NPA: We won’t 'stand still' until PSNC talks end

NPA chief Mark Lyonette says it will not wait for funding talks to end before helping members with local health structures.

Charity calls for urgent review of supply chain

The Epilepsy Society calls for an urgent review of the supply chain with a record number of drugs on the concessionary list.

Alphega may expand into Northern Ireland

Alphega Pharmacy is exploring the possibility of expanding its network of pharmacies into Northern Ireland.

Breaking: PSNC opens pharmacy contract talks

The PSNC has opened talks with the government on the community pharmacy contractual framework for 2019-20.

Nominations for national pharmacy board elections revealed

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

Independents beating multiples on safety issues

Independents fare better than larger chains when it comes to safety standards although many independents are still falling short.

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. 

Close May ally becomes pharmacy minister

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

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.

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.

BMA to start independent harassment investigation

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

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.  

Welsh government increases community pharmacy funding

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

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."

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.

High Court upholds serious shortage protocols

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

Extend indemnity scheme to community pharmacists

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

DHSC announce final price concessions

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

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.

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.

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