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Data suggests 10% drop in RPS membership

This year’s elections saw 22,679 ballots issued to its membership compared with 25,117 ballots for the previous election in 2019.

Numark and Rowlands branches pilot heart health service

The service will give people a heart age score and cardiovascular risk assessment based on height, weight, blood pressure and BMI.

Repaglinide back in stock but Voriconazole supplies delayed

The PSNC has reported that Repaglinide 1mg and 2mg tablets are back in stock.

RPS announces results of board elections

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has today (May 14) announced the results of its national board elections.

Boots parent pledges $350k for Covid relief in India

Walgreens Boots Alliance has pledged $350,000 to help tackle the dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths in India.

MHRA consults on Nuromol P to GSL switch

The MHRA has launched a consultation on whether Nuromol should be available to patients without having to visit a pharmacy. 

NPA launches mental health initiative to mark centenary

The NPA has joined forces with charities to create awareness of mental health services provided by pharmacies.

Sigma starts providing lateral flow tests to pharmacies

Community pharmacies can now order lateral flow tests from Sigma Pharmaceuticals to use as part of the Pharmacy Collect service.

Record number of urgent cancer check referrals in March

Over 230,000 people with suspected cancer were seen as the NHS began to recover after a winter surge in Covid cases.

Hayfever affects almost double estimated number of sufferers

The number of people suffering with hayfever is almost double the amount that was previously estimated, Allergy UK has said. 

RPS wants legal restrictions on CDs in research removed

The RPS has called for legal restrictions on the use of controlled drugs in research to be removed. 

Diabetes diagnoses double in 15 years

Cases of diabetes diagnoses have doubled in the last 15 years, according to charity Diabetes UK. 

MS charities 'disappointed' by NICE decision on new drug

Multiple sclerosis charities have expressed their disappointment at NICE’s decision not to recommend ozanimod for patients in England and Wales. 

Calorie labelling to be introduced on restaurant menus

Large restaurant businesses with over 250 employees in England to display the calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drinks.

Scottish provregs get NHS funding to resit exam

Provisionally registered pharmacists in Scotland who failed the March registration assessment are to receive financial support from the NHS to resit. 

Queen's speech: Pharmacy bodies call for clarity

Community pharmacy’s representative bodies are demanding greater clarity on the Health and Care Bill set out in today’s speech.

Depression doubles in over-70s during pandemic says Age UK

A brand new guide has been created to help improve older people’s access to talking therapies.

Boots launches £65 home PCR test for holidaymakers

Boots UK has launched a £65 home-use PCR coronavirus test aimed at those looking to travel abroad this summer. 

GSK fined £22m over paroxetine ‘pay for delay’ deal

A tribunal has upheld a previous finding that GlaxoSmithKline paid generic drugs companies £50m to delay bringing paroxetine to the market.

Funding 'urgently' needed for pharmacy education and training

RPS president Sandra Gidley said more funding for the eduction and training of pharmacists will support their “enhanced clinical role.”  

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