Give pharmacists the tools and we will finish the job
Locum pharmacist Emmanuel Chisadza shuns the current reimbursement framework for community pharmacy, and calls for a model that recognises that value of pharmaceutical care. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government to review medicinal use of cannabis
The  government will consider whether medicinal cannabis should be rescheduled, Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Online dispensing could save NHS £1.2bn, Pharmacy2U tells MPs
The internet-based Pharmacy2U has published a briefing paper  for MPs and policymakers claiming that online dispensing could save the NHS up to £400m a year or £1.2bn over three years. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

No plans to close pharmacies, says Well chief executive
John Nuttall, chief executive of  Well Pharmacy, has told The Pharmaceutical Journal that the business has no plans to close pharmacies. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

John Nuttall: You might say "close stores", but we like to play the long game
Chief executive of Well Pharmacy, the third largest pharmacy chain in the UK, discusses the independent multiple ’s strong position despite cuts to community pharmacy funding and how the business is preparing for online competition. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

E-cigarette flavourings may damage blood vessels, researchers say
Flavourings added to e-cigarettes and other tobacco products appear to harm the endothelial lining of blood vessels, say the authors of a recent paper. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Outsourcing of primary care support by NHS England increased pressure on community pharmacy, says PSNC
NHS England ’s outsourcing of primary care support increased the workload for community pharmacy, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government launches double consultation on dispensing errors legislation and role of responsible and superintendent pharmacists
The government has launched a consultation on extending the new defence for dispensing errors from community pharmacists to other parts of the profession, and a second consultation on clarification of how registered pharmacies should be governed. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

How to provide patients with the right information to make informed decisions
A tailored approach can help pharmacists support patients to make better treatment choices and have a more successful outcome. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Success in lobbying and digital publishing celebrated in 2017 RPS annual review
The introduction of a UK-wide criminal defence against inadvertent dispensing errors is one of the highlights of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society ’s 2017 Annual Review. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy leaders bid for a slice of £20bn NHS funding boost
Pharmacy can help ensure the NHS gets value for money from the £20.5bn planned increase in its funding by 2023–2024, pharmacy leaders say. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

From the Archives: pharmacists' views on the new National Health Service
In January 1948, a rousing message from Jean Kennedy Irvine, the Society ’s first woman president, greeted members on opening their New Year’s issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tess Fenn to step down as president of APTUK
Tess Fenn, president of the  Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, has announced her decision to step down from the role at the end of 2018.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS mid-life health checks to include dementia risk
Dementia risk will now be included in the NHS Health Check, Public Health England has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Google searches for online prescription services have doubled
Internet search activity for online GP and prescription services in the UK has increased. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Gabapentinoids prescribed prior to a fifth of drug-related deaths in Scotland
Official figures show a steep rise in the proportion of drug-related deaths in Scotland in patients who had a gabapentin or pregabalin prescribed in the 90 days before death. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 18, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Over 40% of patients not told about side effects of their medicines
Hospital patients are not getting enough information about how to take care of themselves after discharge, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 18, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

GPhC review of equality and diversity in fitness-to-practise cases on hold
A General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) review of equality and diversity has been put on hold following recommendations made in a rapid policy review  of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 18, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tighter regulations in United States drive opioid sales via ‘cryptomarkets’
The number of opioids sold through online illicit markets has doubled, coinciding with the restriction of one of the most frequently presctibed opioid analgesics in the United States, according to results from a study  published in The British Medical Journal. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 18, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Community pharmacy is the safety net for risky prescribing
In response to The Pharmaceutical Journal ’s editorial, ‘Securing the best deal for pharmacy’, published in May 2018, I agree that community pharmacy has a big part to play in reducing drug errors. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 18, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Funding for Scottish pharmacies to rise by £2.6m
Community pharmacies in Scotland are to  receive an increase in funding of £2.6m in 2018–2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tribute: David Lawrence Lamb (Lawrie) Robertson
I join with colleagues in paying tribute to Lawrie Robertson who sadly passed away on 9  April 2018 after a long illness. Lawrie was a highly regarded and well respected pharmacist, a profession he was extremely proud to be a member of, and had been, for over 60 years. After registration in 1955, his early dabbling in the pharmaceutical industry probably only served to reinforce his c ommitment to a lifelong career dedicated to community pharmacy. As an independent contractor, he eventually ... (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: David Lawrence Lamb (Lawrie) Robertson
On 9 April 2018, David Lawrence Lamb (Lawrie) Robertson MRPharmS, aged 88, of Glasgow, Lanarkshire.  Mr Robertson registered with the Society in 1955. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

More than 100 pharmacy staff sign up to Talk Cancer
More than 110 pharmacy staff across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex have signed up to  specialised training workshops to help them talk to patients who may have signs of cancer. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Concern over proposals to end experience requirement for trainee independent prescribers
The Pharmacists ’ Defence Association is concerned over proposals to remove the requirement for pharmacists to have two years’ experience before they can begin independent prescriber training. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Ignorance is not bliss: why we need more empowered patients
Shared decision-making should become a mandatory part of training for all healthcare professionals to improve collaboration with their patients, save the NHS billions, and ultimately improve patient outcomes,  say Aseem Malhotra and Sue Bailey. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

