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Sertraline price hikes see NHS spend rise 600%

Massive price hikes to the antidepressant saw the NHS spend over six times more on the drug in 2020-21 compared to the previous year. 

Record number of Covid jabs booked in one day

A record number of Covid vaccines were booked in one day through the NHS website earlier this week. 

Pharmacy and GP vaccination sites get extra £20m

Funding will allow sites to draw down additional staff as effort focusses on bringing forward second jabs.

Pharmacy data standards updated to reflect GP integration

Six more services added to data standard for community pharmacy to support quick and safe transfer of data across the system.

Cambrian Alliance announces new generics agreement

The Cambrian Alliance Group have announced a new supply agreement for generics and PI medicines with Target Healthcare.

Nearly 75 per cent of people with learning disabilities get health check

Seventy-four per cent of people aged 14 and over with a learning disability have had an annual health check ahead of schedule.

Eight more Well branches deliver Covid vaccines

Well Pharmacy has begun rolling out Covid vaccinations from another eight branches, taking the total number to 20. 

London's first detox unit for the homeless opens on Monday

Homeless people in London will be offered support to stop drinking and taking drugs through a new detox unit. 

GPhC's FtP performance 'still falling short'

The General Pharmaceutical Council is still failing to hit its performance standards when it comes to dealing with fitness to practice concerns.

RPS launches inclusion and wellbeing pledge

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a new inclusion and wellbeing pledge to promote a supportive culture among UK pharmacy teams. 

Sector charity seeks new trustees to reflect diversity

Sector charity Pharmacist Support has announced four vacancies for volunteer trustees in a bid to ensure it reflects the sector’s diversity.

GP CPCS referrals rolled out across North West by autumn

GP CPCS referrals will be rolled out to 30 per cent of primary care networks in the North West of England by autumn this year.

Govt & employers 'must tackle root causes of burnout'

The Government, NHS bodies and employers must tackle the root causes of burnout in the health and care sector, the RPS has said. 

Avicenna seeks to sell freehold on 15 branches

The freehold on 15 pharmacies recently acquired by Avicenna will be up for auction next week. 

Scottish pharmacies get £1k for Covid premises adjustments

Every community pharmacy contractor in Scotland will receive £1,000 for adjustments made to their pharmacies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

P2U partners with Royal Mail on same-day deliveries

Pharmacy2U has announced it is partnering with Royal Mail to provide same-day deliveries for “some” products. 

Pharmacy LFD test service launched in Scotland

Contractors will receive a participation fee of £450 to cover initial set-up costs and a distribution fee of £2 per kit.

Over half of UK adults have now had second Covid vaccination

Vaccination programme remains on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

Sharp rise in antidepressant use in pandemic

Researchers say mental health safeguards are needed to prevent people suffering harmful side-effects of antidepressants.

Question mark over pharmacy early payment scheme

The future of the Pharmacy Earlier Payment Scheme is “under consideration,” the PSNC has said.

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