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Girls on top

A story of women who became famous in pharmacy

Thrush and bacterial vaginosis

How to manage and treat thrush and bacterial vaginosis  

Making headway with migraine

The latest product and marketing news in the headache and migraine category

News from the NPA

News for members from the NPA

Teva completes Actavis takeover

Teva  announces completion of its acquisition of Allergan’s generics business ('Actavis Generics').

Upcoming NPA events

A selection of upcoming events run by the NPA for members

Preparing for the cuts

Tuesday May 3This evening, I take my dispensing technician to a mandatory summary care records (SCR) face-to-face training event, having completed the prerequisite CPPE module. Seldom have I attended a meeting that has been such a complete waste of time, not to mention scarce NHS resources. The slides are all present on a downloadable ‘app’ and the CPPE module comprehensively covers everything. The presenter asks us to turn to the person next to us and discuss how one might ask a patient for consent. We all know this is something we have done in pharmacy for as long as we have been practising.

Monthly planner

Forthcoming dates for your diary

Dates for the pharmacy calendar

Events to add to your dispensary calendar

Community pharmacy LLP?

Britain has been thrown into turmoil and who knows from where the next surprises will come, so the prospect of time off this summer is an enviable one. I’ll be putting my annual leave to good use this year, reflecting on recent events, refocusing priorities and shaping the future of my business. Britain is leaving the European Community. If I wasn’t already aware from the incessant press coverage, it became painfully obvious from the cost of my holiday Euros! In the words of the Brexiteers, it’s time to “take back control and make Britain great again”. And listening to the Remainers, working together is a given for a more secure future.

Baby talk needs a big boost

A guide to what's new in the pregnancy and babycare category

Celesio takeover of Sainsbury pharmacies approved

281 Sainsbury pharmacies to be rebranded Lloydspharmacy as £125m takeover approved

Time to wake up

Both the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing are holding their annual conference as I write. Speakers in both conferences have highlighted the pressures on the NHS.  The RCN revealed that beds were in such short supply that frail elderly people were being moved in the middle of the night and that, in order to move patients out of A&E departments, some were left on trolleys in corridors or received treatment in storerooms. The BMA said that the National Health Service was “bursting at the seams”.

Rupert Newman appointed new AAH sales director

Former retail operations director for LloydsPharmacy appointed AAH sales director

Waiting for a train

I’m holed up on the concourse at Waterloo station waiting for a train that’s four hours late. I’ve found free Wi-Fi from a restaurant. I’ve no idea where they are or who they are but, by way of thanks, have a mention. The announcements drone on. Cycling and skateboarding are forbidden and security services will blow up my luggage if I’m careless. Welcome to London. Lovers embrace and mid-embrace it’s hard to tell if they are about to separate or have just found each other. A man eats a roll poking out of a paper bag. I watch as he takes a bite of the bread and the top of the bag at the same time. He appears not to notice – they must taste the same.

Innovation: the key to success

Claire Ward urges contractors to innovate for a successful future

A Guide to Change Management: Preparing for action

This CPD module is about preparing for action. It explains how to develop and put into practice a vision of your business journey.

Look on the bright side

Community pharmacy is in a relatively strong position to innovate and adapt

Pharmacies urged to take part in repeat medication audit

New audit explores repeat medication services and their contributions to ongoing patient care

Celesio takeover of Sangers approved

Celesio UK's takeover of United Drug Sangers gets the green light

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