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Managing hayfever: meet your customers’ needs

This module supports pharmacy teams in understanding which products will best suit different customers' needs for relief of hayfever symptoms.

Sigma conference: Sharpe calls for care-based contract

Outgoing chief executive Sue Sharpe has repeated PSNC’s wish for a new care-based contractual framework for pharmacy

Minister thanks pharmacy for maintaining medicines supply

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine MP thanks community pharmacy in a positive and upbeat message to independents attending the Sigma conference 

PM: Community pharmacy at heart of patient care

Prime Minister Theresa May recognised community pharmacies role in the nation's health in her welcome message to delegates at Sigma's tenth annual Conference.

Strachan calls for 'radical solutions'

Community pharmacy's strategy for 2018 needs 'radical solutions', says NPA chairman.

NHS TV campaign encourages parents to think pharmacy first

The Stay Well Pharmacy campaign calls on parents to see a pharmacist for their child’s minor illnesses rather than going to a GP surgery or A&E unit

Dr Catherine Duggan appointed FIP’s new CEO

Dr Duggan has been appointed CEO of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and is tasked with leading the organisation's efforts to develop a new strategy

Over 1,200 referred to pharmacy in NHS 111 trial

A PhIF funded pharmacy referral scheme has seen over 1,200 patients assessed by pharmacists rather than in hospitals in the North East this winter

Some pharmacies in 'quite severe financial straits'

How does Numark's Jeremy Meader see the current funding crisis in community pharmacy, and what can be done about it?

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
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