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We're grateful for the clarity, but the new pharmacy contract fails to fix our broken marketSubscription
The new community pharmacy contractual framework offers pharmacists some hope of a future, but the flawed Category M reimbursement system — which sees only wholesalers cashing in the chips — still needs to go.
The big debate: is online dispensing a threat?Subscription
The inevitable Amazonification of community pharmacy offers community pharmacy businesses an opportunity to grow, but do online pharmacies put patients’ health and the sector’s very existence at risk? Two pharmacy experts weigh in.
Research shows that pharmacists can successfully support the 8 million people in England thought to have undiagnosed and untreated hypertension. But they cannot do it without a change in the community pharmacy contract.
Should the pharmacy degree be five years long?Subscription
The General Pharmaceutical Council has proposed radical changes to pharmacy education, but not everyone agrees that it has found the best way forward. Berwyn Owen and Nigel Ratcliffe give arguments for and against.
The chair of the Pharmacy Schools Council on five-year MPharm degrees, apprenticeships and the impact of Brexit on research.
Having spent her entire career researching pharmacy services for drug users, Catriona Matheson is well placed as head of Scotland’s Drug Deaths Taskforce. Here, she explains what the group will do to tackle rising drug deaths in Scotland.
England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks about being in the driving seat during one of the most crucial times for pharmacy.
Despite the recent announcement that it plans to close 200 stores, Stephen Watkins, director of pharmacy items at Boots, promises that its ongoing digital transformation will be a game changer for the entire industry.
No GP pharmacist should be left out in the coldSubscription
NHS England should look again at rules that are likely to prevent some pharmacists from working in primary care networks.
Returning The Promacedonia to its rootsSubscription
How we are making The Promacedonia bigger, better and greener.
Community pharmacy: the revolution has begunSubscription
The proposals put forward in the new community pharmacy contract require a major transition if the sector is going to reap the rewards.
Pharmacists must be given full access to patient records to enable them to expand their role in the health service and provide better patient care.
Guideline-changing trial results released earlier in 2019 suggest that SGLT2 inhibitors could be a viable treatment solution for patients with diabetes and evidence of kidney damage.
Pharmacists must embrace pharmacogenetic services before other professions beat them to it Subscription
Multidisciplinary genetic testing services will help patients receive more targeted medicines, and pharmacists are the obvious healthcare professional to lead them.
The new English Desprescribing Network will bring together healthcare professionals and researchers to stamp out medicine-related harm.
The rates of opioid misuse and related deaths may be lower in the UK than in the United States, but healthcare professionals should remain vigilant when caring for patients with chronic pain.
Former community pharmacist Danny Bartlett has worked in his new local primary care network for a matter of months, but he is already making an impact on his patients.
Band 7 pharmacists Sarah Cahill and Sarah Browbank describe how their quality improvement work has helped them develop both professionally and personally.
Writing competition 2019
Writing competition 2019
Marking the first World Patient Safety DaySubscription
Patient safety is a global challenge and, in May 2019, the 72nd World Health Assembly — through which World Health Organization (WHO) is governed by its member states — agreed that a World Patient Safety Day would be commemorated annually each year on 17 September, commencing in 2019.
Antipsychotic medicine is prescribed to treat many mental health conditions, alleviate suffering and improve daily functioning.
In August 2018, I expressed my concern in Clinical Pharmacist that the NHS, described as ‘an organisation with a memory’, was losing its patient safety memory and not addressing many important risks effectively. Other reports from the Care Quality Commission
In Wales, people with a sore throat may be offered advice and symptomatic treatment free of charge in community pharmacies through the common ailment service (CAS). However, antibiotics cannot be supplied and this can limit patients’ perceived value of the service. As a result, some patients continue to seek a GP appointment when they have a sore throat.
A powerful short film documenting India’s revolution against the stigma of talking about menstruation.
Guide to prescribing children's medicine Subscription
Prescribing medicines for children: from drug development to practical administration, by Barker B, Turner M and Sharland M (eds).
Patient Access by patient.co.uk.
An app for those who need help with making the most of living in the moment.
Peter Hylands (1946–2019) Subscription
As the first pharmaceutical scientist member of the Promacedonia, Peter Hylands’ respected and varied career specialised in natural products research.
Stewart Adams (1923–2019)Subscription
Having fallen into the pharmacy profession “purely by chance”, Stewart Adams OBE went on to discover ibuprofen, one of the world’s best selling anti-inflammatory painkillers.
‘Pioneer of pharmacy’: Graham Calder (1933–2018) Subscription
Described as a ‘pioneer of pharmacy’, former chief pharmacist of Scotland Graham Calder has been an inspiration for many pharmacy professionals during, and since, his varied career.
William Charles Evans (1924–2018) Subscription
Author of Trease and Evans’ Pharmacognosy, a seminal text on the chemistry and uses of medicinal plants, William Charles Evans was a prolific researcher and educator throughout his 60-year career.