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GPhC: Registration assessment ‘in first quarter of 2021’

Provisionally registered pharmacists will sit their online assessment “in the first quarter of 2021, while avoiding the first two weeks of January".

Drug companies ‘in constant emergency’ due to Brexit uncertainty

A representative for UK drug manufacturers has told MPs that Brexit negotiators must reach a deal to prevent supply chain chaos. 

Scottish contractors get Drug Tariff uplift for April-June

Community pharmacy contractors in Scotland are to receive an additional payment for items dispensed in April, May and June.

RPS members open to Covid vaccine role for techs

RPS members say they support the Government using “healthcare professionals who would not normally vaccinate”.

Patient records could carry a genomic profile within ten years

NHS sets out plans to be the first healthcare system in the world to offer whole genome sequencing as part of routine care.

Stoptober returns for 2020

Stoptober 2020 returns for the ninth year with the aim of encouraging smokers to quit for the month of October and for life.

Government pledges uninterrupted supply of PPE

Covid-related PPE to be provided in full until March 2021, says government's PPE Strategy report.

NHS chief blasts Priadel manufacturer for ‘jacking prices’

The head of the NHS in England has criticised Priadel manufacturer Essential Pharma for discontinuing the drug.

CCA & NPA update crisis guidance for second wave

Providing Pharmaceutical Care in Crisis Situations updates guidance first published in the spring.

P2U accused of ‘misleading’ NHS claims in its advertising

Online distance dispenser Pharmacy2U has been accused once more of using misleading claims in its advertising.

Flu jab demand up threefold on 2019 levels

Community pharmacies vaccinated more than 650,000 NHS patients in the first three weeks of this year’s flu jab service.

Boots stops flu bookings for over-65s as stock worries mount

Boots has stopped taking new bookings for its flu vaccination service for people aged 65 and over.

GPhC: Provisional pharmacists being risk assessed

Some provisionally-registered pharmacists who joined in August have had a Covid-19 risk assessment.

GPhC faces calls to scrap this year’s exam

The GPhC is facing calls to scrap the requirement to sit a registration exam this year. 

Study: More patients relying on pharmacies in pandemic

Consumers increasingly turned to pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic for OTC and health advice.

Growth in employee whistleblowing reports to GPhC

The number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians whistleblowing to the GPhC continues to grow.

HCPs asked to issue ‘stronger warnings’ on opioids

The MHRA is asking healthcare professionals to give patients “stronger warnings” on the risks of opioids.

First increase in MMR vaccine coverage for six years

The number of children aged 24 months given the first dose of MMR increased for the first time since 2014.

We will run out of flu vaccines next week, warns independent chain

A superintendent pharmacist has warned his stores will need to start turning away flu jab patients.

Hub & spoke still poses risks, report finds

The hub and spoke model poses significant risks that need to be addressed, sector stakeholders have found.

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