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More blood pressure services should be commissioned through community pharmacy, says Company Chemists’ Association

15/02/2019
More blood pressure services should be commissioned through community pharmacy to support goals set out in the ‘NHS Long-Term Plan’, the Company Chemists’ Association has said.

GPhC to review impact of fitness-to-practise process on pharmacists' mental health

15/02/2019
The regulator is looking at how its fitness-to-practise procedure impacts the mental health of pharmacists who are under scrutiny.

GPhC to review impact of fitness-to-practice process on pharmacists' mental health

15/02/2019
The regulator is looking at how its fitness-to-practice procedure impacts the mental health of pharmacists who are under scrutiny.

Train not blame: how one hospital trust boosted error reporting by over 100%

15/02/2019
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has dramatically improved medicines safety through pharmacy-led initiatives to address mistakes in prescribing and improve error reporting.

Study questions link between antidepressants and hip fractures

15/02/2019
A previously identified link between antidepressant use and hip fractures needs further examination, the authors of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry have concluded.

Commonwealth antimicrobial stewardship partnerships announced

14/02/2019
A total of 12 pharmacy-led teams from the UK are set to work with their counterparts in 4 African Commonwealth countries in a bid to exchange expertise in antimicrobial resistance stewardship.

Pharmacy practice has improved 'significantly' since the Gosport tragedy, says new guidance

14/02/2019
The pharmacy profession has “moved on significantly” since the events at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, which led to the deaths of hundreds of patients, new guidance has said.

NHS review finds 'majority' of pharmacy aseptic services cannot fund maintenance

14/02/2019
Most aseptic pharmacy services in England are unable pay for maintenance and servicing due to a poor understanding of the costs involved, an NHS report has said.

Member feedback sought on draft plans for UK-wide Foundation Pharmacist Framework

14/02/2019
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is seeking members’ help as it plans the design of a UK-wide Foundation Pharmacist Framework.

No-deal Brexit could see UK locked out of EU infectious disease surveillance data, chief medical officer warns

13/02/2019
A no-deal Brexit could see the UK lose access to an EU-wide online tracker of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, has told The Pharmaceutical Journal.

Monthly vitamin D dosing has no significant effect on bone mineral density

13/02/2019
Monthly dosing of vitamin D3 supplements in older adults does not increase bone mineral density, the results of a recent study show.

Electronic intervention in GP practices reduces antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections

13/02/2019
Integration of antimicrobial stewardship interventions into GP practices reduces antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections, research from King’s College London has found.

RPS Fellow Raj Aggarwal rises in honorary Royal Navy ranks

12/02/2019
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Fellow Raj Aggarwal has been promoted to the rank of honorary commander in the Royal Navy. He is affiliated to HMS Dragon, based in Cardiff.

IT provider to adjust system after 'ghost branded generics' cost NHS £12m

12/02/2019
A GP IT service provider has said it will change its systems after it was revealed that GPs were able to prescribe “ghost branded generics”, costing the NHS an extra £11.6m per year in reimbursement to community pharmacy.

IT system overhauled after 'ghost branded generics' cost NHS £12m

12/02/2019
A GP IT service provider has said it will overhaul its systems after it was revealed that GPs were able to prescribe “ghost branded generics”, costing the NHS an extra £11.6m per year in reimbursement to community pharmacy.

FMD system goes down on its first working weekday

11/02/2019
The computer system for the Falsified Medicines Directive crashed on the first weekday morning since after its 9 February 2019 launch.

Tobacco heating products may not be safer than traditional cigarettes, early stage study finds

11/02/2019
Tobacco heating products, also known as ‘heat-not-burn’ products, can be as damaging to lung cell functioning as cigarette smoke, a study published in ERJ Open Research has found.

Patient-centred clinic improves outcomes after myocardial infarction

11/02/2019
A post-myocardial infarction medicines optimisation clinic, led primarily by a pharmacist with support from a cardiologist, has resulted in improved medicines adherence and guideline concordance, study results published in Open Heart show.

GPhC expects more than 2,000 pharmacists to leave the register by end of 2018/2019

11/02/2019
More than 2,000 pharmacists are expected to leave the pharmacy register in 2019, according to forecasts from the General Pharmaceutical Council.

NPA advises pharmacists to dispense medicines even if they receive FMD database alerts

08/02/2019
The National Pharmacy Association has told its members to dispense medicines “even if they return an alert from the Falsified Medicines Directive database” in the early stages of its implementation.

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