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Number of referrals to talking therapies and access to services falls

There were 1.46 million referrals in2020-21, a 14 per cent drop on the 1.69 million in 2019-20.

Javid wants more patients to go 'directly to pharmacies'

DHSC wants to "go further" than CPCS, Javid tells NPA centenary dinner.

Half of eczema patients wait over a year for effective treatment

Eczema patients need better local commissioning, a new report finds.

Boots working with regulators to address opioid misuse

Exclusive: Boots working with "external" regulator and professional bodies to tackle opioid misuse.

Walgreens, CVS and Walmart helped fuel opioid epidemic, jury finds

Over 60 million and 80 million prescriptions for painkillers were dispensed in Lake and Trumbull respectively between 2012 and 2016.

Welsh Parliament told of pharmacy workforce pressures

The wellbeing and training needs of pharmacists must be prioritised, Senedd committee told.

Rowlands staff repay part of Covid bonus due to company 'error'

Staff in Wales must pay back over 100 after "administrative error" led to "overpayment".

New agreement with manufacturers will help hundreds of thousands more patients access DOACs.

Pharmacist prescribing services to double in Welsh health board

Service to be available in 25 pharmacies to help region in the pressurised winter months.

Patients should consider talking therapies before drugs for mild depression

NICE's guidelines on diagnosing and treating depression are the first for 12 years.

NPA Essential: December 2021

This month's news from the National Pharmacy Association. 

We need action not radio shows

There needs to be more trust between community pharmacies in Northern Ireland and our paymasters, says Terry Maguire. 

Pharmacists in NI vote to end medicine adherence service for new patients

Pharmacists are concerned about a lack of funding and increasing workforce pressures.

Cumbria pharmacy urges people to talk about suicide and mental health

Castlegate Pharmacy said its staff have completed suicide awareness training.

MHRA recalls batch of methadone tablets

Medicines watchdog issues a class 3 recall for a batch of methadone tablets.

PSNC warns pharmacy minister of "serious" funding pressures

Ongoing funding pressures, workforce and capacity are taking a toll, the minister heard.

CPD module: inflammatory bowel disease

We review the causes and management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

Legal ripples over opioid use may spread from across the pond

It feels hypothetical right now but we should all keep a close eye on how this plays out in the US, says Neil Trainis.

The GI battlefield  

The number of people with peptic ulcer disease has fallen in recent years but it can have serious complications if left untreated.

Are perceptions starting to shift?

With pressures on primary care unrelenting, are local commissioners starting to appreciate pharmacies, asks Nick Kaye. 

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