Pharmacy News

Repositioning pharmacy

In what is a constantly changing environment for pharmacy, John Pignone, sales director at Alliance Healthcare, urged delegates at the Avicenna conference to “be bold and be brave”.

Digitally-focused, patient-centred

Consumers live in a digital world and while that presents certain challenges, community pharmacy has to engage with that world and take advantage of what it offers, said AAH's Joe McKenna.

APTUK and RPS map out joint future

APTUK and the RPS have announced plans to develop a common five-year strategy document – the latest in a series of collaborations between the two professional bodies.

New education standards for pharmacy technicians

The GPhC has launched new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians

GPhC welcomes positive PSA review

The GPhC has met all of the Professional Standards Authority’s standards for good regulation in 2016/17

Take part in the CPPE mental health learning campaign

You are invited to participate in CPPE’s mental health learning campaign for pharmacy professionals.

CPS wants a rethink on supervision

Community Pharmacy Scotland has called for “flexibility” in pharmacy’s supervision arrangements

Is the NHS being privatised?

The King’s Fund has looked at two of the issues about the NHS raised last month by Professor Stephen Hawking 

England MMR target met for first time

The proportion of eligible children receiving their first dose of the MMR1 vaccine by their fifth birthday has met the WHO target of 95 per cent for the first time in England.

DH wants more information on generics prices

The Government is seeking greater transparency over the pricing of generics. A consultation runs until November

RPS urges minister to fast forward decriminalisation

Ash Soni has again urged the Government to speed up its work on ending the automatic criminalisation of dispensing errors

Pharmacy: a way forward for public health

Public Health England has published a new strategy paper, ‘Pharmacy: a way forward for public health’

People urged to get free hep C testing

The fall in deaths from hepatitis C in 2016 – the first in more than a decade – has continued into 2017

Revealed: how Government spends our money

The Government expects to spend £802 billion in 2017-18, the most it has ever spent in cash terms

HEE survey into workforce needs

HEE is inviting community pharmacies to participate in the first ever national survey looking at training and development needs across the pharmacy workforce.

Dovonex ointment switched from POM to P

Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment (calcipotriol 50mcg/g) has been reclassified as a P medicine, the MHRA has announced

Pharmacists key to reducing polypharmacy in over-70s

Medication reviews by clinical pharmacists will reduce polypharmacy in the over-70s, new research suggests

AYP Week launched

The theme of this year’s Ask Your Pharmacist week, which will run from 6-13 November, is ‘Discover your local pharmacy’.

Price wars

The price of EHC hit the national headlines recently, opening up a heated debate

Diabetes prescriptions up 80 per cent in 10 years

An NHS Digital report reveals that prescriptions for diabetes drugs in primary care are rising at a much higher rate than overall prescribing

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