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

Karen Baxter confirmed as managing director of Pharmaceutical Press
Karen Baxter has been confirmed as managing director of The Pharmaceutical Press.   (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 15, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Boots sees profits fall by a fifth in 2018
Boots has reported an almost 20% decline in its 2018 profits compared to the previous year, according to its latest accounts filing. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: David Walter Hutchings
On 26 April 2019, David Walter Hutchings MRPharmS, aged 88 years, of Bottesford, Leicestershire. Mr Hutchings registered with the Society in 1954. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Hazel Margaret Bagshaw
On 7 May 2019, Hazel  Margaret Bagshaw, aged 74 years, of Fareham, Hampshire. Mrs Bagshaw was a former member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

More than 300 unannounced inspections carried out as part of new system, GPhC says
The General Pharmaceutical Council has carried out 303 unannounced inspections since its new system for the inspection of registered pharmacists was introduced on 1 April 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Nothing beats practical experience during pharmacy training
I realise that present-day requirements for pharmacy education may be very different from those in my day at the end of the Second World War and in the 1950s, but, having read comments on the General Pharmaceutical Council ’s proposal to integrate practical placements throughout a five-year pharmacy degree, I think some general principles might apply. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS patients owe £246m in unpaid penalties for prescription charge exemption errors
NHS patients have accrued a total debt of £246m in unpaid penalty fees for incorrectly claiming free NHS prescriptions, the National Audit Office has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

LloydsPharmacy parent company warns of 'further closures' to pharmacies
LloydsPharmacy ’s parent company has warned of potential “further closures” to its pharmacies as part of the continued “restructuring” in the company’s European business. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Prescribers struggle with opening discussions on lowering opioid use, survey finds
Many prescribers are concerned about starting discussions with patients on lowering their use of opioids, a  medicines optimisation research team from the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS England cannabis access review to speak with families paying £40k for private prescriptions
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Cannabis under Prescription has said it has put forward 22 families to speak with NHS England as part of its “rapid processes evaluation” of NHS medical cannabis prescribing. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Families forced to pay £40k for medical cannabis to be part of NHS England review
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Cannabis under Prescription has said it has put forward 22 families to speak with NHS England as part of its “rapid processes evaluation” of NHS medical cannabis prescribing. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS England fails to fill 240 pharmacy posts in care homes by March 2019 deadline
NHS England has recruited just over 200 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work in care homes, despite suggesting that 240 roles would be filled by March 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Elen Jones appointed as new RPS director for Wales
Elen Jones has been appointed to succeed Mair Davies as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society ’s director for Wales. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS Annual General Meeting 2019
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society ’s annual general meeting was held at its London offices on 10 April 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists 'unqualified' to follow government drug-switching protocols, say legal campaigners
A legal campaign group has said pharmacists are “unqualified” to dispense alternative medicines during shortages in line with a government-issued protocol. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Dipesh Raghwani: 'We are proactive in support of LGBT patients'
Dipesh  Raghwani is the managing director of SMS Pharmacy in Salford — the first pharmacy to be accredited by the LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice programme. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Fish oils for cardiovascular disease: a turning point?
The use of fish oils to improve cardiovascular health has been in and out of favour for decades, but positive results from a recent trial of Amarin ’s Vascepa have created quite a stir — particularly as they come after a set of negative findings in 2018. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

London pharmacists to be offered training to support LGBT patients
A scheme to  help primary healthcare teams support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people has expanded to London. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists lack knowledge and confidence around cannabis, study finds
Pharmacists support the use of medical cannabis in practice but have concerns about the potential harms  it may cause to patients, the results of a systematic review show (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

MS drug approved by NICE after NHS renegotiates price
A new drug to treat some adults with multiple sclerosis is now being  recommended for use by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence after the NHS renegotiated a lower price with the manufacturer Roche. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists dispensing naloxone without prescription can cut opioid deaths, US study shows
Pharmacists who  have legal permission to dispense opioid antidote naloxone without a prescription could cut fatal overdoses, study results suggest. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 9, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Advisory body on drug misuse to provide framework on medical cannabis by end of 2019
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)  has been asked to provide an outline framework on medical cannabis by the end of 2019, with the aim of having an initial view by the end of 2020. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 9, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Roger Knaggs: 'We need to find a balance between appropriate use and minimising harm'
Government adviser and specialist pharmacist Roger Knaggs speaks about reducing opioid dependency, non-drug alternatives for chronic pain and why we need to be cautious about medical cannabis. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 9, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government delays consultation with pharmaceutical industry over generics price limiting powers
A government consultation with the pharmaceutical industry over plans to use new powers to limit the price of generic medicines has been delayed until later in 2019, the Department of Health and Social Care has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 8, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

National Association for Women Pharmacists to dissolve at end of 2019
The National Association of Women Pharmacists will close down its operations at the end of 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 8, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Help us understand current practice in cold and flu management in community pharmacy
The Pharmaceutical Journal recently emailed members, inviting them to complete a short survey that seeks to better understand current practice in relation to the management of cold and flu in community pharmacy. Your responses will inform an editorially independent learning campaign. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 8, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists to identify AF patients at risk of stroke in £9m NHS England programme
Specialist pharmacists across 23 areas in England will help to identify patients with atrial fibrillation who are at risk of stroke and could benefit from medication, under a £9m programme announced by NHS England. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - May 7, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research