Pharmacy News

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

Dispensing error protection comes into force

After a lengthy campaign, a legal measure protecting UK community pharmacists from criminal prosecution for inadvertent dispensing errors has come into force

EU pharmacy report points to growth in services

The PGEU’s 2017 Annual Report surveys European countries on the extent and variety of services offered in their community pharmacy sectors

EPS urgent care scheme to be rolled out nationwide

A scheme integrating electronic prescribing into urgent care settings is to be rolled out nationally following a successful pilot

Independents criticise Viagra Connect exclusivity deal

Erectile dysfunction treatment Viagra Connect has gone on OTC sale for the first time, with Boots receiving a two-week exclusivity period

43% of online primary care services not ‘safe’, CQC finds

The regulator identified causes for concern including inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics and failure to share information with a patient's GP

Brexit negotiators urged to prioritise patient safety

The HDA joined the House of Commons’ Health and Social Care Committee in urging Brexit negotiators to prioritise patient safety in the next round of talks

Funding for pharmacists in care homes

NHS England is to fund 180 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technicians to work in care homes – a move welcomed by the RPS

Pfizer outlines training programme for Viagra Connect

Pfizer has announced details of its pharmacy training programme for the POM to P switch Viagra Connect (sildenafil 50mg)

Academics question value of 28-day prescribing

Issuing prescriptions for longer than 28 days may result in NHS savings – but what about the impact on pharmacy remuneration?

Rule out techs supervising POM supply, says NPA

The NPA is calling on the Government to rule out proposals that would allow pharmacy technicians to supervise the supply of prescription-only medicines.

Rule out techs supervising POM supply, demands NPA

The NPA is calling on ministers to rule out proposals that would allow non-pharmacists to supervise the supply of POMs

Government to address medication errors in NHS

The Government is launching a series of measures to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety

Revalidation roadshows come to Wales

RPS Wales has announced the dates of three Revalidation Roadshows for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

RoE Awards: time to nominate outstanding support staff

Training Matters is looking for exceptional pharmacy team members for the Recognition of Excellence Awards 2018

NHS 111 scheme directs over 1,200 patients to pharmacy

Minor illness referral scheme in the north east shows very promising results for December

GPhC responds to concerns over Bawa-Garba case

The GPhC has emphasised the importance of error reporting in light of case of convicted and struck-off paediatrician

Employer registration open for national pre-reg scheme

Employers can now register with HEE to be part of the National Pre-registration Pharmacist Recruitment Scheme

Guidance issued on Falsified Medicines Directive

Guidance has been published to help pharmacies understand and implement the EU Falsified Medicines Directive

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