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CCA: FMD "must not disrupt" medicines supply after Brexit

FMD“must not disrupt” the medicines supply chain after Brexit – and pharmacies should be fully compensated if the UK departs from the Directive, the Company Chemists' Association has said

Supporting smokers to quit: A summary of resources

PHE has developed a summary document to support healthcare professionals in discussing the latest information on stop smoking aids and advising patients wishing to participate in Stoptober

NHS campaign targets incorrect free prescription claims

A new campaign that encourages patients to check whether they are entitled to free prescriptions before claiming them is calling on pharmacists to help raise awareness of the issue

NHS Choices is no more...

Changes to the NHS website include more accessible content, better mobile device experience, new content for helping people to manage long-terms conditions, and improved page design

NHS workforce increases by 1.6 per cent in a year

A total of 1,230,000 FTEs were employed by the health service in England across NHS Trusts, CCGs, NHS support organisations and central bodies as well as in General Practice

NICE sets standards for meds management in social care settings

The standards deal with assessing if people need help with their medicines and deciding what medicines support they need to manage their medicines

Scotland plans major extension of Minor Ailments Scheme

The Scottish Government has announced that the country’s Minor Ailment Service will be extended to every person in Scotland “within the coming year” and will cover a wider range of common conditions

Interview: PSNC's Simon Dukes

Simon Dukes has taken on the toughest job in UK pharmacy and he’s going to need all his experience to sort out the mess

Pharmacy organisations to meet with MPs

Representatives of the community pharmacy profession are hosting a Parliamentary briefing to highlight pharmacy's role in caring for people with long-term conditions

Two in three would see a pharmacist over a GP for minor ailments

The public views pharmacists as a trusted source of advice, and most would see a pharmacist over a GP for minor self-treatable conditions, new research suggests

RPS condemns the cuts – again

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England has reaffirmed its opposition to the community pharmacy funding cuts

DHSC to exercise powers to control cost of specials

A series of recent articles claim the NHS is spending as much as £30 million a year paying high prices for unlicensed medicines available cheaply elsewhere

NHS moves to tackle medication errors

To help the NHS monitor medication errors, a series of indicators are being introduced to show whether a prescription may have contributed to hospital admissions

Measles warning

The increase in measles circulation is mainly associated with travel to and from Europe where there are large ongoing measles outbreaks, says PHE

NHS well placed to integrate care

The NHS probably has a better chance to truly integrate care than almost any other health care system in the world, a former leading US health administrator has said

Data Protection Officers to be needed in all pharmacies

The PSNC is now advising that all community pharmacies regardless of size should appoint a DPO after signs the UK Data Protection Act will require this

Pharmacies should stock naloxone says PHE opioid guidance

Opioid antagonist naloxone should be available from community pharmacies to help prevent fentanyl overdose deaths, new PHE guidance says

Taking folic acid 'a wise move' to reduce stroke risk says HSIS

The HSIS statement came in response to further evidence suggesting folic acid can cut stroke risk by lowering levels of homocysteine in the blood

Welsh common ailments scheme promoted

The scheme is operating in many pharmacies already in the Swansea area, and is planned to be available in all 125 ABMU pharmacies by August

Diversion of diazepam down by more than 60 per cent

The MHRA claims that trading in diazepam 10mg has fallen as a result of its efforts to stop the illegal diversion of medicines to the black market

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