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Conference call: Pharmacy Show 2017

Pharmacy technicians, the Primary Care Home model and antimicrobial resistance were just some of the topics discussed at this year's Pharmacy Show. Read the full round up here...

Market update: generics cash flow havoc

As pharmacies in England deal with yet another substantial ‘margin recovery’ exercise, will new regulations see an end to the financial disruption?

Revealed: how Government spends our money

The Government expects to spend £802 billion in 2017-18, the most it has ever spent in cash terms

The Big Debate: Pharmacy technicians and supervision

Should technicians have more responsibility and even be allowed to supervise the sale and supply of medicines?

Judicial review aftermath: Pharmacy down but not out?

One month on from the judicial review, we examine the implications of the judgment and ask what happens now?

Time to get on with IT in pharmacy

Digitisation is a key priority for the NHS and a fundamental element of pharmacy’s new contractual arrangements in England

Getting to grips with the Quality Payments scheme

What is the new Quality Payments scheme and how do you secure the available funding? All the answers here

Health screening: Testing times

Technological advances mean that pharmacy has an increasingly important role to play in screening and diagnostics

Update: Special guidance

Recent RPS guidance puts the prescribing of specials back under the microscope

Antibiotic scripts fall for the first time in England

New PHE data has recorded a 4.3 per cent decline in antibiotic prescriptions in England

Thumbs up for pharmacy post-discharge service

Post-discharge consultations with community pharmacists can reduce the risk of hospital readmission

Enhancing skill mix in community pharmacy

A new report from Pharmacy Research UK has made recommendations for optimising the skill mix within community pharmacy

Biosimilars: new drugs on the block

Biosimilars are shaking up the $70bn global market for biological medicines

Patients still expect antibiotics for sore throats

Nearly half of UK adults have been prescribed antibiotics for a sore throat, shows new research

Survey reveals views on the future of healthcare

The British population is keen to embrace self care, new technology and personalised treatment to reduce NHS burdens, suggests a new survey

Pharmacies can help detect coeliac disease

An innovative project has shown that community pharmacies can help find patients with undiagnosed coeliac disease

Briefing: Where now for self-care?

The current regulatory environment undermines opportunities for self-care, says a recent report

Diabetes drugs cost approaches £1bn per year

The annual primary care prescribing cost of medicines for diabetes has reached £956.7 million

Thumbs up for pharmacy sore throat screening

Pharmacy screening for bacterial throat infections could help fight antibiotic overuse, shows a new study

What does Brexit mean for pharmacy?

Pharmacy organisations are trying to reassure stakeholders over Brexit, while seeking reassurances for themselves
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People urged to get free hep C testing

The fall in deaths from hepatitis C in 2016 – the first in more than a decade – has continued into 2017

NPA unveils national innovation programme

A series of service pilots, funded by the NPA, is seeking to demonstrate to commissioners what pharmacists can deliver