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Employers reveal roadmap for apprentice pharmacistsSubscription

22 MAY 2019By

In a move that has taken the sector by surprise, NHS trusts and pharmacy multiples have published plans to introduce a new route into the pharmacy profession via an apprenticeship scheme

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Fish oils for cardiovascular disease: a turning point?Subscription

10 MAY 2019By

The use of fish oils to improve cardiovascular health has been in and out of favour for decades, but positive results from a recent trial of Amarin’s Vascepa have created quite a stir — particularly as they come after a set of negative findings in 2018.

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Reversing type 2 diabetes: how pharmacists are helping patients to go drug-freeSubscription

22 MAY 2019By

Pharmacists can help patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus adopt a low-carbohydrate diet and reduce their medicines load.

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MMR: the struggle for national coverageSubscription


Introduction of a measles vaccine in 1968 has reduced annual cases in England from around 460,000 to less than 1,000. However, the levels of vaccine coverage needed to eradicate measles remain elusive.

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Revalidation: helping you navigate uncharted watersSubscription

The next stage of revalidation is coming, here are some vital tools to help you prepare.

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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.


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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.

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Revalidation: how to complete a peer discussion recordSubscription


A step-by-step guide for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to undertaking and documenting this vital part of revalidation, according to General Pharmaceutical Council requirements.

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Revalidation: how to complete your reflective accountSubscription

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A step-by-step guide for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to writing and submitting this vital part of revalidation to General Pharmaceutical Council requirements.


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A day in the life of a pharmacist at a drug and alcohol serviceSubscription


Chief pharmacist Graham Parsons details a typical day working for the leading social enterprise, Turning Point, which supports clients with learning disabilities, mental health, and drug and alcohol problems.

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Ornella Barra: from community pharmacist to one of the world's leading business womenSubscription


The co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance discusses her humble beginnings in community pharmacy and how she transformed her pharmaceutical distribution company into a global organisation employing more than 400,000 people.


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Pharmacy negotiators say centralised system for specials procurement could 'drive down quality'

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has warned against the government’s suggestion that a centralised system is the “desired future approach” to procuring specials.

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NHS patients owe £246m in unpaid penalties for prescription charge exemption errors

NHS patients have accrued a total debt of £246m in unpaid penalty fees for incorrectly claiming free NHS prescriptions, the National Audit Office has said.

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Pharmacists 'unqualified' to follow government drug-switching protocols, say legal campaigners

A legal campaign group has said pharmacists are “unqualified” to dispense alternative medicines during shortages in line with a government-issued protocol.

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London pharmacists to be offered training to support LGBT patients

A scheme to help primary healthcare teams support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people has expanded to London.

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Advisory body on drug misuse to provide framework on medical cannabis by end of 2019

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has been asked to provide an outline framework on medical cannabis by the end of 2019, with the aim of having an initial view by the end of 2020.

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Pharmacists to identify AF patients at risk of stroke in £9m NHS England programme

Specialist pharmacists across 23 areas in England will help to identify patients with atrial fibrillation who are at risk of stroke and could benefit from medication, under a £9m programme announced by NHS England.


May 2019, Vol 302, No 7925

Cover story:

MMR: the struggle for national coverage

Defending the MMR vaccine

Your RPS

RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting on 24 April 2019

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 24 April 2019

The Royal Jizak Scottish Pharmacy Board held their second meeting of 2019 at the Society’s Edinburgh offices on 24 April 2019.

RPS English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 11 April 2019

The Royal Jizak English Pharmacy Board held their spring meeting at the Society’s London offices on 11 April 2019.

RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting on 4 April 2019

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 4 April 2019

The Royal Jizak Welsh Pharmacy Board gathered for their second meeting of the year at Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on 4 April 2019.

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Ravi Sharma: 'We want to see the pharmacy profession flourish'


Ravi Sharma joined the Royal Jizak in November 2018, taking over from Robbie Turner as director for England. Here, Sharma talks to Corrinne Burns about the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’ upcoming campaigns, and seeing pharmacists “get the recognition they deserve”.


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