Putting Medicines Safety First in Wales

26.06.14 Royal Pharmaceutical SocietyRob Davies, member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Welsh Pharmacy Board reflects on the 2015 Medicines Safety Conference and the benefits of attending this year’s forthcoming event.

As a pharmacist and independent prescriber, medicines safety is an issue close to my heart. It is our pre-occupation as a profession, ensuring medicines are appropriate for the patient, are taken safely and as intended. I was excited therefore to attend the RPS Wales annual Medicines Safety Conference last year to hear about strategic plans for Wales and to learn more from practice examples. Read more Putting Medicines Safety First in Wales

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

Better use of repeat dispensing would improve patient care

Ash_Soni_0411By Ash Soni, Vice Chair of the English Pharmacy Board
The Government announced today that prescription charges in England will rise from £7.85 to £8.05 on 1st April.

A new report, Prescription Charges and Employment, from The Prescription Charges Coalition has found that the cost of prescription charges prevents over a third of people with long term conditions who pay for their prescriptions from taking their medicines as prescribed. Some face medicines poverty, having to choose between paying for their medication and household expenses such as food or heating. Read more Better use of repeat dispensing would improve patient care

The Prescription Prepayment Certificate can make your medicines more affordable

nealpatel2by Neal Patel MRPharmS, RPS Head of Corporate Communications

Ever heard of the Prescription Prepayment Certificate?

If you live in England, need medicines on a long-term basis and pay prescription charges, it could help make your medicines more affordable.

The Prescription Prepayment Certificate is like a season ticket for your medicines. You can get your medicines at a discount by either paying a lump sum upfront or monthly by direct debit. Read more The Prescription Prepayment Certificate can make your medicines more affordable

Fake medicines – a real danger

By Neal Patel, Head of Corporate Communications

As part of our commitment to patient safety, we’re proud to be involved in the Real Danger campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of buying prescription medicine online without a consultation with a heath professional or proper authority. We took part in important research that resulted in some alarming statistics:

Read more Fake medicines – a real danger