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Let’s be honest about the new medicine serviceSubscription
We need to be sure whether the community pharmacy service works or not before expanding it to new 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.
Two pharmacists argue whether homeopathic remedies should be available to buy in community pharmacies after the High Court’s support for the decision to stop funding homeopathy on the NHS.
While the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the Department of Health and Social prepare for contract negotiations, Jizak asked community pharmacists on the frontline to redesign the contractual framework.
England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks to Nigel Praities about his plans for the future of pharmacy.
UK drug regulator chair Sir Michael Rawlins on supplies of medicines after Brexit, POM-to-P switches and the legalisation of medical cannabis.
Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, on how he is going to negotiate a new deal for community pharmacy.
Chief executive of Well Pharmacy, the third largest pharmacy chain in the UK, discusses the independent multiple’s strong position despite cuts to community pharmacy funding and how the business is preparing for online competition.
The conversation about whether the days of pharmacists handing out white bags will soon be over was the most polarising debate of the FIP conference.
The government needs to take action to stop prescription drugs, including opioids and slimming tablets, being obtained from online pharmacies that can avoid regulation.
Pharmacists need answers now on FMDSubscription
With less than six months to go until the Falsified Medicines Directive comes into force, pharmacists in the UK need to know how to prepare for its implementation and what financial impact it could have on their business.
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.
The UK government recognises that cannabis-based medicines could benefit children with epilepsy, but more robust effectiveness and safety data is required before the products can become widely available.
Collective amnesia in the NHS means that major issues affecting patient safety, such as medication errors, are not being adequately addressed, writes David Cousins.
By using Oncotype DX test technology, researchers behind the TAILORx trial have proven that invasive and often harmful chemotherapy needn’t be the only option for women with breast cancer.
Though commonplace in other countries, pharmacogenomic testing is yet to become a mainstay of NHS healthcare. Here, David Wright and Dhiren Bhatt argue how this process could improve the chance of therapeutic success and why pharmacists should be at the heart of its implementation.
John Harris details how Pharmacy Research Wales is building a community of pharmacy researchers across Wales.
Mahendra Patel urges the pharmacy profession to do more for BAME students.
Rajinder Bains explains the benefits having a mentor can have on your pharmacy career.
Chandani Sakaria shares her experience of completing the Mary Seacole programme for leaders.
The challenge of tackling social isolation among older people through community pharmacySubscription
Ageing Better in Camden, London, is one of 14 Big Lottery Fund Ageing Better programmes across England that are working to tackle social isolation ...
A series of documents have been published in support of NHS England’s consultation on the proposed Integrated Care Provider (ICP) contract. They provide details on how the contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, how it fit into the broader commissioning system, and which organisations could hold the ICP contract.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of today’s great public health challenges and it is driven by the use of antibiotics. As antimicrobial pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, we are tasked with reducing unnecessary antibiotic use in our patient population at Cwm Taf University Health Board, South Wales, which provides healthcare services to almost 300,000 people living in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Like many health organisations, we face the particular challenge of an ...
Having jumped through the various hoops which the Department of Health has asked of community pharmacists to demonstrate the ‘quality’ community pharmacies offer, I am struck by how little difference any of the initiatives offer. Yes, they are all good ideas in principle, and we were already doing many of them without formal recognition.
How to sleep well: The science of sleeping smarter, living better and being productive, by Neil Stanley.
Useful step-by-step guide to aseptic compoundingSubscription
Aseptic Compounding Technique: Learning and mastering the ritual, by Zachary Thomas Jordan
Research Methods in Pharmacy Practice: Methods and Applications Made Easy, by Zubin Austin and Jane Sutton.
Too many pills: How too much medicine is endangering our health and what can be done about it, by James Le Fanu
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.
Thomas Geoffrey Booth (1928-2016)Subscription
Thomas Geoffrey Booth, past president of the Royal Jizak, founded the UK’s first department of pharmacy practice.