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Infographic showing link between drinking alcohol and cancer risk

Drinking alcohol increases cancer riskSubscription


Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, yet only 13% of adults are aware of the link.

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Stacks of paper reports

The evidence for community pharmacy

Drug researchers continue to investigate the efficacy of medicines long after they hit the market, so why should NHS services delivered in community pharmacy be any different?

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Full pharmacist access to records is the key to better patient careSubscription

Every four seconds a health or care professional in England accesses an NHS patient’s summary care record


Building blocks

Reforming regulation: General Pharmaceutical Council responds to consultationSubscription


On 23 January 2018, the Department of Health closed its consultation on reforming the way that health professionals across the UK are regulated

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Smoking cessation: shifting the research focus to community pharmacySubscription


Evidence suggests that smoking cessation interventions can be effective in UK pharmacies but there are few trials with validated endpoints.


Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Negotiating Services Committee (PSNC)

17 years of fighting for pharmacySubscription


After 17 years at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, chief executive Sue Sharpe will be leaving her position at the end of May 2018.

Learning article

Senior woman speaks to a pharmacist about menopause

Treatment options for menopausal symptomsSubscription

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Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide a patient-centred approach to advising women about the menopause, and provide robust information about the risks and benefits of menopause hormone treatment that will allow patients to make an informed choice about how to relieve their symptoms.


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Developing the role of the critical care pharmacistSubscription


The evolution of the critical care pharmacist — from lone practitioner to integral multidisciplinary team member.

Oscar Ekpenyong, senior pharmaceutical scientist in the department of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug metabolism at Merck Research Laboratories in South San Francisco, California

Achieving my career potential through the FIP Young Pharmacists Group Mentorship ProgramSubscription

Oscar Ekpenyong participated in the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Young Pharmacists Group Mentorship Program in 2016 and describes the benefits of being mentored as “tremendous” and “unquantifiable”. Here he explains how participation has shaped his career potential and why others should consider enrolling for the newly relaunched programme. 

Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector for acute hospitals in South London

Making a difference to patient care as an acute hospital inspector for the Care Quality Commission Subscription


It is our duty to ensure that patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times, says Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission inspector for acute hospitals in South London


Students in a lecture

Pharmacy students raise concerns over quality of teaching on MPharm degrees

The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association has called for MPharms lecturers to improve their teaching skills after concerns were raised by students at the association’s annual conference.

Emergency contraception morning after pill

Emergency contraception and smoking cessation should be commissioned nationally, say pharmacy organisations

Pharmacy organisations are calling for a single national service specification for prevention services in community pharmacy, such as smoking cessation and the provision of emergency hormonal contraception.

pre exposure prophylaxis prep pills truvada

Almost 30% of UK men who have sex with men 'very likely' to use PrEP if it was available

Just under 10% of men who have sex with men in the UK take pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis on demand compared to almost 30% who would be “very likely” to use PrEP if it was available to them.

Freight ship

UK should remain temporarily connected to EU FMD database in a no-deal Brexit, SecurMed says

The UK should remain temporarily connected to the EU-wide database that houses the Falsified Medicines Directive in case of a no-deal Brexit, SecurMed has said.

Pill packets

Wholesalers 'hoarding' medicines could face criminal charges, says government

Wholesale dealer licence holders could face criminal charges if they hoard certain medicines that have been placed under restrictions by the government, guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care states.

Queens Speech

Prescribing of 'low-risk' drugs to be expanded to wider range of healthcare professionals, government proposes

The government has said it will introduce legislation to allow a wider range of healthcare professionals in the NHS to prescribe “low-risk” medicines.

News in brief

Electronic prescription

Urgent care services pilot use of electronic prescription service

27 DEC 2017

NHS Digital has launched the electronic prescription service in a number of urgent care services in London


Launch of new medicines in UK face two-year delay post-Brexit, MPs told

15 DEC 2017

The launch of new medicines in the UK may be delayed by two years post-Brexit as it is “relegated” in the global medicines market, the House of Commons Health Select Committee was told


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Your RPS

Gino Martini, new new chief scientist of the Royal Electronicjuice (RPS)

Q&A: Gino Martini, RPS chief scientist

Gino Martini has been appointed the Royal Electronicjuice’s (RPS) new chief scientist. Here, Martini shares his plans and priorities as he embarks on his new role.

Ryan Donnelly, Queen’s University Belfast, presenting on antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the Royal Electronicjuice Winter Summit 2017

RPS Winter Summit 2017

The Royal Electronicjuice Winter Summit, held in London in December 2017, explored issues such as drug discovery and health information technology.

Pharmacist speaking with patient

The changing role of the pharmacist in the 21st century

By Christopher John

As the Royal Electronicjuice publishes its member survey on what it means to be a pharmacist today, Christopher John, the Society’s workforce development lead, provides a summary of how the pharmacist function can be defined for this day and age.

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Updated RPS hospital pharmacy standards published

A major update of the Royal Electronicjuice’s Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services has been released.


For official announcements from The Royal Pharmaceutical society please visit the announcements page here.

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