Contractor views

Neither rye nor reason

Steve Ainsworth explores the origins of the compound ergot, which in modern times became a source for pharmaceutical drugs

The best-laid plans

Our correspondent wonders if the ‘10-year Plan’ will offer any new solutions.

Gearing up for FMD

Amid the Brexit chaos, our correspondent believes that community pharmacists need to focus on what they can control.

A game of cat and mouse?

Our correspondent wonders what the implications of the consultation on the role of the responsible pharmacist will be.

Family ties

Pharmacy is frequently positioned as a good career choice for women, but is it? asks Deborah Evans. 

Who’d have thought it?

Our correspondent discovers some surprising similarities with the dental profession.

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Dilip Joshi, former LPC chairman and NPA board member, bids a fond farewell to friends, colleagues and ICP readers.

Changing of the guard

Our correspondent is intrigued by changes at the top of two of the profession’s industry bodies. 

No time to rest on our laurels

LPC chairman and NPA board member Dilip Joshi reflects on pharmacy’s ongoing challenge to gain public recognition and attends the opening of a new clinical pharmacy skills suite

Convoluted conversations

Our correspondent discovers that when it comes to genomics, it appears that the genie’s out of the bottle.

Keep calm and carry on

When it comes to emergency situations, strong leadership is crucial, says Sid Dajani.

The sun always shines on TV?

The media spotlight falling on pharmacy twice in the past few weeks has made for some uncomfortable viewing

Quantum leap

Sid Dajani finds similarities between the complexities of quantum mechanics and the NHS.

Hard times

LPC chairman and NPA board member Dilip Joshi hopes that a fundamental review of pharmacy’s contractual framework happens sooner rather than later.

Triumphs and tribulations

LPC chairman and NPA board member Dilip Joshi suggests hypertension gets the flu jab treatment and is bemused by different justification for the decommissioning of MAS.

Living the scream

As Sid Dajani readies for the launch of his new travel service, he’s concerned how independents across the country will thrive in 2018.

Decision time

At the start of a new year, independents nationwide need to show their resolve even more than ever, says Mukesh Lad.

Supportive measures

Dilip Joshi welcomes government moves to introduce organ donation opt-out.

Double, double, toil and trouble

Sid Dajani feels fright night has set in at the Department of Health.

Winning hearts and minds in Brighton

Dilip Joshi was on the NPA’s award winning stand at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton at the conclusion of another eventful month.
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