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The Pharmaceutical Journal

Science of sunscreen

Science of sunscreenSubscription


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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Another vote for the status quo at the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription

The results of the recent national pharmacy board elections are in, but there is little change to report.

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Sustainability and transformation plans: working together is not going to be easySubscription

It is vital that pharmacy engages with sustainability and transformation plans now to avoid being left behind.


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Pharmacists have a vital role to play in tackling misuse of prescription drugs by young peopleSubscription

19 JUN 2017By , Katie Osborne

As more young people turn from street drugs to prescription drugs for recreation or to enhance academic performance, pharmacists need to increase their vigilance when supplying medicines, either on prescription or over the counter, and be aware of medicines’ potential to end up on the black market.

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Pharmacists join the fight against hypertensionSubscription

15 JUN 2017By

Some pharmacists are at the forefront of tackling high blood pressure by providing hypertension services within GP practices, community clinics and pharmacies. But to improve the prevention, early detection and management of the condition, these services need to be more widespread.

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Rhinovirus vaccine development is about more than fighting coldsSubscription

8 JUN 2017By

Rhinovirus, the pathogen behind the common cold, can cause severe, acute lung disease in children and those with underlying respiratory conditions. Since the 1970s, vaccine development has been hindered by the presence of numerous virus serotypes and the lack of a good animal model to test vaccine candidates. However, several different research groups are now making good progress on rhinovirus vaccines, using a variety of different techniques.


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Peter Noyce (1946-2017)Subscription


A visionary leader who drove pharmacy practice forward but always had time to mentor others, he was known as the most effective pharmacist of his generation.

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The High Court verdict on community pharmacy cuts marks a new beginning, not the endSubscription


Ian Strachan from the National Pharmacy Association explains why pharmacists should not be disheartened by the High Court’s ruling on the judicial review against the funding cuts to community pharmacy in England.


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Q&A: UK general election 2017: pharmacists reactSubscription


The Pharmaceutical Journal interviews pharmacists from across the nation to get their thoughts on the results of the UK general election in June 2017.

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Melanoma: risk factors and advice on sunscreen useSubscription

By ,

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 4% of all new cancer diagnoses. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals are ideally placed to offer advice to patients on the use of sunscreens to limit UV exposure, reducing their risk of developing melanoma.

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Rashes in childrenSubscription

By ,

Rashes in children are common and may be difficult to differentiate by appearance alone, therefore, it is important to consider the entire clinical presentation in order to make the appropriate diagnosis.


John Bentley, pharmacist, People’s Pharmacy, Hamilton, Bermuda

Bermuda short: my role as a pharmacist in an overseas territorySubscription


As a British overseas territory located around 600 miles off the coast of the United States, Bermuda’s lack of a national healthcare system and borrowed legislation present unique challenges. John Bentley decribes his role and the benefits of island life.

Helena Pickin, deputy chief pharmacist & National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) medicines & prescribing associate at Defence Medical Services Whittington, Ministry of Defence

My life as a civilian pharmacist working for the Ministry of DefenceSubscription


As pharmacist lead for medicines optimisation across Defence Medical Services, Helena Pickin ensures high-quality, cost-effective prescribing in the UK and overseas. Here, she explains why and how she embarked on a career with the Ministry of Defence.

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The importance of improving GP and community pharmacy relationsSubscription


The relationship between community pharmacy and general practice has undergone significant changes over recent years, from a transactional one to that of co-managing the care of patients. However, these changes have brought new challenges. Saša Jankovic reports.


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Disease risk influenced by entire genome, researchers suggest

Analysis of genome-wide association studies shows that how genes interact with each other has a bigger impact on disease than single-gene effects which makes drug discovery a more difficult task.

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US researchers say statins may speed up Parkinson’s in susceptible patients

A new study suggests that the use of statins is associated with a higher risk of developing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

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WHO recommends new categories for antibiotics to tackle resistance

The World Health Organization has split antibiotics into three categories — access, watch and reserve — in its latest essential medicines list to help ensure the right antibiotics are used for the right infections.

David Mowat former pharmacy minister in the House of Commons

Pharmacy minister loses seat as UK election concludes in a hung parliament

Pharmacy representatives dub the loss “a change moment for pharmacy” that will enable new thinking in government on pharmacy policy.

