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Study demonstrates high satisfaction with pharmacy warfarin services

Boots collaborated with the University of Brighton on a study indicating pharmacy is ideally placed provide to provide a safe, effective anticoagulation service

Sigma conference: Sharpe calls for care-based contract

Outgoing chief executive Sue Sharpe has repeated PSNC’s wish for a new care-based contractual framework for pharmacy

Minister thanks pharmacy for maintaining medicines supply

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine MP thanks community pharmacy in a positive and upbeat message to independents attending the Sigma conference 

PM: Community pharmacy at heart of patient care

Prime Minister Theresa May recognised community pharmacies role in the nation's health in her welcome message to delegates at Sigma's tenth annual Conference.

Strachan calls for 'radical solutions'

Community pharmacy's strategy for 2018 needs 'radical solutions', says NPA chairman.

NHS TV campaign encourages parents to think pharmacy first

The Stay Well Pharmacy campaign calls on parents to see a pharmacist for their child’s minor illnesses rather than going to a GP surgery or A&E unit

Dr Catherine Duggan appointed FIP’s new CEO

Dr Duggan has been appointed CEO of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and is tasked with leading the organisation's efforts to develop a new strategy

Over 1,200 referred to pharmacy in NHS 111 trial

A PhIF funded pharmacy referral scheme has seen over 1,200 patients assessed by pharmacists rather than in hospitals in the North East this winter

Peter Surgenor steps down as Sangers AAH MD

Peter Surgenor is to retire at the end of July as managing director of Belfast-based distributor Sangers AAH, Celesio UK has announced

Provide e-cigarettes on prescription, PHE urges

The PHE review of e-cigarette use has found that the smoking substitute poses “a small fraction” of the health risks associated with smoking

Gluten-free staples to remain on prescription

Gluten free breads and flour mixes will remain on prescription in England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced following its consultation launched in March 2017.

Paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throat, says NICE

Paracetamol, rather than antibiotics or medicated lozenges should be recommended to alleviate sore throats, says new guidance developed by NICE and Public Health England.

Vulnerable people face “endless cycle” of hospital admissions

A new Red Cross report looks at the problem of NHS patients being discharged back to homes with unsuitable living conditions only to be readmitted to emergency departments

Flu still circulating but showing signs of stabilising, PHE says

New figures reveal that GP consultations have stabilised, hospitalisations have fallen by 7% and that intensive care admissions have fallen by 26%

BBC reports on black market for Rx drugs

Criminal gangs are diverting hundreds of millions of pounds worth of prescription drugs into the black market, according to a recent File on 4 report

Boots rolls out affordable EHC business-wide

Boots has said that it now stocks a more affordable morning after pill in all its UK stores, explaining that  supply chain issues have held up roll-out

Small firms still waiting on rates support

The Federation of Small Businesses has hit out at a failure by some councils to pass on funds aimed at helping small businesses cope with last year’s rates hike

PHE launches review into prescription drug addiction

Public Health England is to undertake a year-long review into the growing problem of addiction to prescription medications such as opioid painkillers

Half of carers aged under 10 affected by disrupted sleep

Significant numbers of young carers regularly experience disrupted sleep due to having to look after family members, a new survey reveals

Mixed feelings on proposed ‘super-regulator’

Some welcomed the focus on supporting professionalism while others voiced concerns that a proposed health ‘super-regulator’ would dilute pharmacy's role
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