I want to tell you a story. This story is about a sick child. I’ll warn you straight away it’s not a happy story and there is tragically no happy ending.
Make no mistake pharmacist independent prescribing can easily become a very risky and potentially dangerous activity if the level of competence of the prescriber is not sufficient.
Class 2 Medicines Recall M & A Pharmachem is recalling batches of paracetamol tablets because a small number of pots from each batch have been found to contain discoloured tablets due to fungal contamination. Product description Paracetamol 500mg Tablets, 1 x 1000 PL 04077/0001 Batch number Expiry Date Pack size […]
Sam Falconer talks about community pharmacy prescribing in Scotland, the need for more funding and hope for the future
“We started with a problem”, Clare Morrison, who is clinical health lead at NHS Highland, explains. “NHS Highland is a remote and rural health board, it covers 40% of the landmass of Scotland yet only has 8% of the population so it is a large area which is sparsely populated, and this really brings a couple […]
Online pharmacies in Great Britain will have to follow updated guidance from the pharmacy regulator to protect people from getting medicines online. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has strengthened its guidance (1) for pharmacy owners to help make sure that people can only obtain medicines from online pharmacies that are safe and clinically […]
Due to a shortage of emergency department doctors and nurses, hospitals have started to employ pharmacists who have additional clinical skills, known as Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioners, to help deliver services. A recently published study sought to describe, compare and define the Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioner role. Setting UK emergency departments. The […]
Cathy Geeson was the first pharmacist to receive a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Her research involved the development of a prediction tool to help hospital pharmacists identify patients at highest risk of preventable medication-related problems. The newly developed Medicines Optimisation Assessment (MOAT) tool has potential to […]
A study has confirmed that there are benefits to pharmacist independent prescribers working with homeless people to address their health needs. The ‘assertive outreach’ programme delivered by independent prescribing pharmacists out on the streets of a number of Scottish cities has been found to be ‘feasible and leads to increased access to medicines for […]
Are you thinking about starting up a travel clinic in community pharmacy? Here we look at the organisation involved in setting up a travel service, and how to make a success of your clinic without it having an adverse effect on your day to day community focused responsibilities. We’re all under immense pressure […]