We need to treat people who take street drugs as patients, not criminals
Healthcare professionals have a role to play in improving care for people who take street drugs and providing better information on their drugs ’ content, says Royal Pharmaceutical Society president Ash Soni. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Hard Brexit could wipe out UK ’s parallel trade in pharmaceuticals
A hard Brexit would eliminate the UK ’s parallel pharmaceutical distribution market, according to legal counsel to the British Association of European Pharmaceutical Distributors. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

First ever primary care consultant pharmacist appointed in the UK
The first consultant pharmacist working at a population level in primary care has been appointed by Dudley clinical commissioning group. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Half the Pharmacy Integration Fund budget spent elsewhere in NHS
More than £20m of Pharmacy Integration Fund money was used to prop up other parts of the NHS in the last financial year. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Should community pharmacy stock homeopathic remedies?
Two pharmacists argue whether homeopathic remedies should be available to buy in community pharmacies after the High Court ’s support for the decision to stop funding homeopathy on the NHS. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Single-pill combination for hypertension linked with improved clinical outcomes and adherence, study finds
Single-pill fixed-dose combination treatment for hypertension improves medication adherence and is linked with a significantly lower risk of heart attack, heart failure or stroke, a study has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS members recognised in Queen ’s Birthday Honours
Three members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have received MBEs in the  2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Arbitration body ends Boots-BPA deal
Bargaining arrangements between Boots and the Boots Pharmacists ’ Association have been terminated by the body responsible for resolving collective workplace disputes. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS Wales welcomes government ’s integrated approach to health and social care
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales has responded positively to  A healthier Wales: our plan for health and social care. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

'The Quack Doctor', 1814
Thomas Rowlandson ’s caricature of the dubious nature of apothecaries is shown in a painting called ‘The Quack Doctor’. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Reported fitness to practise concerns have risen every quarter in the past year
Fitness-to-practise case concerns reported to the General Pharmaceutical Council have risen for the fourth quarter in a row. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Heavy menstrual bleeding: diagnosis and management options
This article covers the most recent guidance and available treatment options. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Will pharmacies ever go 'zero waste'?
Pharmacists can start discussions on new packaging methods to reduce the amount of waste pharmacy sends to landfill, says preregistration trainee Emily Cooper. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Health select committee rejects claims that NHS integration is road to privatisation
A  parliamentary report has refuted claims that the move towards integrated place-based care across the NHS will result in creeping privatisation of the health service. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Robbie Turner appointed director of pharmacy and member experience
Robbie Turner has been appointed as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society ’s (RPS) new director of pharmacy and member experience. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Charity managing England PrEP trial closed down
The charitable trust managing England ’s PrEP impact trial has been wound down by its trustees. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Advice about beta-blockers
4 June 2018: Helen Williams, spokesperson on cardiovascular medicine at the  Royal Pharmaceutical Society, spoke to the Daily Mail about beta-blockers. “Beta-blockers can cause a general slowing down in metabolism, which can be more noticeable with the first few doses, then settles down,” Williams said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Stability in generics pricing needed
8 June 2018: Sandra Gidley, chair of  the English Board, spoke to the Daily Mail about a National Audit Office (NAO) report into NHS spending on generic medicines in primary care. “This NAO investigation brings clarity to an issue which has hit community pharmacists hard over the past year … We must have greater stability in gen eric prices – without it pharmacists struggle, CCGs are left in debt and patients suffer,” Gidley said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Drug development isn't cheap
7 June 2018: Claire Thompson, deputy chief scientist, spoke to ITV News at Ten about the investment needed for drug development. Thompson  provided context to news of Pfizer and Flynn Pharma winning their appeal against a fine imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority, for increasing the price of phenytoin sodium. “It can take around 15 years and more than £1bn to develop a drug,” Thompson said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS unions vote to accept pay deal
Members of every health union except one have voted to accept the proposed NHS three-year pay deal. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: James Alexander Smith
On 10 April 2018,  James Alexander Smith FRPharmS, aged 97 years, of Crawley, West Sussex. Mr Smith registered with the Society in 1942 and was conferred Fellowship in 1992. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists crucial in tackling mental health problems, minister says
Pharmacists are a crucial part of the drive to achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health problems, Jackie Doyle-Price, parliamentary under-secretary of state for mental health and inequalities  has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government released drugs from central stockpile to deal with generics price hikes, NAO finds
A National Audit Office report has revealed the government released supplies of a medicine from a central stockpile to deal with the increased cost of generic medicines. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Help us understand your experience of supporting patients with osteoarthritis
The  Pharmaceutical Journal launches insight-led campaign to advance pharmacy’s role in management of osteoarthritis. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - June 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research