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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.

'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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Market remains buoyant for those selling pharmacies

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

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.

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. 

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.

Lloyds parent considers selling business, Sky reports

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

Health minister condemns assault on pharmacist

Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann has condemned an assault on a community pharmacist who asked a customer to wear a mask. 

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 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. 

Just 30% of public expect wellbeing advice in pharmacies

Just over a quarter of British adults are aware of health and wellbeing services in community pharmacies, a new survey suggests. 

Leicestershire pharmacists in inhaler recycling scheme

A pharmaceutical company is asking pharmacists in Leicestershire to take part in an inhaler recycling scheme.  

MHRA could reclassify contraceptive pill

Pharmacists could be able to sell the contraceptive pill after MHRA consultation on reclassification. 

GPhC: We are not trying to prevent trans hormone supply

The GPhC has attempted to fend off concerns that its decisions may have had a negative impact on young transgender individuals. 

Hancock’s NHS shake up ‘ must help pharmacy to do more’

New reforms announced today for health and social care in England should take community pharmacies into account, the sector has said. 

Confusion over GPhC’s 60% exam pass rate ‘estimate’

GPhC says its “estimate” of a 60 per cent pass rate in the upcoming registration exam is “definitely not a prediction”. 

NPA members considering strike action over funding

NPA chairman Andrew Lane said members are considering striking over Treasury's reluctance to write off £370 million in advanced funding.

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