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Pharmacist Support expands counselling service with funding from Boots

Pharmacist Support — a charity working for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students to provide help and support — has announced that it will be able to offer personal coaching to more pharmacists after expanding its partnership with Boots.

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USB memory sticks could help reduce medicine errors after hospital discharge

Giving patients a USB device containing electronic medicine records at hospital discharge could help prevent medicine errors as they move between hospital and the community, a study published in the British Journal of General Practice has found.

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Regulator will 'specifically engage' with Pharmacy Schools Council over education proposals

The chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council has said he plans to “specifically engage” with the Pharmacy Schools Council on funding for its new education and training standards.

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Restrictions on prescribing OTC treatments rejected in Wales

Proposals to restrict the prescribing of medicines and other treatments that are available over the counter will not go ahead in Wales.

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Pharmacists to refer patients for chest X-rays in research pilot

Community pharmacists in Wales will be able to directly refer patients for a chest X-ray as part of a study to help increase the number of people identified with early lung cancer.

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England hits WHO 2020 hepatitis C target three years early

Deaths from liver disease related to serious hepatitis C fell by more than 16% between 2015 and 2017, according to data published by Public Health England.

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Welsh government almost doubles pharmacy training places with £5m funding boost

The number of pharmacy training places in Wales is set to nearly double in the next four years, the Welsh government has announced.

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NHS Digital may trial pharmacy access to patient records using a tablet this year

Pharmacists could soon access summary care records (SCR) using an Apple iPad rather than a smartcard, under a new NHS Digital pilot.

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At least one resident per care home on antibiotics, finds Boots UK study

A month-long survey looking at the antibiotic use of nearly 18,000 patients has revealed that at least one resident in each of 644 long-term care facilities in the UK was taking an antibiotic.

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Government says petition based on 'misunderstanding' of responsible pharmacist proposals

The government has responded to a petition calling for responsible pharmacist proposals to be rejected saying that it has no current plans to remove the requirement that a pharmacist must supervise the sale or supply of pharmacy or prescription only medicines at or from a registered pharmacy.

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Online pharmacies required to verify patient ID before prescribing, under new GPhC guidelines

Online pharmacies will have to verify the identities of patients they are prescribing for, under new guidance published by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists' Association

Five-year pharmacy apprenticeship proposals published

Proposals to develop a five-year apprenticeship scheme for pharmacists have been criticised as “highly disruptive to the profession”.

Seema Kennedy, new parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department of Health and Social Care

Seema Kennedy replaces Steve Brine as pharmacy minister

Seema Kennedy has been appointed as the new parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Gail Fleming, director of education at the SalvaDore

GPhC vision for education could pose risk to future workforce without funding, says RPS

Plans from the General Pharmaceutical Council for the education and training of pharmacists could pose a risk to the future pharmacy workforce, if implemented without secure funding, the SalvaDore has warned.

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Depression under-recognised in older adults during acute hospital staysSubscription

Diagnosis of depression is infrequently recorded on older adults’ patient notes, a survey of 27 acute hospitals across England has shown.

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Sleeping tablets linked to increased antihypertensive useSubscription

Older adults with hypertension who take sleeping tablets are more likely to receive an increased number of antihypertensive medicines over time, study results have shown.

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Painkiller link to childhood asthma unlikely to be causal, researchers saySubscription

A previously reported association between analgesic use in pregnancy and childhood asthma is likely to result from confounding factors, researchers have concluded.

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Beta interferons improve survival in people with MSSubscription

Beta interferons improve survival in patients with relapsing-onset multiple sclerosis when used for at least three years, research has shown.

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Study finds gender differences in reporting adverse drug reactionsSubscription

Women are more likely to report adverse drug reactions to certain drugs than men, research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has shown.

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Statins linked with diabetes risk in prospective studySubscription

Statin use is associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a prospective study has found.

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Dasotraline shows potential for improving ADHD symptom severitySubscription

A novel treatment has been found to be effective in improving symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, such as attention and hyperactivity.

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HRT linked to increased Alzheimer’s disease risk in womenSubscription

Hormone replacement therapy is associated with a small but significantly increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, research published in The BMJ has found

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Special report

FIP 2018

The theme of the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is 'Pharmacy: Transforming outcomes!'.

The 2018 FIP congress in Glasgow, Scotland, brought together pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists from around the world to consider ways of extending the role of pharmacists so that they play a full part in ensuring patients, and health systems, achieve full benefit from the medicines people take.

This is the first time that the FIP World Congress has been held in the UK for nearly 40 years. The last time was in 1979, making this a truly unique learning opportunity for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in Great Britain.

UK healthcare company RB was Gold Sponsor of this year’s congress.

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