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The Co-op Group moves into digital pharmacy sector

With the acquisition of a digital repeat prescription platform, the Co-op Group is to re-enter the pharmacy sector four years after selling off its chain of brick-and-mortar community pharmacies

Heated debate on rebalancing board proposals

A heated debate is raging concerning the consultation by the Government’s rebalancing board on proposed changes to the legislation that deals with responsible pharmacists and superintendent pharmacists

Election for NPA Scotland board member to take place

The National Pharmacy Association is to hold an election for a new board member after Noel Wicks stepped down as Scotland representative, it has been announced

Exclusive: PM questions PDA on Technicians report

PDA chairman Mark Koziol said there is a “big question mark” concerning pharmacy technicians' “readiness, desire and capability” to supervise community pharmacies in the absence of a pharmacist

Unipart wins NHS Supply Chain logistics contract

The government has agreed a five-year contract worth £730m with Unipart Logistics to centralise delivery services for NHS Trusts after seeing off a legal challenge from the incumbent provider

GPhC received six whistleblowing disclosures in 2017-18

The General Pharmaceutical Council received six whistleblowing disclosures between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, according to a joint report from the UK’s health regulators

Clinical leadership of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians critical for NHS Scotland, says Scottish Health Secretary

Scottish Government is looking to encourage more people to use community pharmacy as a first port of call for ongoing self-management for people with long-term conditions

Scotland to expand and enhance community pharmacy services

The Scottish Government has made two commitments to community pharmacy, which will expand and enhance the services available next year

Some glucosamine products to be medicines

Products containing doses equal to or greater than 1178mg/day of base glucosamine will now be considered to be medicines, the MHRA has announced

Record numbers of people phoning NHS 111

Over half of all calls to the phone service received expert assessment from a clinical professional in July this year – the highest proportion since the service was introduced

ABPI consults on Code of Practice

Proposed changes include updates to the Code to better reflect the central role of digital, including online communication, and changes to certification arrangements

NHS campaign targets incorrect free prescription claims

A new campaign that encourages patients to check whether they are entitled to free prescriptions before claiming them is calling on pharmacists to help raise awareness of the issue

NUMSAS extended to March 2019, Brine confirms

The NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot scheme has been extended until the end of March 2019, pharmacy minister Steve Brine has confirmed

NHS Choices is no more...

Changes to the NHS website include more accessible content, better mobile device experience, new content for helping people to manage long-terms conditions, and improved page design

NHS workforce increases by 1.6 per cent in a year

A total of 1,230,000 FTEs were employed by the health service in England across NHS Trusts, CCGs, NHS support organisations and central bodies as well as in General Practice

Leading pharmacy by example

With a new group of chief executives at the community pharmacy bodies, what can we expect from their combined stance on the sector?

We need to be seen as equal players

Being viewed as equals by commissioners and other health professionals in primary care is going to be a crucial door to kick down, suggests Avicenna’s Salim Jetha Current shortages and exchange rates – most ingredients are priced in dollars – have caused huge fluctuations in drug prices. It’s created an opportunity for some to play the stock market, but for most independent contractors who replenish stock on a dispense-one, order-one basis, it has caused significant problems. They lack the market intelligence to play the stock market and there is a lag period between the purchase price and the item being listed on concessionary prices. To make matters worse, some purchases are in excess of listed prices, which can lead to huge losses.

Recognise the social care of pharmacy

Much of pharmacy's support for communities is not recognised, says Mike Smith, non-executive advisor at Alliance Healthcare

Community pharmacies vital to drug harm reduction, FIP says

Pharmacists can play a vital role in delivering drug harm reduction services, and may be the safest source of recreational cannabis, the International Pharmaceutical Federation has said

Scotland plans major extension of Minor Ailments Scheme

The Scottish Government has announced that the country’s Minor Ailment Service will be extended to every person in Scotland “within the coming year” and will cover a wider range of common conditions
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