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The cost of maintaining medicines supply

Pharmacy businesses are vulnerable at a time when medicine shortages are causing price fluctuations and wholesaler bills are difficult to pay

Funding difficulties faced by local pharmacies

Is pharmacy as a business becoming unsustainable, asks Nick Hunter, LPC chief officer, Community Pharmacy Nottinghamshire Readers will no doubt be aware that the funding cuts to community pharmacy fees are now starting to bite, not least because of the media coverage of LloydsPharmacy’s decision to close 190 pharmacies across its estate. It is not just the cuts to core funding that are causing difficulties for community pharmacies – there are several other factors affecting cash flow which ultimately increase costs, as they generally require some form of additional loan to make ends meet. Contributors to cash flow problems, aside from the usual such as calendar effects, include no cheaper stock obtainable (NCSO), brand switching and stock shortages. These issues are so damaging, because the pharmacy will often have to spend more than they are reimbursed for the medication in order to obtain it, or at least get much less discount or margin than the NHS assumes and deducts from their account.

Peter Surgenor steps down as Sangers AAH MD

Peter Surgenor is to retire at the end of July as managing director of Belfast-based distributor Sangers AAH, Celesio UK has announced

Provide e-cigarettes on prescription, PHE urges

The PHE review of e-cigarette use has found that the smoking substitute poses “a small fraction” of the health risks associated with smoking

Gluten-free staples to remain on prescription

Gluten free breads and flour mixes will remain on prescription in England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced following its consultation launched in March 2017.

Paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throat, says NICE

Paracetamol, rather than antibiotics or medicated lozenges should be recommended to alleviate sore throats, says new guidance developed by NICE and Public Health England.

Vulnerable people face “endless cycle” of hospital admissions

A new Red Cross report looks at the problem of NHS patients being discharged back to homes with unsuitable living conditions only to be readmitted to emergency departments

Flu still circulating but showing signs of stabilising, PHE says

New figures reveal that GP consultations have stabilised, hospitalisations have fallen by 7% and that intensive care admissions have fallen by 26%

BBC reports on black market for Rx drugs

Criminal gangs are diverting hundreds of millions of pounds worth of prescription drugs into the black market, according to a recent File on 4 report

Clinical governance deadlines: PSNC answers your questions

PSNC’s director of operations and support, Gordon Hockey, answers your questions about the upcoming clinical governance deadlines, explaining what your pharmacy needs to do and why

Boots rolls out affordable EHC business-wide

Boots has said that it now stocks a more affordable morning after pill in all its UK stores, explaining that  supply chain issues have held up roll-out

Small firms still waiting on rates support

The Federation of Small Businesses has hit out at a failure by some councils to pass on funds aimed at helping small businesses cope with last year’s rates hike

PHE launches review into prescription drug addiction

Public Health England is to undertake a year-long review into the growing problem of addiction to prescription medications such as opioid painkillers

Half of carers aged under 10 affected by disrupted sleep

Significant numbers of young carers regularly experience disrupted sleep due to having to look after family members, a new survey reveals

Mixed feelings on proposed ‘super-regulator’

Some welcomed the focus on supporting professionalism while others voiced concerns that a proposed health ‘super-regulator’ would dilute pharmacy's role

PhIF funding for post-registration pharmacist training

Pharmacy Integration Fund moneys will finance masters-level training courses to help pharmacists make best use of their skills in diverse NHS settings

Case study: Clifton Village Pharmacy, Bristol

Bristol pharmacist Upveer Manro estimates his pharmacy has delivered more than 1,000 flu jabs this flu season so far

Risk of medicine supply disruption if Brexit talks fail, Hunt says

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Health Select Committee that a breakdown in Brexit talks could lead to a “uniquely damaging” scenario 

Dixons Carphone chief exec to join Boots as MD

Mr James, who is to replace Elizabeth Fagan as Boots MD, commented that he was "very excited" to lead "one of the UK's most iconic, venerable and trusted brands"

Campaign encourages greater smear test awareness

As Cervical Cancer Prevention Week kicks off, research highlights that embarrassment is preventing too many women from attending smear tests
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