2017: the year in pharmacySubscription
Against a backdrop of political inertia caused by a surprise general election and protracted Brexit negotiations, pharmacy has been grappling with some major issues of its own, including supervision of medicines’ supply, professional revalidation and decriminalisation of dispensing errors (see 2017: ...
Drug price manipulations destabilise pharmacySubscription
Emerging reports that some smaller pharmaceutical wholesalers and independent pharmacist wholesalers could be manipulating the markets to cause unprecedented drug price rises are deeply concerning.
2017: Pharmacy's roller-coaster yearSubscription
It has been an unsettling 12 months for pharmacy and as 2017 draws to a close there are still a number of unresolved issues hanging over the New Year.
The pharmaceutical industry is beginning to invest in artificial intelligence (AI), with many large pharmaceutical companies partnering with AI start-ups in 2017 in order to develop better diagnostics or biomarkers, to identify drug targets and to design new drugs. But when will the first AI-designed drugs reach the market and will AI permanently change the pharmaceutical industry and the way drugs are discovered?
Responsibility for the health service in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has been devolved for almost two decades. With community pharmacy practice diverging across the UK, there is an opportunity for each of the four countries to compare, contrast and learn from each other. However, differences across the countries also represent the individual priorities and people in the four nations, and highlight the localised progress that has been made possible by devolution.
Community pharmacists across the country joined national pharmacy organisations in November to showcase the important role community pharmacy plays during the winter months.
Books and Arts
Superbug encounters of the resistant kindSubscription
Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives, a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum, explores potential solutions to the global threat of antibiotic resistance.
John D’Arcy, managing director of the virtual community pharmacy chain Numark and former chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association, spells out his vision for pharmacy as he approaches retirement.
Highlights of CPD and learning in 2017Subscription
Try our quiz, with questions taken from this year’s learning and CPD articles, and check your knowledge of subjects ranging from sepsis and skin cancer to coeliac disease.
Computer vision syndrome is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and mobile phone use. Patients may present to pharmacies complaining of eye discomfort and vision problems, so pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be able to distinguish the factors involved for particular patients
Supporting the supporterSubscription
With ever increasing stressors placed on the healthcare sector, it is important that pharmacy professionals are able to look after their own health and wellbeing. But who can pharmacy professionals turn to when they are the ones in need of support?
How pharmacist Nikki Holmes helps mental health patients on their journey from high secure services to recoverySubscription
Nikki Holmes is head of pharmacy for forensic services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as well as immediate past president of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. Here she talks to Julia Robinson about forensic mental health, how she entered the field and why she could never go back to “normal” pharmacy.
The career opportunities for pharmacists in industry are extensive says Hannah Le. Keep an open mind and don’t limit yourself — you might discover the career you always wanted, but never knew existed.
New legislation to protect community pharmacists from prosecution over inadvertent dispensing errors has been passed by committees in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
High street pharmacy chain LloydsPharmacy is to open a series of healthcare centres around England, providing infusion, testing and screening services
High-priority prescriptions, the ability to manage patient’s requests for the one-off use of a pharmacy, and automatic downloads of prescriptions are enhancements to the electronic prescription service pharmacy would like to see
Children with troublesome coughs should be treated with ‘old-fashioned’ honey and lemon rather than over-the-counter cough medicines, a leading paediatrician has advised
With just over a year until the Falsified Medicines Directive is fully incorporated into UK law, a Salvadore survey has revealed that most pharmacists, while supporting FMD in principle, remain concerned about how the law will operate in practice
NHS England has published national guidance on a range of medicines which should no longer be routinely prescribed in primary care
News in brief
The over-consumption of food and alcohol were popular subjects for caricaturists in the early 1800s.
Talks have been held between members of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union and senior managers from Boots in an ongoing dispute over the legal status of the Boots Pharmacists’ Association
Six pharmacy researchers will share more than £80,000 of funding awarded by Pharmacy Research UK
England is experiencing an unprecedented rise in scarlet fever with the highest incidence for nearly 50 years, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has asked pharmaceutical company, Merck, to submit a Cancer Drugs Fund proposal for its immunotherapy drug avelumab (Bavencio; Merck)
NHS Digital has established a new system to send cyber security updates across the NHS.
The government has launched its consultation on the reclassification of pregabalin and gabapentin.
Thousands of British women with breast cancer will have access to two drugs after the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended them for routine funding
The findings of a report commissioned by the government into the link between hormone pregnancy tests and deformities in babies have been attacked as a ‘whitewash, an injustice and a betrayal’, by campaigners.