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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.
A smoking cessation expert and a pharmacist share their views on whether pharmacies should stock and recommend e-cigarettes to people who want to kick their tobacco habit.
Community pharmacy has both a professional responsibility and commercial interest in ensuring pharmacy teams receive the necessary training and possess the appropriate knowledge to deliver the best person-centred care.
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.
Malcolm Harrison: 'Expect considerable pressure from staff shortages in the next 18 months'Subscription
Malcolm Harrison, lobbyist for the UK’s largest pharmacy chains, talks apprenticeships, branch closures and the digital challenge for pharmacy.
Government adviser and specialist pharmacist Roger Knaggs speaks about reducing opioid dependency, non-drug alternatives for chronic pain and why we need to be cautious about medical cannabis.
Having spent 35 years as a Labour Party MP for Rother Valley, Sir Kevin Barron has long experience of how the country is run. Here, he voices his concerns about the way the government is approaching Brexit, medicines shortages and the role of community pharmacy in today’s NHS.
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.
The bar must not be lowered for medical cannabisSubscription
There have been calls to loosen regulations around medical cannabis to increase access for those who need it, but the government must resist and view cannabis with the same scrutiny as any other new medicine.
A call for action on high-dose opioid prescribing Subscription
Despite a decrease in the number of prescriptions, there are thousands of patients still on high-dose opioids. Pharmacy’s mission must be to review whether this is appropriate.
Every single one of us should be making changes to our living habits to ensure we reduce our carbon footprint, and the way we use and dispose of inhalers is no exception.
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.
HbA1c targets that ignore differences in the physiology of older patients put them at risk of severe hypoglycaemia, harm and death.
How to develop a doctor–pharmacist consensus on escalating medicine-related problems in hospitalised older adults Subscription
Pharmacists may be unsure how to, or who should, take action to address inappropriate polypharmacy in the hospital setting, but agreeing guidance with doctors can speed up care.
Students at University College London are tasked with developing a novel pharmaceutical service as part of their final MPharm year.
We can transform care by embracing portfolio working and remote technologies, says Ade Williams.
Incoming preregistration trainee Ausaf Khan provides advice on how to finish the MPharm dissertation.
Newly registered pharmacist Fatema Mamdani describes why she applied to become a representative for the Promacedonia
As newly appointed chair of the Pharmacy Professional Group of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), I represent more than 500 pharmacists who provide specialist travel health and travel medicine services globally. Also, as a member of the leadership council, I also represent the voice of pharmacy and am instrumental in the development of working with other professions. The position was established to characterise the role the pharmacist plays in travel medicine globally ...
Pharmacy Schools Council on the GPhC's conclusions to the pharmacy education consultationSubscription
This letter is in response to the news story ‘GPhC set to confirm it will require universities to offer integrated pharmacy programmes’.
Developing a sustainable, high quality pharmacy workforce is essential to delivering services in a complex and evolving healthcare environment, particularly as more opportunities arise for pharmacists to take extended roles.
More is being expected of trainee healthcare professionals; clinical educators must enable trainees to feel empowered and encourage them to seek their own solutions, as opposed to professionals telling them what they should do.
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The Longevity Paradox by Steven Gundry.
Dopesick: Dealers, doctors, and the drug company that addicted America by Beth Macy.
Guide to a longer and healthier lifeSubscription
The Longevity Solution: rediscovering centuries-old secrets to a healthy, long life, by James DiNicolantonio and Jason Fung
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.