Blog Posts


Driving after taking drugs and medicines

By Katie Perkins, RPS Support Pharmacist Last year, a new law on driving after taking drugs and medicines comes into force today in England and Wales. This law will make it easier for the Police to tackle those who drive after taking illegal drugs or abusing medicinal drugs. Basics of the […]

Counterfeit Medicines

Buying medicines online, false claims and real risks

The most recent tragic death from taking the chemical DNP in order to lose weight has highlighted yet again the risks of buying online from unregulated websites. Criminals are involved in this illegal supply, providing you with chemicals like DNP, which they promote as a slimming aid.  It’s actually a […]


Working in mental health: why I love it

by Wendy Ackroyd MRPharmS, lead clinical pharmacist in mental health for NHS Dumfries and Galloway. I decided to try mental health pharmacy on for size, for six months. That was 15 years ago now. It was a good fit. When working in community pharmacy, I looked at a list of […] Hall

Sunscreen labelling needs to change

By Prof Jayne Lawrence, RPS Chief Scientist The recent RPS survey of 2000 adults in Great Britain showed just how little understood sunscreens are. Only 8% of people knew that the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) on bottles of sunscreen provides protection from UVB light alone and does not include protection […]

Ibuprofen: Clarifying some myths

Roger Knaggs is the RPS spokesperson on pain medicines and Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, University of Nottingham Following a recent court case in Australia in which the makers of Nurofen, Reckitt Benckiser, were required to remove products in the Nurofen pain relief range because it was considered that […]

The importance of finding new ways to prevent and treat infections

By Professor Jayne Lawrence, Chief Scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Jim O’Neill, chair of the UK Government’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, recently called for vaccines and alternative approaches to be used more widely in healthcare and agriculture as an alternative to antibiotics in the fight against drug-resistant “superbugs”. There has […]

How much is polypharmacy a necessary evil?

By Dr Martin Duerden, a GP in North Wales and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Bangor University A few years ago, I and some GP colleagues – Tony Avery from Nottingham University, and Rupert Payne from Cambridge University – were asked to do a review of polypharmacy by the King’s Fund. […]


Polypharmacy – even the word has a negative connotation

Professor Nina Barnett, Consultant Pharmacist for Older People, Medicines Use and Safety Team, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service As clinicians we think of polypharmacy as patients being prescribed too many medicines, some of which are at best redundant and at worst cause patient harm. It is easy for us to take […]


Adaptive clinical trials – could patients benefit?

by Liz Allen, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London and Quintiles, Early Clinical Development What is a clinical trial? Clinical trials are studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of potential new medicines. Clinical trials are divided into four phases (Phase I, II, III […]


Stop the over medication of people with learning disabilities

By David Branford, Chief Pharmacist, Derby Hospital The nation was shocked by the Panorama expose of cruel behaviour to people with a learning disability living at Winterbourne View in Bristol. The subsequent enquiry not only raised many concerns about the care of people with a learning disability but also about […]