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CCG mergers gather pace

Four CCGs – South Worcestershire, Redditch & Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, and Herefordshire - are planning to merge by April next year.

NUMSAS continues to grow

Over 4,020 pharmacies in England are now registered to offer the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS).

Revenue up, profits down at Superdrug

Superdrug recorded nearly £1.3 billion in total revenue last year although it saw pre-tax profits drop to £88.3 million.

Sigma’s Bharat Shah appointed CBE

Shah was appointed a CBE for services to business, economic growth, exporting, the independent pharmacy sector and philanthropy.

Drug reaction reports from community pharmacists fall

The number of reports from community pharmacists to the yellow card reporting system fell between 2018 and 2017.

AAH strikes deal to be sole supplier for AstraZeneca

AAH has struck a deal with AstraZeneca to become the sole distributor of its products from July 1.

NPA chief: PCNs could leave “big hole” in sector

The clinical pharmacist role's expansion in PCNs could leave “a big hole” in community pharmacy, Mark Lyonette warns.

Recall of paracetamol 500mg tablets

M&A Pharmachem has recalled batches of paracetamol 500mg tablets because of “a small number" of contaminated pots.

Phenytoin 50mg Infatabs “unavailable,” warns PSNC

The PSNC has warned contractors that Pfizer's licensed phenytoin 50mg Infatabs is unavailable.

GPhC almost £1m in red, latest accounts reveal

The GPhC reported a deficit of £941,000 in the year ending March 2019.

Global AMS Fellowship role for UK pharmacists

UK pharmacists appointed as global health fellows to support antimicrobial stewardship in Africa.

Storage issues top GPhC 'not met' standards

Fridge temperatures and date-checking top list of standards not met, says GPhC. 

67 registrants removed in first revalidation period

Less than 1% of the first revalidation submissions resulted in removal from the GPhC's registers.

No PCN funding “earmarked for pharmacy”

No portion of PCN funding has been “earmarked exclusively for pharmacy,” says the deputy chief pharmaceutical officer.

Fraud investigation in 2019-20 will partly focus on contractors

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority says its investigation into fraud during 2019-20 will partly focus on pharmacy contractors

Still no clarity on apprenticeship trailblazers

The organisation tasked with supporting a second proposal for a pharmacy apprenticeship decided not to reveal the identities of the employers

Online support for type 2

Advice to help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition is to be made available via a NHS online portal.  

Well steps up online

Well Pharmacy has launched a campaign to promote its prescriptions service which offers free delivery of NHS prescriptions.

Lloyds increasing travel clinics

More LloydsPharmacy stores are to get travel clinics, parent company McKesson UK has announced.

NPA chief: We face “uncontrolled” pharmacy closures

Mr Lyonette warned of “uncontrolled and unpredictable” pharmacy closures if funding continuously fails to cover increasing costs and workload

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