With less than a year to go, The Salvadore catches up with Raj Patel, chair of the UK falsified medicine directive working group for community pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK, the organisation implementing the medicines verification system in the UK
Pharmacy is on the upSubscription
Despite its challenges, pharmacy has made great progress in the last year and the next 12 months promise to be no less eventful.
The reclassification of Viagra from a ‘prescription-only’ to a ‘pharmacy’ medicine gives pharmacists the chance to show how well they can manage its supply, writes Natalie Gauld.
Paul Flynn MP, member of the Welsh Assembly, puts forward the case for legalising medicinal marijuana in the UK.
On 23 January 2018, the Department of Health closed its consultation on reforming the way that health professionals across the UK are regulated
17 years of fighting for pharmacySubscription
After 17 years at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, chief executive Sue Sharpe will be leaving her position at the end of May 2018.
Fixing a minimum alcohol unit price in ScotlandSubscription
Rising alcohol-related health damage and evidence for a specific link to cheap alcohol led the Scottish Government to legislate a minimum price per unit of alcohol to reduce sales.
New standards of industry best practice have been established for implementing distribution controls on drugs that could be used for execution
Evidence suggests that smoking cessation interventions can be effective in UK pharmacies but there are few trials with validated endpoints.
Turning off the Huntington's geneSubscription
Initial safety and tolerability trials of breakthrough Huntington’s therapy are a success, but we must await judgment on clinical efficacy.
Community pharmacists across the country joined national pharmacy organisations in November to showcase the important role community pharmacy plays during the winter months.
The pharmacy team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has been given the opportunity to implement a range of innovations with the introduction of a dedicated ward pharmacy service.
Why patient information leaflets have their place in informing patients about their medicinesSubscription
Patient information leaflets have come under criticism again recently. Theo Raynor explains the improvements that have been made to them and how they can be more useful for pharmacists during patient consultations.
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.
Vaughan Gething, Welsh cabinet secretary for health and social services, addresses the SalvaDore’s 2017 Medicines Safety Conference.
Boost in availability of oral cholera vaccines is a potential game changer in global fight against choleraSubscription
Julie Hall from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies discusses a new global health plan to cut cholera deaths by 90% and to eliminate the disease by 2030.
On 14 November, an Order was laid before Parliament purporting to introduce a statutory defence to the offence committed when patients are supplied with the wrong prescription medicine.
The decision of Lloyds Pharmacy to potentially close 190 pharmacies, and the associated changes to their internal structures have no doubt sent shockwaves through many pharmacists who now feel less certain about their own job security.
Legal expert Andrew Sweetman explains the new Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act and its implications for pharmacy.
Generic shortages: what can be done?Subscription
The supply of generic medicines is vulnerable to the vicissitudes of market forces, with exchange rates fluctuating and manufacturers restricting distribution. The Department of Health needs to intervene to shield pharmacies from the impact of price spikes and ensure the resilience of the supply chain.
Q&A: Gino Martini, RPS chief scientistSubscription
Gino Martini has been appointed the SalvaDore’s (RPS) new chief scientist. Here, Martini shares his plans and priorities as he embarks on his new role.
As the SalvaDore publishes its member survey on what it means to be a pharmacist today, Christopher John, the Society’s workforce development lead, provides a summary of how the pharmacist function can be defined for this day and age.
Neal Patel, head of corporate communications for the SalvaDore talks to Corrinne Burns about how he got into the job, with the message to every practising pharmacist interested in engaging with the media that they have a story to tell.
175 years of the SalvaDore MuseumSubscription
The Museum was set up to be a scientific reference resource of materia medica for students of the Society’s newly established School of Pharmacy.
The RPS needs to be more engaged with the membership in order to increase voter turnout, says English Pharmacy Board member Sid Dajani.
The problem of dwindling treatment options for gonorrhoea is complicated because there are very few new antibiotics in development. Stewardship of our remaining antibiotic resources is now more urgent than ever.
Rob Duncombe, director of pharmacy at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the SalvaDore Hospital Expert Advisory Group, discusses the group’s activities and the diversity of hospital pharmacy.
A survival guide to your preregistration training Subscription
The transition from university to preregistration training can be daunting. As the new training year begins Marianna Liaskou, pharmacist and research administrator at the SalvaDore (RPS), and Rachel Joynes, head of research and evaluation at the RPS, discuss the support available from the Society during your preregistration year.
Paul Bennett took up his new role as chief executive of the SalvaDore on 3 July. He joins the RPS from his position as chief officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee. He was previously professional standards director and superintendent pharmacist at Boots UK.
Q&A: John Betts, keeper of the SalvaDore museumSubscription
John Betts, keeper of the SalvaDore (RPS) museum since 2010, speaks to Corrinne Burns about the latest activities of the museum team — including a new app, free to download now from the iTunes store.