP conference planning.
The board heard from representatives of Public Health England and Health Education England, and ratified the Society’s mental health policy document.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales has responded positively to A healthier Wales: our plan for health and social care.
Thomas Rowlandson’s caricature of the dubious nature of apothecaries is shown in a painting called ‘The Quack Doctor’.
Robbie Turner has been appointed as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) new director of pharmacy and member experience.
Pharmacists are a crucial part of the drive to achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health problems, Jackie Doyle-Price, parliamentary under-secretary of state for mental health and inequalities has said.
4 June 2018: Helen Williams, spokesperson on cardiovascular medicine at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, spoke to the Daily Mail about beta-blockers. “Beta-blockers can cause a general slowing down in metabolism, which can be more noticeable with the first few doses, then settles down,” Williams said.
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8 June 2018: Sandra Gidley, chair of the English Board, spoke to the Daily Mail about a National Audit Office (NAO) report into NHS spending on generic medicines in primary care. “This NAO investigation brings clarity to an issue which has hit community pharmacists hard over the past year … We must have greater stability in generic prices – without it pharmacists struggle, CCGs are left in debt and patients suffer,” Gidley said.
7 June 2018: Claire Thompson, deputy chief scientist, spoke to ITV News at Ten about the investment needed for drug development. Thompson provided context to news of Pfizer and Flynn Pharma winning their appeal against a fine imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority, for increasing the price of phenytoin sodium. “It can take around 15 years and more than £1bn to develop a drug,” Thompson said.
14 May 2018: Sandra Gidley, chair of the English Pharmacy Board, spoke to BBC Radio West Midlands radio about the impact of NHS England’s consultation on over-the-counter medicines that should not be routinely prescribed. “Pop ...
I join with colleagues in paying tribute to Lawrie Robertson who sadly passed away on 9 April 2018 after a long illness. Lawrie was a highly regarded and well respected pharmacist, a profession he was extremely proud to be a member of, and had been, for over 60 years. After registration in 1955, his early dabbling in the pharmaceutical industry probably only served to reinforce his commitment to a lifelong career dedicated to community pharmacy. As an independent contractor, he eventually ...
On 9 April 2018, David Lawrence Lamb (Lawrie) Robertson MRPharmS, aged 88, of Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Mr Robertson registered with the Society in 1955.
On 10 April 2018, James Alexander Smith FRPharmS, aged 97 years, of Crawley, West Sussex. Mr Smith registered with the Society in 1942 and was conferred Fellowship in 1992.
In accordance with the powers vested in it, the panel of Fellows appointed under Section 4 of the Society’s Regulations has designated the following 25 members as Fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for Distinction in the Profession of Pharmacy: Stephanie Allen Jay Barend Badenhorst Evelyne Marie Paule Beech Carole Ann Blackshaw Christopher Nigel Brown Richard Stephen Brown Cathy Lesley Cooke Alastair ...