Relentless rise in prescription charges harms patients, says RPS in England
Today the Government announced a rise in prescription charges to£9 per item from 1st April. Commenting on the rise, Chairof the RPS English Board Sandra Gidley said:“The consequences of (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists should have equal access to wellbeing support
Responding to the announcement from the Department of Health and Social Care to provide better mental health and wellbeing support to NHS staff, Chair of the RPS in England Sandra Gidley said:&ldquo (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical Device Alert: Accu-Chek ® Insight insulin pumps – some need to be fitted with key frames to reduce the risk of accidentally unlocking keys or pressing the bolus buttons
Important instructions have been provided on how to fit 2 separate key frames onto all affected Accu-Check Insight pumps (i.e. pumps with serial numbers below 32100000) to prevent accidentally activat (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 19, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Revalidation resources
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Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 19, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Risk of acute pancreatitis with carbimazole use (MHRA Drug Safety Update)
The MHRA has released a Drug Safety Update about the risk of acute pancreatitis with the use of products containing carbimazole and thiamazole. If acute pancreatitis occurs during treatment with ca (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 4 defect information: Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe
Aguettant Limited has advised that there is an error in the Patient Information Leaflet for Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The RPS Fellows Dinner date announced
The Fellows Dinner is a celebration of those in the profession who have gained recognition from their peers for their contribution to pharmacy. We also see this as a celebration of the diversity of th (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Faculty Review
We'd like to thank you for your involvementand commitment to RPS Faculty, and to those who have contributed to the review of the annual submission process. We are now widening the review of Facult (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Carbimazole: increased risk of congenital malformations - strengthened advice on contraception (MHRA Drug Safety Update)
The MHRA have released a drug safety update stating women of childbearing potential should use effective contraception during treatment with carbimazole... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Rescheduling of Gabapentin and Pregabalin to Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs from 1 April 2019
Gabapentin and Pregabalin will be reclassified to Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs). (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines recall: Actavis Group Irbesartan Film-coated tablets
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Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacy bodies join together to support pharmacy sector to learn from failures of care at Gosport
The General Pharmaceutical Council, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Association of Pharmacy Technicians in the UK have joined together to publish a reflection and learning resource to support everyon (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Joint statement from the General Pharmaceutical Council and Royal Pharmaceutical Society on the safety features under the Falsified Medicines Directive coming into force
The legal requirements of the safety features Delegated Regulation under the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) will be in force from 9 February 2019 onwards. The chief executives of the GPhC and RP (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 8, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Joint statement from the RPS and GPhC on the safety features under the Falsified Medicines Directive coming into force
The legal requirements of the safety features Delegated Regulation under the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) will be in force from 9 February 2019 onwards. The chief executives of the GPhC and RP (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 8, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 4 defect information: Amoxicillin 500mg Capsules BP
Accord Healthcare has advised that a change to the Patient Information Leaflet for Amoxicillin 500mg Capsules BP has not been implemented by the required timeline. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 4, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England Board meeting - January update
RPS England Board Chair Sandra Gidley comments on key outcomes from the January Board meeting.“The Board looked ahead to priorities for next year and beyond, including how the profession can h (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Polypharmacy: new guidance available
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has today published guidance on polypharmacy for pharmacists and all healthcare organisations involved with medicines. Polypharmacy: Getting our medicines right provi (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes plan to use more pharmacists across the NHS
Today NHS England announced£4.5bn will be invested over five years from 2020 in general practice under the umbrella of the NHS Long Term Plan. By 2023-24, the aim is to recruit an extra 20,000 (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 31, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical device alert: Recall of certain batches of Eurotrol haemoglobin controls due to microbial contamination
Eurotrol B.V is recalling some batches of Eurotrol haemoglobin controls because of microbial contamination of quality controls. This may lead to incorrect measurement results. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 31, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Help us Help You: new pharmacy advice campaign
On 4 February, NHS England will launching a‘Pharmacy Advice’ campaign under the overarching brand‘Help Us Help You’. The aim of the campaign is to encourage the public to us (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 30, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Carbagen (carbamazepine) tablet supply issue
Information from the Department of Health and Social Care regarding Carbagen (carbamazepine) tablets supply issue. Carbagen (Carbamazepine) various preparations As carbamazepine is considered a Catego (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 30, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical device alert: Abbott FreeStyle Libre flash glucose sensor - use of barrier methods to reduce skin reactions to the sensor adhesive (MDA/2019/003)
We’ve become aware some users are applying creams, patches or sprays under the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose sensor to reduce skin reactions following an immune response to the sensor adhesive. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 29, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Urgent Clexane 40mg Injection supply issue
Informationfrom the Department of Health and Social Care regarding the urgent Clexane 40mg injection supply issue: Sanofi contacted NHS England and DHSC yesterday to inform us that there has been a q (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Macleods Pharma UK Limited - Irbesartan Film-coated tablets
Macleods Pharma UK Limited is recalling some batches of Irbesartan 150mg and 300mg Film-coated tablets from pharmacies. This is a precautionary measure due to possible risk of contamination with N ‑nit (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medicine shortages in the news
Today we’ve raised the issue of medicine shortages with the media.Our spokespeoplehave fronted over 20 interviewsrepresenting the profession which were rolled out acrossa further 40 stations, en (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We talk to Channel 5 about medicine shortages
Medicine shortages continue to be high up the media agenda. Director for England Ravi Sharma was interviewed on Channel 5 News this evening about concerns about medicines shortages in the face of a n (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Brexit update: President responds
Following last night's'meaningful vote' in Parliament on the Brexit deal, RPS President Ash Soni said:"We remain consistently focused on how pharmacists can provide the best care t (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We talk to BBC Radio 4 about acute medicine shortages
RPS President Ash Soni and practice pharmacist Ben Merriman were interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health last night about the growing increase in medicine shortages. Highlighting from practi (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Our consultation begins on Community Pharmacy Standards
Today we launch the start of our work to produce our first ever Professional Standards for Community Pharmacy Services with the start of a series of events across Great Britain. The standards will set (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Fines for medical exemptions often mistakes, says RPS in England
Sandra Gidley,Chair of the RPS in England, was interviewed onBBC Radio 4's Moneybox programme thisweekend about prescription charge fines. Agreeing deliberate fraud should always be pursued, Sand (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Palliative Care Formulary launches on MedicinesComplete
The online Palliative Care Formulary (PCF) is now available on the MedicinesComplete platform. The formulary is the go-to resource for healthcare professionals in palliative and hospice care and now s (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 11, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

HEE decision to cut pre-registration funding ‘incoherent’ says RPS
Responding to the news that Health Education England has taken the decision to reduce the level of salary support for pre-registration pharmacists provided to the majority of NHS employers from 100 to (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news