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November 11, 2016
Founded in 1985 to retrieve unused drugs from chemists for use in developing countries, Pharmaciens Sans Frontières Comité International extended its objectives to help the developing countries set up a local adapted health care system

While waiting for the Lungi Airport ferry to Freetown before dawn one spring morning, I overheard a conversation between excited fellow passengers introducing themselves and explaining what had brought them to Sierra Leone; they were clowns - members of Clowns Without Borders to be precise.

 

October 10, 2016
Calling all European pharmacists working in gastroenterology and/or hepatology (including IBD and viral hepatitis) to discuss and share practice, provide support in training needs and establish network opportunities.

September 27, 2016
NHS England is appealing the Judicial Review on the grounds that its own responsibilities are limited to treating those already assumed to be infected.

For over a decade, every year in the UK more than 6000 people are newly diagnosed with HIV. In 2014, the year for which we have the most recent data, more than half of those patients were Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).

 

June 27, 2016
The risks of medicines-related problems that arise at transfers of care are now well-recognised. One of the commonest problems is that a patient leaves hospital on ‘new’ medicines but goes home and takes their previous medicines as well

June 6, 2016
Oncology pharmacists play an important role as an integral part of the interdisciplinary cancer care team in the provision of high quality care of patients with cancer

Oncology pharmacists play an important role as an integral part of the interdisciplinary cancer care team in the provision of high quality care of patients with cancer. In recent years, we have observed a changing landscape in the approach to cancer care: precision oncology, survivorship, new therapeutic options (such as non-cytotoxic drugs), new diagnostic tools, and issues related to sustainability. These are the most important challenges to be faced in the near future.

 

May 31, 2016
The Falsified Medicines Directive, which requires complete compliance by February 2019 mandates the systematic authentication of medicines at the point of supply to the patient, in an effort to identify counterfeit, falsified, recalled or expired drugs

The sale of medicines known to be counterfeit or falsified is an unscrupulous business that endangers patient health. The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), which requires complete compliance by February 2019 mandates the systematic authentication (scanning) of medicines at the point of supply to the patient, in an effort to identify counterfeit, falsified, recalled or expired drugs. The FMD is a win-win-win for government, the pharmaceutical industry and patients, but it remains to be seen how this change will affect the secondary care environment.

May 10, 2016
My work takes me all over the world, meeting amazing people, seeing memorable sights; it seems as though I am fulfilling the dreams and ambitions of a lifetime!

My work takes me all over the world, meeting amazing people, seeing memorable sights; it seems as though I am fulfilling the dreams and ambitions of a lifetime!


And yes I am a pharmacist – with over 20 years' hospital experience. That is the ‘passport’ that makes it all possible.

February 5, 2016
I qualified as a pharmacy technician in 2008 and decided to leave my permanent post in Somerset to locum and gain some experience of working in a few different settings

I qualified as a pharmacy technician in 2008 and decided to leave my permanent post in Somerset to locum and gain some experience of working in a few different settings. This was a really valuable experience and whilst I wasn’t able to become an accredited checker or advance my qualifications further, as my peers were doing at this time, I was allowed the freedom to decide where I wanted to be.

 

September 2, 2015
The healthcare needs of people living in nursing homes are rising due the fact that there is a population with increasing frailty and comorbidities

The healthcare needs of people living in nursing homes are rising due the fact that there is a population with increasing frailty and comorbidities. I work in Group Mutuam that provides healthcare in geriatrics, including sub-acute, nursing homes, primary care and home care. We have Healthcare Teams (physicians and nurses) that attend inpatients in nursing homes; from the Pharmacy Service; we give them support in all areas related to medication.

 

August 7, 2015
In a busy London tertiary hospital I start my day by replying to any urgent emails relating to antimicrobials

In a busy London tertiary hospital I start my day by replying to any urgent emails relating to antimicrobials.  At the moment I am coordinating the quarterly antimicrobial prescribing audits with the pharmacy department ensuring that the data is collected within the two week period, before analysing the data to produce a report on how different medical areas are complying with set measured criteria.

 

July 24, 2015
Importantly, each patient is treated as an individual and decisions about their medication are always patient-centred.

I have recently started a new post with Wye Valley NHS Trust in Herefordshire.

 

Herefordshire is a beautiful rural county in the west of England nestling in the shadow of the Black Mountains on the Welsh border.

 

I am contracted to provide a service to the Mental Health Trust whilst being based in the Acute Hospital Pharmacy. Although this is a new post for Herefordshire, I have been doing mental health pharmacy since the late 1990s.

 

June 16, 2015
Given that illness is not dependant on the day of the week, how can we continue to operate a good pharmacy service only between Monday and Friday?

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