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Urgent plea from NI pharmacies for support from colleagues

Northern Ireland’s CPhO Cathy Harrison has urged pharmacists “with any spare capacity” to assist colleagues in community pharmacies. 

RPS launches survey on diversity & inclusion

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society wants to know if its membership base is representative of the profession as a whole. 

Another 65 pharmacies begin Covid vaccinations

Sixty-five community pharmacy-led vaccination sites have this week become part of the coronavirus vaccination programme in England.

‘Biggest change to pharmacy education in 20 years’ introduced

The GPhC's new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists described as a sea change for the profession.

Instanyl 100mcg nasal spray batch recalled

A batch of Instanyl 100mcg nasal spray solution has been recalled following safety concerns.

Six in 10 struggling to stay positive in third lockdown

Many in the UK are struggling to maintain a positive mental outlook during the current lockdown, a recent Ipsos MORI poll reveals.

GPs bypassing consultation service, PSNC reports

The PSNC has said it is concerned that some general practice teams are referring patients to pharmacies “informally”.

Fatigue, insomnia and anxiety are long term consequences of Covid-19

Study in The Lancet looks at Covid patients six months after discharge.

Patients in Hampshire were told to go elsewhere for Covid vaccines

Michael Holden said health leaders and surgeries in Hampshire redirected patients to other PCN areas for vaccines.  

Covid vaccine indemnity extended to June 30

The Government has decided to extend state-backed clinical negligence indemnity for pharmacies providing Covid-19 jabs until June 30.

Smoking cessation transfer of care pilot underway in Oldham

An Oldham pilot is allowing hospitals to test the referral of patients to community pharmacies to continue stop smoking treatment begun in hospital.

Pharmacists help deliver Covid vaccines in Liverpool and Cheshire

Pharmacists at a company providing pharmacist services to GP practices are delivering vaccines in the North West.

Experimental RSV drug ‘promising’ says MHRA

The MHRA has granted a ‘promising innovative medicine’ designation to experimental RSV drug nirsevimab. 

Hypertension pilot 'could become contractual pharmacy service'

The results of a pilot CVD service will inform future contractual discussions for the pharmacy sector, says NHS England. 

Nominations open for RoE Awards 2021

The Recognition of Excellence Awards are back and open for nominations from community pharmacy.

£5m for temporary delivery service in Scotland

A new time-limited funded medicines delivery service will support highly vulnerable patients in Scotland until at least the end of March.

Employers ‘cancelling prov-reg study leave’ claims PDA

Some employers are allegedly cancelling study leave for provisionally registered pharmacists, the PDA claims. 

Numark MD: 'Red tape' preventing pharmacy vaccinations

Numark MD Jeremy Meader says he wants community pharmacies to have “fairer clinical recognition.” 

Pharmacies must have clinical as well as funding recognition

A lack of funding will be a major challenge for pharmacies in 2021 but that is not the only issue that needs addressing.

Covid vaccines rolled out to over-70s

From today, the NHS is inviting people aged 70 and over to have a coronavirus vaccine in areas where the first priority groups have had their jab. 

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