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Counting the cost of Covid-19

Two months into Covid-19, and community pharmacies have been counting the costs of dealing with the pandemic. 

Where next for vape?

A BBC report in February that there had been two deaths potentially relating to vape products in the UK over the last year is clearly not in pandemic territory. However, it is concerning – not least because of our lack of knowledge about the specific cause of the problem.

What are the risks of using volunteers to deliver medicines?

Solicitor Noel Wardle says that while it is better for patients to receive their medicines than to go without, pharmacists and pharmacy owners have legal and ethical responsibilities to consider when using volunteer delivery people. 

EPS nominations see pandemic rise

Electronic prescription service (EPS) nominations have jumped following the implementation of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Two months in for CPCS: North and SE lead way

The first statistics are in for the new Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), and pharmacies in the North and the South East have seen the most episodes to date.

Planning for Growth: the outcomes

Last year we invited a panel of independent pharmacy owners to take part in a structured business development programme. Almost 12 months later, we look at how the two who stuck with the programme have got on.

A risky business

The #Metoo campaign  has seen a real shift in what is deemed acceptable in the workplace, as well as in society at large.

Keeping on top of statutory compliance

Solicitor Aidan Welton looks at the legislation that must be complied with in relation to the use and occupation of a pharmacy property.

SMEs encouraged to invest in innovation

Tax preparation specialist David Redfern reviews HMRC's Advance Assurance R&D tax relief scheme for small and medium sized companies

The Good Work Plan: the 'must knows'

Lawyer Andrew Rayment unpicks the "biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years"

Numbers crunched for 2019

IQVIA's Carol Alexandre crunched the numbers from 2019 on pharmacies, distributors, generics and DSPs at this year's Sigma Conference 

Dropshipping tech can revolutionise retail

Dropshipping model presents a short cut to online for traditional bricks and mortar retailers, says Avasam's Tejas Dave

Print smart to capitalise on digital

Since the arrival of EPS, printing has become a key area for those looking for efficiencies.

No respite in challenges for the generics sector

Medicines supply is never out of the news. What do those in the generics sector see as the prospects for 2020?

It can pay to be uniform

The provision of a uniform carries a cost which, if HMRC's rules are followed, can be offset against tax, says Helen Thornley

Caution! A red flag CPCS warning

Solicitor Noel Wardle says pharmacists should be aware of the risks of misdiagnosis or missing a 'red flag' when providing the CPCS

Pharmacy responds to green agenda

It pays to keep your environmental credentials in order, and many customers expect it

Painting by numbers

The latest General Pharmaceutical Services report from NHS Digital puts the numbers into community pharmacy over 10 years

Opportunity market, but rise in values trending down

Banks still see pharmacy as a positive funding opportunity, but the funding challenges are starting to have an effect.

Is your pharmacy IT system fit for the future?

As the new contractual framework puts even more emphasis on services, Sasa Jankovic finds out how PMR suppliers are stepping up 

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