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Drug supply chains holding up post Brexit says DH

There has been a lower than expected level of disruption to the medicines supply chain since the end of the withdrawal period on January 1 says DHSC.

Pharmacies to target 50-64 year old cohort in 2021/22 flu programme

Pharmacies should plan flu vaccines orders for 2021/22 on the basis of meeting at least the numbers of vaccinations achieved this year.

Free PPE provision extended to March 2022

The government is extending the provision of free Covid-19 PPE to health and social care providers until the end of March 2022.

Improving Boots performance ‘a top priority’ for WBA

Boots UK parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has said turning around the fortunes of the struggling multiple will be one of its “top priorities”. 

Boots retail sales slump 18% ‘due to lockdown’

Boots stores continue to suffer as a result of lockdown restrictions with retail sales down 17.9 per cent on the previous year, says WBA.

NPA funding petition nears 90k signatures after protests

Just over 89,000 people have signed an NPA petition calling on the Government to reimburse pharmacies’ Covid-related expenses.

Covid lateral flow test service announced today

Contractors will be able to claim up to £450 for signing up to a new service involving the distribution of lateral flow tests to asymptomatic individuals.

Rowlands joins Covid vaccine programme

A branch of Rowlands Pharmacy in north Wales has started administering Covid vaccines.  

Rowlands pharmacists’ pay rises by 'up to' 1%

Pharmacists working for Rowlands Pharmacy have been informed they will receive a maximum pay increase of one per cent from April 1.

LloydsPharmacy launches two Covid vaccination sites

Pharmacists at branches in Carterton and Cramlington are delivering the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

Sheffield pharmacy claims it is first to go fully paperless

Foxhill Pharmacy in Sheffield claims it has become the first pharmacy in the UK to go paperless, having switched to a cloud-based system.

PCT Healthcare acquires Murray’s pharmacy group

Peak Pharmacy parent company PCT Healthcare acquired the Murray’s pharmacy group on Monday March 15.

Welsh contractors get £3.5m Government support

Pharmacies in Wales to receive further £3.5m in recognition of Covid costs, meeting CPW claim in full.

NPA concerned about Pharmacy2U advertising tactics

NPA members are concerned about Pharmacy2U's “potentially misleading advertising" on the ES directory. 

Roz Brewer succeeds Pessina as WBA chief executive

Stefano Pessina who moves to the role of executive chairman of the board of WBA.

Superdrug launches home test kit for UTIs

Superdrug Online Doctor has launched a £9.99 test and treat service for urinary tract infections in partnership with medtech company TestCard. 

Five arrested on suspicion of selling prescription drugs online

Five people are suspected of selling unlicensed medicines through illegal websites.  

Hub & spoke could be ‘stitch up’ says ex pharmacy minister

Allowing hub and spoke dispensing to operate across separate pharmacy businesses could have “unintended consequences" says Steve Brine. 

Phoenix acquires prescription app ‘to compete with Pharmacy2U’

Phoenix UK has bought digital prescription service Co-op health in a big to “help independent pharmacies compete against the likes of Pharmacy2U”.   

ECHO pulls ‘invite a friend’ email over inducement 'confusion'

LloydsPharmacy parent McKesson UK has stopped an email campaign highlighting a reward scheme for patients who refer a friend.

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