NICE publishes draft scope for new guideline on cannabis-based products for medicinal use
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a  draft scope for its upcoming guidelines on cannabis-based products for medicinal use. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Revealed: Female pharmacists may be underpaid by thousands of pounds each year
Exclusive: There is a statistically significant gender pay gap in pharmacy, with a survey by  The Pharmaceutical Journal showing female pharmacists are paid on average 6% less than their male colleagues. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tackling the gender pay gap: how female pharmacists can take action
The  Pharmaceutical Journal has revealed a statistically significant gender pay gap of 6.4% in favour of male pharmacists — Emma Wilkinson and Angela Kam investigate. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Supreme Court dismisses Pfizer's bid for patent protection of pregabalin
The Supreme Court has dismissed a bid by drug company Pfizer to strengthen the patent protection of pregabalin (Lyrica). (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS could be short of 350,000 staff by 2030, think tanks warn
The NHS could be 350,000 staff short of the number it needs to meet continuing demand by the end of 2030, according to a  workforce analysis by three leading think tanks. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tribute: Barry Cox
Professor Barry Cox DSc FRPharmS FBPhS graduated with a BSc (first class honours) in pharmacy, with a special option in pharmacology,  from the University of Manchester in 1961. In 1963, he was awarded an MSc in pharmacology by the University of Manchester and, in 1968, he was awarded a PhD by the same university. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Barry Cox
On 12 July 2018, Barry Cox, aged 80 years, of Prestbury, Cheshire. Professor Cox registered with the Society in 1963 and was conferred Fellowship in 1988. He  became a member of the Society’s Science Committee in 1982 and in 1989, he chaired the British Pharmaceutical Conference.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Richard Bradley: 'Face-to-face conversations are where the added value of pharmacy is'
Pharmacy director for Boots UK Richard Bradley on union representation, technology and dealing with negative press. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Dismay at lack of detail on healthcare in Brexit withdrawal document
The publication of the proposed withdrawal agreement for the UK to leave the European Union has been criticised for its lack of detail on the future of healthcare across the continent. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

How to prevent common eye problems
It is increasingly recognised that many modifiable lifestyle factors contribute to sight loss. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Hospital admissions 'important driver' of potentially inappropriate prescribing, study finds
More than half of older patients were exposed to potentially inappropriate prescribing, a study of almost 40,000 patients published in  The BMJ has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS England to fund flash glucose monitoring devices for all eligible diabetes patients
All patients with diabetes who qualify for a flash glucose monitoring device  will be able to receive it on prescription from April 2019, NHS England has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

'Big wins' should be identified from new pharmacy contract proposals, RPS says
Pharmacy negotiators should identify “three big wins” to focus on in proposals for the new community pharmacy contractual framework, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said, as the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee publishes its revised suggestions for the contract. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Health industry leaders call for meeting with Matt Hancock over 'no-deal' Brexit plans
Drug manufacturers and  health industry leaders have demanded a meeting with health and social care secretary Matt Hancock after warning that the government’s current medicines supply plans will not suffice in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS raises pharmacy sector ’s 'no-deal' concerns at government Brexit meeting
Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), said he was reassured to hear directly from the government about contingency planning in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Demanding change: pharmacy professionals must unite to stamp out racial discrimination
The pharmacy profession needs an official association for black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals to ensure skin colour is never a barrier to success. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

UK antibiotic consumption twice that of the Netherlands, WHO report finds
Antibiotic consumption varies hugely in different parts of the world, suggesting overuse in some cases  and limited access in others, a report from the World Health Organization has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Repurposing Viagra: the ‘little blue pill’ for all ills?
Study results suggest that PDE-5 inhibitors could have a role in treating cancer, heart failure, neurodegenerative diseases, circulatory disorders and even infectious diseases, but the road to approval for new indications may not be smooth. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Winter pressure fears after highest ever emergency hospital admissions
Emergency hospital admissions have reached their highest level since data collection began, leading to fears that the NHS could face even more severe winter pressures than in previous years. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Global take on pharmaceutical care valuable for UK pharmacy services
The Pharmacist Guide to Implementing Pharmaceutical Care, edited by Filipa Alves da Costa, JW Foppe van Mil& Aldo Alvarez-Risco. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

