RPS England talks to BBC Radio 4 about Epipen shortage
Director for England Robbie Turner talked to BBC Radio 4’s You& Yours today about the shortage of Epipens. An Epipenis an adrenaline injection used to treat the allergic reaction anaphylax (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 24, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

National Pharmacy Board Elections 2018
English Pharmacy Board Election The following candidates (listed in alphabetical order)have been elected to the four substantive vacancies on the English Pharmacy Board: Claire Anderson Sultan Dajan (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 21, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Valproate use by women and girls - updated MHRA guidance
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued updated Guidance for Valproate use by women and girls which includes an updated toolkit. Valproate must no longer be used in a (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 21, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical advice alert: Home use and Point of Care blood glucose monitoring system
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a medical device alert for Home use and Point of Care blood glucose monitoring system... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 18, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland looking for member representative on the SIGN Council
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland to represent us on the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) Council. Members of S (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland wants to hear your experience of workforce pressures
The RPS in Scotland has been invited to give evidence to Scottish Labour’s Workforce Commission in the summer. As always, the Society is keen on ensuring that its evidence is fully informed by t (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Gail Fleming joins the RPS as new Director of Education
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Fleming FRPharmS as its new Director of Education. Education is a key part of the Society’s strategy. As such, Ga (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Company led recall - Unlicensed Medicine Phenytoin 90mg/5ml Oral Suspension
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have issued a company led recall for specific batches of unlicensed medicine Phenytoin 90mg/5ml Oral Suspension (Rosemont Pharmaceuticals (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Wales welcomes Assembly Committee findings on anti-psychotics
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales has welcomed recommendations of the National Assembly for Wales's Health, Social Care and Sport Committee report into the inappropriate use of antipsychot (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New care home webinars from NHS England and RPS
NHS England and the Royal Pharmaceutical Societyare hosting four separate webinars on 12, 19, 26 and 27June to help pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, providers, STPs/ICSsand commissioners find out mo (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS invites your views on education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers
We will be responding to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) consultation on education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers, and are inviting members’ view (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medicines safety: indicators for safer prescribing (England)
The Medicines Safety Programme has developed a series of indicators to inform safer prescribing practice, helping pharmacists, clinicians and patients to review prescribed medicines and prevent avoida (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Wales welcomes new negligence indemnity scheme
RPS Wales has welcomed new arrangements to provide clinical negligence indemnity for GPs and the wider multi-disciplinary team. The state-backed scheme announced by the Welsh Government will benefit a (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England talks to BBC about prescribing over the counter medicines
Chair of RPS England Sandra Gidley was interviewed by BBC West Midlands radio today about the outcome of NHS England’s consultation on over the counter medicines which should not be routinely pr (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Two new RPS Local Coordinators in Scotland announced
We are delighted to announce that we have recently filled the RPS Local Coordinator posts for Highlands and Islands and Lanarkshire and we warmly welcome Calum Murray (Highlands and Islands) and Gilli (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you – 6 months on
During our Seminar in 2017 we launched our new approach to local engagement and events– RPS Local. Six months on, we are delighted to share with you the initial impact this new model has delive (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

CAS alert: Influenza Season 2017/18: Use of Antiviral Medicines (England)
The Department of Health has issued an alert for the use of antiviral medicines.... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme: Guidance for the June 2018 declaration
NHS England has published guidance for the June 2018 declaration for the Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme for community pharmacies in England. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 3 Medicines Recall: Latanoprost Timolol Eye drops
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a Class 3 medicines recall for a batch of Latanoprost Timolol Eye drops. FDC Pharma are recalling a specified batch due to an (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New phone number for RPS elections queries
Our Board elections opened on Monday. The external company who manage the elections on our behalf (Mi-Voice) supplied a phone number to call in case you needed support; that number was incorrect. It w (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Public Health England: NHS Breast Screening Programme Incident
Public Health England and NHS England have published an alert as a result of ... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Time to vote in the National Pharmacy Board elections
Voting for this year’s National Pharmacy Board elections is now open. We have received 14 nominations for four substantive vacancies. The candidates are: Claire Anderson, Catherine Armstrong, (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 30, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

