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Amazonising pharmacy — reality or just a rumour?Subscription

20 APR 2018By

If the headlines are to be believed, the online commerce company Amazon is setting its sights on the US pharmacy market, and entry to the UK market could follow.

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Pain relief: designing better opioids

19 APR 2018By

While opioids are powerful painkillers, they come with dangerous side effects and carry a sometimes fatal risk of addiction. However, new, safer opioids are being developed using a variety of innovative strategies to maximise analgesic properties, while reducing the burden of side effects.

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Revalidation: How to use planned and unplanned learning entries to record CPDSubscription

18 APR 2018By

Revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians came into force on 30 March 2018. This article explains the revalidation timeline and requirements, including what represents suitable planned and unplanned CPD activities and how they should be recorded.

Alastair Buxton, director of NHS service at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)

Just two LPCs have a pharmacy representative on their local STP board, survey reveals

While two thirds of local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) are represented at some level in local sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), only two LPCs had a pharmacy representative on the STP board, a survey shows.

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Revalidation: How to use planned and unplanned learning entries to record CPDSubscription

Revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians came into force on 30 March 2018. This article explains the revalidation timeline and requirements, including what represents suitable planned and unplanned CPD activities and how they should be recorded.

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Syphilis: diagnosis and management optionsSubscription

In 2016, the number of diagnoses of syphilis in England rose by 12%. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options for this disease, and understand the role they can play in the wider promotion of good sexual health to patients.

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Moonira Hinglotwala, pharmacist, business owner and MasterChef UK 2018 finalist

Mixing medicines and MasterChefSubscription

Pharmacist Moonira Hinglotwala talks about her passion for pharmacy, and her experience on the BBC television show, MasterChef.

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Health technology: learn, grow or become obsoleteSubscription

Steve Hemsley reports on the latest advancements in health technology, how they will affect the careers of pharmacy professionals, and why new technologies should be embraced in order to win the race for relevance.

Kayt Blythin is principal clinical pharmacist for medicines optimisation for care homes at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

How Kayt Blythin established a pharmacist-led medicines optimisation service in East Sussex care homes Subscription

Kayt Blythin is a principal clinical pharmacist for medicines optimisation for care homes at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

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Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the RPS

Candidates for 2018 RPS pharmacy board elections take part in online hustingsSubscription

Candidates standing for election to the English and Welsh SalvaDore (RPS) national pharmacy boards joined members for an online hustings on the evening of 19 April 2018.

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Elections 2018: What is the biggest issue facing pharmacy?Subscription

The results of the RPS national pharmacy board elections are due to be announced on or around 22 May 2018

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Pain relief: designing better opioids

While opioids are powerful painkillers, they come with dangerous side effects and carry a sometimes fatal risk of addiction. However, new, safer opioids are being developed using a variety of innovative strategies to maximise analgesic properties, while reducing the burden of side effects.

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Immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes: what’s in the pipeline?

For many autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, drugs that work by targeting components of the immune system are providing relief for millions of patients. However, there is no immunotherapy currently licensed for type 1 diabetes, and the reasons for this are multifold. A number of research groups and pharmaceutical companies are focusing on various aspects of the immune system to try to develop an effective immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes.

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Special report

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

The Falsified Medicines Directive is a new law aimed at preventing fake medicines from entering the legal supply chain, which comes into force in February 2019. This special report from The Salvadore looks at how the directive is already affecting the way manufacturers and wholesalers package and verify medicines and is about to have a major impact on pharmacy dispensing and management, requiring pharmacists to update their systems and train their staff.

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Amazon package through a letterbox

Amazonising pharmacy — reality or just a rumour?Subscription

If the headlines are to be believed, the online commerce company Amazon is setting its sights on the US pharmacy market, and entry to the UK market could follow.

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Person-centred over patient-centred care: not just semanticsSubscription

How does the technology giant’s marketing approach relate to person-centred care in health?

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Now could be the time for LTC managementSubscription

Could the time finally have come for community pharmacy to show that it can manage long-term conditions?

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Pharmacists' woes under the lensSubscription

In a survey delivered in 2017, The Salvadore asked members of the SalvaDore — from all sectors of the profession — for their views on their salary, their career and the wider profession.

