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Infographic showing common foot conditions

Identifying common foot conditions

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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.

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Editorial

Dawn in a forest as sunlight peeks through the trees

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.

Features

Drone gets ready for takeoff

Fledgling drone technology bringing medicines to remote regionsSubscription

10 AUG 2017By

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.

Comment

William Martindale Darling (second from left) with his wife and children after receiving the CBE in 1988.

William Martindale Darling (1934 – 2017)Subscription

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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.

Illustration of woman hanging on to balloons in the shape of drugs

Why women who misuse drugs have different needsSubscription

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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

Q&A

Murray Aitken, executive director of QuintilesIMS and co-author of a new report on system therapeutics

Q&A: Why pharmacists must prepare for precision medicineSubscription

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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.

Learning article

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How to support patients with sight loss in pharmacy

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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.

Careers

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What the changes to the apprenticeship levy mean for pharmacySubscription

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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.

Ade Williams, UK Community Pharmacist and Manager of the year 2017, says "Nothing beats knowing that you have contributed positively to a patient's life."

My life as superintendent pharmacist of a healthy living pharmacy and multi-award winner

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Individual success hinges on the collective professionalism and competence of a team, says Ade Williams

James Andrews, national quality pharmacist, Virgin Care.

How I support community health services as a national quality pharmacistSubscription

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

Supplement

Focus on foot health

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.

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News

Teenager smoking an e-cigarette

E-cigarettes could be prompting UK teens to start smoking traditional cigarettes, study finds

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.

Patient (left) collecting and discussing her prescription with a pharmacist at the outpatients pharmacy of a hospital

New study highlights value of pharmacist prescribers in hospitals

Pharmacist prescribing evaluated in three critical care units was found to be safe, with a very low error rate.

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Type 2 diabetes on the rise in children and young people in England and Wales

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.

Mortality rates among patients of heart failure in England and Wales have dropped because of improved care.

Hundreds more people surviving heart failure

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.

Dutch Health Care Inspectorate building, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Dutch tapering kits website investigated by Dutch Health Care Inspectorate

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.

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New Medicines Service could save NHS £517.6m, economic evaluation finds

Evaluation of new medicines service shows the system is cost effective and has improved medication adherence by 10%

News in brief

Nuremberg weights showing five nested cups lines in a row

Precision medicines — Renaissance-styleSubscription

15 AUG 2017

As the practice of apothecary became more skilled in the 15th and 16th centuries, standardized weights were needed to ensure accurate dispensing.

Donald Trump US president

President Trump declares opioid crisis a national emergency

15 AUG 2017

US President Donald Trump has declared the country’s opioid abuse epidemic a national emergency.

Alex MacKinnon Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Director of RPS in Scotland calls for e-cigarette evidence review

15 AUG 2017

The director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, Alex MacKinnon, has called for a review of the evidence on e-cigarettes.

EEG showing epilepsy

MHRA advises health professionals on supply of clobazam for epilepsy

15 AUG 2017

An epilepsy charity has updated its advice for health professionals on the supply of clobazam for people with epilepsy.

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Three quarters of drugs in Cancer Drugs Fund now approved for routine use

14 AUG 2017

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.

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Deadline set for BPA to respond to derecognition application

11 AUG 2017

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.

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GPhC exam Board of Assessors releases feedback on June 2017 pre-reg assessment

10 AUG 2017

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.

Drug-resistant N Gonorrhoeae

New antibiotic shown to be effective against gonorrhoea superbug

8 AUG 2017

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.

hepatitis b vaccine

New guidance for hepatitis B vaccine shortage

8 AUG 2017

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.

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A new look for local engagementSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has begun implementing changes in local practice forums, encouraging board members to act as links between local groups and the Society and transferring local group bank accounts to the Society for central management.

Nuremberg weights showing five nested cups lines in a row

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.

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A survival guide to your preregistration training Subscription

By Rachel Joynes, Marianna Liaskou

The transition from university to preregistration training can be daunting. As the new training year begins Marianna Liaskou, pharmacist and research administrator at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), and Rachel Joynes, head of research and evaluation at the RPS, discuss the support available from the Society during your preregistration year.

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