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Up to 40% of patients not taking their blood pressure tablets as prescribed

Non-adherence to antihypertensive treatment is common in the United Kingdom and Czech Republic, according to a new study.

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Patients with high platelet counts should be tested for cancer

Researchers found that thrombocytosis was found in 11.6% of men and 6.2% in women who developed cancer.

News in Brief

Claire Ward former MP now director public affairs for the Pharmacists' Defence Association

PDA appoints ex Pharmacy Voice chair to ‘champion profession’ in Westminster

3 JUL 2017

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has appointed ex Pharmacy Voice chair Claire Ward to build stronger ties in Westminster and ensure that a more ‘realistic and positive’ vision of pharmacy is presented to policy makers.

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NICE adds two more drugs to cancer drugs fund

30 JUN 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has made pembrolizumab (Keytruda) available for first-line use in lung cancer under the cancer drugs fund.

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Number of new HIV diagnoses in gay men falls for first time

28 JUN 2017

New diagnoses of HIV in England have fallen among men who have sex with men, with the greatest decline seen in London clinics trialling pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to figures from Public Health England.

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Suzanne Scott-Thomas re-affirmed as chair of Welsh Pharmacy BoardSubscription

21 JUN 2017

Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Suzanne-Scott Thomas, newly re-appointed chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board, said: ”I know I am in ...

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Further 71 pharmacies deemed eligible for Pharmacy Access Scheme funding

15 JUN 2017

NHS England has confirmed that an additional 71 pharmacies will now receive payments under the Pharmacy Access Scheme.


FDA requests first opioid removal from market after abuse sparks HIV outbreak

14 JUN 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration has requested that a formulation of oxymorphone hydrochloride, marketed as Opana ER, be withdrawn from the market due to abuse, saying that the benefits of the product no longer outweigh the risks.

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Aspirin and PPIs should be co-prescribed in older patients because of bleeding risk, say researchers

14 JUN 2017

Patients aged over 75 years who take aspirin-based antiplatelet therapy should be co-prescribed proton-pump inhibitors because of an under-recognised risk of disabling gastrointestinal bleeding, reports a Lancet study.

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Hospital Expert Advisory Group assist with latest NHS pharmacy benchmarking exerciseSubscription

14 JUN 2017

The 2017 Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation benchmarking project opened for data collection on 2 June 2017.

(l to r) David Lomas, UCL vice-provost (health); Ian Wong, centre co-director; Yogini Jani, centre director and Marcel Levi, UCLH chief executive

Hopes that new pharmacy partnership will transform medicine safety

13 JUN 2017

A partnership between University College Hospital (UCLH) and University College London (UCL) aims to transform patient care around the world by making medicines safer and easier to take.

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Suzanne Scott Thomas Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh pharmacy board

Suzanne Scott-Thomas re-affirmed as chair of Welsh Pharmacy BoardSubscription

Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Suzanne-Scott Thomas, newly re-appointed chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board, said: ”I know I am in ...

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Hospital Expert Advisory Group assist with latest NHS pharmacy benchmarking exerciseSubscription

The 2017 Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation benchmarking project opened for data collection on 2 June 2017.

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Chair of the English Pharmacy Board reiterates need for government relationship with RPS Subscription

The result of the UK general election offers the Government “an opportunity to reset and rebuild its relationship with community pharmacy”, according to Sandra Gidley, chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board.

Mair Davies and Suzanne-Scott Thomas, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Primary care clusters: RPS Wales gives evidence to Welsh Assembly committee Subscription

RPS representatives Mair Davies and Suzanne Scott-Thomas were invited to the Senedd to discuss the benefits of multidisciplinary working.

John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) museum

Q&A: John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society museumSubscription

John Betts, keeper of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) museum since 2010, speaks to Corrinne Burns about the latest activities of the museum team — including a new app, free to download now from the iTunes store.

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Why pharmacists need advanced practice specialist residences: the UK–Australia storySubscription

By , Ian Bates, Michael Dooley, Ian Coombes, Kristin Michaels

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has signed a partnership agreement with the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, a national professional membership body in Australia representing over 4,500 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training working in Australia’s hospitals and other clinical healthcare settings.


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