Why are orphan drugs so expensive?

Current methods to determine the right value for orphan drugs remain controversial, yet the fast-tracking of new therapies marks a big step forward for the industry

How online pharmacies are improving patients’ lives

Pharmacists are becoming the first port of call for patients with minor illnesses as internet pharmacies take a greater share of dispensing drugs and GPs complain of increasing pressure

Dispensing should not be a pharmacist’s only task

Technologies such as smart dispensing robots are delivering increased speed, accuracy and security as well as freeing up pharmacists to offer health advice to patients

Eight ways to revitalise community pharmacies

A potential resource to ease pressure on GPs and hospitals, community pharmacies are seeking greater government funding

What are biosimilars and what can they do?

Manufactured when an original biologic drug’s patent expires, biosimilars can increase access to treatment options and improve patient outcomes

Community pharmacies matter, here’s why

The NHS has a chronic access problem, and too often there are long waits for advice and treatment

Generic drugs: what are they and are they better value?

Benefits of prescribing by brand, enabling the costly development of life-changing drugs, may be outweighed by higher costs, compared with cheaper generic bio-equivalents

How Amazon is shaking up how you get prescriptions

Online pharmacies, using pouch packaging technology, are disrupting the way medicines are dispensed