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3.9m year-on-year increase in antidepressant prescriptions

61 million antidepressants were dispensed in 2015 compared to just 31.6 million in 2005, according to a report by the HSCIC

Morning after pill stops Derby pharmacy move

Plans to relocate a Superdrug store in Derby have been blocked because it would inconvenience women seeking the morning after pill, the High Court has ruled

And another one goes... Burt resigns

Pharmacy minister Alistair Burt is to stand down in September, he told MPs during health questions yesterday

How much does delivery cost you?

A delivery service may become the Achilles heel of your business says pharmacist Gary Jones of Borth Pharmacy, Ceredigion

How to build resilience at work

With the pace of life so fast, can you learn how to manage it?

How to respond to a reference request

Care is needed when putting together a reference for a past employee

Superdrug announces £62.2m profit

Superdrug has announced that it made an operating profit of £62.2 million in 2015, up 64 per cent on the previous 12 months.

These are challenging times

Mike Smith puts the world to rights... These are challenging times, but there may be help out there. I could have used this headline in many of the articles I have written over recent years, but this time it seems particularly relevant. These are really challenging times for community pharmacy and it is now clear that we have to change our approach to funding. I have practised in community pharmacy for almost 50 years and have seen crises come and go. However, this crisis is clearly more significant than many I have seen before, but the fact remains that we do have to work with the DH to achieve these savings. It is really encouraging that we now have one million signatures on the National Pharmacy Association petition, which Alliance Healthcare was pleased to help to distribute. The petition clearly demonstrates how important community pharmacies are to the patients and customers they serve. This is not just about the supply of medicines, prescription and OTC, and the provision of healthcare advice. Community pharmacy also provides a most important social function, as well as a plethora of services for which we are not paid. We need to raise awareness of these activities, which the DH appears to choose to ignore.

Two million people call on PM to reconsider cuts

A further 200,000 Support Your Local Pharmacy petitions are to be sent to the PM bringing the total to 2m signatures

RPS to looks reassure pharmacy teams after ‘Brexit’ vote

The Society has promised to do all it can “to ensure that pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from all countries continue to feel welcome

RPS President to be elected in July

Ash Soni says he is "hugely proud" of the progress made by the RPS

Understanding the future

An educated view on future developments helps you to plan your direction today

New NHS Alliance calls for pharmacy ‘forward view’

A Department of Health strategy is needed for community pharmacy to enable the sector “to deliver its potential

LloydsPharmacy refits 500th store to modernise services

A LloydsPharmacy store is the 500th in the company to have undergone a makeover to upgrade the pharmacy’s services

Would retail pharmacy be stronger in the EU?

How would a vote to leave the European Union be likely to affect community pharmacy? With the referendum vote later this week, pharmacy’s Claire Ward and Sigma Pharmaceutical’s Bhavin Shah look at the implications from a “remain” perspective. As pharmacy grapples with the prospect of a six per cent budget cut, few are likely to have been thinking too hard about the referendum on EU membership. However, a cut of £170 million to the pharmacy budget may be just the start of closures, job losses and reduced pay in community pharmacy. A vote to leave the European Union could deliver an even greater blow to independent pharmacy – and the wider healthcare sector – that few contractors are even discussing, let alone planning for.

How to build your child health category

Parents will welcome your professional advice on children’s health matters from minor ailments to lifestyle tips on healthy eating, exercise and mental health

GPhC to examine workplace pressures in pharmacy

GPhC looks to examine and understand workplace pressures across the pharmacy sector

Ensuring the life of a family business

If you are in business with your family, consider setting up a family council

Organisational culture a factor in pharmacist prescribing

Organisational culture and multidisciplinary working are important in prescribing practice by pharmacists, survey finds

Most pharmacists unhappy with career choice

Nearly 60 per cent of pharmacists say if they had their time again they would not choose the same profession

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