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Test & trace: Pharmacy teams 'exempt if PPE worn'

The DHSC says no pharmacy team member needs to isolate for 14 days if they were wearing PPE at the time of Covid-19 contact.  

Ethnic minorities at greater Covid risk says Government

The pandemic may be exacerbating inequalities along ethnic and occupational lines, Public Health England has found.

Smokers at greater risk of Covid-19 says Government

Tobacco smokers "generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections such as COVID-19" says the Government.

PDA: Pharmacies should use track & trace app

The PDA urges pharmacy employers to encourage staff to support the government`s coronavirus track and trace programme. 

Covid-19: Remote IP smoking service launched in Kent

A digital remote smoking cessation service involving independent prescribers has been launched in Kent.

Flexible SCR access rolled out in English pharmacies

Additional flexibility for 19,000 pharmacists and 3,500 technicians for an initial 12 months during the Covid-19 pandemic

Lexon appeals against £1.2m nortriptyline fine

CMA says it will defend an appeal brought by Lexon against a £1.2m fine for allegedly sharing commercially sensitive information.

Wholesaler drug quotas ‘worse during Covid’ says PSNC

PSNC is asking pharmacists to come forward with their experiences of drug quotas impacting their patients.

Amazon’s UK pharmacy trademark a step closer

Online giant Amazon may be closer to gaining a foothold in the UK pharmacy market as its trademark application proceeds to the next stage.

Community pharmacy has risen to the challenge of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has been terrible but it has also highlighted how valuable pharmacy is, says Faheem Ahmed. 

Video consultations trialled in Scottish pharmacies

The use of video consultations is being explored in Scottish community pharmacies to improve accessibility for patients. 

NPA launches video highlighting pharmacy's Covid-19 role

A National Pharmacy Association video highlights the role pharmacy teams in the UK are playing during coronavirus pandemic.

PSNC: Government should write off pharmacies' £350m debt

The Government should write off the £350m cash advance it has given pharmacies in England to keep afloat during the Covid-19 crisis, PSNC chief Simon Dukes has said.  

Stop selling Covid antibody test kits, companies asked

Companies providing Covid-19 antibody testing services involving fingerprick blood samples have been asked to put the service on hold.

Exclusive: Day Lewis 'would do Covid testing with Government support'

Day Lewis director Jay Patel says his branches could test the public for coronavirus but only if the government provides support. 

March ‘busiest ever month for pharmacy’ NHS data reveals

Pharmacies in England dispensed a record 93 million items in March, NHS BSA data shows, making it the sector’s busiest ever month.

India ends paracetamol export ban

The Indian Government has lifted a ban on the foreign export of paracetamol three months after it was first introduced to cope with shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dentists opening their doors from June 8

Dental practices in England have been given the go-ahead to open from June 8 for all face-to-face care as long as protective measures are in place. 

New enemy is complacency says NHS Confederation

Immediate priority is to prevent another surge, says NHS Confederation's Niall Dickson 

Ambitious pharmacist sought for new PCN role

New community pharmacy role in Ealing will be "pivotal to improving quality of care"

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