Patients visit their pharmacy to seek advice on a variety of conditions affecting their feet. This visual guide for pharmacists and their teams illustrates some common foot conditions, and describes their key features, causes and treatment. Produced in partnership with RB.
The new medicine service: evidence that community pharmacists are looking after patients while saving NHS resourcesSubscription
The latest research which shows the new medicine service is cost-effective is just what community pharmacy needs in these challenging times.
Several companies are working on drone technology to deliver medical supplies, including rabies vaccinations in Rwanda and hospital supplies in Switzerland. However, there are concerns about the practicalities of using drones to deliver medicines, not least the perception of drones as alien or military machines. Drones have a difficult path ahead, but there are enough instances where the case for their use is undeniable.
William Martindale Darling (1934 – 2017)Subscription
Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s youngest president and longest-serving Council member was also known for bringing the voice of pharmacy to the highest levels of government.
Why women who misuse drugs have different needsSubscription
Two editorials published in The Lancet and Addiction highlight how little is known about women and drugs, pointing to a blind spot in our collective knowledge
Murray Aitken, co-author of a new report on system therapeutics, including precision medicines, explains to Julia Robinson the important role pharmacy will play in precision medicine.
More than two million people are affected by sight loss across the UK, which may impact on their ability to use and take their medicines correctly and safely. Here, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Medicines Use and Safety team and Moorfields Eye Hospital provide advice and recommendations for pharmacy to provide appropriate support for people with sight loss.
Changes to the apprenticeship levy in England came into force in April 2017, meaning that regardless of the size of your pharmacy business, the apprenticeship programme should be seen as an opportunity to strengthen your workforce. Vanessa Kingsbury and Nick Marler explain what these changes mean and how the pharmacy team can make the most of them.
Individual success hinges on the collective professionalism and competence of a team, says Ade Williams
The opportunities for pharmacists within the community services sector are huge, says James Andrews.
Research about emergency department pharmacistsSubscription
People visit pharmacies to seek advice on everything from hay fever to stomach bugs and sprained wrists. While it is known that people also ask their pharmacist about dry eye, we know little about the frequency of such complaints or how knowledgeable pharmacists are in providing quality care, since they receive little formal training on the condition.
The Pharmaceutical Journal has joined forces with UK health company RB and surveyed members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to gauge how commonly dry eye is seen in the pharmacy and devise an independent editorial campaign to address the learning needs of pharmacists.
E-cigarette use may be prompting UK teenagers to start smoking traditional cigarettes, according to the results of a pilot study published in August 2017.
Pharmacist prescribing evaluated in three critical care units was found to be safe, with a very low error rate.
The number of children and young people with type 2 diabetes being managed in paediatric diabetes units has increased each year for the past three years, according to a national audit.
Hundreds more patients admitted to hospital with heart failure are surviving because of improvements in care, an independent audit commissioned by the NHS has found.
Public health inspectors are investigating the recently launched English-language version of a Netherlands-based website selling tapering kits to patients, which help to wean them off antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs.
Evaluation of new medicines service shows the system is cost effective and has improved medication adherence by 10%
News in brief
Precision medicines — Renaissance-styleSubscription
As the practice of apothecary became more skilled in the 15th and 16th centuries, standardized weights were needed to ensure accurate dispensing.
US President Donald Trump has declared the country’s opioid abuse epidemic a national emergency.
The director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, Alex MacKinnon, has called for a review of the evidence on e-cigarettes.
An epilepsy charity has updated its advice for health professionals on the supply of clobazam for people with epilepsy.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the health technology assessment body, has now approved three quarters of the drugs in the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) for routine NHS use, and has not rejected any drug outright.
The Boots Pharmacists Association (BPA) has been given until the end of today (Friday 11 August) to respond to an application by a group of Boots pharmacists to have the association derecognised as the representative negotiating body for pharmacy staff at Boots.
Infusion rates, dose rounding and applying situations to patients were three areas where pre-registration trainee pharmacists performed less well in the General Pharmaceutical Council’s June 2017 registration assessment, according to feedback released by the Board of Assessors.
A new class of antibiotic has been found to be effective against Neisseria gonorrhoeae according to researchers from Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Public Health England has issued “temporary” guidance that restricts providing hepatitis B immunisation to adults and children, in response to the global shortage of the vaccine.