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FMD – coming soon

The Falsified Medicines Directive will apply across Europe from February 2019

Giles Pharmacy wins national Alphega award

Monika and Archie Unger recognised by Alphega for their high standards

DH extends funding consultation by two months

2016/17 funding consultation deadline extended until May 24

Giving skincare a makeover

We review the medicated skincare category

Choices and decisions

There’s no doubt the Department of Health has managed to achieve what it intended with the funding cuts. Pharmacy has become a frenzy of engagement, activity and debate – something our representative bodies have never before been able to achieve. Despite years of endless conferences, campaigns and even a government-backed call to action, it’s taken a £176m threat to our income to jump-start a reaction.

All-party group calls for national self-care strategy

NHS is failing to use self care to tackle rising demand for scarce resources, says report

Making the case for pharmacy

Claire Ward sets out Pharmacy Voice's response to government proposals for the profession

NHSE funds national antibiotic resistance programme

Up to £150,000 available to each CCG to fund measures to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Prescription charge increase criticised

Script charge in England rises to £8.40 from April 1

Get the bigger picture, N Ireland contractors told

Belfast contractor Terry Maguire highlights key pharmacy figures to Northern Ireland pharmacists

N Ireland independents told to think differently

Numark's John D'Arcy tells members in Northern Ireland that profit is not a dirty word

Welsh common ailments scheme leaves England isolated

England is now the only home nation without a national common ailments service

Independents reject hub and spoke

Cambrian survey: 90 per cent of independents against wider use of hub and spoke

Infrared themography used to monitor joint inflammation

Brian Collett rounds up the latest clinical news from around the world

Independent Voice – toughing it out

Pharmacy Voice chair Claire Ward is dismayed at funding cuts, but calls on the sector to work together

Dispensing errors: reducing the risks

Gary Choo, Numark’s head of information services, explains how to minimise the risks associated with dispensing errors

The National Living Wage - what you need to know

Pharmacy law practitioner Richard Hough explains what the new requirements of the National Living Wage will mean for pharmacy businesses

OTC treatment of haemorrhoids

Alan Nathan summarises the contents and mode of action, and use of OTC haemorrhoid preparations

Fun and games from the DH

Alistair Burt, the Heath Department Minister who has pharmacy within his portfolio, cried off at the last minute from attending the NPA’s triennial dinner in November last year. He apparently pleaded parliamentary business. But could it be that the pay cut for pharmacy that was shortly to be announced made him a reluctant attender. He could reasonably have expected that NPA chairman Ian Strachan would have made a strong case (as Ian did) for expanding the role of community pharmacists in the hard-pressed NHS and he surely would have known that pharmacy was about to face a severe haircut in the form of a reduced global sum.

Taking a pain check

We round up of the latest news in the topical analgesics and joint care category

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