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Clinical management of drug misuse and dependence: an update
July 2017 saw publication of the fourth edition of ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, also known as the Orange Book, which provides guidance that supports healthcare professionals in the field of dependence on illicit and licit medicines. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of this online-only update a nd what the changes mean for practice. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 21, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Regular health checks to tackle long term conditions and raise profile of community pharmacy, recommends think tank
Community pharmacies should provide health checks to everyone over the age of 18 to enable conditions such as hypertension, to be detected earlier, says a new  report commissioned by the National Pharmacy Association. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 21, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

EMA staff could work remotely from London after move to Amsterdam
European Medicines Agency (EMA) staff could remain in London and work remotely for a “transitional” period following the move to Amsterdam, the EMA’s executive director has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 21, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Draft law to lift threat of prosecution for pharmacists
Straightforward change to anachronistic law that criminalised honest errors has taken a decade. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 21, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Amsterdam to be new home of the EMA
Amsterdam has been chosen as the next host of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Minimum unit alcohol pricing to go ahead in Scotland
Minimum unit alcohol pricing, which will increase the price of beer, wine and spirits in the shops,  is to go ahead in Scotland following a UK Supreme Court ruling. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Homecare medicines services, done properly, are a win-win
Aileen Bryson, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)  Scotland policy and practice lead, was quoted in a Daily Mail case study story featuring a woman who had experienced problems with a delivery service for her medicines. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Statins prescribed following heart attack cut risk of another
Patients who have suffered a heart attack or stroke and are then prescribed statins can reduce the risk of suffering another by nearly 25%, according to new research findings. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

MPs question why Boots has failed to supply cheaper morning after pill
130 Labour MPs have signed a letter to high street pharmacist Boots, asking why the company has not met its pledge to cut the price of emergency contraception. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Digital pilot launched to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes
NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have teamed up with a number of healthcare technology companies to try to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 27 September 2017
The Scottish Pharmacy Board held their autumn meeting at Holyrood Park House, Edinburgh, on 27 September 2017. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 5 October 2017
The English Pharmacy Board met at the London office of the  Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 5 October 2017. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: John Williams
On 7 November 2017, John Williams MRPharmS, aged 79, of Aylesbury. Mr Williams registered with the Society in 1962. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Ten new medicines recommended for approval by EMA
The  European Medicines Agency Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended ten medicines for approval, including one biosimilar and two orphan medicines (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Closing my consultancy and leaving pharmacy practice
I am writing to make known my intention to close my consultancy, Wingfield Works, and leave active pharmacy practice at the end of 2017. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Boost in availability of oral cholera vaccines is a potential game changer in global fight against cholera
Julie Hall from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies discusses a new global health plan to cut cholera deaths by 90% and to eliminate the disease by 2030. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

The crucial role of pharmacists in mental health
Pharmacists ’ role in mental health is wide ranging and spans different sectors and settings. However, pharmacists often lack confidence in this area. More hands-on experience early in a pharmacist’s training could help build confidence and raise awareness of the specialty as a possible career path. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 October 2017
The Welsh Pharmacy Board held their third meeting of the year on 12 October 2017, at the Society ’s offices in Pontprennau, Cardiff. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Superbug encounters of the resistant kind
Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives, a new exhibiton at London ’s Science Museum, explores potential solutions to the global threat of antibiotic resistance. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Health minister announces innovative schemes to tackle HIV
The world ’s first national radio service for prisons is developing a project to reduce the stigma around HIV, following funding from the Department of Health. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tribute: Peter Noyce
Peter Noyce, former deputy chief pharmacist at the Department of Health (DH) and a pioneer of pharmacy practice, died on 3 June 2017 at the age of 70. The  Royal Pharmaceutical Society Executive Team and Assembly have prepared the following tribute to Noyce’s life and career. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

GPhC Revalidation for Pharmacy Professionals: Wednesday 29 November
Local practice forum event, ‘GPhC Revalidation for Pharmacy Professionals’. Sandford Education Centre, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PX. Event 7.30pm, buffet 6.30pm. Contact GWLPF.CG@hotmail.co.uk by 6pm on Wednesday 22 November to book food. Food must be booked in advance. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pain Management: Thursday 23 November
Local practice forum/Clinical Commisioning Group/Local Pharmaceutical Committee joint event, ‘Pain Management’. Sanger House, Valiant Court, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth GL2 4FE. Event 7.00pm, buffet 6.30pm. Contact sue.freeman7@nhs.net by 5pm on Wednesday 22 November to book a place. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

New pharmacotherapy service to be set up as part of Scottish GP contract
A new pharmacotherapy service could be developed in Scotland as part of a proposed new GP  contract. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

