Addition of abemaciclib to hormonal therapy for high-risk early breast cancer reduces recurrence by 25%, research suggests
Combining  abemaciclib with hormonal therapy reduces the risk of cancer recurrence by 25% in patients with high-risk early hormone receptor positive (HR+) human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) breast cancer, interim analysis of a phase III study has suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 21, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

'Strong expectation' that COVID-19-vulnerable patients will be prioritised for new medication reviews, guidance says
There is a “strong expectation” that primary care network pharmacists delivering new structured medication reviews will prioritise patients at greater risk from COVID-19, NHS England guidance on the service has stated. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 21, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Every pharmacist should have the time to develop their skills
In a profession that supports the health and wellbeing of the public, pharmacists must have regular protected learning time to enable them to carry out their crucial roles. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 21, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Collaborate to deliver biggest ever flu vaccination programme, RPS and RCGP say
Pharmacists and GPs should work together to make sure as many people as possible get their flu vaccination this winter, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners have said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 21, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacist brought in to encourage BAME recruitment to major UK COVID-19 clinical trial
A pharmacist has been brought in to strengthen recruitment of black, Asian and minority ethnic patients to one of the major UK-based COVID-19 trials. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Survey shows strong support for NHS Near Me video consultations among patients and clinicians
Some 87% of patients and 94% of clinicians said that video consultations should be an option, according to an  engagement exercise carried out for NHS Near Me in Scotland.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Warm words are not enough for community pharmacy
Community pharmacies have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic; it is time they were given additional funding to help them prepare for the next wave. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 18, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Health bodies make ‘urgent’ call to Matt Hancock to intervene in the proposed withdrawal of bipolar drug
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has been urged to “personally intervene” so that bipolar drug Priadel remains available in the UK with an appropriate pricing structure. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Is pharmacy prepared for a resurgence of COVID-19?
As cases of COVID-19 start to rise again in the UK, what can pharmacy staff do to prepare for a potential second surge of infections? (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Foundation year independent prescriber training will not begin in 2021, GPhC confirms
Pharmacists who begin the new national foundation training year in 2021 will not undergo independent prescriber training. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

GP referrals to community pharmacy consultation service will roll out across England this autumn
GP referrals to community pharmacy through the community pharmacy consultation service will roll out across England this autumn. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: James Roberts Crawford
On 12 September 2020,  James Roberts Crawford MRPharmS, aged 87 years, of Northwich, Cheshire. Mr Crawford registered with the Society in 1955.    (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

We can manage patients ’ moves off the bipolar treatment Priadel successfully
The imminent withdrawal of the most popular UK brand of lithium is causing confusion and distress, but this can be managed successfully if pharmacists take a strategic approach. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

What my deaf daughter taught me about PPE and communicating with the hard of hearing in the pharmacy
Facial coverings are helping us to limit the spread of COVID-19, but for people who rely on lip reading, communication just got harder. Consultant pharmacist Karen Miller, whose daughter is deaf, says we could all rethink how we interact with our patients and each other. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

‘Deep concern’ over ‘not fit for purpose’ draft NICE guidance on chronic pain
Experts in pain medicine have said they are “deeply concerned” with the “confusing” terminology used in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s draft guidance on chronic pain. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Half of pharmacists say they are never given protected learning time
Just over half of the pharmacists who took part in  The Pharmaceutical Journal’s 2020 salary survey said they are never given protected learning time. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 15, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacies to be paid 50p more per flu vaccination in 2020/2021
Pharmacy contractors will be paid an extra 50p per flu vaccine delivered under the national service in 2020/2021. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Let pharmacists amend prescriptions to mitigate impact of medicines shortages, RPS tells government
Pharmacists should be allowed to alter prescriptions without going back to the prescriber when medicines shortages hit, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

‘My role is a mix of both clinical and quality improvement initiatives’ — a day in the life of a primary care network pharmacist
After seven years in community pharmacy, Hitesh Tara took the leap and switched to general practice. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Little change in antipsychotic prescribing in decade despite withdrawal recommendations, study finds
Prescriptions of antipsychotic drugs for adults with intellectual disabilities did not change significantly in the decade between 2004 and 2014 in the Greater Glasgow area, a study in BMJ Open has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government group recommends reclassifying progestogen-only pill as an OTC medicine
The progestogen-only pill  should be reclassified to make it available over the counter without the need for a prescription, a report has recommended. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Amandeep Doll: ‘We have to become more comfortable with the uncomfortable’
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society ’s inclusion and diversity co-ordinator, Amandeep Doll, reveals what the RPS aims to do with its inclusion and diversity strategy over the next five years. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Nearly all pharmacy employees at the three largest multiples have completed COVID-19 risk assessments
Nearly all staff at three of the largest community pharmacy multiples have been risk assessed for COVID-19. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Community pharmacy sector sees net closure of 136 pharmacies in 2020 so far
Some 155 community pharmacies have closed in England in the first eight months of 2020, according to  data published by NHS Digital. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tribute: Ray Lyon
We are deeply saddened to share the news that Ray Lyon, recently retired chief pharmacist of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has passed away. Ray was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, mentor, friend and colleague who will be missed enormously. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government in talks to offer drugs manufacturers incentives to diversify supply chains
The British Generic Manufacturers Association is in talks with the government over  incentivising drugs firms to obtain active pharmaceutical ingredients from more than one source to avoid future supply problems. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Beyond antibiotics: harnessing bacteria ’s natural predators
With antibiotic resistance set to cost 10 million lives per year by 2050, there is a renaissance of interest in the potential of bacteriophages to be the next generation of bacteria killers. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Why ‘epidrugs’ will be the next major focus for precision medicine
It is not just our genes that dictate how our bodies cope with disease and respond to drugs — by identifying the modifications to our DNA strands, and the histone proteins that regulate gene expression, we can uncover a whole new direction for diagnostic biomarkers, therapeutic biomarkers and drug targets. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 9, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

