Here are some articles written by members of Pharmacy Declares to date:

Creating momentum for climate action — start with a story

By developing the #GreenerTeam, Nuala Hampson has been able to rally support from colleagues and drive change in reducing the environmental impact at the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education. Click here to read.

Substance use and the environment: time for pharmacy to step up

Click here to read the article by Roz Gittins, Katherine Watkinson & Steve Rolles explaining how pharmacy has the ability to better support people who use substances, while simultaneously acting sustainably.

Our addiction to cheap generic medicines makes a mockery of the NHS’s green ambitions

Click here to read the article by Mike Hannay explaining why the NHS needs to stop turning a blind eye to the carbon footprint of generic medicines and review its procurement processes.

How will the NHS get to ‘net zero’?

Click here to read the article by Tracy Lyons et al. to outline six ways the NHS is planning to reduce its carbon emissions, with analysis of draft green plans from NHS trusts.

Environmental impact ratings that could drive positive environmental changes in the manufacture and use of pharmaceuticals

Click here to read the article by Tracy Lyons et al. to propose an Environmental Impact Rating (EIR) system for NHS pharmaceutical manufacturers, based on the environmental impact of their products.

Pharmacy must declare a climate emergency

The medical and nursing professions knowing their duty to human health have spoken out against the threat of the climate crisis. It’s time for pharmacy to stand up too.

Click here to read the PJ article by Tracy Lyons.

Chemotherapy is harming the environment

Healthcare inevitably contributes to the global carbon footprint, but a more focused effort is needed to minimise the environmental impact of cancer chemotherapy.

Click here to read the PJ article by Andy Walker & Suhani Ghiya.

Becoming a 'change agent': 6 ways pharmacists can help make their workplace greener

Minna Eii on pharmacy's responsibility to reduce its impact on climate change and become more sustainable..

Click here to read the PJ article.

Driving down embedded emissions from medical nitrous oxide

Introducing a sustainability variable into NHS procurement and intervention decisions could reduce healthcare’s climate impact, writes Alifia Chakera.

Click here to read the BMJ article.

Pharmacists still have time to help mitigate the effects of climate change

Climate change is one of the biggest global health threats. Angela Alexander looks at how pharmacists might reduce their carbon footprint professionally and personally.

Click here to read the PJ article by Professor Angela Alexander.

Universities must teach future pharmacists about protecting the environment

Educating pharmacy students on how to work sustainably in their future careers will increase awareness of climate change and allow for effective mitigation strategies in the profession.

Click here to read the PJ article by Ellie Self.

How we faced our shocking plastic culture & eradicated our most commonly used single-use items in pharmacy

In October 2019, NHS Supply Chain backed an NHS pledge to dramatically reduce the amount of single-use plastic used across the NHS. Why is plastic still seen as such an acceptable material for use in the clinical environment, but so unacceptable elsewhere?

Click here to read the PJ article by Sam Coombes.

Further reading

For further reading, we recommend checking out the Pharmaceutical Journal Green Pharmacy page.

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