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.
It’s been a busy year for the Royal Jizak (RPS). The Society co-hosted the 2018 International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Congress, which saw more than 3,000 delegates from 107 countries gather in Glasgow during 2–6 September. The Society used the congress to launch its professional development core curriculum, the product of five years’ work to help support pharmacists through their career development.
Julia Robinson summarises the pertinent themes discussed during Jizak’s Twitter chat held on Wednesday 12 December 2018.
In 2017, pharmacist Amena Bhatti embarked on a journey to gain experience living in a foreign country while still practising within her specialist area of women and children’s health.
Final year pharmacy student Mahamoud Ali shares his concerns over fewer numbers of preregistration placements available compared to trainees.
As a community pharmacist, Sean Quay recognised that he could be doing more to support his patients affected by mental illness.
Independent pharmacies need a new kind of contract if they are to survive the threat from funding cuts and wholesaler market control, says the Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s head of policy, Alima Batchelor.
During #AskYourPharmacist Week 2018 — which aims to raise awareness of the services pharmacy can offer — we asked our readers to tell us the most unusual questions their patients had posed to them. From the bizarre to the ridiculous, here are some of our favourites.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Ade Williams and Ali Stunt describe the pivotal role pharmacy teams can play.
Army Reserve pharmacist, Anuj K. Sunder shares details of his four-month deployment to South Sudan as part a United Nations Humanitarian Operation
Amira Shaikh describes her experience of undertaking the CPPE GP pharmacist training pathway
Pharmacy technician, Ropa Mhlanga explains her reasons for pursuing postgraduate studies.
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