Funding needed for community pharmacists to tackle patients' smoking and drinking, say pharmacy bodies
Community pharmacists need adequate funding and resources if they ’re to discuss patients’ drinking, smoking and wellbeing, pharmacy organisations have said in response to a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence consultation. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacist-led medication reviews after hospital discharge significantly cuts chances of readmission
Patients in Wales who had their medicines reviewed by a pharmacist after being discharged from  hospital were significantly less likely to be readmitted within 90 days, compared to those who did not have a review, a study has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

More than 70 new advanced therapy medicinal products could be available in the UK by 2024
As many as 72 new advanced therapy medicinal products could be available in the UK by 2024, according to horizon scanning by the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

A day in the life of a pharmacist advanced clinical practitioner
Delivering bad news to patients and their families is a part of Stephanie Ghartey ’s role that she finds particularly difficult. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Fast-track medical training for pharmacists: tell us what you think
The government has announced that  pharmacists could be able to retrain as doctors on fast-tracked courses, following the UK’s exit from the EU. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Community pharmacies get four referrals per day from GPs in 'game changer' pilot
GPs are sending up to four patients per day to community pharmacies in the south west of England as part of a national referral pilot, a National Pharmacy Association lead has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Managing hypertension: the role of diet and exercise
It is well known that high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, there are lifestyle interventions that pharmacists can encourage patients to implement to reduce this risk. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

People taking medication warned not to use CBD products
People taking any medication, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women, should not consume cannabidiol products which are sold as food supplements,  safety guidance published by the Food Standards Agency has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Record number of complaints to regulator for the second quarter in a row
The number of fitness-to-practise complaints raised with the General Pharmaceutical Council has hit a record high for the second quarter in a row. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

What you are saying about pharmacy degree apprenticeships
Your responses to our call for opinions on the plans to offer an alternative route into pharmacy. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy bodies call for number of LPCs to be cut
Pharmacy bodies have called for a reduction in the number of local pharmaceutical committees to reflect the changing structure of the NHS. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Malcolm Stewart Lyons
Malcolm Stewart Lyons MRPharmS, aged 79 years, of London. Mr Lyons registered with the Society in 1962. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Manufacturers asked to retain Brexit medicine stockpiles amid supply concerns over coronavirus
The government has asked pharmaceutical companies to keep their no-deal  Brexit medicine stockpiles as a precaution against shortages arising from the spread of the coronavirus in China. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists could be able to prescribe 'low-risk' drugs under new legislation
Pharmacists could be given new powers to prescribe medicines in low-risk situations as part of new legislation being put forward by the government. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Opioid prescribing in Wales increases by 30% in a decade
Opioid prescribing in Wales has increased by 30% in the past decade, according to figures published by the Welsh government. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists and doctors launch resource to support multidisciplinary teams in general practice
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales and the Royal College of General Practitioners Wales have jointly published a resource designed to help multidisciplinary teams in general practice work better together. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy reopens after deep clean amid coronavirus concerns at medical centre
A LloydsPharmacy branch has reopened after undergoing a deep clean following a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the building. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Stressed, self-checking pharmacists must be bold and temporarily close their pharmacies
In November 2019, The Pharmaceutical Journal wrote that  “almost half of community pharmacists admit to self-checking their own dispensing” (Pharm J 2019;303[7931]:294). This dismayed me. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Local implementation of national guidance on management of common infections in primary care in England: findings of a mixed-methods national questionnaire
Local adoption and adaptation of national antimicrobial prescribing guidance in primary care. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy closures: the funding cuts landed me in A & E
A pharmacist ’s experience of deciding to close their pharmacy reveals the personal toll of the government’s cuts to funding for the sector. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government to consider offering pharmacists fast-track training to become doctors
Pharmacists could  be able to retrain as doctors on a fast-tracked course following the UK’s exit from the EU, the government has confirmed. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Martin Ibbitt
On 31 January 2020,  Martin Ibbitt. A former member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Mr Ibbitt registered with the Society in 1969 and, in 1975, was appointed as an inspector with the then Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy First service may 'swamp' pharmacies with work, RPS Scottish chair warns
Pharmacists in Scotland could face being “swamped with work” under the expanded Pharmacy First scheme, which is due to launch in April 2020, the chair of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy First service may 'swamp' pharmacies with work, sector representative warns
Pharmacists in Scotland could face being “swamped with work” under the expanded Pharmacy First scheme, which is due to launch in April 2020, a representative for the sector has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Step counting can help predict outcomes for patients undergoing lung cancer treatment
Measuring patients ’ step counts before they receive lung cancer treatment could help predict outcomes, research published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics has suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Taiwo Owatemi: 'Like every pharmacist in the country, I ’ve been frustrated by medicines shortages'
How pharmacy led Taiwo Owatemi, Labour MP for Coventry North West, to her new role in politics. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Lack of evidence for non-drug interventions for chronic pain 'could limit their inclusion in NICE guidance'
Lack of clinical evidence to support non-pharmaceutical interventions to help patients with chronic pain may hamper their inclusion in new national guidance, a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance committee, has suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

