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Pharmacist independent prescribers can make a significant contribution to antimicrobial stewardshipSubscription
Karen Hodson, member of the Welsh Pharmacy Board, and colleagues discuss their experiences of how pharmacist prescribers can help in antimicrobial stewardship.
It’s RPS national board election time againSubscription
Alex MacKinnon, interim chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, makes a plea for members to use their vote in the 2017 national board elections.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Welsh Pharmacy Board launched its manifesto in November 2015. Mair Davies, director for RPS Wales, talks to Julia Robinson about progress made since the launch, and her objectives for 2017 and beyond.
New RPS director for England, Robbie Turner, tells Julia Robinson about his plans for 2017 and how he hopes his experience as chief executive of Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will help him achieve his goals.
English Pharmacy Board meeting: 5 April 2017 Subscription
Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board gathered at the University of Nottingham for their second quarterly meeting on 5 April 2017. Pharmacy in NHS 111, new models of local engagement and promotion of the Society’s campaigns were on the agenda.
Community pharmacy cuts: RPS England responds to High Court dismissal of judicial reviews Subscription
The chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board has responded to a decision by the High Court to uphold £320 million in government cuts to the pharmacy sector.
Fentanyl-contaminated heroin: healthcare professionals alerted to risk of fatal overdose Subscription
Public Health England has asked those who may be in contact with heroin users to be aware of the increased risk from ‘cut’ supplies of heroin.
An online hub giving guidance to pharmacists who sell or supply medicines that have been reclassified from prescription-only medicine (POM) to pharmacy (P) status has been launched by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
NSAIDS and risk of heart attackSubscription
10 May 2017: Sotiris Antoniou, spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) on cardiovascular medicine, spoke to the Daily Express about the link between NSAIDs and the risk of heart attack. The article was published ...
RPS concern over melatonin to prevent jet lag Subscription
8 May 2017: The Daily Mail published a feature in which 21 doctors were asked which medications they take with them on holiday. One doctor advocated the use of melatonin for prevention of jet lag.
28 March 2017: NHS England has announced a review of “low value” prescription items, with a view to cutting NHS expenditure. The review aims to develop guidelines for clinical commissioning groups around an initial set of ten medicines deemed “ineffective, unnecessary or inappropriate for the NHS”. NHS England say the items, which include gluten-free foods, could be purchased over the counter by the patient, rather than being issued by prescription.
Qualified Person: Callum MackieSubscription
Callum Mackie MRPharmS, senior quality co-ordinator, GlaxoSmithKline, was added to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Qualified Person (QP) register on 9 May 2017. Having successfully passed the Joint Professional Bodies’ QP viva, he is eligible to be named as a QP on manufacturers’ authorisations.
Tribute to Bryan KirkwoodSubscription
It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of my dear friend, Bryan Kirkwood. I first met him in the early 1980s at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish headquarters in Edinburgh, where he was delivering a lecture during the early days of the College of Pharmacy Practice. It was later I discovered we had attended the same school where Bryan flourished in the classical atmosphere of the Royal High School gaining a medal for excellence in Latin, ancient Greek and mathematics.
Candidates in the English and Scottish pharmacy board elections will be taking part in a hustings webinar, to be hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 16 May 2017. Members wishing to pose a question to candidates can register for the webinar on the RPS website.
Nominations are now open for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Awards 2017.