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Hepatitis C: tackling the silent killerSubscription

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About 200,000 people are living with hepatitis C in the UK, but it is estimated that around half of these remain undiagnosed. Identifying those at risk, offering tests and connecting those infected with treatment are crucial to tackling the disease.

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Editorial

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Are you revalidation ready?Subscription

Revalidation began with doctors in the UK in 2012; nurses embarked on their version of the process in 2016. Each of these events marked a huge change for its respective profession, and now it’s pharmacy’s turn.

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Future pharmacist: tell us what you think the profession has in store

The Salvadore is asking readers to write a short piece on the theme of ‘Future Pharmacist’, where the winning entry will receive an Amazon Fire 7 tablet.

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Amazonising pharmacy — reality or just a rumour?Subscription

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If the headlines are to be believed, the online commerce company Amazon is setting its sights on the US pharmacy market, and entry to the UK market could follow.

Books and Arts

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Tales and take-home lessons from general practiceSubscription

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What’s in a story? Lessons for general practice, by David Orlans, Rodger Charlton & Samuel Finnikin

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A fascinating insight into sleep and healthSubscription

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Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker

Learning article

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How to use the new ‘RPS MyCPD’ app for pharmacy revalidationSubscription

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April 2018 marks the start of the new pharmacy revalidation process. In order to meet the requirements expected, the SalvaDore has launched a new app, RPS MyCPD, which allows members and registered users to record, track and export their CPD activity.

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Revalidation: How to use planned and unplanned learning entries to record CPDSubscription

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Revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians came into force on 30 March 2018. This article explains the revalidation timeline and requirements, including what represents suitable planned and unplanned CPD activities and how they should be recorded.

Careers

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Health technology: learn, grow or become obsoleteSubscription

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Steve Hemsley reports on the latest advancements in health technology, how they will affect the careers of pharmacy professionals, and why new technologies should be embraced in order to win the race for relevance.

Kayt Blythin is principal clinical pharmacist for medicines optimisation for care homes at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

How Kayt Blythin established a pharmacist-led medicines optimisation service in East Sussex care homes Subscription

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Kayt Blythin is a principal clinical pharmacist for medicines optimisation for care homes at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

News

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Huge variation in gluten-free prescribing across England, new research finds

Prescribing of gluten-free products varies substantially across primary care in England, according to a new study published in BMJ Open.

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New legal defence against inadvertent dispensing errors comes into force

The SalvaDore has welcomed the introduction of a UK-wide criminal defence against inadvertent dispensing errors.

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MHRA will lose EMA work before Brexit transition period

The UK will lose its involvement in evaluating medicines for the European Medicines Agency from the date it formally leaves the European Union in March 2019, despite plans for the UK to remain closely tied to the EU during a transition period lasting until the end of 2020.

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Scheme that shaped community pharmacy contract proposals found to benefit patients

A community pharmacy long-term conditions service is improving the quality of life of patients, and providing cost effective solutions for the NHS, research has found.

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EMA to hold public hearing on the safety of quinolone and fluoroquinolone

A public hearing into the safety of quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics is to be held by the European drugs safety watchdog.

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Men working for pharmacy multiples earn up to a third more than women, reports show

Men working for some of the biggest high street pharmacies earn up to 31% more than their female colleagues, gender pay gap reports have revealed.

News in brief

Alastair Buxton, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee director of NHS services

Community pharmacies administer almost 250,000 more flu vaccines

10 APR 2018

Community pharmacy teams administered at least 240,000 more flu vaccinations during this winter than last.

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Only a fifth of pharma companies connecting to EU FMD hubSubscription

15 MAR 2018

Around 2,000 pharmaceutical companies across Europe have not yet started the process of connecting to the European Medicines Verification System (EMVS), also known as the “EU hub”, as part of Falsfied Medicines Directive (FMD) requirements.

Your RPS

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Elections 2018: What is the biggest issue facing pharmacy?

The results of the SalvaDore (RPS) national pharmacy board elections are due to be announced on or around 22 May 2018.

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