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High blood pressure linked to Alzheimer’s disease

High blood pressure in later life, and a faster decline in systolic blood pressure (SBP), may trigger brain infarcts, Neurology recently reported

Aspirin may be beneficial for AD

Research recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that low-dose aspirin may reduce formation of plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease

Pharmacists “absolutely critical” to Scotland’s healthcare ambitions

The “clinical leadership” of pharmacists and technicians is “absolutely critical” to realising Scotland’s healthcare ambitions, the Scottish health secretary told the FIP Congress

Cannabis moves to the medical mainstream

It seems that well over 2,000 years after a Gushi shaman was buried with his stash, cannabis and cannabinoids are set to move into the medical mainstream.

Inspection reports must not mislead

By NPA policy manager Helga Mangion NOWADAYS it is easier than ever to access and share information and this raises expectations in terms of transparency and customer service. The performance of schools, the cleanliness of restaurants and MPs’ expenses are all available at the click of a mouse. NHS Choices encourages patients to review their pharmacy, GP, dentist and other health providers online but, unlike these other providers, the pharmacy regulator does not currently publish its reports. The GPhC consultation, ‘Developing our approach to regulating registered pharmacies’, reflects some of these issues. The NPA agrees with the principle of the publication of reports, provided they are not misleading to the public. Reports should contain only data that informs consumer decision-making, uncluttered by technical details that are useless for that purpose.

Infant nutrition: Giving parents a helping hand

The role of accessible, informed healthcare professionals is increasingly important in baby and child health and nutrition

Slow release of technician report not helpful

By Ross Ferguson There is no doubt we need a discussion about the pharmacy team and the roles and responsibilities within it, so the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) report is probably to be welcomed. I say probably, because we haven’t actually seen the report, only what the PDA has chosen to release through its website in a well-controlled manner. Namely: Pharmacy technicians don’t want to be responsible for supervising pharmacies The PDA has raised concerns that the public may be potentially “confused or misled” about the capabilities of pharmacy technicians. Unsurprisingly, all this has rankled what I assume is an already tense relationship with our pharmacy technician colleagues and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians (UK) in particular.

Behind the headlines: Pharmacy’s final (brief) day in court

The Court of Appeal’s full determination has yet to be made public, but seven words from Lord Justice Stephen Irwin were sufficient to quash a last-ditch attempt to overturn the cuts

Insight: The elephant in the room

By Alexander Humphries* A new member of staff recently asked me how some brown stains had come to mark the ceiling of the dispensary. It was odd, she said, because it is a very high ceiling. I’ll tell you the story in a minute, but it got me thinking that sometimes it is difficult to explain how we got to a particular place as the evolution gets buried by layer upon layer of dust. The pharmacy contract is like this, built layer upon layer until it is almost unrecognisable from what it was intended to be at the outset.

First Pharmacist Travel Health Conference to take place

The first Pharmacist Travel Health Conference is to take place in London on 3-4 November, organised by Voyager Medical in collaboration with UCL and others

Latest pharmacy contractor data

Community pharmacy numbers in England declined by 82 in the past year, according to figures released by NHS Digital

FIP fun run to raise money for Pharmacist Support

Charity Pharmacist Support is partnering with the International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) for its annual congress fun run in Glasgow

£1.5m digital pharmacy opens in Liverpool

Now Healthcare Group, which is behind the ‘Now Patient’ app, says the service will be particularly helpful to those who “have suffered through recent community pharmacy cuts”

Mixed views on unannounced inspections

A proposal from the General Pharmaceutical Council to make pharmacy inspections unannounced has had varied responses, with some voicing support for the proposed change and others expressing concern

Pharma companies behind on FMD preparation

The Belgian non-profit, which was set up to keep falsified medicines out of the European medicines supply chain, said that many pharma companies were behind on the ‘on-boarding’ process

Medicines supply a key focus of new PSNC Brexit forum

Ensuring the concerns of pharmacists around Brexit are heard and maintaining the supply of medicines to community pharmacy patients are among the forum's core aims

Where should accountability lie?

By David Gallier-Harris, a member of the DHSC’s rebalancing board, writing in a personal capacity The superintendent pharmacist/responsible pharmacist consultation from the rebalancing board reviews the current legislation and proposes moving much from primary legislation to professional regulatory control. One result of these proposals is that failure to comply with a new mixture of GPhC standards, rules and regulatory guidance would become fitness to practise matters, rather than criminal offences, as is currently the case.

NHS at 70: The debt of gratitude

Pharmaceutical advances since the formation of the NHS in 1948 have saved countless lives, Mark Greener writes

PDA releases first chapter of technicians report

The PDA has released the first chapter of its new report into the roles and capabilities of pharmacy technicians  

All well for HLP registration until March 2019

The level 2 Healthy Living Pharmacy Framework is being updated by HLP Task Group of the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum with a view to finalising it by March 2019

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