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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. 

Never ever again!

I am still haunted by the cases of wholly preventable deaths caused by methotrexate poisoning, says Mohammed Hussain.

Well teams up with Antibiotic Research UK on AMR awareness

Well Pharmacy teams will be handing out leaflets on antimicrobial resistance next week.

Scotland service 'an example' for CPCS, say professional bodies

RPS and RCGP collaborate on recommendations for improving service uptake.

Lloyds blames four-day branch closure on 'severe pharmacist shortage'

Lloyds says it cannot solve workforce issue on its own and calls on all pharmacy operators to work together.

Pharmacy workforce 'crisis' will 'devastate local communities'

CCA warns that workforce migration to general practice will force pharmacies to close.

NPA lends support to national COPD action plan

National action plan calls for an end to "clinical inertia" with regard to COPD patients.

First long-acting injectables to treat HIV approved by NICE

Cabotegravir and rilpivirine were shown in trials to be as effective as tablets.

Serious shortage protocol issued for Lipitor chewable tablets

The DHSC has issued a serious shortage protocol for Lipitor 20mg chewable tablets.

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