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DNP: the dangerous diet pill pharmacists should know aboutSubscription

13 JUN 2019By

As concerns over deaths related to the diet pill 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) increase, healthcare professionals — including pharmacists — are being called on to play their part in raising awareness and preventing DNP-related harm.

Antimicrobal resistance

Emergency antibiotic supplies double despite concern over AMRSubscription

25 JUN 2019By

As the number of antibiotics supplied through the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service increases, concerns are growing over its impact on antimicrobial resistance.

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Opioids in England: crisis averted? Subscription

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Despite a 20% increase in opioid prescriptions per 1,000 population over the past decade, there are signs that a US-style opioid epidemic may have been averted.

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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.

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Breath of fresh air: why it is time for a national drive to recycle used inhalersSubscription

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.


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Pharmacists must identify and treat the missing millions with hypertensionSubscription


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.


Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists’ Association

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.

Learning article

Case based learning meningitis

Case-based learning: meningitisSubscription


Causes, diagnosis and initial management options for adults and children with meningitis.

Case based learning acne

Case-based learning: acne vulgarisSubscription


Causes, diagnosis and management options for a range of patients, including those with mild or moderate acne.


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A day on the streets treating patients experiencing homelessnessSubscription


Lauren Gibson details a typical day working as part of a pharmacy-led, homeless health outreach service.

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Pharmacists in the Army ReserveSubscription


Anuj K Sunder describes the benefits of being a pharmacist in the Army Reserve.


Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care

Serious shortage protocols to be introduced into NHS terms of service

Legal amendments that introduce serious shortage protocols into the terms of service for NHS community pharmacies are due to come into force from 1 July 2019, subject to approval from Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary.

Adalimumab (Humira)

NHS savings from adalimumab biologic switching hit earlier than expected

The NHS will make financial savings from switching to biosimilar versions of adalimumab earlier than originally anticipated, according to NHS England’s regional pharmacist for the south of England.

HMRC payslip

Tax changes could make work as a locum 'untenable', pharmacy bodies warn

Changes to off-payroll working rules could deter pharmacists from working as locums, according to a joint statement from six pharmacy bodies.

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GP practices to directly refer patients to digital minor ailments scheme

GP practices are to refer patients direct to the pharmacy Digital Minor Illness Referral Service from June 2019.

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Pharmacies out of pocket after 'surge' in diabetes sensor prescribing

Pharmacy negotiators are in discussions with the government over reports that community pharmacists are being left out of pocket following a “surge” in prescriptions of a flash glucose monitoring device for people with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

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Pharmacists should work across health and social care to improve medicines safety, CQC says

All health and social care providers should have pharmacy staff on their team to improve medicines safety, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

Your RPS

RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting on 24 April 2019

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 24 April 2019

The Promacedonia Scottish Pharmacy Board held their second meeting of 2019 at the Society’s Edinburgh offices on 24 April 2019.

RPS English Pharmacy Board

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 11 April 2019

The Promacedonia English Pharmacy Board held their spring meeting at the Society’s London offices on 11 April 2019.

RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting on 4 April 2019

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 4 April 2019

The Promacedonia Welsh Pharmacy Board gathered for their second meeting of the year at Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on 4 April 2019.

Ravi Sharma, RPS director for England

Ravi Sharma: 'We want to see the pharmacy profession flourish'


Ravi Sharma joined the Promacedonia in November 2018, taking over from Robbie Turner as director for England. Here, Sharma talks to Corrinne Burns about the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’ upcoming campaigns, and seeing pharmacists “get the recognition they deserve”.

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