Blog Posts


Branded, generic and identical medicines – how much should you pay?

by Professor Jayne Lawrence, RPS Chief Scientist Increasingly the public are being encouraged by the Government to take greater responsibility for their own health. In particular, they are being prompted to manage any minor and self-limiting medical condition themselves, which may result in the purchase of an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine. […]


Is ibuprofen bad for your health?

by Helen Williams, consultant pharmacist in cardiovascular medicine A new BMJ study published today examines the effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen on the heart.  The study looked at 10 million people and found taking NSAIDs increased the risk of being taken to hospital with heart failure by […]


The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Dr Jacqueline Sneddon MRPharmS FFRPS Project Lead for Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group Consider this scenario. Your younger child has been awake all night, crying with earache. They’re upset and tired, and so are you. Your older child had a flu bug last week, and you have already taken three days […]

Emily Rose, I Love My Pharmacist 2015 National Winner

I Love My Pharmacist 2015 winner’s story

Learn more about Emily Rose, our I Love My Pharmacist 2015 National Winner as she describes her journey in her own words. Why I entered I Love My Pharmacist I remember frantically trying to get through emails at the end of another busy day in my role as a Rheumatology […]

Antibiotics need saving

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs which have revolutionised healthcare. They are important medicines which help fight infections that are caused by bacteria. They cure many infections that might have been deadly serious in the past and make surgical operations safe. However, some infections are becoming increasingly resistant to the use of […]

How could a pharmacist working in a GP surgery help patients?

Having a pharmacist working as part of the team in a GP practice isn’t a brand new idea. Rena Amin, pharmacist and partner at Hartland Way GP surgery, has been doing it for the last ten years. However, it’s far from the norm at the moment, but this could soon […]

The dangers of buying medicines online

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 the illegal supply of drugs and medicines, selling chemicals like DNP which they promote as a slimming aid. It’s actually a pesticide […]

The truth about “free Calpol”

You might have heard in the news, or seen a post on Facebook about “free Calpol” in which the poster claims “if you register your details under the ‘minor ailments scheme’, all medicines etc for children are free“, but what’s the truth? Well, some pharmacies operate a scheme called the NHS […] Hall

Confused about sun cream labelling? 6 things worth knowing

A recent survey by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of 2000 adults showed that only 8% of people understood that the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) only provides protection from UVB rays and the star rating indicates protection from UVA light. That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of six things […]

What you need to know about drugs and driving

A new law on driving after taking drugs and medicines came into force  in March 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 law The new law makes it an offence […]