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UK should be smoke-free by 2030, says PHE

A smoke-free society, healthier diets, cleaner air and better mental health are the top PHE priorities for 2020-2025.  

Three companies accused of illegally hiking drug price by 1,800%

The CMA alleges Aspen agreed to pay Amilco and Tiofarma to stay out of the UK market for Addison’s Disease medicine.

PDA accuses RPS of failing to follow its rules over member’s complaint

The PDA's Mark Pitt has accused the RPS of failing to follow its own rules over the way it dealt with a complaint made by a member.

Sixteen whistleblowers contacted GPhC in 2018-19

The GPhC received 16 whistleblowing disclosures between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, a report reveals.

Pharmacists to switch fluoxetine strengths as first SSP introduced

Pharmacists have been granted powers to dispense an “alternative strength or pharmaceutical form” of fluoxetine.

NHS flu vaccination advertising starts early October

The campaign will consist of TV, radio and digital advertising supported by search and partnership activity.

Exemptions on FP10s being updated

The suite of FP10 prescription forms which are used for primary care prescribing in England are being updated.

PDA: Up to a fifth of drugs hit by shortages

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association says a fifth of medicines have been affected by shortages in the past three months.

Parallel trade ban on 30 drugs to stop Brexit profiteering

The Times says ministers will ban the export of up to 30 drugs to prevent wholesaler profiteering in the run-up to no-deal Brexit.

Sore throat service to run in 50% of Welsh pharmacies

A sore throat test-and-treat service will be rolled out across 50 per cent of pharmacies in Wales this winter, Vaughan Gething said.

DHSC reveals more late concessionary prices

The Department of Health and Social Care yesterday released the final list of drug price concessions for September.

Women pharmacists' organisation to merge into PDA

The NAWP – which had announced plans to dissolve – is to continue as part of the PDA from the beginning of next year.

‘Over 1,000 pharmacies’ have signed up to consultation service

Over 1,000 pharmacies have signed up to deliver the CPCS since registration began on September 2, the pharmacy minister said.

PSNC: ‘Transitional payments’ linked to item numbers

The monthly ‘transitional payments’ are being made to help community pharmacies prepare for a more services-based role.

NAO: Still significant gaps in no-deal medicines planning

There still significant gaps in the government’s efforts to safeguard medicines supply after a no-deal Brexit.

Pharmacists warned over CBD products and THC

Pharmacists have been warned about “a lot of non-compliant labelling out there” on CBD products.

Lloyds introduces foundation programme for new pharmacists

Newly qualified pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy will be enrolled on to a 12-month development training programme.

Almost 400 pharmacists leave profession amid funding pressures

Nearly 400 community pharmacists in Northern Ireland have left the profession in the last two years according to a survey.

PSNC to assess contractor support through independent review

PSNC wants an independent review to determine how effectively it and LPCs are working for contractors.

Corbyn: Labour would establish state-owned generics manufacturer

Jeremy Corbyn has said that if elected Labour would “redesign” medicine distribution in the UK.

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