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Covid SOP update: Flexible opening measures removed

A flexible hours policy that has allowed pharmacies to operate with their doors closed to the public has now been rescinded.

Locums without flu training could be out of work this winter

Many locums could find themselves out of work this winter as some companies give priorities to those with flu training.

Lloyds to close more stores as online business booms

A "small number" of LloydsPharmacy stores may soon be closed due to the financial impact Covid-19 is having on the business.

DHSC issues three more July concessions - in August

The Department of Health and Social Care issued another three drug price concessions for July on August 7.

Ask Your Pharmacist week returns in November

This year’s Ask Your Pharmacist week will take place in November, the National Pharmacy Association has said.

Roll out of EPS 4 being accelerated

Pharmacies should see hand signed FP10s replaced with Phase 4 tokens.

PSNC reminds pharmacies to report drug quota issues

The PSNC reminds pharmacies to report difficulties drug quotas have caused them in sourcing medicines.

Government signs deal for Covid vaccine produced in Scotland

The UK Government has agreed a deal with a biotech company for 60 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine.

Brexit: Manufacturers told to stockpile once more

DHSC is once again asking suppliers to stockpile 6 weeks' supply of medicines.

Wockhardt strikes Covid-19 vaccine deal with government

Wockhardt has struck an agreement with the government to supply the UK with millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines.

Home-use antibody tests could be approved ‘within months’

A coronavirus antibody test is currently undergoing ‘ease of use trials’ to determine whether it can be used by the general public.

At least 139 pharmacies have closed since 2018-19 warns PSNC

There has been a net decrease of at least 139 community pharmacies in England since 2018-19, the PSNC has warned.

Numark starts campaign to get people to get flu jab

Numark has launched a campaign to encourage more people to vaccinate themselves against the flu this winter.

Prescription switch charges continue for pharmacies

Some pharmacies are reportedly still incurring charges for prescriptions that have been switched from exempt to chargeable.

DHSC announce second concessions list for July

The Department of Health and Social Care has today announced the second wave of price concessions for July.

UK government agrees fourth Covid vaccine deal

The two companies will supply the UK with 60 million doses of their protein adjuvant Covid-19 vaccine.

Duchess of Cornwall learns about pharmacies’ support for abuse victims

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited a London branch of Boots yesterday to hear about the company’s Safe Spaces initiative for abuse victims. 

Boots: Global CEO steps down in major shake-up

Walgreen Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina has announced he is to step down after five years in the role, with no successor yet appointed.

Independents’ hub & spoke facility to go live in 2022

A new facility aimed at giving independent pharmacies access to hub and spoke technology is expected to commence operations in early 2022.

GPhC presses ahead with premises fee hike despite opposition

The GPhC is to increase its premises renewal fees by £103 from next April, despite two-thirds of consultation respondents opposing the plans. 

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