'Lack of evidence for non-drug interventions for chronic pain could limit their inclusion in NICE guidance'
Lack of clinical evidence to support non-pharmaceutical interventions to help patients with chronic pain may hamper their inclusion in new national guidance, a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance committee, has suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Lack of evidence for non-drug interventions for chronic pain could limit their inclusion in NICE guidance
Lack of clinical evidence to support non-pharmaceutical interventions to help patients with chronic pain may hamper their inclusion in new national guidance, a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance committee, has suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Penelope Anne Lye
Penelope Anne Lye MRPharmS, aged 49 years, of Bath, Somerset. Mrs Lye registered with the Society in 1993.   (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Michael Joseph Busse
Michael Joseph Busse MRPharmS, aged 87 years, of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Mr Busse registered with the Society in 1957. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

A day in the life of a nutrition support pharmacist
Clinical nutrition is an area that requires pharmacists to work  closely with the clinical team, rather than focusing solely on compounding. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

A handheld treatment record for patients receiving chemotherapy
Pharmacists recognise how important it is to ensure an accurate and current medication history for patients before commencing therapies or making recommendations on how to manage conditions. This is arguably even more important for people with cancer who are undergoing systemic anticancer therapy (SACT) — a group for whom this already challenging as access to specialist medical records is often limited, and the patient’s medicine can frequently change. In addition, the narrow therapeutic ... (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government opens talks on cutting delays to provision of medical cannabis
The government is considering whether licensed wholesalers could hold reserve stocks of medical cannabis to reduce delays in patients receiving their medicines. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Primary care networks to be fully reimbursed for pharmacists under updated GP contract
Pharmacists employed by primary care networks will have their salaries fully reimbursed as part of  an updated GP contract agreement, published on 7 February 2019. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Paul Bennett: 'Good governance is essential in any organisation'
Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, explains the importance of, and rationale behind, proposed changes to the Society ’s governance structure. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Low-intensity intervention ineffective at reducing cardiovascular risk
A low-intensity psychological intervention did not improve physical activity and weight loss in people at risk of cardiovascular disease events, a study published in  Heart has shown. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

A rethink of our approach to chronic pain is desperately needed
Chronic pain  places a huge burden on millions of individuals, families and carers in Great Britain. However, despite being such a prevalent condition, the tools for managing it are pretty blunt. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Losing faith: the patients waiting years for specialist pain treatment
Delays in accessing pain services in some parts of the country mean that people with chronic pain are struggling to cope. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Some patients with chronic pain face waiting years to see a specialist
Exclusive:  The majority of patients living with chronic pain are having to wait much longer than recommended for specialist help to manage their symptoms, with some waiting two years after being referred by their GP.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy2U 'mega facility' refused inclusion on pharmaceutical list by NHS litigation arm
Pharmacy2U ’s application to include its new Leicester ‘mega facility’ on the pharmaceutical list has been refused by the NHS’s litigation arm. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy2U 'mega facility' removed from pharmaceutical list by NHS litigation arm
Pharmacy2U ’s application to include its new Leicester ‘mega facility’ on the pharmaceutical list has been refused by the NHS’s litigation arm. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Welsh Pharmacy Board election 2020
The scheme for the 2020 election provides for four places on the Welsh Pharmacy Board for Members or Fellows who work or live wholly or mainly in Wales. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Scottish Pharmacy Board election 2020
The scheme for the 2020 election provides for four places on the Scottish Pharmacy Board for Members or Fellows who work or live wholly or mainly in Scotland. The eligibility criteria are set out below. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

English Pharmacy Board election 2020
The scheme for the 2020 election provides for five places on the English Pharmacy Board for Members or Fellows who work or live wholly or mainly in England, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. The eligibility criteria are set out below. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

National Pharmacy Board elections 2020: closure of electoral roll and deadline for updating voting preferences
Any Member or Fellow who is resident in England, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man at 17:00 on 6 April 2020 will be entitled to vote in the election of Members of the English Pharmacy Board. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Graham Pickup
On 26 December 2019, Graham Pickup, aged 87, of Llandudno, North Wales. A former member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Mr Pickup registered with the Society in 1954. Pickup was a senior inspector for the former Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.   (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Consumption of ultra-processed foods linked to diabetes risk
Consuming greater proportions of ultra-processed foods  is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, results of a prospective cohort study have suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

McKesson reports 16% year-on-year increase in profit from European business
McKesson ’s European business has reported a 16% year-on-year increase in its adjusted operating profit. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 5, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Patients followed up by pharmacists after hospital discharge less likely to be readmitted, study finds
Patients followed up by a community pharmacist after being discharged from hospital are significantly less likely to be readmitted within 30 days, a study published in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 5, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research