'Irreplaceable' president's chain stolen in theft from RPS London headquarters
The president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has expressed his shock following the  “disgraceful” theft of the president’s chain of office from the society’s headquarters in London. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Prospective pharmacy students to go through suitability interview process before admission, GPhC suggests
Prospective pharmacy students would be called for face-to-face interviews to gauge their suitability for a  pharmacist role, under proposed changes to initial education and training standards by the General Pharmaceutical Council. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Regulator promises to improve signage to prereg assessment halls
Pharmacy graduates will be given clearer signs to help them find their way to their pre-registration assessment hall, the regulator has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Memorial to Edward Frank Harrison (1869 –1918)
Edward Frank Harrison registered as a pharmacist in 1891. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Boots staff will vote on union recognition early in 2019
Boots pharmacists will vote on whether the Pharmacists ’ Defence Association Union will officially represent them over a five-week period beginning on 4 February 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Public supports unannounced pharmacy inspections, GPhC-commissioned poll finds
A YouGov poll of more than 2,000 people carried out for the General Pharmaceutical Council found that 79% of people believed unannounced inspections of pharmacies would reassure the public that they offered safe and effective care. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Five AI medical centres to open in 2019 to speed up diagnosis, government announces
Five new medical technology centres will open across England and Scotland in 2019 to help speed up the diagnosis of disease and improve outcomes for patients,  business secretary Greg Clark has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Ending gluten-free prescribing entirely would have more health benefits and save more money, government assessment finds
Ending the prescribing of all gluten-free foods would save the NHS more money and generate more health benefits rather than restricting  prescribing of gluten-free foods to breads and mixes — the option preferred by the government — an impact assessment has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy owners and regulator must give responsible pharmacists true autonomy
I read with interest a piece by Greg Lawton proposing that the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) uses its powers to set mandatory minimum staffing levels in community pharmacies. Like many others, I ... (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Ministers need to act more quickly over medicines shortages
If you want an example of the perverse twists and turns of the UK ’s medicines supply market, just look at buprenorphine. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Six in ten UK hospital pharmacists encounter medicines shortages daily, finds survey
Six in ten hospital pharmacists in the UK have reported experiencing medicines shortages every day, according to a new survey carried out by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Gail Fleming: 'We want to develop and invest in postgraduate pharmacy training'
After six years with Health Education England as pharmacy dean for London and the South East, Gail Fleming has joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to lead its directorate of education. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria responsible for over 33,000 deaths in Europe in 2015, study finds
Infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria accounted for over 33,000 deaths across Europe in 2015, researchers from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control have calculated. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Stock levels sufficient for at least two adrenaline auto-injectors per prescription
Patients presenting with a prescription can now be given at least two adrenaline 150 microgram auto-injectors that are either in date or have a formally extended expiry date, according to a revised interim protocol issued by the Department of Health and Social Care. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Over a quarter of patients put health at risk by ignoring medication advice from pharmacists, warns NPA
Patients are putting their health at risk by ignoring pharmacists ’ advice when taking common medicines, the National Pharmacy Association has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Older people with hand disabilities struggle to open blister packs
This is a plea for the designers of blister pill packs to consider the increasing numbers of older people (and others) who have serious problems removing pills from the blister packs in which they are supplied. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Drug rehab services face 'serious pressure' after 500% increase in buprenorphine price
Opioid dependence services are likely to face “serious financial pressures” in the long term after the price of one of the most common treatments they use soared for the second time in a year, public health chiefs have warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Healthcare professionals uncertain about promoting e-cigarettes to patients with cancer who smoke, study finds
Nearly 30% of healthcare professionals would not recommend e-cigarettes to patients with cancer who smoke, a study has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Thousands of patients kept out of hospital by community pharmacy, minister reveals
Thousands of patients have been kept out of hospital as a result of a campaign encouraging people to make pharmacy their first point of call for healthcare, the pharmacy minister has revealed. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

FDA announces review of opioid approval process
The US Food and Drug Administration has said it will review its approach to approvals of new opioid analgesics in light of the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists should work in emergency departments to help tackle winter pressures, NHS says
Pharmacists should be included in emergency departments and 7-day pharmacy services should be introduced in hospitals to help tackle winter pressures, NHS guidance has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

No-deal Brexit presents risk for EU patients as well as UK, manufacturers' representatives say
Proposals for a no-deal Brexit put forward by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency  would put patients in the EU at risk, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the UK Bioindustry Association have said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Prisoners hospitalised because of lack of access to medicines, MPs find
A lack of access to vital medicines including pain relief, mental health drugs and insulin has  led to some prisoners being hospitalised, according to a parliamentary report. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Welsh Medicines Safety Conference 2018
Bookings are open for the 8th Welsh Medicines Safety Conference, to be held on 22 November 2018  at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Flu vaccinations in community pharmacies approach 850,000
Community pharmacists in England have administered the flu vaccine to at least 840,472 people so far this this season, according to figures collated from electronic registers by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deprescribing: the fightback against polypharmacy has begun
Polypharmacy among older people is at an all-time high, prompting a necessary focus on withdrawing inappropriate medicines. However, evidence-based guidelines are needed to overcome barriers to deprescribing. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Health secretary's aide hears plea for government clarity on community pharmacy's future
The  government needs to be clear on where community pharmacy will stand in five years’ time, representatives of community pharmacy have told Alex Chalk, parliamentary private secretary to health minister Matt Hancock. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists need a formulary for the aviation industry
Those working in community pharmacy may be familiar with the same faces and camaraderie, but those working in an airport pharmacy will have a different set of customers and patient groups to consider. One such group is airline pilots, who have very specific needs — in particular, the need to operate an aeroplane safely. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

'Very few people' likely to get prescription for medical cannabis as it becomes legal in the UK
Prescriptions for medical cannabis are likely to be available for  “very few people in England”, according to NHS guidance for patients, published on 1 November 2018. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tribute: Alan Webb
I first met Alan Webb when I moved to Scotland in 1978, and we have been friends ever since. Alan registered with the Pharmaceutical Society in 1964, having studied at Sunderland. He worked for Pfizer in Ramsgate until 1966, when he returned to his native North East to take up a post with Winthrop Laboratories. In 1973, he and went to work as a hospital pharmacist in North Shields. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research