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Three companies accused of illegally hiking drug price by 1,800%

The CMA alleges Aspen agreed to pay Amilco and Tiofarma to stay out of the UK market for Addison’s Disease medicine.

Exemptions on FP10s being updated

The suite of FP10 prescription forms which are used for primary care prescribing in England are being updated.

PDA: Up to a fifth of drugs hit by shortages

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association says a fifth of medicines have been affected by shortages in the past three months.

Parallel trade ban on 30 drugs to stop Brexit profiteering

The Times says ministers will ban the export of up to 30 drugs to prevent wholesaler profiteering in the run-up to no-deal Brexit.

DHSC reveals more late concessionary prices

The Department of Health and Social Care yesterday released the final list of drug price concessions for September.

PSNC: ‘Transitional payments’ linked to item numbers

The monthly ‘transitional payments’ are being made to help community pharmacies prepare for a more services-based role.

Lloyds introduces foundation programme for new pharmacists

Newly qualified pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy will be enrolled on to a 12-month development training programme.

DHSC reveals latest concessions list for September

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced the final list of drug price concessions for September.

Contractor fraud costing NHS England £111m annually

Pharmaceutical contractor fraud could be costing the NHS in England around £111m each year, according to an NHS England report.

Two pharma companies admit to illegal collusion over nortriptyline

Two companies involved in an investigation into the supply of nortriptyline have confessed to illegal collusion.

Reusable inhalers ‘could reduce NHS carbon footprint’

The newly launched reusable Respimat inhalers can be used with up to six refill cartridges.

GPhC publishes pharmacy inspection reports for first time

The GPhC said this would improve transparency and “drive improvement in pharmacy services.”

NPA vice-chair: Five-year deal may fail to stop pharmacies closing

NPA vice-chair Andrew Lane warns the five-year community pharmacy settlement may fail to prevent the closure of pharmacies.

Twenty-fold rise in prescription penalties being overturned

The number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) that are overturned has risen almost twenty-fold in the past five years.

Boots trials in-store GP video service

Boots UK has begun trialling an in-store video service giving patients access to GP consultations.

Boots introduces electric vehicles to delivery fleet

Boots customers in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will have their prescriptions delivered by electric vehicles.

Phoenix opens hub and spoke facility

The new dispensing facility will eventually assemble around 16 million repeat prescriptions a year for the Rowlands group.

PSNC: No update on pharmacy PCN funding

Questions remain over how much funding LPCs will receive to allow pharmacists in their areas to take part in PCNs.

Lloyds launches Dementia Connect service

LloydsPharmacy has launched Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect service in seven of its pharmacies. 

CPS wants per-consultation minor ailments payment

CPS wants the new MAS to move away from the current model to a more "activity-based" one.

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