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Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 27, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS Improvement Patient Safety Alert: Resources to support the safe adoption of the revised National Early Warning Score (NEWS2)
NHS Improvement has issued a resource alert to support the safe adoption of the revised National Early Warning Score (NEWS2)... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 27, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS Improvement Patient Safety Alert: Risk of death or severe harm from inadvertent intravenous administration of solid organ perfusion fluids
NHS Improvement has issued a Patient Safety Alert: Risk of death or severe harm from inadvertent intravenous administration of solid organ perfusion fluids (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 26, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Drug safety update: Valproate medicines contraindicated in women and girls of childbearing potential
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update: Valproate medicines (Epilim ▼, Depakote▼): contraindicated in women and girls of childbearing potential u (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 25, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes MHRA measures on sodium valproate
The RPS welcomes new measuresannounced today by the MHRA to help prevent harm to women taking sodium valproate. These include: All women of childbearing age taking part in a pregnancy prevention p (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 24, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Supporting community pharmacy contractors in working towards General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance
In just over one months’ time (25 May 2018) the two year implementation period for GDPR will end, and GDPR will be applicable. The RPS has been part of the cross-sector Community Pharmacy GDPR (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The NHS is turning 70
The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. This is an opportunity to celebrate its achievements and to appreciate the vital role the service plays in all our lives. Pharmacists have p (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: Inhixa solution for injection in pre-filled syringe (enoxaparin sodium)
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issues a Class 4 medicines defect information drug alert for Inhixa solution for injection in pre-filled syringes. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 18, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS talks to BBC 1 about medicines for heartburn
RPS Deputy Chief Scientist Dr Claire Thompson appeared on BBC1’s Health: Truth or Scare this morning for an item investigating medicines for heartburn and what the risks are when taking proton p (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS produces professional guidance for Sildenafil 50 mg film-coated tablets, P medicine (Viagra Connect)
Sildenafil 50 mg film-coated tablets were reclassified from a prescription only medicine (POM) to a Pharmacy medicine (P) in November 2017, following a public MHRA consultation. The outcome of the con (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New law on dispensing errors comes into force today
A new defence around inadvertent dispensing errors has come into force today (16 April), creating a safer environment for patients. After a long-running campaign from RPS and the pharmacy profession, (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England Board meeting - April update
Commenting on the key outcomes from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board meeting on 12 April, Board Chair Sandra Gidley said:“Patient care was at the heart of the co (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

National Pharmacy Board Election Candidates 2018
We are delighted to announce we have had a total of 24 nominations for this year’s national pharmacy board elections. For the English Pharmacy Board Election we have received 14 nominations f (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS response to NHS England guidance on over the counter medicines
Responding to NHS Englandguidance published todayon over the counter items that should not routinely be prescribed in primary care, RPS English Pharmacy Board Chair Sandra Gidley said:“All p (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 29, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We are now closed until Tuesday 3rd April
Our offices are now closed and will reopen on 3rd April 2018 at 9am. We wish everyone a Happy Easter! (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 29, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Changes to governance documents
At the meeting held on 22nd March 2018, RPS Assembly agreed a number of significant amendments to the Society’s Regulations that will take effect from 8th June. Please see full details at How We (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 29, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical Device Alert: All T34 ambulatory syringe pumps
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a Medical Device Alert for all T34 ambulatory syringe pumps, due to a risk of unintended pump shutdown and delay to treatment. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 29, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Urgent action needed to stop care home residents receiving unnecessary antibiotics
Residents in nursing homes in England receive twice as many antibiotics as those of the same age living in their own homes, potentially harming their health and contributing to the growing problem of (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 28, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Company led recall - Mesna 100mg/ml solution for injection/infusion
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have issued a company led recall for one batch of Mesna 100mg/ml solution... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 28, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes sildenafil in community pharmacies
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society fully supports the move to make sildenafil available at community pharmacies as a P medicine so it can be provided directly by pharmacists after a consultation with a (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 27, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS talks to BBC Breakfast about painkiller addiction
Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen in England by almost 80% over the past decade according to the latest Prescription Analysis Data from NHS Digital. GPs in England prescribed 23.8 millio (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists funded to work in care homes in England
RespondingNHS England’s announcement it will fund180 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technicians to work in care homes RPS England Board Chair Sandra Gidley said:““Our overstretched NH (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Elections 2018: Nominations are now open
Nominations for the RPS National Pharmacy Board elections are now open. Nominating yourself is a great opportunity to get your views heard and make a difference. The RPS National Pharmacy Boards pr (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS to host clinical fellow from Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Scheme
Applications are invited for Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme 2018/19. The scheme provides early-career pharmacists with a unique opportunity to gain experience and insight (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 3 Medicines Recall: Lynparza 50mg capsules (olaparib)
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a Class 3 medicines recall for specific batches of Lynparza 50mg capsules (olaparib). (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Jersey transfer of care pilot on ITV News
A six month pilot with pharmacists in Jersey aims to reduce the number of discharged patients being re-admitted to hospital. The Transfer of Care scheme, which is running from January-June, gives pat (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Drug safety update: Head lice eradication products: risk of serious burns
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update: Head lice eradication products: risk of serious burns if treated hair is exposed to open flames or other (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New roles for pharmacists in urgent care welcomed by RPS England
NHS England has created 61 WTE new roles for pharmacists as part of its Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) programme.The initiative is supported by the Pharmacy Integration Fund. The positions are within t (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news