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“Overwhelming” burnout threat facing 80% of pharmacists

Four-fifths of pharmacists are facing “overwhelming” workplace pressures, a survey of the profession indicates.

Over a fifth of pharmacists dissatisfied in role, reveals GPhC survey

More than a fifth of pharmacists on the GPhC register who responded to a study said they are dissatisfied in their role.

Commuters link public transport and winter illness

The study of 2,000 people found that 66 per cent are worried they will catch a sore throat or cough while using public transport. 

Two more medicines subject to export ban

An export ban on colestyramine sachets and fluticasone propionate nasules came into effect on December 5.

Co-ordinated approach to PCN engagement needed, says Patel

Local approaches to PCNs should be co-ordinated, says North East London LPC chief officer Hemant Patel. 

Locum app secures £1m in growth funding

The team behind an online job booking platform for locum healthcare professionals have secured £1m in equity funding.

Contractors “losing tens of thousands” over EPS claims

Some contractors are “losing tens of thousands of pounds” due to errors made when submitting EPS claims.

Torbett to take over as ABPI chief exec

Dr Richard Torbett takes over as ABPI chief exec in Jnuary 2020.

£800 funding for staff training continues in Scotland

Scottish Government continues with £800 funding for pharmacy staff training.

Numbers being treated for drugs and alcohol stay flat

Numbers in contact with drug and alcohol services between April 2018 and March 2019 remains flat at around 268,000.

MHRA explores POM to P switch for the pill and HRT

MHRA looking at reclassification of HRT and OCs to Pharmacy medicines.

New guidance for pharmacist prescribers from GPhC

The GPhC has approved new guidance for pharmacist prescribers.

Annual pharmacy contractual reviews are ‘vital,’ insists PSNC chief

PSNC chief Simon Dukes reminds pharmacists unhappy with the five-year deal not to forget about annual reviews.

NMS to save NHS £650m say researchers

Researchers say the NMS will save the NHS in England £651m and give patients almost 300,000 ‘quality adjusted life years’.

Make EHC available "without consultation" argues Royal College

EHC should be reclassified as GSL and “sold off the shelf without consultation,” the RCOG has said.

Practice pharmacists up 40 per cent in one year

There were 1,833 pharmacists in GP practices in England in September 2019 versus 1,304 in September 2018.

Contractors sought for review of PSNC & LPCs’ effectiveness

The review will explore issues such as how the support offered by PSNC and LPCs could be improved.

Lloyds parent company to double automation by June

LloydsPharmacy parent company McKesson UK has said it plans to double its automated dispensing capacity by June 2020.

LloydsPharmacy now offering HPV vaccination in 13 branches

Thirteen LloydsPharmacy stores are now offering a private HPV vaccination service to customers aged between 12 and 45.

Pharmacies receiving ‘surprising’ CPCS referrals from NHS 111

A number of pharmacies have reported being “surprised” at some of the CPCS cases referred to them by NHS 111 call handlers.

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