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The problem with pollen

We sum up the latest product news and guidance in the hay fever category

England and Scotland: compare and contrast

I can’t help comparing and contrasting the situation facing community pharmacists in England with those in Scotland. In both countries, pharmacists are being urged by the powers that be to operate more clinically. The difference is that in Scotland, crucially, they are paid for it. There is already in Scotland a national minor ailments scheme – conspicuous by its absence south of the border – and the national chronic medication service, where pharmacists can manage the treatment of those on a stable regime.

Time ticking by for Medicrime

A new European convention is launched to implement anti-counterfeiting measures

Managing a disaster

Numark’s Hilary Cunningham shares some tips on disaster planning and management

Leading the pharmaceutical care revolution in Scotland

Scotland's chief pharmaceutical officer Rose Marie Parr talks pharmacy practice

Embrace change, enjoy a bright clinical future, says Warner

Dr Bruce Warners outlines the clinical challenges and opportunities facing the profession

NHS close-up

Never a week goes by these days when the NHS isn’t an entire news story. Normally we would admire, empathise and support the stresses and pressures, but until you become a patient you can’t really write a meaningful sentence about it. Since January I’ve had a bad upper respiratory tract infection. What started as a few days of non-stop coughing gave way to conking out mid-cough. It happened anytime, anywhere and after the frequency of attacks increased from once daily up to 10 or more times daily, I called 111.

Polymer gel used for ultra-slow drug release in stomach

A polymer gel added to capsules for ultra-slow drug release in the stomach created at MIT

PSNC urges prime minister to reconsider pharmacy plans

PSNC urges David Cameron to reconsider plans for pharmacy funding cuts

Children's health headliners

We review the children's health category

British Biosimilars Association launched

Sole focus of BBA is to increase the understanding and use of biosimilar medicines in the UK

Pet health: treating fleas and ticks

Charles Gladwin considers the lifecycle of fleas and ticks, their prevalence, the sorts of problems they cause for pets (and humans), and approaches to dealing with infestations

Treating dandruff and seborrhoea of the scalp

Alan Nathan considers OTC treatment of these common scalp conditions

Alan Hicks: consumer health visionary

Alan Hicks, a pioneer of POM to P switches, passed away on April 9.

Free falls risk assessment toolkit launched

Pharmacists can download free electronic falls risk assessment toolkit from the internet

GPhC launches consultation on practice standards

Nine new standards to replace existing standards of conduct, ethics and performance

Dealing with the DH bombshell

The pre-Christmas bombshell announcement on cuts to the community pharmacy budget has been exercising minds locally and nationally. Today, I am at the House of Commons making a presentation sponsored by Kate Hoey MP. Other than MPs, the invited audience includes GPs, nurses, hospital consultants, local authority councillors, CCG chairs, people from Healthwatch, social services, patient groups and NHS England and, of course, pharmacists, including NPA and Pharmacy London chairs and the RPS president – a really eclectic group! Unfortunately, a consultant from St Thomas’ cannot come due to the junior hospital doctors’ strike, which is also today.

Society issues guidance on electronic health records

Electronic health records guidance produced by RPS

Health Warning

I am profoundly disturbed by the government’s decision to cut our funding by 6 per cent: it is no less than an act of wanton destruction. By the government’s own estimates, as many as 3,000 pharmacies could be forced out. Obviously, our representative bodies should present a united front to fight this cut, but from what I have seen they haven’t actually grasped the underlying issue – that this is simply another step in a cynical assault on the NHS.Pharmacy Voice produced the most vigorous protest, but it won’t have the slightest effect.

Half of independents may use hub and spoke, government predicts

Up to 50 per cent of independents will use hub and spoke, predicts government

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