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Two pharmacists give their personal views on whether the current supervision legislation is fit for purpose.
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.
Beyond cannabis: why we should look at legalising other illegal drugs for medical use to benefit patientsSubscription
The UK government has finally realised the value of cannabis as a medicine, but it must not ignore the medical potential of other Schedule 1 drugs, such as psilocybin, LSD and MDMA.
The pharmacy regulator must take a role in ensuring minimum staffing levels if it is serious about patient safetySubscription
The pharmacy regulator should be involved in ensuring minimum staffing standards — and enforcing them where necessary — as part of its role in regulating pharmacy and protecting patient safety.
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.
Andrew Evans: 'We’re reinvesting money in clinical services that we want pharmacy to offer'Subscription
As Brexit looms and concerns of medicines shortages and funding issues murmur throughout the UK healthcare industry, Andrew Evans, chief pharmaceutical officer in Wales, is optimistic that Welsh pharmacy services are moving in the right direction.
Pharmacy director for Boots UK Richard Bradley on union representation, technology and dealing with negative press.
The Scottish chief pharmaceutical officer, Rose Marie Parr, on Brexit, minor ailments schemes and 24-hour pharmacies.
Although the NHS ten-year plan outlines some potential new roles for pharmacists, the lack of detail on plans for community pharmacy are cause for concern.
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Pharmacy should take Brexit leadSubscription
As discussions continue over the relationship the UK will have with the EU, pharmacy bodies must do what they can to protect the interests of patients, whichever form of Brexit emerges.
Well-run pharmacies have nothing to fear as the General Pharmaceutical Council develops a tougher stance on inspections. But the regulator must prove that changes to its regime will drive continuous improvement.
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.
Too many patients are not receiving their full prescribed dose with small-volume drug infusions, but hospital pharmacists can act to ensure patient safety.
Pharmacy must demonstrate that it has the knowledge and skills to support people to use opiods safely and effectively.
Pharmacists should be aware of the rapidly expanding illicit drug market and how they can play a role in reducing harm from popular novel psychoactive substances.
With the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) due to come into force in February 2019 (with the caveat of a Brexit deal, of course), it’s no surprise that our infographic explaining how FMD will work was the most read of those published in 2018. Other topics that made it to the top five include medical cannabis and our salary and satisfaction survey.
In 2018, our most popular research briefings covered new areas of research that have been particularly topical this year — including medical cannabis, new antibiotics and e-cigarettes — as well as areas that have long been of interest to pharmacists, such as pain management and adherence.
Access to medicines has been a big theme for 2018 — from new legal access to medical cannabis treatment options, to fears that price hikes and Brexit are jeopardising the supply of medicines to patients who are already dependent on them.
With nearly 2 million page views in 2018, our learning section has gone from strength to strength this year and has seen a 20.5% increase in page views compared with 2017.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects around 1.2 million people in the UK and has an impact across NHS services. Patients frequently present acutely in the emergency department with an exacerbation of the disease and rely heavily on community ...
The article ‘Have legislative changes curbed use of ’legal highs’?’ (Jizak 2018;301:7920) concerning novel psychoactive substances (NPSs) highlighted the huge number of these drugs that are now available, with more appearing each week. One problem is that many of these NPSs ...
Calculation questions in the preregistration exam must be fair and reflect real-world practiceSubscription
Over the past 20 years I have supported preregistration students, particularly with calculations in the preregistration exam. One advantage of the old multiple-choice question style was that the answer was given in the correct format with the correct units. In the new style of question, assistance is limited to a box in which to enter a number and the examinee is required to enter the correct units. I have been asked for help with these questions used for preregistration training — ...
Recruiting community pharmacies to a smoking support service trial using the 'Russian doll' approachSubscription
‘Smoking Treatment Optimisation in Pharmacies’ (STOP) is a six-year programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research. STOP is a complex intervention based on behavioural theory, and involves training for pharmacy staff and associated study materials, such as badges and posters. The STOP trial is assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the STOP intervention on smoker recruitment, retention and quit rates in the NHS stop smoking service based in community pharmacy. ...
Basic Concepts in Medicinal Chemistry, by Marc W Harrold and Robin M Zavod.
Fascinating but disheartening account of the corporate greed at the heart of the opioid crisisSubscription
American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, by Chris McGreal.
Other people’s shoes: 40 Questions for Leaders and Managers, by Ken Jarrold.
In-depth look at biologics and biosimilarsSubscription
Biosimilars and Biologics by Steven Lucio.
‘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
Royal Jizak’s youngest president and longest-serving Council member was also known for bringing the voice of pharmacy to the highest levels of government.
Peter Noyce (1946-2017)Subscription
A visionary leader who drove pharmacy practice forward but always had time to mentor others, he was known as the most effective pharmacist of his generation.