Greater participation in RPS national elections sought after low turnout
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society ’s national pharmacy boards will welcome five new members in June 2019, who will sit alongside six returnees who have been re-elected, but more can be done to encourage participation the RPS chief executive has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Contraceptive pills to go out-of-stock for months resulting from 'capacity issues'
Two contraceptive pills will go out of stock until summer 2019, forcing prescribers to switch some women to alternative brands. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Revalidation: helping you navigate uncharted waters
The next stage of revalidation is coming, here are some vital tools to help you prepare. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Revalidation: how to complete a peer discussion record
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. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Guide to a longer and healthier life
The Longevity Solution: rediscovering centuries-old secrets to a healthy, long life, by  James DiNicolantonio and Jason Fung   (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Revalidation: how to complete your reflective account
A step-by-step guide for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to writing and submitting this vital part of revalidation to General Pharmaceutical Council requirements. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Welsh government commits £100k to provide minor ailment training for pharmacists
Pharmacists in Wales are to receive extra training in minor ailments as part of a scheme worth £100,000, the government has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

More than 230 cases of measles recorded in first three months of this year
Public health chiefs have urged any eligible  people to be vaccinated against measles after 231 confirmed cases were recorded in England in the first quarter of 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

CMA accuses four drug firms of breaking competition law on sale of anti-nausea drug
The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found four drug companies to have broken competition law over the sale of an anti-nausea drug to the NHS. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

MMR: the struggle for national coverage
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. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 23, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

All community pharmacies in Wales to have an independent prescriber as part of long-term plan for Welsh pharmacy
Every community pharmacy in Wales will employ an pharmacy independent prescriber by 2030 under the Welsh government ’s long-term plan for the profession. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 23, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Emergency contraception services should be commissioned nationally as part of community pharmacy contract, CCA says
The Company Chemists ’ Association has called on NHS England and other healthcare bodies to establish a single national pharmacy specification for emergency hormonal contraception services to be used by all healthcare commissioners in England. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 23, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Two pharmacists to lead deprescribing network across England
A deprescribing network led by two pharmacists  will be launched in June 2019 to help address the issue of inappropriate polypharmacy across England and make deprescribing a “normal thing to do”. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 23, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

MMR: Winning the battle for hearts and minds
Community pharmacy is in a prime position to help refute damaging anti-vaccination myths  and, as a direct result, could save lives. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 23, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Aspirin safe to take after stroke caused by bleeding in the brain, study finds
Antiplatelet medicines, such as aspirin, appear to be safe and possibly beneficial for patients who have suffered an  intracerebral haemorrhagic stroke, results from a clinical trial published in The Lancet suggest. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 23, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

EMA committee says cough medicines containing fenspiride should not be marketed
A European Medicines Agency committee has recommended that marketing authorisations for cough medicines containing fenspiride should be revoked, meaning they will no longer be marketed in the EU. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 23, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy degree apprenticeship proposals on hold
Proposals for a five-year pharmacy apprenticeship will not go through to the next stage of development until representatives from the wider pharmacy industry are included in the trailblazer group, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 22, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Employers reveal roadmap for apprentice pharmacists
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 (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 22, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

How pharmacists can reduce deaths from opioid misuse
The Pharmacist ’s Guide to Opioid Use Disorders, edited by Merrill Norton. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 22, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Inhaled steroids no more effective than placebo for some mild asthma patients, study finds
The majority of patients with mild, persistent asthma who had a low level of eosinophils, showed no significant difference in their response to an inhaled corticosteroid when compared to placebo,  study results have shown. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 22, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Reversing type 2 diabetes: how pharmacists are helping patients to go drug-free
Pharmacists can help patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus adopt a low-carbohydrate diet and reduce their medicines load. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 22, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Should the pharmacy degree be five years long?
It has been proposed that pharmacy should become a five-year degree, but not everyone agrees that this is the best way forward. Berwyn Owen and Nigel Ratcliffe give arguements for and against the change. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

House of Commons backs call for easier access to medical cannabis
 The House of Commons has backed a motion calling on the government to ensure medical cannabis is made available to “appropriate patients”. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Measles vaccinations should be compulsory for pre-school children, study concludes
Measles vaccinations should be compulsory for children before they start school to help prevent the disease becoming endemic in the UK within 30 years, researchers have suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 24 April 2019
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board held their second meeting of 2019 at the Society ’s Edinburgh offices on 24 April 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 11 April 2019
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society  English Pharmacy Board held their spring meeting at the Society’s London offices on 11 April 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 4 April 2019
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board gathered for their second meeting of the year at  Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on 4 April 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Co-op to trial 'Amazon Locker-style' prescriptions service
The Co-operative Group is to trial what it says is the first click-and-collect ‘Amazon-style’ locker service for medicine prescriptions in the UK. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

