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Four companies accused of inflating drug price

Alliance Pharmaceuticals, Focus, Lexon and Medreich allegedly colluded to increase the price of an anti-nausea drug, say the CMA.  

Former Pfizer director joins PAGB

Michelle Riddalls, who played an integral role in the switch of Nexium Control from POM to GSL medicine, joins the PAGB.  

Legal expert: No trade union law change any time soon

A legal expert warns a quick change in law making it easier for trade unions to represent employees is unlikely. 

DHSC releases first concession list for May

The DHSC has released the first list of price concessions for May - 22 days into the month.

Breaking: Pharmacy apprenticeship plan stalls

The board charged with approving the plan decides to widen membership of the group driving it forward.

PSNC warns contractors over drug

The PSNC has warned that three Sinemet products will change in appearance from this month.

Co-op ventures back into health with prescription app

The Co-op app links patients to surgeries, allowing them to order medicines and have them dispensed from any pharmacy.

English Pharmacy Board election turnout down on last year

Voter turnout for the English Pharmacy Board elections fell from 10.3% last year to 9.9% this year.

Six claim EPB places amid rumours of unrest

Six candidates, not five, claim places on the EPB amid rumours one member had his RPS membership suspended.    

Kidney disease test rolled out to Yorkshire patients

A smartphone screening test that can detect chronic kidney disease has been made available to patients across Yorkshire.

Opioid deaths in England and Wales rose by a third

A report by OECD calls on governments globally to handle the opioid epidemic as “a pubic health crisis."

NHS 111 online used over one million times

NHS 111 online has been used over one million times since it started 18 months ago according to NHS Digital.

Sweetheart union law change post-Boots?

The PDA-Boots tussle has ended but will there be a law change making it easier to end sweetheart union arrangements?

EPB chair: We need simpler script checking system

English Pharmacy Board chair Sandra Gidley urges the NHSBSA to simplify its system of prescription charge fines.

Why has AF scheme ignored community pharmacy?

Pharmacists are concerned that an NHS England AF scheme will involve GP pharmacists not community pharmacies.

RPS appoints new director for Wales

Elen Jones has been appointed director for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales.

Pharmacist Support launch survey to understand issues

Pharmacist Support has launched an online survey to understand the issues facing pharmacy students and pharmacists.  

Good Law Project concedes defeat over SSPs

The Good Law Project concedes defeat in its attempt to stop the serious shortage protocols. 

GP pharmacists to take part in £9m AF scheme

Pharmacists in GP practices across England will take part in a £9m scheme to identify people with atrial fibrillation.

Pharmacists and technicians recruited for care home scheme

Two hundred pharmacists and technicians have been recruited to reduce medicines prescribed to people in care homes.

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