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The 2017 pharmacy salary and satisfaction surveySubscription

The Salvadore has surveyed SalvaDore members about their salary, and how they feel about their career and the profession. 

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Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD): how it will workSubscription

The Falsified Medicines Directive will be rolled out in Europe from February 2019 to address the threat of fake medicines and will impact the entire supply chain

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Drinking alcohol increases cancer riskSubscription

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, yet only 13% of adults are aware of the link.

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Depression in children and young people: identification and management

As one of the most common paediatric psychiatric disorders, pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the symptoms of depression and be able to assess children and young people who may be at risk.

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Assessment and management of psoriasis in adults in primary careSubscription

Psoriasis is a complex, multifactorial, inflammatory disease associated with a significantly impaired quality of life. Around 80% of patients with plaque psoriasis have mild-to-moderate disease that is amenable to treatment in primary care, particularly through pharmacy, with topical therapies.

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Medicines advice for patients observing a halal diet

Nadia Bukhari summarises halal, haram, mushbooh and tayyib, and the factors healthcare professionals should consider when caring for Muslim patients who follow a halal diet.

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Tales and take-home lessons from general practiceSubscription

What’s in a story? Lessons for general practice, by David Orlans, Rodger Charlton & Samuel Finnikin

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Community pharmacists' contribution to public health: assessing the global evidence base

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In the UK, community pharmacies are more accessible to the general population than general practices. Therefore, government white papers and briefing documents from pharmacy professional bodies have advocated the expansion of the role of community pharmacists, particularly in relation to the provision of services that contribute to disease prevention and health improvement. It is unknown whether the same evidence exists globally for the expansion of these roles. This article attempts ...

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Glucose-lowering drugs and cardiovascular risk: how recent outcome trials have informed practice

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Although large clinical trials with glucose-lowering drugs have consistently shown beneficial reductions in microvascular complications, their effects on macrovascular complications have been controversial. Interpreting these trials is complicated by substantial differences in their design, the populations studied and data analysis. This article examines how the trials have evolved and how they impact the use of glucose-lowering agents in the routine care of patients with type ...

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Optimising the health and wellbeing of older people living with HIV in the United Kingdom Subscription

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Care for people with HIV has improved, meaning that more people are living with HIV into older age with normal life expectancy. Therefore, there are various challenges and opportunities facing healthcare professionals when providing care to this changing demographic.

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Treatments for neuropathic painSubscription

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Neuropathic pain (NP) is a common condition characterised by subjective negative and positive symptoms that range from numbness to debilitating pain. NP can have a significant negative impact on a patient’s quality of life. Pharmacotherapy is typically the first step in treating NP. Guidelines and consensus statements from various organisations around the world appear to be consistent with the classes of medications recommended for both general and specific types of NP, which include ...

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The implications of the Montgomery judgment on pharmacy practice and patients with learning disabilitySubscription

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The judgment in Montgomery v Lanarkshire (Scotland) 2015 introduced a new definition of informed consent which has implications for all healthcare professionals. This article focuses specifically on the implications for pharmacy practice and patients with learning disability. During consultations, both pharmacist prescribers and non-prescribing pharmacists must adhere to the provisions of the judgment to ensure patients provide informed consent. Particular issues arise where patients ...

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Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy: insight from the Community Pharmacy Future modelSubscription

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In the face of funding and efficiency cuts to community pharmacy, the role of the sector is coming under increasing pressure. The importance of outcomes evidence (particularly health economic evidence) is being brought sharply into focus. The profession must come together to produce the evidence needed to justify the services provided by community pharmacy and to support its future development. This article uses the Community Pharmacy Future (CPF) project, and the services developed ...

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Improving medicines optimisation for care home residents: Wigan Borough CCG’s approachSubscription

Although clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are not responsible for monitoring or regulating care homes, Wigan Borough’s approach demonstrates that it is possible for CCG staff to work collaboratively with care home and social care teams to improve outcomes for patients.

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NHS Grampian project: treating uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection in community pharmacySubscription

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common conditions seen in female patients in general practice (GP) and account for 1–3% of all GP consultations each year in the UK. Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for UTIs currently available in community pharmacy only attempt to relieve symptoms, and do not address the bacterial infection. The Grampian project was developed to provide treatment of uncomplicated UTIs through community pharmacies by means of a Patient Group Direction ...

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