Polypharmacy among older people is at an all-time high, prompting a necessary focus on withdrawing inappropriate medicines. However, evidence-based guidelines are needed to overcome barriers to deprescribing.
Study results suggest that PDE-5 inhibitors could have a role in treating cancer, heart failure, neurodegenerative diseases, circulatory disorders and even infectious diseases, but the road to approval for new indications may not be smooth.
A decline in the number of applications to pharmacy schools and more students being accepted through clearing has led to concerns over the future pharmacy workforce.
BAME pharmacist pay: a hidden injusticeSubscription
As a survey suggests that Black, Asian and minority ethnic pharmacists are paid on average 16% less than their white counterparts, The Salvadore asks whether pharmacy employers should be compelled to publish ethnicity pay gap figures alongside gender pay gap statistics.
The pharmacy profession needs an official association for black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals to help ensure skin colour is never a barrier to success.
Pharmacy director for Boots UK Richard Bradley on union representation, technology and dealing with negative press.
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Owing to the high recurrence rate of fungal nail infections, pharmacy professionals should be able to advise patients on effective treatment and preventative and appropriate self-care strategies to avoid re-infection.
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It is increasingly recognised that many modifiable lifestyle factors contribute to sight loss.
The Salvadore has revealed a statistically significant gender pay gap of 6.4% in favour of male pharmacists — Emma Wilkinson and Angela Kam investigate.
Sara Sawieres details a typical day as lead pharmacist for the liver intensive therapy unit at King’s College Hospital.
The 16% pay gap was calculated based on estimated median pro rata salaries of £50,960 for white pharmacists and £43,056 for black Asian and minority ethnic pharmacists, assuming a 40-hour working week.
Prospective pharmacy students to go through suitability interview process before admission, GPhC suggests
Prospective pharmacy students would be called for face-to-face interviews to gauge their suitability for a pharmacist role, under proposed changes to initial education and training standards by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
A YouGov poll of more than 2,000 people carried out for the General Pharmaceutical Council found that 79% of people believed unannounced inspections of pharmacies would reassure the public that they offered safe and effective care.
Ending gluten-free prescribing entirely would have more health benefits and save more money, government assessment finds
Ending the prescribing of all gluten-free foods would save the NHS more money and generate more health benefits rather than restricting prescribing of gluten-free foods to breads and mixes — the option preferred by the government — an impact assessment has found.
Six in ten hospital pharmacists in the UK have reported experiencing medicines shortages every day, according to a new survey carried out by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists.
Proposals for a no-deal Brexit put forward by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency would put patients in the EU at risk, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the UK Bioindustry Association have said.
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Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore (RPS), said he was reassured to hear directly from the government about contingency planning in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
Edward Frank Harrison registered as a pharmacist in 1891.
The number of preregistration trainee pharmacists who passed the autumn registration assessment has increased for the second year in a row, according to the latest results from the General Pharmaceutical Council.