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Rapid recruitment drive sees Boots hire 500 drivers

Boots UK has hired more than 500 extra drivers to deliver prescriptions to vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

Self-isolating pharmacists taking NHS 111 calls from home

A number of Boots pharmacists who are self-isolating have begun taking calls from patients via NHS 111.

CCA: Our members will not tolerate abuse

All eight CCA companies have a zero tolerance approach to violence in community pharmacies.

Covid-19: Pharmacies get free access to video consultation software

EMIS Health is making its video consultation software available to community pharmacies free of charge for a limited period.

Increased availability for Covid safety notices

By popular demand, we have increased the production run of our series of impactful Covid-19 safety notices, sold at cost price to pharmacies.

Huge spike in dispensing over Easter

Pharmacies in Scotland processed six times as many items on Easter Monday than they normally would, CPS has said.

Questions remain on pharmacy volunteer indemnity

Recent assurances for pharmacies on the use of volunteers to provide services only apply to issues of misconduct, lawyers have said.

Pharmacist arrested for selling Covid-19 tests to public

A Croydon pharmacist has been arrested on suspicion of illegally selling Covid-19 testing kits and had £20,000 seized.

CPS clarifies funding for Easter opening in Scotland

...and allocates £700 per pharmacy to cover costs of PPE and protective measures

Boots announces temporary closure of 60 pharmacies

London sees 25 temporary store closures with another 35 across the UK

Masks ordered from wholesalers a Covid cost

All major wholesalers are being restocked with surgical masks - purchases will be recognised as Covid-related

NHSE and PSNC agree funding for Easter opening

Pharmacies opening on Easter bank holidays will receive £750 for a three hour session 

One in five LloydsPharmacy staff self-isolating

LloydsPharmacy boss calls for Covid-19 testing for pharmacy staff

EDF engineers lend Boots a hand with deliveries

Over 70 EDF engineers volunteer to help with prescription deliveries

Birmingham pair sentenced for selling medicines illegally online

Sentences follow a three-year investigation by MHRA into the illegal sale of medicines through website.

Frustration at Easter opening instruction to pharmacies

All pharmacies in England are to open from 2pm to 5pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday without any additional payment, said NHSE&I.

NHSE reassurances on clinical negligence indemnity

Two existing indemnity schemes have been bolstered by the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Pharmacists’ anger at sertraline price hike

Pharmacists outraged as the price of sertraline rockets past the £13 mark before falling again. “It’s a scandal,” says one.

Cost worries mount as Easter opening confirmed

Some community pharmacies must open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, NHS England & Improvement confirmed last night.

Scrap the prescription charge during pandemic, Government urged

Pharmacy bodies are urging the Government to scrap all prescription charges in England for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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