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GPhC seeks permanent remote FtP hearing powers

The GPhC is seeking permanent legal powers that will allow it to hold remote fitness to practise hearings and to make certain hearings private.

Misperceptions causing people to reject vaping says report

Misperceptions around the risks of vaping could be causing people to turn their backs on electronic cigarettes, says PHE.

Superdrug launches £120 PCR saliva test for Covid

Superdrug has become the first high street retailer in the UK to launch a saliva-based PCR home-use test for coronavirus. 

Government paid pharmacists' company £20m advance for PPE

Medicine Box Ltd says it was paid £20 million of a £40 million contract for PPE up front by the government.  

Unison in dispute with Lloyds parent over contract changes

Trade union Unison has said it is in dispute with LloydsPharmacy parent  McKesson UK and will ballot members on possible industrial action. 

Pharmacy teams encouraged to support Covid vaccine study

Researchers are asking pharmacy teams to take part in a study to monitor the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

PM urged to protect health workers against new Covid strains

Boris Johnson has been urged to ensure health workers are protected from new strains of Covid.

GPs ‘staggered’ by pharmacist antibiotics pilot

A pilot that saw pharmacists work with GP surgeries to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing achieved “staggering” results.

New chief exec for generics manufacturers association

The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) has announced that Mark Samuels is to be its new chief executive.

Morrisons won’t ‘block’ £500 payments for pharmacists after row

Morrisons has confirmed it will allow its pharmacists working in Scotland to access a £500 Government payment after managers refused this. 

Can pharmacies require staff to get the jab? 

As stories surface of business owners stating staff must have the Covid-19 vaccine to work, a lawyer considers the practical and legal issues. 

Sodium valproate prescribed to 180 pregnant women in England

Sodium valproate was prescribed to almost 200 pregnant women in England between April 2018 and September 2020, new NHS data shows. 

NHS widens pharmacy jab programme with lower weekly target

Pharmacies able to deliver 400 Covid-19 vaccines per week have been invited to apply to take part in England’s vaccination programme.

'More funding' needed for representation reforms

The group set up to take forward the Wright reforms will hold a virtual event next month to update contractors.

Campaign launched to address dangers of air pollution

The British Lung Foundation and Perrigo have launched a campaign to address air pollution.

Lloyds parent considers selling business, Sky reports

Sky News has reported that LloydsPharmacy parent McKesson is considering selling off the UK multiple. 

PDA: Vaccine delivery could prevent future cuts

PDA chair Mark Koziol says community pharmacy's delivery of Covid vaccines may change the government's perception of the sector.

GPhC makes U-turn on overseas exam candidates

The GPhC has caved in to demands to allow overseas registration assessment candidates to sit the exam online irrespective of time differences. 

DHSC secures extra supplies of flu vaccine for pharmacies

The Government hopes additional supplies will boost the largest ever flu vaccination programme in 2020-21.

£80 million funding for drug treatment services

Local authorities get funding to improve access drug treatment services and to expand naloxone and needle and syringe programmes

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