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Retail pharmacy stronger in the EU, says Sigma

Bhavin Shah and Claire Ward argue the case for remaining in the EU

Should we fight, or talk?

Our recent Leicestershire federation seminar on ‘Securing your pharmacy future’ attracted over 50 independent contractors from as far afield as Leeds and Kent. With an agenda covering key business survival strategy, the biggest concern on the mind of every pharmacy owner was the financial viability of their business. Keynote speakers included business advisors from pharmacy banker Santander and leading specialist pharmacy agent Christie & Co. Both institutions insist our sector is still buoyant, but they did warn about the impact of eroding pre-tax profitability on pharmacy valuations.

Strong-armed, or what?

Iain Duncan Smith recently created a furore when he resigned from the government as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Yet, in the midst of the media storm his resignation created, an equally sensational story about the NHS crept under the radar. It came from former Lib Dem MP and minister in the coalition government David Laws, and it concerned the vexed question of how much extra money the NHS actually needs up to the year 2020.

Wound care and minor injuries

Dressings are continually evolving both to improve wound healing and to reduce pain and discomfort during the process. Charles Gladwin looks at some of the factors to consider around dressings and plasters for minor injuries

Lincolnshire pharmacy marks 25,000th delivery

Beacon Pharmacy's 25,000th delivery customers presented with a hamper and flowers

Protesting about the cuts

I am attending an occasionally held NPA and NPA Insurance joint meeting today to align the strategies of both. NPAI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the NPA and it is important that the organisations work together in the best interests of members. Such meetings allow the parent company to understand the regulatory challenges of operating an insurance company and NPAI to understand the challenges faced by community pharmacists in their day-to-day practice. Satisfaction levels are high and the dedicated team for claims handling consistently receives excellent feedback.

How to switch doxazosin MR to standard release

How can patients be switched to the standard-release formulation of doxazosin?

Community Pharmacy Wales elects new chairman

Phil Parry elected chair of Community Pharmacy Wales

Mawdsleys launches 'Cuts Survival Pack'

Mawdsleys offers support pack to independents to help counter impact of funding cuts

NHS England announces pharmacy review

Independent pharmacy review to be chaired by Richard Murray of The King's Fund

PSNC issues counter proposals to DH

Short-term proposals could save money the DH wants cut from pharmacy funding

A million sign up to pharmacy campaign

A million people sign peitition against planned cuts to pharmacy funding

Accessible Information Standard briefing published

Accessible Information Standard will become law in England on July 31

GP Forward View gets mixed reaction

Investment in GPs could be better spent on pharmacy, say professional bodies

A calmer view

Last month I was very angry. I’ve now calmed down and taken the time to read properly the letter sent by the Department of Health to PSNC concerning the proposed funding cuts. The dictatorial tone of the letter is set by its threats of cuts and closures, so a knee-jerk response is unsurprising. However, the stakeholder briefing for the future of community pharmacy is much more positive. It acknowledges the vital role of community pharmacy, and that we could play a much greater role in optimising medicines, treating minor ailments, supporting people with long-term conditions, preventive care and promoting better health.

Win the recognition your pharmacy deserves

The Independent Pharmacy Awards 2016 are now open for entries

The problem with pollen

We sum up the latest product news and guidance in the hay fever category

England and Scotland: compare and contrast

I can’t help comparing and contrasting the situation facing community pharmacists in England with those in Scotland. In both countries, pharmacists are being urged by the powers that be to operate more clinically. The difference is that in Scotland, crucially, they are paid for it. There is already in Scotland a national minor ailments scheme – conspicuous by its absence south of the border – and the national chronic medication service, where pharmacists can manage the treatment of those on a stable regime.

Time ticking by for Medicrime

A new European convention is launched to implement anti-counterfeiting measures

Managing a disaster

Numark’s Hilary Cunningham shares some tips on disaster planning and management

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