Insight

In short supply: Scarce and expensive medicines

What does the current shortage of a range of generic medicines mean for community pharmacy contractors and their patients?

Opportunity in adversity

Far from being grim, the future is looking brighter for pharmacies that are prepared to think outside the box and consider expanding into new areas of business  

Don’t risk catching a commercial chill

RPS Ltd’s Dennis Reid on how to keep your business in good health this winter

Tax rules: refitting your premises

A pharmacy refit might improve your business, but what are the tax rules around this?

Just how hard are the pharmacy cuts biting?

How are contractors in England coping with the cuts to pharmacy funding so far? Could some contractors reach tipping point with their business finances?

FMD update: will the UK meet the 2019 deadline?

Recent political turmoil in the country has led to significant delays to the Falsified Medicines Directive implementation, which could be a cause for concern for community pharmacy

Should you cut your way to growth?

Pharmacies under pressure have a choice of cutting costs, or improving productivity – which works?

Legal advice: energy ratings

The buyers of my pharmacy have queried a rating of F on our energy performance certificate. What does this mean?

Sure you are complying with the National Minimum Wage?

Make a mistake in calculating a staff salary and you could be named and shamed

What's the cost of NHS savings?

NHS England’s review of “low value” prescription items has the potential to save up to £400 million a year, but what could be the implications?

Does your pharmacy run like clockwork?

Even the best pharmacies could free up time currently devoted to the dispensing process that could be put to better use

A gloomy picture ahead for the generics market?

Brexit looks set to drive up prices of generic medicines and threaten access, while a government bill may have a similar effect. P3 reports on a difficult outlook for the sector

How the fittest pharmacies will survive

Community pharmacy has to be seen as more than a dispensary service in order to remain competitive.

Legal advice: restrictive covenants

I am thinking of buying a pharmacy, but there is a restrictive covenant on the title preventing pharmacy use

Quality payments: Dementia Friends training

How pharmacies can meet Quality Payment criteria by getting on board with the Dementia Friends initiative

Quality payments and patient safety

Dawn Williams, head of customer development at Celesio UK, looks key steps to meet patient safety criteria for the Quality Payment Scheme

Legal advice: planning permission

I am looking at buying a pharmacy – will I need planning permission to allow my use of the property?

Quality payments: clinical effectiveness and public health

Dawn Williams, head of customer development at Celesio UK, talks contractors through how they can work towards meeting two criteria for the Quality Payment

Legal: purchasing a lease

I am thinking of buying a lease from a business in administration. What do I need to be concerned about?

Quick wins to enhance your business performance

Creating a performance culture will enable you to make a difference to your business
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