UK pharmacy schools' new strategy aims to raise pharmacist profile
UK pharmacy schools want to raise the profile of the pharmacist with the public and commissioners highlighting the contribution the profession can make to cost-effective health care. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Health minister insists access to community pharmacy 'very good'
Pharmacy minister Steve Brine has told the House of Commons that online-only pharmacies have a role to play in offering pharmacy services to the public. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

New and improved AMS Hub launched
As part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society ’s antimicrobial stewardship campaign, the antimicrobial stewardship portal has been given a major makeover by the Society’s Professional Development and Services team. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Alcohol-related deaths on the rise in Wales
The number of alcohol-related deaths in Wales rose to 504 in 2016  — an increase of 8.9% in 12 months, according to the latest annual report tracking progress on the government’s 10-year substance misuse strategy. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

FDA approves first digital pill
The first pill which can be digitally tracked as it makes its way through the body has been approved for use by the US safety drugs watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy profession welcomes dispensing error decriminalisation legislation
Pharmacy leaders have  welcomed new legislation that will protect community pharmacists from prosecution over dispensing errors. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy profession welcomes prescribing error decriminalisation legislation
Pharmacy leaders have  welcomed new legislation that will protect community pharmacists from prosecution over dispensing errors. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

PDAU moves a step closer to representing Boots pharmacists
The Central Arbitration Committee has accepted a legal application from Boots pharmacists to dissolve the agreement between Boots and the non-independent trade union, Boots Pharmacists ’ Association. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Off-label drug use: the need for clear national guidance
In October, twelve NHS clinical commissioning groups across northeast England and Cumbria agreed a policy to offer patients in the region with wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration the choice of ‘off-label’ use of bevacizumab (Avastin) as preferred treatment, with potential savings of up to £13.5m over the next five years. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Dennis William Higgins
On 6 November 2017, Dennis William Higgins FRPharmS, aged 84, of Surbiton. Mr Higgins registered with the Society in 1954 and was designated Fellow of the Society in 1988. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

UK most obese country in Western Europe, says OECD report
Nearly 27% of adults in the United Kingdom are obese, according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Decriminalisation legislation cannot come soon enough
On 14 November, an Order was laid before Parliament purporting to introduce a statutory defence to the offence committed when patients are supplied with the wrong prescription medicine. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS highlights gender equality conference
I was interested to receive an email from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society detailing a Public Policy Exchange conference in January on gender equality and pay. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

New Numark managing director comes from parent company
Jeremy Meader, currently sales director at wholesale pharmacist Phoenix is set to take up the role of managing director at Numark next year, replacing John D ’Arcy. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

GPhC to discuss poor preregistration exam performance with pharmacy schools
The General Pharmaceutical Council is to meet with pharmacy schools to discuss poor performance by preregistration students in this summer ’s exams. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Hepatitis C and the potential for care delivery in the community pharmacy
Community pharmacists are uniquely placed to deliver hepatitis C virus testing and treatment, and could help efforts in reaching the World Health Organization target for elimination of the disease by 2030. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Decriminalisation legislation laid before Parliament
Draft legislation, which provides a legal defence for community pharmacists who make a dispensing error, has been laid before Parliament. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Flu jabs are no joke
Pharmacists will receive a joke-telling masterclass from a  Britain’s Got Talent finalist to help improve the efficacy of their seasonal flu vaccinations. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Managing risk and protecting patient safety as an internal audit manager for GSK Global
The career opportunities for pharmacists in industry are extensive says Hannah Le. Keep an open mind and don ’t limit yourself — you might discover the career you always wanted, but never knew existed. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

New leadership skills training for primary care pharmacists
The Primary Care Pharmacy Association has signed an agreement with training provider Pharmacy Management to develop its Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme in England. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Number of prescriptions dispensed by community pharmacies tops one billion for first time
More than one billion prescriptions were dispensed by community pharmacies in England last year (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

GSK head of research confirmed as new government chief scientist
Patrick Vallance, head of research and development at GlaxoSmithKline and former head of medicine at University College London, is the  government’s new chief scientific advisor. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

High-profile guests lined up for Welsh Medicines Safety Conference 2017
The seventh Welsh Medicines Safety Conference will be held in  Hensol, near Cardiff, on 29 November 2017, with high-profile guests lined up to speak (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Medicinal cannabis made legal in Poland
Pharmacists in Poland have been given the go-ahead to make and distribute pharmaceutical products using cannabis after the Polish government made the drug legal for medicinal use (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

UK has shortest GP consultations in Europe, study finds
The UK has the shortest GP consultations in Europe, according to the findings of a new study  published in BMJ Open (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Patients to undergo blood test before being given antibiotics
Patients will be required to undergo a blood test to decide if they require antibiotics to treat their symptoms as part of a pilot scheme in the north of England. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research