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Did Prozac really reduce violent crime?

Prozac has helped reduce the stigma attached to depression but did it help reduce violent crime?

Regan and Reena are great role-models. We need more women

More women involved in pharmacy leadership positions should be seen as a benefit not a threat, says Claire Ward.

Opinions not facts will get us nowhere!

Sid Dajani: When Sandra Gidley said community pharmacies don’t make the best use of technicians she got it wrong. 

Prescription puzzles

There is a problem with overprescribing of opioids but is it to do with the law of unintended consequences?

England should take leaf out of Wales' pharmacy book

There are challenges in Wales but there is much that can be learned about its approach to pharmacy, says Claire Ward.

The pharmacy elephant in the room

Primary care networks are bonkers. It’s old thinking, old ways of failure and old strategy, says Sid Dajani. 

Consultation? Where? Who? When?

The apprenticeship trailblazer group is still unknown. Boots, Well, Lloydspharmacy, Superdrug...what a reticent bunch!

We need cross-sector talks on apprenticeships

Does the apprenticeship trailblazer group really think pharmacists shouldn't diagnose and manage care, asks Claire Ward.

Pharmacy apprenticeship conundrum

Negativity has greeted apprenticeships. Is this because people don’t understand them, asks Pharmacist Spectator.

Creating a workplace without discrimination

Posts on the Women in Pharmacy Facebook group show that members still face discrimination, says Deborah Evans.

Tissues - not to be sneezed at

It was as well Kleenex rebranded its ‘man-size’ tissues before someone reported their pharmacist to the trading standards office.  

Pressure of GPhC inspections is no joke

What can pharmacists learn from stand-up comedy and sports psychology to help them cope with unannounced GPhC inspections?

Trade unionism works...in principle

As the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s star wanes, the Pharmacist’s Defence Association’s rises, says our correspondent. 

Depressing ignorance surfaces as SSP debate rages

A debate about the serious shortage protocols exposed MPs' ignorance about pharmacists' expertise in medicines.

Boots is just the start for the PDAU

Other large companies realise it is a matter of time before their pharmacists seek the benefits of being a member of a trade union.

Why are so many pharmacists unhappy?

When our reality is greater than our expectations, we are happy. This might be why many pharmacists are unhappy...

Good GPhC regulation? You must be joking

The GPhC’s answer to our plight is more regulation, pressure, targets and rising fees, says Sid Dajani. 

Dispense with this arbitrary levy!

The long-term plan has lots of ideas about improving the NHS but no mention of getting rid of prescription charges...

Despite Brexit, pharmacists have no control of supply 

As Brexit drags on, pharmacists are being placed between a rock and a hard place.

Self-pay not self-pity!

Frustration with NHS waiting lists has seen more people pay for their own healthcare. Should pharmacies take note?

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