Paul Bennett: 'Pharmacy has a strong and vibrant future'
After one year in the role of  chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Paul Bennett reflects on his first year in office and the Society’s plans moving forward. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

The public must be warned about the dangers of the online medicines free-for-all
The government needs to take action to stop prescription drugs, including opioids and slimming tablets, being obtained from online pharmacies that can avoid regulation. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

MPs call for e-cigarettes to be made available on prescription
MPs are calling on the government to allow e-cigarettes to be made available on prescription because of their potential to help people stop smoking traditional cigarettes. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

BMA warns of 'catastrophic' effect on health of no-deal Brexit
A no-deal Brexit could be a “catastrophe” for NHS services and workforce, patients and the health of the nation, the British Medical Association has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Preparing for the big biologic switch
With blockbuster biologic adalimumab coming off patent in October 2018, pharmacists should be ready to switch patients to the best value biologic as alternatives become available. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Making the switch — preparing for the patent expiry of the NHS's most costly biologic
With blockbuster biologic adalimumab coming off patent in October 2018, pharmacists should be ready to switch patients to the best value biologic as alternatives become available. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NICE amends standard on medicines management in the community following feedback from PSNC
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has amended a draft quality standard on  medicines management for people receiving social care in the community, removing a proposal that pharmacies should consider supplying printed medicines administration records for patients. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Charity steps in to fund PrEP access in England and NI
A leading HIV and sexual health charity has announced that it will launch a pre-exposure prophylaxis access fund in autumn 2018 to support people in England and Northern Ireland who cannot access or afford the drug. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Getting started in public engagement: how to deliver effective talks and presentations
This article covers the practical aspects that should be considered before getting started. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Oral contraceptives among top 10 most important medicines to be introduced in NHS history, say experts
Oral contraceptives, tamoxifen and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine are three of the ten most important and impactful medicines to be introduced to the NHS during its history, according to a report funded by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Impurity found in valsartan manufactured by second company in China, EMA says
Low levels of the potentially harmful impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine  have been detected in batches of valsartan produced by a second pharmaceutical company, the European Medicines Agency has learnt. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Bawa-Garba wins appeal to be reinstated to medical register
A paediatric trainee who was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after the death of a six-year-old boy from sepsis has won her appeal to be reinstated to the medical register and continue to practise as a doctor. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists need answers now on FMD
With only six months to go until the Falsified Medicines Directive comes into force, pharmacists in the UK need to know how to prepare for its implementation and what financial impact it could have on their business. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

FDA permits marketing of first mobile app for contraception
The first mobile medical application to be used as a method of contraception has been granted marketing approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Cochrane launches 'urgent' investigation of HPV vaccine review
An ‘urgent’ investigation is being launched by Cochrane into its review of human papilloma virus vaccine safety after criticisms from researchers about its findings. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

CCG commissions new minor ailments scheme
Dudley clinical commissioning group has commissioned a minor ailments scheme to improve patient care and make cost savings for the NHS, bucking the trend of the schemes being wound down elsewhere. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS ambassador scheme to champion the Society across England
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England has appointed ten ambassadors to champion the benefits of being a member. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

GP pharmacist contracts: to sign or not to sign?
Pharmacists give advice to a GP pharmacist who has discovered something disturbing in the small print of their contract. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Call for Society Fellowship nominations
The Panel of Fellows will be holding its next meeting in November 2018. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

London weighting needed to tackle preregistration vacancies in the capital, says LPC chief
Preregistration pharmacists who want to work in the community sector in London should be paid a higher training grant in order to tackle vacancy rates, a local pharmaceutical committee chief officer has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Patient safety must not be risked by unannounced pharmacy inspections, says RPS
Inspectors should be given the power to close pharmacies if patient care is put at risk during unannounced pharmacy inspections, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Empowering pharmacy technicians is good for all of us
Principal pharmacist lead for education  and development at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board member, Aamer Safdar, says pharmacists must “stop being precious” about traditional pharmacy roles and embrace the skills of technicians. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Raphael Louis Richman
On 18 July 2018, Raphael Louis Richman, aged 91 years, of Bushey, Hertfordshire; formerly of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Mr Richman registered with the Society in 1948. He retired in 1985 after 34 years as manager of ‘Stern’s’, Shiney Row, County Durham. Mr Richman leaves two children, Jeffrey and Lee-Anne; two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Almost 1,500 pharma firms could miss FMD deadline, warns body in charge
Around 1,500  pharmaceutical companies are at risk of failure to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive because they have yet to start working with the European Medicines Verification Organisation, the body has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

