• Blog: Don’t let them eat cake

    Blog: Don’t let them eat cake

    The banning of prescriptions for gluten-free foods by some CCGs is to be applauded – but why stop there, asks The Pharmacist’s GP blogger Dr Livingstone  My local clinical commissioning group (CCG), like many others, has decreed that local GPs should stop providing prescriptions for gluten-free foods. Our usual response to diktats of this sort is to scream and shout at the outrageous restrictions being imposed on our precious clinical freedom, and to carry on in our own sweet way regardless. Not this time. The pronouncement has been met with universal approval among my colleagues – partly because we’re aware that cost savings need to be made somewhere, but also, ... Read More »
  • Blog: How soon is now?

    Blog: How soon is now?

  • Blog: A pharmacist by any other name

    Blog: A pharmacist by any other name

  • Managing allergic conditions in community pharmacy

    Managing allergic conditions in community pharmacy

    Patients presenting with allergic conditions in the pharmacy is a common occurence. But pharmacists are well placed to help manage these symptoms, writes Holly Shaw Key learning points • The UK has one of the highest rates of allergy in the Western world • Allergies can have a significantly negative impact on a person’s life and should not be trivialised • Patients should start allergy treatment before symptoms begin Identifying allergic triggers  Pharmacists are well placed to discuss suspected triggers and ask questions to elicit information on individual triggers. Allergic triggers that are inhaled are called aeroallergens and include: •Pollen. •Mould. •Pet dander. •House dust mite. Exposure to aeroallergens may ... Read More »
  • How could new business rates affect your pharmacy?

    How could new business rates affect your pharmacy?

  • Take pharmacists out of the dock

    Take pharmacists out of the dock