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Harness research to improve dementia care, report urges

A new report from Alzheimer’s Society sets out a roadmap for how to harness research to ensure quality of life for people with dementia

SMEs looking to spend more on marketing in 2018/19

Many small businesses are looking to up their marketing spend in the next financial year, with the average SME planning to allocate 16% of overall budget

Don’t miss nomination deadline, NPA urges

The NPA has issued a call for members to nominate a candidate for the forthcoming board of management elections by the Friday deadline

Which? investigation uncovers poor OTC practice

In an undercover investigation carried out by Which?, three in 10 pharmacies did not follow safety guidelines when making sales of OTC pain medicines

Little change in asthma care stats, says charity

Almost two thirds of the 5.4 million people living with asthma in the UK are not receiving basic levels of care, a report from Asthma UK has found

Decriminalisation law due to come into effect in April

A legal defence against inadvertent dispensing errors is now closer to being signed into law, having been signed by the Privy Council

Sigma Conference summary

Higlights from the Sigma conference - threats and opportunities, improving pharmacy buisnesses and integration with the NHS

GDPR implementation is just around the corner

Pharmacies could face "hefty" fines if they don't take steps to comply with new data protection regulations

Sigma conference day 3: GPs are getting all the money

It is nonsense to say the NHS is running out of money – the Government is investing in GPs but not pharmacy, says Hemant Patel

Sigma conference day 2: countdown to revalidation

Pharmacists must submit their CPD before their registration expires for revalidation or risk being struck off

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

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

Strachan calls for 'radical solutions'

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

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.

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 

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

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

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.

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