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GPhC's pandemic response to be reviewed this year

The Professional Standards Authority is unlikely to publish a report into the GPhC's performance “before late in the year".

New services plan for Northern Ireland pharmacies

Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann has announced his support for a service commissioning plan for community pharmacies in 2021-22. 

Data on hospital medicines prescribed during Covid to be collected

Data on medicines prescribed and administered in hospitals will be collected as part of research into patients' Covid care.

ACBS sets out criteria for ONS to be listed in the Drug Tariff

Only 'standard' 125 and 200ml packs to be included in Tariff in the future - all other sizes to be de-listed.

Avicenna hits 135 branches with purchase of Welsh group

Avicenna has acquired the largest independent pharmacy group in Wales to take its total number of branches to 135.

Over 9 in 10 pharmacies providing lateral flow tests

Over 90 per cent of community pharmacies in England have signed up to provide a new Covid-19 test distribution service, the Government has said.

Facebook diabetes campaign to target men over 40

Men aged 40 years and over and at risk of type 2 diabetes will be targeted by a series of adverts on Facebook.

NICE to speed up access to new treatments

NICE is promising to speed up patients’ access to the latest and most effective treatments as part of its new five-year strategy.

Pharmacy group delivers Covid vaccine at PureGym

PureGym has joined forces with a Midlands-based pharmacy group to administer Covid vaccines.

Covid vaccines safe for pregnant women says JCVI

Pregnant women should get a Covid-19 vaccine based on their age and clinical risk group.

GPhC too soft on corporate multiples claims PDA

The GPhC is disproportionately tough on individual registrants compared to pharmacy owners and premises, the PDA has claimed. 

Cough & cold OTC market shrank by 30% in 2020

A dramatic reduction in the size of the OTC cough and cold market during the pandemic could become a long-term trend, the PAGB has warned. 

BOPA launches cancer training for pharmacy teams

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA) has launched an educational series for community pharmacy teams on how to discuss cancer.

Fund to build classrooms set up in pharmacist's memory

The family of a pharmacist who died from Covid have set up a fund to build classrooms in impoverished areas of Pakistan.  

GPhC holding internal review on controversial exam

GPhC chief Duncan Rudkin says an internal review of what went wrong leading up to the March exam is under way.

IBS sufferers worried about return to workplace

People with irritable bowel syndrome are anxious about lockdown easing and the prospect of going back to the workplace contributing to their symptoms.

Pharmacist charity to offer additional mental health support

Sector charity Pharmacist Support has announced it is to start offering counselling sessions to pharmacists battling mental health issues. 

Pandemic sees dramatic rise in stress-related smoking

Half of smokers are stress-smoking more since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest research from Mintel.

70 per cent of people unaware of ultra-processed foods

Some 70 per cent of people have not heard of the term 'ultra-processed foods' despite many trying to cut back on processed foods. 

NHS calls on more pharmacies to provide Covid jabs

More community pharmacies are needed to head up Covid-19 vaccination sites in a number of specified locations, NHS England has said. 

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