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Bipolar disorder tablets to be discontinued

Priadel 200mg and 400mg modified release tablets are to be discontinued, with all remaining supplies expected to run out by April of next year. 

Some Scottish pharmacies may not be included in flu drive

Some health boards in Scotland may decide not to involve community pharmacies in the provision of NHS flu vaccinations.

Refuse to provide free deliveries, PSNC urges contractors

Community pharmacies should stop providing free services, the PSNC has warned.

GPhC will raise Covid infection reporting awareness with employers

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said it will tell pharmacy employers to report occupational Covid-19 infections.

LloydsPharmacy Superintendent to retire

Professor Steve Howard, clinical standards director for McKesson UK and superintendent pharmacist for LloydsPharmacy is to retire at the end of December after 35 years with the company. 

National Association of Women Pharmacists elects president

The National Association of Women Pharmacists has a new president after Naina Chotai was elected to the role. 

Depression rates almost double during Covid crisis

Adults are twice as likely to have suffered from depressive symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic than they were before.

GPhC gains extension of suspension order in FtP case

Case follows another in July where extension to suspension order was not granted.

Pharmacy schools battling A-level uncertainty

Pharmacy schools report that they are struggling to respond to a “highly unusual situation” as students cope with A-Level fallout. 

DHSC announces first price concessions for August

The Department of Health and Social Care has today announced the first wave of price concesssions for August.

School of pharmacy closes BAME attainment gap

Wolverhampton school of pharmacy says it is one of just five in the UK to close the ethnicity attainment gap.

IFPP now open to provisionally registered pharmacists

Registration closes on 10 January 2021, and there is no fee or cost to access the programme

Nominations for the NHS Parliamentary Awards close on 1 September

Community pharmacists were winners in two categories in 2019.

PSNC overhaul must be agreed by indies and multiples says NPA

The NPA is calling for a ‘triple lock’ approval process to ensure that any changes to pharmacy representation do not favour one set of contractors.

PHE replacement ‘must include pharmacy’ says RPS

The body replacing Public Health England must use pharmacy to address the NHS care backlog, the RPS warned. 

Pharmacy teams delivering chemo drugs during pandemic

Community pharmacy teams are among the health workers who have delivered chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients during the Covid-19 crisis.

New restrictions on OTC sales of stimulant laxatives

Smaller packs, new labelling to warn products do not help with weight loss, and sales restricted to people over 18.

GSK & Pfizer close landmark OTC merger

GSK Consumer Healthcare and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare have announced the creation of a new joint venture as they reach the end of a lengthy merger process.   

Public Health England to be scrapped over Covid handling

Health secretary Matt Hancock will soon abolish Public Health England and merge it into a new organisation specifically tasked with handling pandemics. 

Pharmacy schools call for two-year FY programme

Individuals training to become pharmacists should undergo a two-year foundation programme after completing their MPharm, school leaders say.

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