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Pharmacies could administer Covid jabs before Christmas

Pharmacies in England could potentially be administering a Covid-19 vaccine before the end of 2020, an NHS chief’s comments suggest.

View: We need to end prescription switching permanently

Contactors in England are being unfairly fined for simple admin errors and it needs to stop, says Martin Bennett.

MHRA cracks down on international medicines gang

A criminal network that was behind the illegal online sale of medicines in the UK has been stopped.

Wholesaler talks still holding up flu jab orders

Pharmacies received guidance on Friday explaining how to order flu jabs - but are still unable to place orders. 

Child obesity on the increase in England, warns report

Obesity among children in England is on the rise according to a government report.  

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men at 20-year low

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men is at its lowest level in 20 years.

Boots & Lloyds parents team up for wholesale venture

The parent companies of Boots UK and LloydsPharmacy have completed the formation of a new wholesale joint venture in Germany.

Script signing requirements waived due to Covid infection risk

As of November 1, the Government has temporarily suspended the requirement for patients to sign the back of NHS prescription forms.

GPhC ‘still taking too long on FtP cases’

The GPhC is still taking too long to conclude fitness to practise (FtP) cases, the Professional Standards Authority says in its annual report.

NI 'faces drug shortages under Brexit protocol'

The NPA warns Michael Gove that Northern Ireland could face drug shortages if it continues complying with EU regulations.

Ask Your Pharmacy week highlights pharmacy's role in NHS

Ask Your Pharmacist week (November 2-9) kicks off today with the aim of raising awareness of pharmacy services.

Pharmacy technicians accused of ‘landgrab’ on pharmacist role

APTUK accused of being 'overly ambitious' in its competency framework for primary care pharmacy technicians. 

One in 10 pharmacists flouting GPhC antibody test ban

Exclusive: Just under eight per cent of pharmacists are currently offering a Covid-19 antibody testing service despite the GPhC's prohibition. 

GPhC to review its stance on Covid testing in pharmacies

The GPhC is reviewing its position on Covid-19 testing in pharmacies, citing “significant interest across community pharmacy” in providing tests.

NHS England issues £755m tender including monoclonal antibodies

NHS England has issued a £755m procurement tender which includes the supply of monoclonal antibodies, with delivery to commence in March.

GPs can make CPCS referrals from Sunday

From Sunday November 1, GPs will be able to refer patients with minor illnesses to community pharmacies via the NHS consultation service. 

Covid transmission no longer fastest in north of England

Covid infections doubling every nine days and R number up to 1.56.

Drug Tariff will be fully paperless from April

NHS BSA has announced it will stop issuing print editions of the Drug Tariff from April next year, and will instead move to digital only.

GPhC: Trans hormone pharmacy ‘failed to safeguard children’

An online pharmacy which has attracted controversy failed to meet the GPhC’s standard for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Covid-19 antibody response wanes over time

Over three months the proportion of people who tested positive for antibodies declined by 26.5 per cent.

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