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Medical cannabis: what will pharmacy's role be?Subscription

25 JUL 2018By Kathy Oxtoby

How the UK has realised the benefits of medical cannabis and the involvement pharmacists could have in its supply.

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Putting insomnia to bedSubscription

12 JUL 2018By

An estimated 30–50% of the population will experience insomnia symptoms at some point in their lives and, in the UK, insomnia rates steadily rise with age. With a 2% increase in sales of over-the-counter sleep aids during 2017, pharmacists are seeing more patients with insomnia symptoms. Here we discuss the health implications of not getting enough sleep and what can be done to help people drift off.

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Should pharmacists be allowed to reuse medicines?Subscription

5 JUL 2018By

Medicines reuse schemes successfully operate in the United States and Greece, reducing medicines waste and environmental pollution, as well as saving money and providing drugs to thousands of people who could not otherwise afford them. Is there a demand for such a scheme in the UK, and would it be feasible?

A quick guide to medical cannabis infographic

A quick guide to medical cannabisSubscription


With medical cannabis now legal in 44 countries around the world, and the UK likely to follow suit, here is what pharmacists need to know.

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Ensuring Gosport is never repeatedSubscription

A more open culture in the health service is essential to help pharmacists highlight problematic prescribing and prevent tragedies such as those at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

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Racial discrimination and the preregistration examSubscription

Large differentials in pass rates for particular black and minority ethnic groups are a concern and the regulator needs to do all it can to ensure all students receive the required level of support, regardless of their ethnicity. 


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Ignorance is not bliss: why we need more empowered patients

Shared decision-making should become a mandatory part of training for all healthcare professionals to improve collaboration with their patients, save the NHS billions, and ultimately improve patient outcomes, say Aseem Malhotra and Sue Bailey.


Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)

‘We need to move on and get the best deal for community pharmacy’Subscription

By Nigel Praities

Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, on how he is going to negotiate a new deal for community pharmacy.

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Accurately diagnosing antibiotic allergiesSubscription

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Diagnosing true drug allergy can be challenging and it is important that patients are managed appropriately.

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How to provide patients with the right information to make informed decisionsSubscription


A tailored approach can help pharmacists support patients to make better treatment choices, resulting in more successful outcomes.


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How to ask for a pay rise


In these difficult times of limited resources, funding cuts, lower profits and reductions in staff, it may have been some time since you have had a pay increase or even considered requesting one — but that does not mean you do not deserve one.


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Advertising watchdog says Pharmacy2U ads 'misleading'

The online pharmacy Pharmacy2U has been criticised by the advertising watchdog for making “misleading” statements claiming that it could save the NHS £300m.

Mohammed Hussain, who sits on the GPhC body

GPhC asked to ensure that a repeat of Gosport is not happening elsewhere

The pharmacy regulator has been urged to look at its ongoing fitness-to-practise cases to make sure a repeat of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital scandal is not currently happening.

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Pharmacist qualifications would be recognised after Brexit under UK proposal

The UK government wants to keep the free movement of seven protected professions — including pharmacists — between the EU and UK after Brexit.

Sir Kevin Barron

MPs back national scheme for pharmacy to help manage long-term conditions

All patients with one or more long-term conditions must have access to a personalised care plan by 2020 to help them take control of their health, a report written by the All-Party Pharmacy Group says.


Pharmacies advised to recall valsartan products

Pharmacies are being advised to recall all batches of valsartan-containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare following an urgent investigation into medicines containing valsartan.

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Number of smokers in England falls by 1.6 million in six years

Official figures show the number of adults smoking in England fell by 1.6 million between 2011 and 2017, but falling numbers quit using NHS Stop Smoking Services.

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Financial incentives succeed in reducing antibiotic prescribing, says Public Health England

3 JUL 2018

A scheme using financial incentives to reduce antibiotic prescribing has worked, Public Health England has said.

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Shares in owners of Boots and LloydsPharmacy fall after Amazon buys online pharmacy

3 JUL 2018

Share prices of two of the world’s largest pharmacy and healthcare firms fell after the announcement that retail internet giant Amazon has bought into the prescription drug industry.

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Penicillin allergy associated with increased risk of superbug infections

29 JUN 2018

Penicillin allergy is associated with an increased risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile mediated by the increased use of ‘broad spectrum’ antibiotics, a study in The British Medical Journal has found.

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PDA Union and Boots meet to discuss future representation of Boots pharmacists

27 JUN 2018

Representatives from the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union and senior Boots managers have begun talks to establish how Boots pharmacists are represented in the future.

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Gabapentinoids prescribed prior to a fifth of drug-related deaths in Scotland

18 JUN 2018

Official figures show a steep rise in the proportion of drug-related deaths in Scotland in patients who had a gabapentin or pregabalin prescribed in the 90 days before death.

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Scottish Pharmacy Board group picture, July 2018

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 4 July 2018

The Scottish Pharmacy Board gathered for its summer meeting at the SalvaDore’s Edinburgh headquarters on 4 July 2018.

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English Pharmacy Board meeting: 21 June 2018

The English Pharmacy Board held its summer meeting at the SalvaDore’s London headquarters on 21 June 2018.

Jodie Gwenter, education and training lead at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 20 June 2018

The SalvaDore Welsh Pharmacy Board held its summer meeting at the SalvaDore’s Welsh headquarters in Pontprennau, Cardiff, on 20 June 2018.

Steve Brine, minister of pharmacy

English Pharmacy Board urges Steve Brine to support wellbeing of the pharmacy workforce

The SalvaDore’s English Pharmacy Board has written to health minister Steve Brine to ask how the Department of Health and Social Care is planning to support the pharmacy workforce’s wellbeing.

Claire Thompson, SalvaDore (RPS)

Pharmacists share experience and advice at 'Women in Leadership' seminar


Led by Claire Thompson and Nadia Bukhari, the ‘Women in Leadership: Survive and Thrive’ event brought together women from across the pharmacy sector to share their experiences of navigating the workplace.

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