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GSK temporary stock shutdown: latest

GSK has placed a temporary hold on stock distribution to facilitate its move towards a reduced wholesaler model

Autumn 2018 budget announced

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (Monday 29 October) delivered his 2018 budget, describing it as bringing an end to the “age of austerity”

Community pharmacy clinical audit published

NHS England has published the paperwork for the 2018-19 national community pharmacy clinical audit, which all contractors must complete by the end of the year

NHS Trafford CCG sets up pharmacy care home team

The Medicines Optimisation Care Homes Team will be working with GPs to help residents get the most out of their medication, says the CCG

WannaCry cyber attack cost the NHS £92m

The figure includes ‘lost output’ of patient care caused by reduced access to information and cancelled appointments, and additional IT support provided to restore data and systems

MHRA no-deal Brexit consultation closes soon

The consultation deals with how legislation and regulatory processes would have to be modified in the event of the UK not securing a deal with the EU after the UK’s exit, with no implementation period

NHS England sets out vision for technology in healthcare

The policy paper from NHS Digital says the state of online services, basic IT and clinical tools in health and care is far behind where it needs to be

Hancock’s half hour…

The new(ish) health secretary Matt Hancock has shown he has a sense of humour and at least some idea of how community pharmacists contribute to primary care

Former CRUK chief optimistic for future but warns over funding

Former Cancer Research chief is optimistic about the science and the future for cancer treatment, but says recent promise of £20bn extra for the NHS by 2023 will at best help the system stand still rather than meet Prime Minister's renewed (and welcome) ambition on early cancer diagnosis

‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign returns to help combat antimicrobial resistance

‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign kicks off on October 23; highlights pharmacy  

Pregabalin and gabapentin reclassified as class C drugs

The Government says there has been an increase in fatalities linked to the drugs, which are used to treat nerve pain, epilepsy and anxiety but can cause addiction

PAC: New DHSC powers may not prevent future medicine price hikes

The Public Accounts Committee has voiced concerns that the Department of Health and Social Care has no “clear plan” for using new powers to obtain information on the generic medicines market

GPhC to consult on renewal fee rise

A spokesperson told Pharmacy Magazine that the GPhC's rationale for raising its fees, including proposals to charge pharmacists an additional £7 each year, would be made public "in the next month"

Cannabis products available on prescription from 1 November

Cannabis-based health products will be available on prescription to patients in England, Wales and Scotland from 1 November, home secretary Sajid Javid has announced

FMD funding tabled for 2019-20 contract negotiations

Negotiations between PSNC and the Government on the issue of whether pharmacists will receive funding for implementing the FMD will form part of the 2019-20 contract discussions, CEO Simon Dukes said

Lean into challenge of new tech, not away from it, says new NPA chief

New NPA chief executive looks forward as he shares four key observations from his first few months

UK pharmacists to promote antimicrobial stewardship in Africa

Pharmacists are going to Africa to tackle anti-microbial resistance as part of specialist NHS teams 

Electronic repeat dispensing gets animated

Wessex AHSN produce 3 minute animated guide to eRD

New triaging tool aims to make EHC purchases “less intimidating”

The tool was inspired by a survey that found that 72 per cent of women between 18 and 35 would prefer to complete a short questionnaire than have to do a face-to-face consultation

What’s on offer at the 2018 Pharmacy Show?

This year’s Pharmacy Show at NEC Birmingham on October 7-8 brings together over 200 expert speakers and more than 400 UK and international exhibitors

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