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RPS Fellow Alastair McMurray runs 30 half-marathons in 30 days to raise money for cancer charities

06/09/2019
Alastair McMurray, oncology pharmacist and Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, is spending September 2019 running 30 half-marathons in 30 days to raise money for three cancer charities.

UK 'not fully prepared' for medicines importation in a no-deal Brexit, says hospital pharmacist body

06/09/2019
The UK is “not fully prepared for the implications of a no-deal Brexit” despite ongoing government contingency plans, the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists has said.

Pill machine, 18th Century

06/09/2019
Before factory production became commonplace in medicine, dispensing was considered an art and pill machines such as these were a vital component of any chemist’s collection.

Pharmacists to be offered training to become doctors, NHS England chief executive says

06/09/2019
Pharmacists are set to be given the opportunity to become doctors through extra training, Simon Stevens, chief executive at NHS England, has said.

Switching inhalers can boost adherence

05/09/2019
Inhaler switching in asthma and COPD is not associated with negative impacts on patients’ health, study results published in Thorax have shown.

PSNC holding 'urgent talks' with government on new contract funding

05/09/2019
“Urgent talks” are taking place between pharmacy negotiators and the government on how funding from the new community pharmacy contract will be distributed, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said.

High-dose statins could be supplied by pharmacies without a prescription

04/09/2019
High-dose statins could be available without a prescription from community pharmacies following a government review, NHS England has announced.

Switching to 'best-value' generics and biosimilars saved the NHS £294m in 2018/2019, figures show

04/09/2019
The uptake of ‘best-value’ medicines, such as generics and biosimilars, saved the NHS £294m in 2018/2019, according to figures released by NHS England.

NICE guidance linked with rising antidepressant use in children

03/09/2019
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines from 2005 may have inadvertently led to increased antidepressant prescribing in children aged under 18 years.

Community pharmacies to pilot CVD 'early detection service'

03/09/2019
Community pharmacists will begin developing testing a service to rapidly detect cardiovascular conditions, NHS England has announced. 

ECGs to be offered in community pharmacies as part of NHS Health Checks

03/09/2019
Community pharmacists will now offer electrocardiograms as part of NHS Health Checks, NHS England has announced. 

Pharmacists offering new consultation service will have to provide their own IT systems after April 2021

02/09/2019
Pharmacists will have to source their own IT system after April 2021 if they want to continue providing the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service, NHS England has said.

Pharmacists offering new consultation service will have to provide their own IT systems after April 2020

02/09/2019
Pharmacists will have to source their own IT system after April 2020 if they want to continue providing the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service, NHS England has said.

GP practice says the delivery of flu vaccinations in pharmacies could financially harm surgeries

02/09/2019
A GP practice has told patients that community pharmacies and supermarkets “are not doing us a favour by giving you the [flu] vaccine — quite the opposite,” in a message on its website.

Teach children how to navigate the NHS, RPS Scotland says

02/09/2019
Schoolchildren should be taught how to navigate the NHS, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has said.

MHRA advises vigilance after study links HRT with increased risk of breast cancer

30/08/2019
Women who use hormone replacement therapy to treat symptoms of the menopause should be vigilant for signs of breast cancer, even after stopping HRT, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has advised.

Cases of measles in Europe on track to double in 2019

30/08/2019
The World Health Organization has recorded around 90,000 cases of measles in Europe in the first six months of 2019 — a higher figure than the 84,462 cases identified in the whole of 2018.

Boots store manager wins <em>The Pharmaceutical Journal </em> writing competition

30/08/2019
The manager of a Boots pharmacy in east Dunbartonshire, Scotland, has won The Pharmaceutical Journal’s 2019 writing competition with a piece about a troubling experience rationalising opioid use in a patient.

Tramadol and methadone users are at increased risk of hypoglycaemia, study reveals

30/08/2019
Patients who take tramadol and methadone are at a higher risk of developing hypoglycaemia compared to those who take other opioids, a study has found.

'Worrying' number of patients prescribed risky anticoagulant drug combinations

29/08/2019
Tens of thousands of patients are potentially being put at risk of a major bleed by being prescribed an antiplatelet without gastroprotection or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug alongside an anticoagulant, NHS figures have shown.

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