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Investigating committee guidance explained

Pharmacy Law practitioner Richard Hough summarises what new GPhC guidance for the investigating committee means in practice

Endorsing queries resolved

The NPA's Leyla Hannbeck answers three topical questions about prescription endorsement

A game of strategy, or fantasy?

The influence of the BBC’s ‘Dickensian’ theme seems to have reached as far as the NHS just before Christmas, with ruthless Mr Scrooge slashing pharmacy funding in an unprecedented manner. Moreover, he certainly forgot to emerge in 2016 as a reformed and generous man!By imposing a cut of £170m in pharmacy funding for 2016-17, the Global Sum will shrink to £2.63bn and our funding in cash terms will be reduced by a dramatic 6 per cent before we factor in the additional hit from national minimum wage reviews and pension contributions.

PHE to launch biggest campaign since Change4Life

PHE calls on contractors to support campaign, focusing on seven key lifestyle behaviours

Patients before politics

Exactly where do patients come in the row between the government and the British Medical Association? Our correspondent thinks he knows the answer.

Viagra and the hard facts

Steve Ainsworth reflects on a long road of quackery before the emergence of a potent product

A new look for a new year

Cathy Crossthwaite, Numark’s marketing coordinator, discusses how to improve your pharmacy layout in order to boost profits

The ups and downs of pharmacy life

The Christmas period was as busy as ever, and so was Christmas Day. I took the liberty of taking both my nephews for the first time (one from each sibling, both aged seven) to start work experience. I used to be the proud carrier of my father’s medical bag, chief A-Z reader, used to accompany him to stock up his bag from Richmond Pharmacy and watch him perform his magic on his patients every Saturday. That being 40 years ago I didn't get paid and we never dressed up in fine Christmas fare and Christmas-knit cool!

Now or never, or maybe not

Up to 3,000 pharmacies to close – so what's new, asks Steve Bremer

Speedy specials

While many pharmacy teams appreciate that most specials products have overnight delivery, it seems not all do. Charles Gladwin reports

A bombshell from the chief pharmacist

A Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine review says that 13 doctors died while the GMC failed to act on the emerging link between doctor suicides and the fitness-to-practise process. The review goes on to say: “The GMC has to protect patients, but it also has a duty of care to those doctors that it investigates”. It is interesting to see the parallels between the GPs’ regulatory body and our GPhC. I am often told by many contractors that the inspectorate is heavy-handed and unhelpful.

Action on taboos

How can pharmacy teams help tackle the taboos surrounding some women’s intimate health issues?

Writing to GPs shown to cut antibiotic prescribing

Study across 1,500 GP practices produced savings of over £92,000 in antibiotic prescription costs

A European solution for cutting medicine costs

Sid Dajani, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s elected representative on the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, discusses European spending issues

Pharmacy petitions the PM over cuts

Pharmacy bodies work together to launch a petition to the prime minister

NPA to launch petition to the Prime Minister

The NPA ramps up its campaign to support independent pharmacies

Funding cuts: vulnerable patients 'ultimate losers' say pharmacists

Pharmacies looking at variety of ways to reduce costs in light of proposed funding cuts

Diabetes UK wants pharmacists to become 'Clinical Champions'

Diabetes UK wants pharmacists to make a difference to services for patients with diabetes in their area

Smoke alarm

Fewer people are using local stop smoking services. We consider how pharmacy teams might counter the effects of this dangerous trend

DH proposals "ill-conceived and inconsistent" says Pharmacy Voice

Pharmacy Voice calls government commitments to enable community pharmacy to be integrated into NHS

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