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Class 4 Medicines Defect Information (caution in use) Bleo-Kyowa, powder for solution for injection, 15,000 IU
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a Class 4 drug alert for a specific batch of Bleo-Kyowa, Powder for Solution for Injection (Bleomycin sulfate), 15,000 IU. Thi (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 23, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS responds to Secretary of State for Health ’s plans to improve patient safety
Responding to the Secretary of State announcement today, Sandra Gidley, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board said:“Whilst the vast majority of prescriptions prescribed in the NHS are safe, it w (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 23, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Wales reiterates call for urgent action on care home antipsychotics
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales has welcomed the launch of a new 5 year Dementia Action Plan for Wales but continues to call for urgent action on the use of antipsychotic medication in care (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 22, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Ventolin Accuhaler 200mcg and Seretide Accuhaler 50 microgram/250 microgram/dose inhalation powder, pre-dispensed
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued class 2 medicines recalls for Ventolin Accuhaler 200mcg and Seretide Accuhaler 50 microgram/250 microgram/dose inhalation powd (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 22, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group welcomes new Chair
We are delighted to announce that Dr Jacqueline Sneddon has been elected new Chair of the RPS Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group (AEAG). Jacqueline responded to her election stating:“I am del (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 22, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England urges community pharmacists to take up training
Community pharmacists in Englandcan now enrol on free training at Masters level through thePharmacy Integration Fund. You can choose to take a single or range of modules and learning will encompass f (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England talks to BBC's Look North about reimbursement
The Drug Tariff sets the price for the majority of items prescribed on the NHS by GPs in order to incentivise efficient purchasing. However, fluctuations in the prices of prescription medicines cause (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Join us at the online hustings for the RPS National Pharmacy Board Elections 2018
As this year’s RPS National Pharmacy Board Elections are fast approaching, we would like to invite you to our online hustings. This year, we are going to host them online via a Telegram group. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Public Health England: National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training for Registered Healthcare Practitioners
Public Health England have issued guidance... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Wales welcomes £100m investment in care transformation
A recent announcement by the Welsh Government to invest£100m to transform the delivery of care in Wales has been warmly welcomed by RPS Wales. Responding to the announcement, Suzanne Scott-Thom (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Wales welcomes £100m investment to transform care
A recent announcement by the Welsh Government to invest£100m to transform the delivery of care in Wales has been warmly welcomed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society inWales. Responding to the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Dispensing errors defence due in law in April
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has welcomed the news that a new defence around inadvertent dispensing errors is one step closer to coming into force. The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS in England advises the public to think 'pharmacy first' for minor health concerns
Today NHS Englandlaunched‘Stay Well Pharmacy’, a major new national media campaign to raise awareness and promote the use of community pharmacy for clinical advice for minor health concer (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS advises the public to think 'pharmacy first' for minor health concerns
Today NHS Englandlaunched‘Stay Well Pharmacy’, a major new national media campaign to raise awareness and promote the use of community pharmacy for clinical advice for minor health concer (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Esmya (ulipristal acetate) for uterine fibroids: monitor liver function in current and recent users; do not initiate treatment in new users or those between treatment courses
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a letter to healthcare professionals: Esmya (ulipristal acetate) for uterine fibroids: monitor liver function in current and r (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland welcomes funding for dedicated posts for care home pharmacists in England but urges quicker progress in Scotland
Earlier this week, NHS England announced that the Pharmacy Integration Fund will be used to fund 180 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technician posts to help improve medicines optimisation (pharmaceutical (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS England vaccine ordering for 2018-19 influenza season
NHS England have shared letters have with... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Drug safety update: Mycophenolate mofetil, mycophenolic acid: updated contraception advice for male patients
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update: Mycophenolate mofetil, mycophenolic acid: updated contraception advice for male patients. It is now reco (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Our media highlights 2017
We make every effort to get pharmacists on TV and radio speaking up about medicines and patient care. So how often do pharmacists appear in the media? If they're a member talking on behalf of the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Changes to Ribena
Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) are reducing the sugar content of Ribena Blackcurrant (Ready To Drink and squash by approximately 55%). Pharmacists should be aware of this change as Ribena Blackcurrant (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New Stay Well Pharmacy campaign
NHS England is launching a campaign to encourage people to use their local pharmacy as a first port of call for minor health concerns. Running from12th February to 31st March 2018the campaign aims to (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England Board Meeting Update
Speaking after the recent meeting of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, Chair Sandra Gidley commented:“RPS England have committed to publish recommendations around prescribing soon. Board members (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Ash Soni talks to BBC Radio 4 about the cost of custom made medicine
The Times today reported on multiple cases where the NHS is forced to pay as much as£1500 for a pot of moisturiser. The story focused on many cases where the NHS appears to have been overcharge (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines recall: Magnevist and Omniscan Solutions for injection. Hospital Pharmacy and Radiology Department Level Recall
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall for Magnevist and Omniscan Solutions for injection.... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Wales Revalidation Roadshow dates confirmed
RPS Wales are delighted to announce the dates of three Revalidation Roadshows in Wales where all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can attend FREE to find out everything they need to know about the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 31, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists ’ role in substance misuse outlined to Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee
