You can run, but you can’t hide – the future of drug testing in sport

By Richard Parsons, Pharmaceutical Scientist and expert in drugs and sport

The Olympic Games in Rio officially open later today yet already we have been embroiled in degrees of controversy. At the forefront is the controversy surrounding doping. We are playing a cat and mouse game with the doping cheat – we develop new and more sensitive tests for the latest doping agents, and in response they try to circumvent those tests by developing new drugs and new doping regimes. Thus we go round in a cat and mouse circle of detection and avoidance. We are playing a game of catch-up in which we are greatly assisted by whistleblowers, insiders who pass new drugs onto the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), or provide information on doping procedures employed, quite often at great risk to themselves. Read more You can run, but you can’t hide – the future of drug testing in sport

Pharmacists and Clinical Trials

By Professor Jayne Lawrence, Chief Scientist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Dr Rachel Joynes, Head of Research and Evaluation  

Today is International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD). Now in its 11th year, ICTD is celebrated around the world to commemorate the day James Lind started his famous clinical trial on scurvy. The day is an opportunity for organisations and clinical research professionals to discuss the benefits that involvement and engagement in research can bring. But what role do pharmacists play in clinical trials? And what opportunities are there to engage?  Read more Pharmacists and Clinical Trials

Access to Records – Supporting Patients over the festive period and beyond

By Malcolm Clubb, MRPharmS

This year in my pharmacy we are planning to open for the morning on Boxing Day to increase patients’ access at a time where many other health services are closed. However, I am acutely aware that we are still unable to support patients who are not from our pharmacy safely and easily due to lack of access to the Emergency Care Summary (ECS)/Key Information Summary (KIS) records in pharmacies across Scotland. Community pharmacies were promised this by 2014 – it is inconceivable that we still do not have this at the end of 2015. Community pharmacists remain the only health professionals with direct patient contact who do not have access. Read more Access to Records – Supporting Patients over the festive period and beyond

Ibuprofen: Clarifying some myths

Roger Knaggs is the RPS spokesperson on pain medicines and Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, University of Nottingham

Following a recent court case in Australia in which the makers of Nurofen, Reckitt Benckiser, were required to remove products in the Nurofen pain relief range because it was considered that the packaging was misleading customers, as it suggested different brands were each designed to treat a specific type of pain when they contained an identical products, there has been renewed interest in understanding the range of different products available in the UK. Read more Ibuprofen: Clarifying some myths

Pharmacists working within GP practices should be wholly welcomed

By Sandra Gidley, RPS English Pharmacy Board Chair

The announcement by NHS England of an initiative that will see an increased number of pharmacists working within GP practice teams should be wholly welcomed by the profession as recognition of the growing importance of pharmacy within primary health care.  Read more Pharmacists working within GP practices should be wholly welcomed

10 things about sunscreen that every pharmacist should know

By Neal Patel, RPS Head of Corporate Communications

OK, I’ll admit when I was told there may be things about sunscreen I didn’t really know I felt pretty sure that I was clear on how it worked and how to choose the right product. Sunscreen is simple, right? Sunscreen and actually the whole sun protection area is complex, and for those of us with little time to consider what the label actually means, may even be confusing. Read more 10 things about sunscreen that every pharmacist should know

What is primary care?

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By Gareth Holyfield, FRPharmS, MPH, DipCommPharm, Principal Pharmacist, Public Health Wales and Welsh Pharmacy Board member

During my working week, and through many media sources on healthcare, I hear the term ‘primary care’ but what exactly is primary care?

I guess it means different things to different people. This is my personal take, based on my experiences in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and health board management.

‘Primary care,’ according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is ‘the healthcare provided in the community for people making an initial approach to a medical practitioner or clinic for advice or treatment.’  Read more What is primary care?

Prudent healthcare – what it means for pharmacists

26.06.14Royal Pharmaceutical SocietyMair Davies, FFRPS, FRPharmS, Chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

‘Prudent healthcare’ is a phrase frequently used by politicians and healthcare leaders across Wales but what does prudent healthcare mean and what are the implications for pharmacists and the people of Wales?

Read more Prudent healthcare – what it means for pharmacists

How pharmacists are working in GP practice teams in Devon

RPS logoBy David Bearman, Local Professional Network (pharmacy) Chair for Devon

What is happening in your locality? 

The Local Professional Network have been considering for some time how to best participate in the changing NHS. Looking forward we appear to be moving into a very different world, one in which collaboration across a number of providers to meet the needs of the population is the order of the day. For some time community pharmacy has felt affiliated to the NHS but perhaps not central to delivery of NHS services. Read more How pharmacists are working in GP practice teams in Devon

Antimicrobial resistance – how you can make the difference

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By Neal Patel, Head of Corporate Communications, RPS

This week the Royal Pharmaceutical Society hosted a national Antimicrobial Summit in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing, and in collaboration with Public Health England and the Department of Health.

This event recognised the fact that antimicrobial resistance is everyone’s problem and will require collective as well as individual action to meet the public health challenge resistance poses. Read more Antimicrobial resistance – how you can make the difference