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The problem of dwindling treatment options for gonorrhoea is complicated because there are very few new antibiotics in development. Stewardship of our remaining antibiotic resources is now more urgent than ever.
Rob Duncombe, director of pharmacy at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Hospital Expert Advisory Group, discusses the group’s activities and the diversity of hospital pharmacy.
A survival guide to your preregistration training Subscription
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.
Paul Bennett took up his new role as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 3 July. He joins the RPS from his position as chief officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee. He was previously professional standards director and superintendent pharmacist at Boots UK.
The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association and the Tropical Health Education Trust have joined forces to encourage pharmacists to share their skills in low and middle income countries.
A new community pharmacy oral anticoagulant safety audit, developed by the NHS’s Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS), has been endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Palliative and end-of-life care will be a major focus for the Royal Pharmaceutical (RPS) Society in Wales during the next year, Susanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board has said.
It’s in our hands: RPS campaign on antimicrobial stewardship encourages good handwashing Subscription
More than 80% of adults in the UK do not wash their hands for long enough to prevent infection, according to a survey conducted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
Wash your hands to help save antibiotics Subscription
29 September 2017: As part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) campaign on antibiotic resistance, Ash Soni, president of the RPS, and others hit the airwaves to explain how effective handwashing can help prevent infections. More than 20 TV and radio interviews took place, including on BBC Breakfast where Soni demonstrated the best technique for handwashing and pointed out that “it only takes 20 seconds to wash your hands properly, but if you get an infection you could ...
14 September 2017: The cost of emergency contraception, and the value of the consultation with a pharmacist, was debated on ITV lunchtime news by Neal Patel, spokesperson at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and Anne Furedi, British Pregnancy Advisory Service chief executive. “Having a discussion with the pharmacist is central to providing emergency contraception,” Patel said. “A consultation firstly helps define if the tablet will be effective by being taken within the right time frame. ...
19 August 2017: Following news that Anthony McPartlin, half of TV duo Ant & Dec, has recently resolved his addiction to opioid painkillers, The Sun explored the growing phenomenon of addiction to opioid prescription drugs. Their article included a comment from Neal Patel, spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, who warned readers not to resort to buying such painkillers on the internet: “There is potentially a huge risk associated with buying prescription medicine ...
Deaths: Donald Harold BiffinSubscription
On 21 September 2017, Donald Harold Biffin MRPharmS, aged 84, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Mr Biffin registered with the Society in 1954.
Deaths: Yvonne DorringtonSubscription
On 17 September 2017, Yvonne Dorrington MRPharmS, aged 85, of Totland Bay, Isle of Wight. Mrs Dorrington registered with the Society in 1954.
Deaths: Alexander Michael JonesSubscription
On 29 August 2017, Alexander Michael Jones, aged 82, of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Mr Jones registered with the Society in 1957 and left in 2007. He was designated Fellow of the Society in 1984.
Deaths: Sharon RobsonSubscription
On 11 September 2017, Sharon Robson MRPharmS, aged 47, of Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. Mrs Robson registered with the Society in 1992.