Our member, Dr Carole Hunter, Lead Pharmacist, Addiction Services at NHS Greater Glasgow& Clyde, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Health& Sport Committee on Tuesday 30 Januar (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 31, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland highlights potential impact of Brexit
We have responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Health& Sport Committee’s call for evidence in relation to their inquiry into the impact of leaving the EU on health and social care in (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 30, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England welcomes new voluntary regulator for aesthetic practitioners
A new voluntary regulator for cosmetic practitioners in England, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), will go live from 1st March 2018. The RPS has been part of the working group to e (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 24, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS and UCL host Reducing Health Inequalities lecture
The 2018 UCL School of Pharmacy and RPS New Year lecture was given by Professor Sir Michael Marmot this year on the topic of Reducing Health Inequalities.The session was chaired by ProfessorAsh Soni O (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 22, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England concerned about health inequalities if prescribing restrictions go ahead
NHS Clinical Commissionersand NHS England have launched a consultation document on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. These prescriptions inc (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 22, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England welcomes new training from Health Education England
Working with the RPS and other partners, Health Education England has developed specifications for seven new training programmes for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Funded through the Pharmacy (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical device alert: All Philips HeartStart MRx monitors/defibrillators – significant delay in the supply of batteries
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a medical device alert for all Philips HeartStart MRx monitors/defibrillators... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 19, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

News Story: Parents and carers advised to inspect Buccolam oral syringes before use
The MHRA has published a news story: Parents and carers advised to inspect Buccolam oral syringes before use. The MHRA want to make sure parents and carers of children who are using Buccolam are aware (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland responds to Health & Sport Committee ’s Preventative Agenda inquiries
The RPS in Scotland has published its responses to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee’s Preventative Agenda inquiries into substance misuse and sexual health, blood borne (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England Chair calls for greater use of Pharmacy Integration Fund to improve patient care
Sandra Gidley, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board, has called on NHS England to use the Pharmacy Integration Fund to accelerate referral to pharmacy schemes to he (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New Transition Programme for NHS111 pharmacists in Wales
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is delighted to announce that the RPS Transition Programme pilot to support pharmacists moving into the NHS111 work environment in Wales will commence today. The NHS1 (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Wales seeks views on the role of pharmacy in palliative and end of life care
Directed by the Welsh Pharmacy Board, the role of pharmacy palliative and end of life care will be a key priority for RPS Wales throughout2018. The basis for the work will be a policy that will highli (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group seeks views on antimicrobial campaign
Back in September 2017, RPS in Scotland supported the launch of the“Keep Antibiotic Working” campaign in which all Scottish community pharmacies were involved. The campaign ran between O (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Drug safety update: Drug-name confusion: reminder to be vigilant for potential errors
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update: reminder to be vigilant for potential errors... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS Improvement Patient Safety Alert: Risk of death and severe harm from failure to obtain and continue flow from oxygen cylinders
NHS Improvement has issued a Patient Safety Alert: Risk of death and severe harm... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Drug Safety update: Co-dydramol: prescribe and dispense by strength to minimise risk of medication error
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update for co-dydramol. Previously co-dydramol (dihydrocodeine/paracetamol) was available only in the ratio 1:50 (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists can improve outcomes across a number of clinical pathways
The Royal Pharmaceutical Societyis exploring ways in which community pharmacists can further contribute to the delivery of optimal care pathways, to support their local health economies and improve pa (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS statement on BBC Inside Out programme
The following is a statementon tonight’s upcoming BBC Inside Out programme. You may also have seen the story on BBC Online today. Community pharmacy provides a safe and effective service to pat (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS consultation on the role of the pharmacist
In an environment of increasing public expectations, workforce pressures, significant scientific and technological advances, it is important for the pharmacy profession to define its aspirations as to (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New updated RPS Hospital Pharmacy Standards
The brand new updated RPS Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services are now available. The document replaces the 2014 version and provides a framework to improve current services, shape fu (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 5, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Consultant Pharmacist Hub Page
We have published a Consultant Pharmacist Hub Page. The guide has been developed to support pharmacists aspiring to become consultant pharmacists and those currently in the role. The guide will also b (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Molipaxin 100 mg capsules (one batch)
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall for a single batch of Molipaxin 100 mg capsules, due to a potential issue with the metal detector d (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Mollipaxin 100 mg capsules (one batch)
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall for a single batch of Mollipaxin 100 mg capsules, due to a potential issue with the metal detector (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS backs RCGP call for patients to see a pharmacist
The Royal Pharmaceutical Societytook to the airwaves this morning to endorse the recommendation from The Royal College of GPs that patients should self-care, search for information about their illness (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - December 29, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical Device Alert: Syringe pumps – required user actions in the event of PL3 alarm to prevent risk of interrupted infusion
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a medical device alert for BD Alaris/Asena syringe pumps ... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - December 22, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news