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Encouraging medicines optimisation

Gambling with medicines

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a set of briefings describing how you can encourage patients with specific conditions to get the most out of their medicines. Here, you can find articles describing the briefings and everything else The Pharmaceutical Journal has to offer about Medicines optimisation.

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More generic prescribing could save £18m, NHS Business Services Authority says

25 OCT 2017

Nearly £18m could be saved from the NHS drugs budget if more medicines from a published list were prescribed generically, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has said.

Jas Khambh is a national pharmacy advisor to NHS RightCare, Medical Directorate, NHS England

How I work to improve patient health outcomes at a national level at NHS RightCareSubscription

16 OCT 2017By

Working on areas of healthcare where there is true innovation and value can be challenging but is also rewarding, says Jas Khambh.

Rocco Hadland, heart failure specialist pharmacist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

My journey from analytical chemist to heart failure specialist pharmacist

4 SEP 2017By

Helping patients to make sense of a serious and complex long-term condition is the most interesting part of my role, says Rocco Hadland.

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Community pharmacy medicines optimisation boosts cost savings

21 AUG 2017

A pilot study has found that medicines optimisation by community pharmacists has the potential to save clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) thousands of pounds.

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Genomic medicine is going mainstream and pharmacists need to be prepared Subscription

17 AUG 2017By

The 100,000 Genome Project is driving the move from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment, towards personalised, or precision, medicine. Genetic information is also being used by pharmaceutical companies to help speed up drug discovery and development, and reduce the associated costs. Pharmacists will have an important role to play when genomic medicine goes mainstream.

James Andrews, national quality pharmacist, Virgin Care.

How I support community health services as a national quality pharmacistSubscription

17 JUL 2017By

The opportunities for pharmacists within the community services sector are huge, says James Andrews.

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Medicines optimisation in dementia: the role of the community pharmacySubscription

13 JUL 2017By

Community pharmacists are well placed to assist in the early identification of dementia, as well as to help patients to manage their medicines. However, a wider role for pharmacists, for example, conducting medicines reviews in patients’ homes, will depend on how their clinical role develops.

Science of sunscreen

Science of sunscreenSubscription

22 JUN 2017By

Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma could be prevented through better knowledge of sun damage and how to protect against it.

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