Using your inhalers correctly: The Asthma Series

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Inhaler technique is a significant factor in proper management of Asthma and COPD. Medicines Use Reviews in Pharmacies, Nurse-led clinics and Hospital-based clinics are useful places where good inhaler technique can be re-enforced. There is no harm in reviewing patient’s technique regularly because it is difficult to kick out old habits […]

How saving a penny can cost you a pound…

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS You know the deal: Prescribe generically and you can save a lotta cash for the NHS. In most cases this is true and laudable, after all, there is very little of the crisp stuff doing the rounds. So you might understand the need to switch from a prescription of Voltarol Emulgel […]

My Conference Notes 3: The unfinished observation

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Last year, I started a series of blogs of reflection on my experience at the Pharmacy Management National Forum. I promised to write 5 blogs on my observations but in the end, I only managed 2! It has nothing to do with having nothing to write. On the contrary: I have […]

What’s New? The BNF and BNFc updates

by Kazeem Olalekan A BNF and BNFc app convert like myself knows to press the ‘Update Now’ button whenever I am prompted to do so. It is the best way to be up-to-date in clinical decision making. What I thought I would do today is highlight some key updates in the BNF and BNFc in […]

Dementia: A priority in Hampshire

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The dilemma of Dementia was brought into sharp focus for me recently when I attended the events organised by the Wessex Local Pharmacy Forum. The event took place on the 14th of October at Holiday Inn Eastleigh.  Stephen Bleakley, Deputy Chief Pharmacist at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and a representative […]

When Kazeem met Perveen…

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS It was in March 2007 when I made a proposition to Perveen about a project I was planning. It was a simple and direct proposition. It went something like this: ‘Hello Perveen how are you and the family? Hope all is well. I am planing a MUR project: you know the […]

Keep Calm & Stay Professional

by Kazeem Olalekan Here is an event for the diary! On the 19th of May, the Wessex Local Practice Forum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has an event up its sleeves! It is an event structured to inspire Pharmacists in the Wessex region. It is being chaired by Jane Portlock, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Education at UCL School […]

If you can see the damage, you’ll stop!

A new ad campaign to encourage people to quit…   Make quitting an important component of your New Year resolution.   as my friend Cyril, a smoker, said himself:   No good comes from smoking.   The question is: Wouldn’t you want to stop if you could see the damage? Time to get the quit kit […]

Case Study 8: Being Cyril

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS   In our latest interview, Kazeem chats with Cyril Siou – Community Pharmacist. This interview effectively introduces the reader to Cyril – the man. He was one of the people that said yes when I presented him with a blank canvass of what I wanted to achieve with this project. The […]

My Conference notes 2: What is Medicines Optimisation?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I was at the Pharmacy Management National Forum held on Thursday 15 November 2013 at Novotel  in Hammersmith. This is the second instalment of my conference notes. In my first instalment, I eluded to what we are doing in  Wessex around transfer of care. I will be using this post to explore what Medicines Optimisation […]

Case Study 7: To infinity and beyond…

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS It is with great pleasure that I introduce the subject of our most current case study. I have been busy interviewing this amazing community pharmacist.  Her name is Patricia Lee, Community Pharmacist at Tesco-in-store pharmacy at Bursledon Towers, mother to Lucas, wife to Romano, loyal, knowledgeable, experienced and all round supper community […]

My Conference notes 1: Pharmacy Management National Forum

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS One of the cornerstones of pharmaceutical research (and indeed any other scientific research) is dissemination. If you have done the work, why would you not want people to know about it? It is with that in mind that I congratulate the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer of Hampshire and Isle of Wight LPC, […]

Pharmacy: The Profession of Aspiration

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS When I talk about Pharmacy being the profession of aspiration, some of my colleagues cringe! I understand why they might. It fits into an old narrative that goes something like this: we are pharmacists because we failed in our bid to get into medical school. It is true that some people […]