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Calls for cuts U-turn amid record use of sexual health services

With the latest Government figures showing record numbers of people using sexual health services, the LGA has called for cuts to councils’ public health budgets to be reversed

Plans to drive forward electronic prescribing

Health secretary, Matt Hancock, intends to accelerate the completion of the roll out of the electronic prescribing service

Over half missing out on vital health checks, charity warns

Recent analysis from Diabetes UK shows that of 15.5 million people in England who were eligible for a health check between 2013 and 2018, only 6.8 million (44 per cent) did so

Pharmacy cuts appeal dismissed

Funding cuts not unlawful, the Court of Appeal rules in a decision announced today (August 23). Initial reaction here

Be clear with public on antibiotics and cough, says NICE

Health professionals should offer clear advice on effective self care measures for acute cough, and explain why antibiotics are not required

Behind the headlines: Pharmacy’s final (brief) day in court

The Court of Appeal’s full determination has yet to be made public, but seven words from Lord Justice Stephen Irwin were sufficient to quash a last-ditch attempt to overturn the cuts

Government warns pharmacies must not stockpile medicines

Guidance from the health secretary that healthcare organisations such as community pharmacies should not stockpile medicines over concerns of a no deal Brexit has been welcomed by HDA UK

Superdrug receives threat over customer data

Superdrug.com has advised online customers to change their online passwords as a security precaution after hackers claimed to have accessed customer information

Pharmacy flu jab payments rise to £9.48 per vaccine

The payment pharmacies receive for providing the flu jab is to rise by 34p per vaccination, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced

Well Pharmacy spends £3.5m on estate revamp

The Well Pharmacy estate is to benefit from £3.54m in investment over the next financial year, with the company saying its pharmacies “need to be developed” to cope with rising prescription volumes

Relax vaping restrictions, Government urged

The Government is “missing an opportunity” by not relaxing rules around e-cigarettes, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has said, while the RPS maintains more evidence is needed

First Pharmacist Travel Health Conference to take place

The first Pharmacist Travel Health Conference is to take place in London on 3-4 November, organised by Voyager Medical in collaboration with UCL and others

Flarin competition winners

Two lucky pharmacy assistants have each won a luxury coffee maker after completing a competition from painkilling brand, Flarin

Are dairy-free diets putting bone health at risk?

The popularity of dairy-free diets and poor knowledge of nutrition could be putting the nation’s bone health at risk

£1.5m digital pharmacy opens in Liverpool

Now Healthcare Group, which is behind the ‘Now Patient’ app, says the service will be particularly helpful to those who “have suffered through recent community pharmacy cuts”

Vaping not risk-free, study suggests

A new study suggests that vaping may not be as safe as some have thought – but Public Health England has warned that the news should not deter any smokers from switching to e-cigarettes

Mixed views on unannounced inspections

A proposal from the General Pharmaceutical Council to make pharmacy inspections unannounced has had varied responses, with some voicing support for the proposed change and others expressing concern

Pharma companies behind on FMD preparation

The Belgian non-profit, which was set up to keep falsified medicines out of the European medicines supply chain, said that many pharma companies were behind on the ‘on-boarding’ process

Exercise improves mood – but ‘more isn’t always better’, says study

A major US study points to a clear association between regular exercise and a reduction in poor mental health – but suggests that ‘more exercise is not always better’

Superdrug sells HIV test kit giving results in 15 minutes

Superdrug is to sell an HIV testing kit, allowing customers to self-test at home using a finger-prick blood sample and see a result in 15 minutes

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