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Digital minor illness referral service expanded

NHS England to extend the digital minor illness referral service pilot to London, Devon and the East Midlands.

Tories want pharmacists working in care homes

Theresa May has set out plans to get teams of healthcare professionals including pharmacists working in care homes across England.

Two new flu vaccines available from December

Two new vaccines have been licensed for use during the 2019-20 seasonal flu vaccination programme.

DHSC reveals November price concessions 21 days in

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced the first wave of price concessions for November – 21 days into the month.

Can automation protect your business?

Expensive but with the potential for huge efficiencies, pharmacy automation could be the answer for an independent pharmacy trying to keep up with dispensing. Carolyn Scott reports…

LloydsPharmacy launch sore throat test in 600 stores

LloydsPharmacy has launched a sore throat service that will identify streptococcus A infections in 600 of its stores across the UK.

Petition to stop remote pharmacist plans exceeds 5,000 signatures

A petition designed to stop government plans that would allow pharmacies to operate in the absence of a qualified pharmacist has gained more than 5,000 signatures.    

CPNI slams government with cash-strapped pharmacy on brink

The community pharmacy network in Northern Ireland is on the brink of collapse as pharmacies across the country fail to pay their bills and suppliers and wholesalers warn the supply of medicines to patients “will grind to a halt” as a result.

Pharmacies in N. Ireland get £11m cash boost

The community pharmacy sector in Northern Ireland has been handed more than £11 million in additional funding over the next 16 months.

Services and retail – what a combination!

Pharmacy is seen as the community centre for patient health and wellbeing and customers’ expectations are growing, as Cathy Crossthwaite explains…

Pharmacy must get involved in social prescribing, warns CCG chair

Dr Jagan John, the chair of Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group, has warned community pharmacy to ensure it is involved in the government’s social prescribing programme and other new models of care because its business model “is not fit for purpose any more.”

Increase in October concession price for Risperidone

The PSNC has announced that last month’s price concession for a pack of 60 Risperidone 2mg tablets has risen to £20.

Supreme Court decision on pregabalin "a relief" says NPA

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has described the Supreme Court’s decision to reject Pfizer’s claim that only its branded drug pregabalin should be prescribed and dispensed for pain including central and peripheral neuropathic pain as a “relief.”

Former Alliance man named first independent HDA chair

Former Alliance man named first independent HDA chair

Exclusive: Bodies failing to show they are explaining pharmacy supply role ahead of Brexit

Former National Pharmacy Association (NPA) Board member Mike Hewitson has criticised community pharmacy bodies, notably the PSNC, for failing to show the sector that they are explaining to the public and government the “critical” role pharmacies play in ensuring patients have continuous access to medicines with a potentially damaging Brexit looming.

Majority support unannounced inspections and publication of reports

A consultation on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) proposed approach to its regulation of registered pharmacies in the UK revealed large support among stakeholders for unannounced inspections and online publication of pharmacy inspection reports.

National EHC and smoking service added to contract talks

National EHC and smoking service added to contract talks

Cannabis conundrums

Certain medical products derived from cannabis are now available on prescription in the UK. Richard Hough examines a decision that could have wide-ranging implications for patients…

Cost of diabetes prescriptions exceed £1bn

The cost of prescriptions for diabetes drugs in England in 2017-18 exceeded £1 billion, according to figures by NHS Digital.

Patients think medicines leaflets exaggerate side-effect risk

Nearly half of people believe information leaflets that come with medicines exaggerate the risk of side-effects and many are prepared to buy a medicine from outside a pharmacy even if the pharmacist has advised them against doing so, a study by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has found.

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