Nominations for national pharmacy board elections revealed

Twenty-one candidates have been nominated for election to the three national pharmacy boards.

Close May ally becomes pharmacy minister

Seema Kennedy, one of Theresa May’s closest allies, is the new minister with responsibility for community pharmacy.

RPS: GPhC education plans risk pharmacy workforce

The RPS warns the GPhC it will not achieve closer integration between academic study and practical learning without funding. 

Half of LAs failed to roll out stop smoking service last year

Local authority spending on stop smoking services and wider tobacco control fell by £41 million between 2014 and 2018.

NHSE: Community pharmacies are part of PCNs

An NHS England document confirmed that community pharmacies will be a part of Primary Care Networks across England.

Boots rolls out home-based health checks

Boots has begun rolling out health checks to allow people to monitor and manage their health from their own home.  

BMA to start independent harassment investigation

The British Medical Association will launch an independent investigation into alleged sexism and sexual harassment.

Treat gabapentin/pregabalin scripts on ‘individual basis’

The RPS says gabapentin and pregabalin prescriptions written before April 1 should be considered “on an individual basis."

Welsh government increases community pharmacy funding

The Welsh government has pledged to increase community pharmacy funding by £1.4 million for 2018-19.

High Court upholds serious shortage protocols

A judge described Matt Hancock's consultation on the serious shortage protocols as “fair and adequate.”

GP pharmacist chosen to sit on NHS Assembly

Ravi Sharma has been appointed to the NHS Assembly to support the delivery of the NHS long term plan.

Cost of prescriptions dispensed fell over 12 months

The cost of prescriptions dispensed fell while 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed last year.

DHSC announce final price concessions

The Department of Health and Social Care has today announced the final update for drug price concessions for March.

Extend indemnity scheme to community pharmacists

EPB chair Sandra Gidley says the general practice indemnity scheme should be extended to community pharmacists.

University survey on rheumatoid arthritis launched

A University of Manchester survey will find out what pharmacists think about the management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Motion called to limit national pharmacy board terms

Mohammed Hussain has proposed a motion ahead of the RPS AGM next month for two-term national pharmacy board limits.

Brine resigns from government over Brexit

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine resigned from his post to rebel against the government over Brexit.

NPA to tell Brine replacement urgent action needed

NPA chief executive Mark Lyonette will tell the new pharmacy minister the situation in community pharmacy is unsustainable.

Boots to reimburse half the cost of APTUK membership

Boots will reimburse half the cost of each employees’ 2019-20 membership of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK.

PSNC: Concern over SSPs down to confusion over scope

The PSNC says confusion about serious shortage protocols has led to concern about its introduction after comments from MPs.

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