Pharmacy

Head to any health and wellness store, pharmacy or even supermarket in the UK and you’ll find a row of products containing CBD – ranging from vape liquid to oil and skincare products. The legal cannabis extract is part of an industry expected to skyrocket beyond £1 billion in the country by 2025. But while advocates claim the ‘miracle’ cannabinoid can ease the symptoms of a seemingly endless list of conditions – from acne to anxiety – do these claims stand up to science? With the help of expert Dr Chandni Hindocha, we find out.
The move marks part of an NHS plan to prevent up to 150,000 heart attacks and strokes in the next 10 years.
The sector fears shortages: of medicine, of staff, and of answers.
Stockpiling of popular prescriptions has already started.
Among all the cost-cutting in the NHS it's vital that we safeguard the futures of community pharmacies and the pharmacists who carry out such important work.
When it comes to community pharmacy it really does seem that the Government has been trying to pull the wool over our eyes. In December 2015 Ministers announced that hundreds of millions of pounds would be taken from pharmacy budgets over several years. The sector, they said, should make its fair share of efficiency savings.
If the government does not change course and listen to frontline pharmacists desperately trying to make them see sense, I foresee a desperately bleak future for community pharmacy and indeed the whole of the NHS - a hole in the high street and in the chain of healthcare that will never be filled.
With mounting pressure on the NHS from chronic cuts to funding and ever increasing demand on all sides, our safety net is starting to come apart at the seams. There has been much debate around both the implications of this and measures to be put in place to ease the pressure. One such measure is to modify the way we use other resources like pharmacies to redirect some of the flow.
There have been a number of conflicting reports on the health implications of smoking e-cigarettes. In spite of a Public Health England review finding that they are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes and are an effective quitting aid, the wider health implications for smokers and non-smokers alike, are unknown.