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Interview: Taking care of care homes in Leeds

Douglas Simpson talks to Ashely Cohen about his Leeds pharmacy business

RPS outlines concerns over funding cuts

Pharmacists should focus on medicines optimisation and the prevention of ill health, says Society

Calcilytics could hold key to unresponsive asthma

Asthmatics unresponsive to existing therapies may be helped by drugs called calcilytics

Getting refits right

How to make your refit work for your pharmacy

Striking out

I write something, press the button and wonder. I wonder who will read it and what response it will have. A few months ago I wrote about the junior doctors’ strike, and by about lunchtime my Facebook page and in-box had melted. Blimey, are there some hacked-off junior doctors out there! If there was a composite letter it would say: “Thrilled to become a doctor, hate what the profession will become”. Add to that, “wish I did something else”, and you’ll get the flavour.

Finding time for MURs

Coalface Contractor Mukesh Lad gives a fellow independent tips on creating time to deliver services

Hub and spoke proposals widely criticised

Pharmacy bodies criticise government proposals for hub-and-spoke dispensing

Food for thought

It seems the larger multiples are all in favour of MURs. There have been reports of Cohens, Lloyds, and Boots putting significant pressure on their pharmacists to deliver more MURs. It’s not surprising – it’s been estimated that if every branch of Boots reached the maximum 400 per year, it would boost their profits by about £30 million. No wonder they like them!

A Guide to Change Management: Context for Change

This is the first in a series of articles about why and how independent pharmacists can adapt to the rapidly changing landscape around them.

Language and the law

English language tests and emergency medicines are the topics discussed in this month's Eye on Europe

Hub and spoke proposals unclear and unfair, says PSNC

PSNC's Gordon Hockey, speaking at the annual HDA conference, argues against hub and spoke proposals

A holistic approach to healthcare

Jeremy Main shares his vision of a united healthcare industry

John McAnaw elected chair of Scottish Pharmacy Board

Dr John McAnaw re-elected chair of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board for a second term

APPG writes to pharmacy minister about shortages

Half of pharmacists surveyed say shortages causing patients to receive medical treatment

Raj Patel elected PGEU president

NPA board member Raj Patel elected president of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union

RPS issues guidance on prescribing specials

RPS guidance on specials prescribing is based around five key principles

It’s a plan, Jim, but not as we know it

I have just read PSNC’s Pharmacy 5 Point Forward Plan. It’s underwhelming. The opening sentence is clear: the NHS wants “radical changes.” The PSNC plan is about as radical as a group of knitwear designers coming up with a pattern for a bobble hat with two bobbles, but in different colours. At its most extreme, the word “radical” suggests revolutionary change; at the very least, it implies significant innovation.

Government drops hub and spoke plans

NPA welcomes government announcement that it is scrapping plans for hub and spoke legislation

Time to stand together

Claire Ward considers what The Guardian article on Boots and MURs means for the rest of the profession

To sell up, or not?

A Leicester contractor asks Mukesh Lad whether now is a good time to sell his business

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