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GPs ‘staggered’ by pharmacist antibiotics pilot

A pilot that saw pharmacists work with GP surgeries to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing achieved “staggering” results.

Covid vaccines are one of the best things I’ve done

Pharmacist Leah Davies tells ICP how she supported the Covid vaccine programme at her local independent pharmacy.

New chief exec for generics manufacturers association

The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) has announced that Mark Samuels is to be its new chief executive.

Morrisons won’t ‘block’ £500 payments for pharmacists after row

Morrisons has confirmed it will allow its pharmacists working in Scotland to access a £500 Government payment after managers refused this. 

Can pharmacies require staff to get the jab? 

As stories surface of business owners stating staff must have the Covid-19 vaccine to work, a lawyer considers the practical and legal issues. 

Sodium valproate prescribed to 180 pregnant women in England

Sodium valproate was prescribed to almost 200 pregnant women in England between April 2018 and September 2020, new NHS data shows. 

NHS widens pharmacy jab programme with lower weekly target

Pharmacies able to deliver 400 Covid-19 vaccines per week have been invited to apply to take part in England’s vaccination programme.

'More funding' needed for representation reforms

The group set up to take forward the Wright reforms will hold a virtual event next month to update contractors.

Campaign launched to address dangers of air pollution

The British Lung Foundation and Perrigo have launched a campaign to address air pollution.

Lloyds parent considers selling business, Sky reports

Sky News has reported that LloydsPharmacy parent McKesson is considering selling off the UK multiple. 

PDA: Vaccine delivery could prevent future cuts

PDA chair Mark Koziol says community pharmacy's delivery of Covid vaccines may change the government's perception of the sector.

GPhC makes U-turn on overseas exam candidates

The GPhC has caved in to demands to allow overseas registration assessment candidates to sit the exam online irrespective of time differences. 

DHSC secures extra supplies of flu vaccine for pharmacies

The Government hopes additional supplies will boost the largest ever flu vaccination programme in 2020-21.

£80 million funding for drug treatment services

Local authorities get funding to improve access drug treatment services and to expand naloxone and needle and syringe programmes

Market remains buoyant for those selling pharmacies

Pharmacies up for sale attracted an average of 5.2 offers compared to 4.2 in 2019

Stop smoking services need a new way forward 

Covid-19 boosts quit attempts but funding cuts have hit services.

Women's health

Good nutrition and regular exercise can help reduce the risk of conditions like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in women.

GPhC drops ban on pharmacy Covid testing

The GPhC has dropped its ban on the sale of Covid-19 antibody tests in community pharmacies following a reversal in PHE's position. 

Reclassifying the pill will increase access says RPS

Making the contraceptive pill available over the counter will increase access and “enable women to make an informed choice" says RPS.

GPhC got its pre-reg exam approach wrong 

Forcing an exam on prov-regs who have worked as pharmacists during a pandemic was a failure, says Mohammed Hussain.

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