No-deal Brexit could hit drug supply on continent too, ABPI head warns
European governments have failed to recognise the impact a no-deal Brexit will have on their own medicine supply chains, the head of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Web therapy: how pharmacists are leading the way on telehealth
A solution developed to deliver clinical pharmacy services to remote dispensing GP practices in Scotland is being used as a model to expand telehealth services across the rest of NHS Highland.   (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Methylphenidate should be first choice ADHD drug in children, < i > Lancet < /i > study concludes
The preferred first-line treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children is methylphenidate, a review of the evidence has concluded. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Every GP surgery in London now using the Electronic Prescription Service
The Electronic Prescription Service is now live in all 1,311 eligible GP practices in London, NHS Digital has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Proposals to include biologics in price controls could threaten NHS savings, says biosimilars head
Government proposals to include all biologics within the scope of price-controlled health service medicines could impact patient benefit and threaten NHS England ’s savings target, the director general of the British Generic Manufacturers Association and the British Biosimilars Association has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS failing to address 'giant' risks to patients, claims former head of medication safety
The national health service has forgotten to ensure that it has an adequate system to tackle “giant risks” that cause harm to patients, says the former head of medication safety at NHS England. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Role of MHRA post-Brexit undecided, reveals government guidance
The future role of the UK ’s medicines regulator is still “a matter for further discussion with the EU”, according to a document detailing the impact of a Brexit implementation period on the life science sector. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Sex and BMI 'could inform second-line diabetes treatment choice'
Sex and body mass index should be used to guide choice of second-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, a UK study has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

One extra cancer case per 5,000 patients taking varsartan, says EMA
The European Medicines Agency has issued an update on its ongoing review  of the possible health effects in patients who have taken valsartan medicines containing a potentially harmful impurity. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Chief pharmaceutical officer 'hopeful' urgent medicines service will be renewed
Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer, has said it would be “difficult to justify” not renewing the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service in community pharmacies as it has become an important part of the services they offer patients. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Large online POM orders should only be permitted following consultation, says RPS
Patients should not be able to place online orders for large amounts of prescription-only medicines unless an appropriate consultation has taken place, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Membership Fees 2019
The  Royal Pharmaceutical Society Assembly has agreed a 2.4% inflation linked increase in membership fees for 2019 based on the Consumer Price Index at the end of May 2018. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Medicines optimisation in care homes: the role of the pharmacy professional
Care homes have been described as ‘healthcare black holes’, so why should pharmacy professionals work in one? Steve Hemsley discusses the opportunities and challenges. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS Scotland poster campaign aims to get patients talking
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland has launched a poster campaign encouraging patients to talk to pharmacists about their medicines. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS to develop definition of a pharmacist's role for the public
Most respondents to a  Royal Pharmaceutical Society consultation on the role of the pharmacist agreed with the draft statement that was published in January 2018, but some raised concerns about whether the public could ... (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists told to report packages containing unidentified substance
The chief medical officer has issued a ‘class one’ alert to all hospital and community pharmacists regarding unsolicited packages being sent to health-related organisations over the past 24 hours. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacies to get phased delivery of flu vaccines for over 65s from September
Community pharmacies will receive 40% of their supply of the trivalent flu vaccine in September 2018, with the rest following after that, in order to ensure an “equitable supply”. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Ellen Bowsher
On 21 July 2018, Ellen Bowsher MRPharmS, aged 67 years, of Lytchett Matravers, Dorset. Mrs Bowsher registered with the Society in 1974. She graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 1973, and last met many of her former classmates at a reunion in 1993. Mrs Bowsher leaves a husband, Howard, and sons Max and Leo. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Neville Milner
On 15 June 2018, Neville Milner MRPharmS, aged 88 years, of Paphos, Cyprus. Mr Milner registered with the Society in 1951. In 1961, he was appointed secretary  of the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda and, in 1989, he was appointed director of the support programme for the World Health Organization’s South East Asia region. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Roy Norman Gooch
On 8 July 2018, Roy  Norman Gooch MRPharmS, aged 84 years, of Brighton. Mr Gooch registered with the Society in 1967. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: John Alan Vickers
On 19 July 2018, John Alan Vickers, aged 89 years, of Hove. Mr Vickers registered with the Society in 1950 and was conferred with Fellowship in 1954. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Margaret Elizabeth Collett
On 8 July 2018, Margaret Elizabeth Collett, aged 95 years, of Swansea. Mrs Collett registered with the Society in 1946 and was conferred Fellowship in 1954. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Do not buy new scanners before clarification on government funding, says FMD lead
Community pharmacists should not have to pay for scanners and other technology needed to implement the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) without government assurances on funding, the  chair of the UK FMD working group for community pharmacy has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Non-drug approaches should be prioritised when treating agitation in Alzheimer ’s disease, says expert panel
Non-pharmacological treatment should be favoured over drugs for the management of agitation and aggression in patients with Alzheimer ’s disease, according to global experts in the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

EMA scales back functions and expects to lose a third of its staff
The European Medicines Agency has announced a temporary cutback in activities as it prepares for a  workforce loss of up to 30% following its Brexit move to Amsterdam. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Switching to biosimilar and generic medicines saved the NHS over £300m in a year
NHS England saved £324m in 2017/2018 by switching from using ten “expensive” medicines to “better value and equally effective” alternatives, mainly generic and biosimilar medicines, NHS Improvement has revealed. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research