Tagging the Election in England, Scotland and Wales

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Following from quotes (1,2) from the excellent candidates taking part in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Election to the Board in England, Scotland and Wales; I have produced a Tag of what I consider to be key words or phrases from the quotes: 100% advocate all aspiration awareness barriers believe challenges change […]

Who’s Who in Scotland and Wales – Election 2012

by Kazeem Olalekan Following from quotes from candidates from English Pharmacy Board election, this post focus on Scotland and Wales candidates. Scotland Election Board I believe that pharmacists need to engage and shape the future of their professional body and will strive to ensure that it is fit for purpose and that pharmacists are supported both […]

Taxpayers’ Alliance report on MUR – a riposte

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS In April, the Taxpayers’ Alliance published a report  about Medicines Use Review. It concluded boldly that Medicines Use Review are a “wasteful subsidy to pharmacists”. In this piece, I offer my riposte to that report in a YouTube Video:    

Professional Support – Dealing with children who are collecting medicines from pharmacy

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS One of the benefits of being a member of the Pharmacy professional body: RPS is access to the Pharmaceutical Journal and professional support in the form of Professional Matters. It is the NO 12, April 2012 edition of the Professional Support Bulletin that caught my attention. It tackles how to deal […]

CPPE – The App that challenges you

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Earlier this month, the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), released an app for Apple Iphone and Google Android devices. Since I hate to miss a trick, I decided to put the app to the bookapharmacist test across both platforms. Are there differences between the Iphone and Android application? That is […]

The Who’s Who – Election 2012

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS It’s election season at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the arrival of my Ballot Paper last week has filled me with real excitement. The Society is about to elect new members to the English, Scottish and Welsh Pharmacy Boards. The candidates are listed here. I sure hope all members will be […]

A few good men – A tribute to the spine of the service

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS When the unexpected happens. When the news is sad and sombre. It is time to sit back and reflect on what has been and what could have been. When the news filtered through in late March that University Hospitals Southampton Foundation Trust and Nuffield Hospital’s Spine clinic has suddenly lost its […]

Inhaler techniques – information resources

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS ne of the factors that affects the adequate control of asthma or chronic obstructive airways disease (COPD)  is the inhalation technique. As part of the New Medicines Service (NMS) at the local pharmacy, we are obliged to make sure that our customers are using the inhalation devices in the right way. […]

Cloudy but clearly OK – MHRA Class 4 alert for Priadel Liquid

A class 4 alert has been issued for Priadel Liquid by the MHRA. Priadel Liquid (Lithium Citrate 520mg/5ml equivalent to Lithium Carbonate 204mg/5ml) appears cloudy rather than clear. A detailed investigation carried out by Sanofi, the manufacturer, “has shown that the cloudiness is not due to microbial contamination. The root cause has been attributed to […]

Take note: PPIs and emerging issues

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS In August 2009 we reported a potential interaction between Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and Clopidogrel. Subsequent to that report, Lancet concluded that PPI does not interfere with the clinical benefits of clopidogrel. The case frustrated me because in one week I was asking my GPs to review prescribing and in the […]

Time to reflect – The MUR Evangelist Journey

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS   Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Søren Kierkegaard   The words of Kierkegaard is relevant to this post. Other writers, including the famous Steve Jobs, have described the reflection process in much similar lines. Steve Jobs was quoted in his Stanford lecture as saying: […]

Transfer of Care – A tale of two discharges

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS   Do you know what has been our bugbear for a while now? How we can safely and effectively transfer our patients from one care setting to another. As a pharmacist, I am focussing on the medication journey. We haven’t done that very well in the past. It is not surprising […]

Wrong Choices?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Last April we posted a blog entitled “NHS choices” where we highlighted the choices facing patients in the NHS with respect to increasing prescription charges. The choice then was stark: …is it inconceivable that patients will re-locate to another place within the UK where the choices made by the local NHS […]

How funny is that?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The students of pharmacy at the Sharad Pawar College of Pharmacy in Nagpur, India really fancy their chances at music – in between learning about pharmacology, pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice. So they released a music video on Youtube. According to them: “This is the only song on PHARMACY field..“! The music […]

What alternatives?: A matter of sleep or death?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I will be upfront….This is not a scare story. This is a story about a pharmacist’s attempt to cut through an issue that was brought to our consciousness recently (27/02/2012) by the publication on BMJ Open of a paper alerting us to the risk that hypnotics (the drug we use to […]