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Analysis

Health checks - vital for illness prevention

The community pharmacist consultation service could see the roll-out of more health checks through pharmacies.

GPhC data points to net rise in pharmacy closures

Figures provided by the regulator suggest there may have been a net decrease of 166 community pharmacies last year.

GP contract ‘bad news for community pharmacy’

The new GP contract is described as placing additional financial stress on the community pharmacy sector.

NAO issues stark warning on NHS finances

The ability of the NHS in England to deliver the Long term Plan is called into question.

Go compare – burden of disease in England

England outperforms other home nations in most areas of disease burden.

Save money by merging LPCs say trade bodies

Pharmacy trade bodies recommend a reduction in the number of LPCs to save money and improve support.

Pharmacies still failing to meet safety standards, warns PDA

The PDA warns many UK pharmacies are still failing to meet key patient safety standards such as adequate staffing levels.

CPCS investigation

Since the community pharmacist consultation service launched last year, there have been some unexpected challenges.

EU court rules on GSK 'pay-for-delay' appeal

The European Court of Justice has upheld a UK decision that GSK and other companies entered an illegal agreement.

Pharmacies across Europe hit by drug shortages

Community pharmacies in 24 countries in Europe experienced medicines shortages last year, according to a PGEU report.

NHS director quizzed on community pharmacists ‘jumping ship’

An NHS official has denied claims that employment incentives for GP pharmacists will harm community pharmacy.

PCN expectations ‘unrealistic’ say pharmacy bodies

NHS England & Improvement has been criticised as having “unrealistic” expectations of pharmacists beginning to work in PCNs.

No-deal Brexit preparations wound down

DHSC advises no-deal preparations should cease.

Patients urged to cancel GP appointments

More than one million people a month fail to attend GP appointments.

Worrying number of pharmacies running a deficit

A recent analysis commissioned by GPhC suggests a worrying number of pharmacy businesses are operating at a deficit.

Flu cases continue to rise

The final days of 2019 saw influenza activity continuing to increase in the community.

Steve Brine: “Madness” to do more work for same money

Brine says it would be “madness” for the government to expect pharmacists to do more work for the same or less money.

Exclusive: Survey points to strong support for PDA

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association enjoys high levels of support among community pharmacists, according to a CIG Research survey.

The generics landscape

With generic shortages now a regular issue, what are pharmacy trade bodies doing to mitigate the situation?

Cochrane: Community pharmacy health promotion benefits patients

Health promotion in pharmacies “probably” improves patient health outcomes while being cost-effective, says Cochrane.

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