UK government rejects recommendations to tackle drug misuse in Scotland
The UK government has  rejected several recommendations put forward by the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee to tackle problem drug use. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Cancer-associated thrombosis in adults
Venous thromboembolism is a complication that pharmacists should understand to ensure that their patients with cancer have the best possible outcomes. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Scottish Medicines Consortium accepts nasal spray for depression previously rejected by NICE
The Scottish Medicines Consortium has accepted the use of  esketamine nasal spray for use within NHS Scotland for adults with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Sponsoring pharmacy students in sub-Saharan Africa
While the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in public health policies and healthcare services, it has also demonstrated how pharmacists can have an increased role in delivering healthcare. This is true for both developed and developing countries, but for the latter, a shortage of healthcare personnel is limiting this role. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Basing remuneration for advice on the number of items dispensed is ‘flawed’, says pharmacy negotiator
Remunerating pharmacy contractors based on the number of items dispensed is “flawed”, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Remuneration based on items dispensed is ‘flawed’, says pharmacy negotiator
Remunerating pharmacy contractors based on the number of items dispensed is “flawed”, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tribute: Harold James Hart
Harold was brought up on Canvey Island, Essex. He went to Southend High School for Boys and thence to the Square, from where he graduated with a BPharm. After National Service, he returned to Canvey and completed his practical training with N. Quenby Ltd, who then owned two pharmacies on the island. He remained with them and their successor companies until retirement, mostly managing the pharmacy at 171 Long Road. His former patients remember him as a kind man, who had time for everyone. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

‘Radium’ Buxton Crystal Salts, circa 1930
Before its detrimental effects on health were  discovered, radium was hailed as a wonder drug in the early 20th century. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS warns of 'huge extra cost' to NHS after bipolar drug withdrawn
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned of a “huge extra cost” to the NHS, after a manufacturer announced plans to discontinue production of one of its branded lithium carbonate products. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Cannabis-based Epidyolex approved for NHS use in Scotland
Epidyolex, a cannabidiol medicine for severe epilepsy in children, has been approved for use on the NHS in Scotland. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Side hustles: how pharmacists can turn their passions into a money spinner
The concept of a side hustle is a simple one — it is work that you can do on top of your day job that is flexible and can bring in money.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

New pharmacist-led network is sharing best practice in medicines for neurodiverse patients
As pharmacy professionals, we work across a wide range of sectors in various locations, within different clinical specialities and teams to deliver best practice in medicines optimisation. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Mixed feelings about prescribing studies for pharmacy undergraduates
In July 2020, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) proposed major reforms to the initial education and training for pharmacists, which included replacing the pre-registration year with foundation training and subsequent plans to (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Harold James Hart
On 20 May 2020, Harold James Hart, aged 85 years, of Canvey Island, Essex. Mr Hart was a former member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.   (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Raymond Lyon
On 26 August 2020, Raymond Lyon MRPharmS, aged 65 years, of Bosham, West Sussex. Mr Lyon registered with the Society in 1977.   (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Scottish government to appoint patient safety commissioner in wake of Cumberlege report
The Scottish government has announced plans to appoint a patient safety commissioner to represent patients who have experienced harm from health service treatments. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 4, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Up to 85% of community pharmacies could be in financial deficit by 2024, economic analysis concludes
Economic analysis by Ernst and Young has concluded that up to 85% of community pharmacies will be in financial deficit by 2024 if current funding arrangements continue. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 4, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Proposed legislation could see government ‘broaden’ use of data collected through the Falsified Medicines Directive
Members of the House of Lords have warned that proposed legislation for a UK version of the Falsified Medicines Directive “considerably broadens” how medicines data collected through the system would be used. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 3, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Anticholinergic medications increase risk of mild cognitive impairment, study suggests
Anticholinergic medicines more than double the risk of mild cognitive impairment and accelerated memory and language decline in those predisposed to Alzheimer ’s disease, a study in Neurology has suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 3, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

No going back: how the pandemic is changing community pharmacy
The coronavirus pandemic has been a huge challenge, but it has revolutionised pharmacy practice in some positive ways. In the third of a three-part series, we ask community pharmacists which changes they want to retain. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - September 3, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research