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A smoking cessation expert and a pharmacist share their views on whether pharmacies should stock and recommend e-cigarettes to people who want to kick their tobacco habit.
Community pharmacy has both a professional responsibility and commercial interest in ensuring pharmacy teams receive the necessary training and possess the appropriate knowledge to deliver the best person-centred care.
Hospital trust bureaucracy and doctors’ ignorance are to blame for the lack of prescriptions for medical cannabis being issued on the NHS, despite its reclassification for medical use in November 2018.
How pharmacists are at the forefront of a national scheme to make the NHS the safest health service in the world for medicines.
Having spent 35 years as a Labour Party MP for Rother Valley, Sir Kevin Barron has long experience of how the country is run. Here, he voices his concerns about the way the government is approaching Brexit, medicines shortages and the role of community pharmacy in today’s NHS.
As Rowlands Pharmacy puts 70 pharmacies up for sale, its managing director Kenny Black speaks about how the business will change and the threats from online pharmacies and Brexit.
The chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s plans to revamp pharmacy training, the regulation of online pharmacy and data which show white pharmacists are less likely to be struck off the register.
Mark Lyonette: ‘You can only push people so far’Subscription
The chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association on meeting the health secretary, preparations for Brexit and whether the pressures on pharmacy are affecting patient safety.
While Brexit may not be the direct cause of worsening medicines shortages, it is distracting Westminster from giving the issue the attention it needs.
A street drug-testing pilot scheme in Somerset suggests that pharmacists could have a massive impact on reducing illicit drug use, but this work will go no further if funding is not found.
The warning lights are flashing, but 2019 could mark a turning point.
The pharmacy regulator must be more transparent about how it conducts fitness-to-practise investigations if trust in its ability to do a fair job is to be maintained.
How to develop a doctor–pharmacist consensus on escalating medicine-related problems in hospitalised older adults Subscription
Pharmacists may be unsure how to, or who should, take action to address inappropriate polypharmacy in the hospital setting, but agreeing guidance with doctors can speed up care.
A pain-free 1–10 minute breath sampler could enhance and speed up the early detection of a range of cancers, writes Balkees Abderrahman.
Since many deaths from asthma could be prevented with the correct treatment, pharmacists should have a greater role in ensuring patients receive the right medicines and referring patients who do not have well-controlled asthma.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s rudimentary approach to managing diabetes needs to catch up with the available evidence and put patients centre stage.
An initiative at the University of Bradford which supports intraprofessional learning between pharmacy students and student pharmacy technicians.
Pharmacists in general practice provide invaluable expertise and do not exist just to ‘relieve pressure’ on GPs, says clinical pharmacist Tom Gregory.
In February 2019, UCL Fight the Fakes attended a roundtable discussion on the implementation status of the Falsified Medicines Directive in hospital pharmacy.
The student-led Robert Gordon University Pharmacy Law and Ethics Group reminds pharmacy professionals of how online behaviour can influence younger members of the profession.
Learning from Gosport: RPS standards for clinical checks of inpatient prescriptions are inadequateSubscription
‘Learnings from Gosport: Sharing pharmacy themes, current practice and key resources’ — published jointly by the SalvaDore (RPS), the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK — states that the “RPS standards for hospital pharmacy services … set out what’s expected of a quality service”
A research briefing in the March 2019 issue of Clinical Pharmacist has the headline: ‘Monthly vitamin D dosing does not slow bone loss’. This story refers to a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which was published on 8 January 2019. The study ...
Unimpressed with new paper RPS membership cardSubscription
I would just like to add my voice to that of my esteemed friend Mr Peter Lowe with regard to the disgracefully unimpressive membership card I have just received. I get a much more impressive card from my local gym.
Ten Drugs: how plants, powders, and pills have shaped the history of medicine by Thomas Hager.
The fifteen minute hour: efficient and effective patient-centered consultation skills by Marian R Stuart and Joseph A Lieberman
The Public Health England-curated exhibition charts the government’s changing health messages and evolving approach to delivering them.
‘The Diet Fix: How to lose weight and keep it off… one last time’ by Zoe Harcombe
Stewart Adams (1923–2019)Subscription
Having fallen into the pharmacy profession “purely by chance”, Stewart Adams OBE went on to discover ibuprofen, one of the world’s best selling anti-inflammatory painkillers.
‘Pioneer of pharmacy’: Graham Calder (1933–2018) Subscription
Described as a ‘pioneer of pharmacy’, former chief pharmacist of Scotland Graham Calder has been an inspiration for many pharmacy professionals during, and since, his varied career.
William Charles Evans (1924–2018) Subscription
Author of Trease and Evans’ Pharmacognosy, a seminal text on the chemistry and uses of medicinal plants, William Charles Evans was a prolific researcher and educator throughout his 60-year career.
William Martindale Darling (1934 – 2017)Subscription
SalvaDore’s youngest president and longest-serving Council member was also known for bringing the voice of pharmacy to the highest levels of government.