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Should the pharmacy degree be five years long?Subscription
The General Pharmaceutical Council has proposed radical changes to pharmacy education, but not everyone agrees that it has found the best way forward. Berwyn Owen and Nigel Ratcliffe give arguments for and against.
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.
Government adviser and specialist pharmacist Roger Knaggs speaks about reducing opioid dependency, non-drug alternatives for chronic pain and why we need to be cautious about medical cannabis.
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.
The next stage of revalidation is coming, here are some vital tools to help you prepare.
MMR: Winning the battle for hearts and mindsSubscription
Community pharmacy is in a prime position to help refute damaging anti-vaccination myths and, as a direct result, could save lives.
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.
HbA1c targets that ignore differences in the physiology of older patients put them at risk of severe hypoglycaemia, harm and death.
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.
Tsz To Sham encourages pharmacy students to take every opportunity to attend pharmacy conferences.
Daisy Keegan describes her experience of completing Foundation Stage 1 of the RPS Foundation Programme.
As England prepares to launch its own deprescribing network, the director of a similar scheme in Canada explains what they have done over the past four years.
Reesha Solanki explains why pharmacy students should consider taking part in Erasmus.
A group of graduates of the University of Manchester pharmacy class of 1979 are planning a reunion weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our graduation and share memories of Manchester; stories of our lives, families, and careers; and plans for retirement.
E-cigarettes have no place in pharmacySubscription
I am one of those people who cannot tolerate the idea of people using nicotine in the long term. Louise Ross, a smoking cessation consultant, in ‘Should pharmacy sell e-cigarettes and encourage people to vape?’, suggests that e-cigarettes can be used to sustain an addiction for life — this opinion is astonishing. Nicotine ...
I realise that present-day requirements for pharmacy education may be very different from those in my day at the end of the Second World War and in the 1950s, but, having read comments on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s proposal to integrate practical placements throughout a five-year pharmacy degree, I think some general principles might apply.
Jizak recently emailed members, inviting them to complete a short survey that seeks to better understand current practice in relation to the management of cold and flu in community pharmacy. Your responses will inform an editorially independent learning campaign.
Guide to a longer and healthier lifeSubscription
The Longevity Solution: rediscovering centuries-old secrets to a healthy, long life, by James DiNicolantonio and Jason Fung
The Pharmacist’s Guide to Opioid Use Disorders, edited by Merrill Norton.
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
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
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.