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Flu jab demand up threefold on 2019 levels

Community pharmacies vaccinated more than 650,000 NHS patients in the first three weeks of this year’s flu jab service.

Growth in employee whistleblowing reports to GPhC

The number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians whistleblowing to the GPhC continues to grow.

Study: More patients relying on pharmacies in pandemic

Consumers increasingly turned to pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic for OTC and health advice.

GPhC faces calls to scrap this year’s exam

The GPhC is facing calls to scrap the requirement to sit a registration exam this year. 

GPhC: Provisional pharmacists being risk assessed

Some provisionally-registered pharmacists who joined in August have had a Covid-19 risk assessment.

Boots stops flu bookings for over-65s as stock worries mount

Boots has stopped taking new bookings for its flu vaccination service for people aged 65 and over.

Hub & spoke still poses risks, report finds

The hub and spoke model poses significant risks that need to be addressed, sector stakeholders have found.

We will run out of flu vaccines next week, warns independent chain

A superintendent pharmacist has warned his stores will need to start turning away flu jab patients.

First increase in MMR vaccine coverage for six years

The number of children aged 24 months given the first dose of MMR increased for the first time since 2014.

HCPs asked to issue ‘stronger warnings’ on opioids

The MHRA is asking healthcare professionals to give patients “stronger warnings” on the risks of opioids.

Pharmacy employers 'must learn lessons of first wave'

RPS director of pharmacy Robbie Turner warns employers must ensure staff are risk-assessed for Covid-19.

GPhC comes under fire over registration exam delays

GPhC comes under criticism for lack of clarity on exam date but says process has been "extremely complicated".

Pharmacists concerned about ‘rising tide of panic from patients’

Some pharmacists are concerned about the rise in the number of patients as Covid-19 infections rise.

FIP: ‘Clear advantage’ to vaccination training in undergrad

There is a “clear advantage” to offering future pharmacists vaccination training as part of their degree, says the FIP.

London bus driver graduates with pharmacy degree

A former London bus driver has graduated from the University of Wolverhampton’s MPharm course after deciding to make a career change.

Rowlands’ losses more than double ‘due to Category M changes’

Rowlands attributes a £71.3m financial loss to Government decisions including changes to Category M reimbursement prices. 

Boots facing lawsuits over unpaid lockdown rent

Boots UK is facing multiple lawsuits from landlords over allegedly refusing to pay rents at some of its stores during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Digital tech improves the lives of dementia sufferers and carers

A project that assessed the impact of digital technology on dementia found it can improve the lives of people.  

People with Covid and flu twice as likely to die, warns PHE

People infected with flu and Covid-19 are twice as likely to die than those with coronavirus.

Jo Churchill gets flu jab in London pharmacy

Pharmacy minister Jo Churchill received her flu jab earlier today at a branch of Greenlight Pharmacy.

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