Archive for 'pharmacists' Category

Homeopathy and Pharmacy

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, February 22, 2010

The House of Commons select committee on science and technology has been examining homeopathy, and their report has been just been released. The main focus will be on the committee’s view that both NHS funding and MHRA licencing should be withdrawn. I’ll focus on the parts related more directly to Pharmacy and the Royal Pharmaceutical […]

RPSGB reviews homeopathy policy

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain appears to have changed its opinion on homeopathy. The poor quality information on the RPSGB’s website is to be pulled and replaced. On Monday the Council of the Society decided it did not endorse homeopathy, due to the lack of scientific evidence to demonstrate its effectiveness, and agreed […]

1023 and all that

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, January 30, 2010

Today 1023 held their mass overdose event, using homeopathic preparations, outside Boots the Chemists. I’ve already detailed my views on this with regard to the wider profession of pharmacy – it is not a problem only associated with Boots. However, the BBC report today has some two (amongst other) poor defenses of the sale of […]

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and homeopathy

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, January 25, 2010

Last year, I supported spoke in favour of a motion by a colleague, Dr Angela Alexander, to make the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) issue a position paper suggesting homeopathy does not fit within the professional healthcare role of the pharmacist. Motion It is the opinion of this meeting that the Society should […]

Homeopathic pharmacists to continue

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, May 22, 2009

This morning I was at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain’s Branch Representative meeting representing the Birmingham and District branch. It’s a yearly meeting, and an opportunity for the local branches of the organisation to pass motions which can be used to steer the organisation. One of the motions, submitted by the Slough and […]

Make your medicines safer, sign this petition

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, April 30, 2009

Please read this post and consider signing the attached petition. It may increase the safety of the medicines you are given in the future. In the UK, Section 64 of the Medicines Act 1968 says, that if a pharmacist makes a single dispensing error they have automatically undertaken a criminal act. So why should you […]

Adopt a homeopath

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Next week (14-21 June 2008) is homeopathy awareness week in the UK, hopefully other nations are spared. The theme is Homeopathy for Allergies. Sadly, this raising of awareness includes attempts to place homeopaths in pharmacies. For the eighth awareness week, The Society has again teamed up with Nelsons to highlight the benefits of homeopathy in […]

Just the prescription?

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, April 25, 2008

Here are my brief thoughts on the possible increase in the use of prescribing pharmacists in primary care in the UK.