Pharmacy News

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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?

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