EMA launches 'urgent safety review' of alemtuzumab after two patient deaths
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a safety review of alemtuzumab following reports of two deaths and several  other cases of people experiencing life-threatening reactions shortly after taking the medicine. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Drugs companies asked to put no-deal Brexit stockpiles 'on hold' until further notice
The Department of Health and Social Care has written to pharmaceutical companies asking them to keep their six-week stockpiles of medicines “in place but on hold” until further notice. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Ravi Sharma: 'We want to see the pharmacy profession flourish'
Ravi  Sharma joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in November 2018, taking over from Robbie Turner as director for England. Here, Sharma talks to Corrinne Burns about the NHS’s long-term plan, upcoming campaigns, and seeing pharmacists “get the recognition they deserve”. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

A day in the life of a pharmacist at a drug and alcohol service
Chief pharmacist Graham Parsons details a typical day working for the leading social enterprise, Turning Point, which supports clients with learning disabilities, mental health, drug and alcohol problems. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Welsh Pharmacy Board election 2019 results
The final counting of votes for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society elections 2019 took place immediately following the close of poll at 17:00 on 16 May 2019. A breakdown of the result and turnout for Wales is included below:   Electorate Number of individuals eligible to vote  1,373 Total number of individuals who voted 278 (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Scottish Pharmacy Board Election 2019 results
The final counting of votes for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society elections 2019 took place immediately following the close of poll at 17:00 on 16 May 2019. A breakdown of the result and turnout for Scortland  is included below: Electorate   Number of individuals eligible to vote 2,245 Total  number of individuals who voted 483 (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

English Pharmacy Board election 2019 results
The final counting of votes for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society elections 2019 took place immediately following the close of poll at 17:00 on 16 May 2019. A breakdown of the result and turnout for England is included below: Electorate   Number of individuals eligible to vote 21,499 Total number of individuals who voted 2,121 (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Funding for Genomics England to reduce by £40m under 2019/2020 DHSC spending plans
The  Department of Health and Social Care has put forward plans to reduce its funding to Genomics England by £40m in 2019/2020 as the body receives a new funding model to match its latest target to sequence five million genomes in five years. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Three NHS prescriptions for medical cannabis dispensed in the community
The NHS has confirmed that three prescriptions for medical cannabis were dispensed for use in primary care in January and February 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Half of hospital trusts to refer to community pharmacy by 2020
Half of hospital trusts  in England are expected to be able to refer newly discharged patients to community pharmacy for help with taking their medicines by 2020. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Opioid overdose deaths 'rising sharply' in England and Wales, OECD says
Deaths from opioid overdose are “rising sharply” in England and Wales as part of a continuing global crisis, according to an analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Reunion for the University of Manchester pharmacy class of 1979
A group of graduates of the University of Manchester pharmacy class of 1979 are planning a reunion weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our graduation and share memories of Manchester; stories of our lives, families, and careers; and plans for retirement. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Daily naproxen does not stall pre-symptomatic Alzheimer ’s in older adults
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are unlikely to prevent Alzheimer ’s disease in people at risk of developing the condition, study authors have concluded. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: David Michael Dubost
On 30 April 2019, David Michael Dubost MRPharmS, aged 50 years, of Wallasey, Wirrall. Mr Dubost registered with the Society in 2000. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacies verify 4,000 prescription exemptions in real-time checking pilot
Nearly 4,000 prescription charge exemptions have been verified through  the first stage of NHS Digital’s real-time exemption checking pilot scheme. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Experts make thyroid hormone recommendation that could ‘substantially alter prescribing trends’
Thyroid hormones should not be prescribed to adults with sub-clinical hyperthyroidism and clinicians should instead monitor the progression or resolution of the thyroid dysfunction in these patients,  experts have advised. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Warnings on 'diet' drug must go further, RPS says
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has welcomed moves to highlight the potential lethal risks of the fertiliser 2,4 dinitrophenol that is used in some diet pills, but says they do not go far enough and reiterated its call for it to be banned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Business confidence in community pharmacy rises for second year since cuts announced, survey reveals
Business confidence among community pharmacists in England has risen for the second year in a row, according to the results of the  annual Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking Healthcare Confidence Index. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Gazette notice — Pharmaceutical Press (PhP) Ltd Publishing Board
At  a meeting held on 20 March 2019, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Assembly agreed that the following amendments to the Society’s Regulations will take effect from 1 August 2019. The changes are shown in the marked up text below. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Changing perceptions: how Canada's deprescribing network is tackling polypharmacy
As England prepares to launch its own deprescribing network, the director of a similar scheme in Canada explains what they have done over the past four years. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

E-cigarettes have no place in pharmacy
I am one of those people who cannot tolerate the idea of people using nicotine in the long term. Louise Ross, a smoking cessation consultant, in ‘Should pharmacy sell e-cigarettes and encourage people to vape?’, suggests that e-cigarettes can be used to sustain an addiction for life — this opinion is astonishing. N (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

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. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 15, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research