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NPA vice-chair: Five-year deal may fail to stop pharmacies closing

NPA vice-chair Andrew Lane warns the five-year community pharmacy settlement may fail to prevent the closure of pharmacies.

Green is good for pharmacy business

Going green isn’t just about saving on energy; it also means cutting down on waste and those items that go unnecessarily to landfill

New pharmacist shortages powers weeks from being enforced

Legislation has been laid before Parliament and is expected to be enforced in early February, it has been announced

Councils face funding crisis, LGA warns

Squeezed councils may need to spend almost 60p in every £1 of council tax on social care by 2020, the Local Government Association predicts

Boots UK launches online ED clinic

Boots UK has announced it is to launch an online erectile dysfunction service, which the retailer says will be its biggest online pharmacy service to date

Function and choice key to taboo busting future

TENA marketing manager at Essity Lisa Myers talks continence care and the role of pharmacy 

Tips for selling your pharmacy

Are you considering selling your pharmacy? In this article, we answer some common questions to help sellers make an informed decision

Pharmacist CD prescriptions almost double

A CQC report has found that pharmacists prescribed almost twice as many controlled drugs (CDs) in 2016 as in the previous year

A spanner in the spokes

Mike Smith puts the world to rights… I read with interest the article in last month’s issue of P3 about the government’s aim to change the law by next October to allow independents to make use of centralised dispensing. As is to be expected, community pharmacy views on the option are “cautious”. I personally share that view and believe there is still work to be done before it could be implemented across the sector. This includes a detailed assessment of the logistical challenges, and cost and safety considerations associated with implementation. Most importantly, we must be absolutely certain that it doesn’t lead to an increased risk of dispensing errors.

Smokers incorrectly think cold turkey best quit strategy

Many smokers still try to quit by going ‘cold turkey’ despite this being the least effective way, Public Health England has said

Pharmacy organisations gear up for campaigning day

UK pharmacy organisations are planning a political campaigning day on Tuesday 21 November to showcase the vital work community pharmacies do

Get ready for Urology Awareness Month

September's Urology Awareness Month explains the symptoms and encourages people to speak to their doctor sooner

Autumn statement: what pharmacy owners need to know

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced increases in the basic and higher income tax thresholds in his first Autumn Statement, as well as a rise in the National Living Wage

Well launches major new campaign

Well, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain, has launched a £350,000 marketing campaign to promote awareness of its prescriptions service

NI pharmacy “light years behind”, facing “indiscriminate” closures

The funding crisis facing the community pharmacy sector in Northern Ireland will cause widespread closures, CPNI has said

Mouth Cancer Action Month coming soon

Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place next month and is an opportunity for pharmacy to raise awareness of this disease

A strategy on one-page is a good place to start

It’s important that every business has a written strategy, suggests Alliance Healthcare’s Chris Martin

Flu service 2017/18 launches

Pharmacies who meet the requirements for service provision can now offer flu jabs to those in eligible groups, subject to vaccination delivery arrangements

Age UK warns of loneliness crisis in over-50s

The charity predicts that unless this issue is tackled, the number of people aged 50 and over who are often lonely will have increased by 49 per cent between 2015-16 and 2025-26

GPhC welcomes DH initiative to tackle prescribing errors

Pharmacy has a ‘vital role’ in protecting patients against medication-related risks, the GPhC said in response to Jeremy Hunt's planned initiative

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