Become a dementia friend

dementiafriendsBy Thomas Banning, Locum Pharmacist, Brecon

Dementia is a growing problem in our ageing population. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 25 million of the UK population have a close friend or family member with dementia.

Dementia Awareness Week gives us a chance to reflect on what we can do to support our friends, families, and colleagues with this condition. In my opinion, it is particularly important that pharmacists, like myself, and other health professionals, who come into daily contact with older people, understand what patients with dementia experience on a daily basis. Read more Become a dementia friend

Funding new medicines

jaynelawrenceby Professor Jayne Lawrence, RPS Chief Scientist

Without pharmaceutical science, we would have no new medicines. Neither would it be possible to improve existing medicines, or understand how we could better use our existing medicines.

Those working in pharmaceutical science play a pivotal role in the discovery, design, formulation, manufacture, regulation and use of medicines with the ultimate goal of improving the health of patients.

The challenges and opportunities faced when creating new medicines, improving existing ones or ensuring the better, safe use of medicines are set out in New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines, a new guide to pharmaceutical science published today by the RPS. Read more Funding new medicines

Why asthma still kills

Anna MurphyBy Professor Anna Murphy, Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist

Every year approximately 1400 people die from asthma in the UK, more than the number of deaths from asthma in Austria, Finland, Sweden, Poland and Portugal combined.

 Approximately 5.6 million people live with asthma in UK. Asthma symptoms and exacerbations have shown to impact significantly on people’s quality of life and activities of daily living affecting sleep and the ability to go to work or school or exercise.  Those with more severe disease live with the uncertainty of unplanned emergency visits to their GPs or hospital and for some a fear of death. Read more Why asthma still kills

The BNF: How do you tag yours?

BNF blog

by Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd, Communications Executive

Are you a pre-reg trainee coming up to the final exam? We’ve put together some advice for tagging your BNF.

The GPhC allow you to tag your BNF for the exam so that you can easily find the information you’re looking for.

Read more The BNF: How do you tag yours?