Analysis

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

Where’s the urgency with antimicrobial stewardship?

Some CCGs have still not fully implemented NICE antimicrobial stewardship guidance. Is diagnostic testing the answer?

Now is not the time to deprioritise MCA training

Could pharmacies decide to deprioritise medicine counter assistant training as funding cuts begin to bite?

Don’t waste pharmacy’s potential

The pharmacy cuts could hit the UK’s ability to meet the WHO’s mortality goals, according to a new report

Stress testing the profession: pharmacists struggling

New research suggests pharmacists are weighed down with the strain of coping with their workload and the stress of the job

For richer, but not for poorer...

The gap between the lifespans of the richest and poorest in the UK is increasing for the first time since the 1870s
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Improving the safety of home medication deliveries

A discussion paper has been published on improving home medication delivery services for vulnerable patients

GPhC issues new guidance on religion, values and beliefs

The GPhC has published guidance for when religion, personal values or beliefs might impact on professional practice

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Sector losing policy battle as CPhO faces mounting criticism

By Richard Thomas, editor, Pharmacy Magazine. If there were any small doubts remaining about what the high-ups in Govern...

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Getting to grips with the 'new' CPD

The GPhC is asking for views on its proposed changes to continuing professional development as it moves towards revalida...

Boots launches HPV vaccine service

Boots has launched a private HPV vaccination service for both males and females

Scenario: Eating disorders

Kelly, the counter assistant, tells Parveen she is worried that a couple of teenage customers may have eating disorders....