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Contractors get £10.08 per flu vaccination in 2020-21

PSNC finally reaches agreement on flu jab fee with additional money for out-of-pharmacy vaccinations.

Hancock urged to allow pharmacists to amend scripts

Health bodies petition health secretary for change in the law to allow pharmacists to amend scripts when medicines out of stock.

Government consults on Covid vaccine role for pharmacists

Government consults on changes to the Human Medicines Regulations to support the roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccine.

GPhC: Separate IP qualification to remain for now

Plans to incorporate an independent prescribing qualification into initial training will not be put into action “for the foreseeable future".

Six pharmacies forced to stop selling codeine P-meds

The GPhC has taken enforcement action against six pharmacies stopping them from selling or supplying codeine linctus preparations without a prescription. 

Echo prescription app ad ‘kick in the teeth’ for pharmacies

Lloyds apologises for ad discouraging patients from visiting pharmacies after Numark MD's strongly critical remarks. 

Pharmacy employers encouraged to give staff flu jabs

It is important that staff in vulnerable groups, such as Black and Ethnic Minority employees, are adequately protected this winter

Discovery of four Covid-19 risk groups could help guide treatment

A risk identification tool uses the groupings to help clinical staff choose the best course of treatment for patients.

'Almost all' 6.7k Well staff Covid risk assessed

Well Pharmacy says it has completed Covid-19 risk assessments for “almost all” of its 6,700 employees, including those on furlough. 

A champion of health during the Covid crisis

Independent Pharmacy Awards winner Tracey Kyle says patients were scared and some were aggressive during Covid-19.

PDAU wants talks over contractual changes at LloydsPharmacy

The PDAU wants talks with McKesson UK over plans to change the contracts of pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy.

GP flu jab banners send wrong message says MP

Exclusive: GPs seeking to dissuade patients from having their flu jab in a community pharmacy are not being constructive, says Nigel Mills MP. 

98% pass rate in Northern Ireland pre-reg exam

Ninety-eight per cent of this year’s intake of pre-registration pharmacists in Northern Ireland passed the August 11 registration exam. 

Hancock to ‘drive money towards pharmacy’

Hancock plans to “drive money towards pharmacy” from a growing NHS budget, on the condition they provide “more NHS services”.

Revealed: Impact of remote GP consultations on pharmacies

Virtual GP consultations are causing a massive spike in pharmacy workload and sparking patient safety concerns, an exclusive survey shows. 

Counter assistant awarded £15k in age discrimination case

A pharmacy counter assistant who was fired after a flare-up of her arthritis has been awarded over £15,000 by an employment tribunal.

Pharmacy conducts 1m consultations a week but more evidence needed

A report published by the PSNC today shows pharmacies in England carry out one million consultations each week.

NPA Essential: September 2020

This month's news from the National Pharmacy Association.

Gingivitis – causes, consequences and prevention

Mild gum disease, known as gingivitis, can develop into a more serious problem if left unchecked. 

CPD module: Asthma during Covid-19

We review the medication guidelines for managing asthma as the coronavirus pandemic takes a grip.

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