By Mike Holden, Pharmacy Complete.

The one strong message that is coming up from grass roots pharmacy is the need for a clear and singular vision supported by an effective plan for the way forward for community pharmacy. 

One message, one vision, one plan.

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By NPA chief pharmacist Leyla Hannbeck.

If Australia’s experience is anything to go by, we all need to be ready to deal with a particularly bad flu outbreak this year.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has warned that the UK could be in for an exceptionally bad flu outbreak this winter. Australia experienced its worst ever outbreak during its winter, and global circulation means there is a risk of the same here.

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Steve Anderson, managing director, Phoenix Healthcare Distribution.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life in community pharmacy, it is easy to lose sight of storms brewing on the horizon. One of the biggest is the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive.

The aim of the directive is to prevent falsified medicines entering the legal supply chain. It is due to be implemented in UK law by February 2019. What started life as a modest initiative focused on a handful of “high risk” medicines is morphing into an expensive, impractical and bureaucratic behemoth.

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By Ross Ferguson, pharmacist and writer.

We need to move with the times and stop suggesting pharmacy faces an either/or future, either technology driven or community based. Why can’t we have both?

I completely disagree with NPA chairman Ian Strachan when he says there are two paths that pharmacy can take: either “mass automation, centralised dispensing and pharmacists working predominantly from GP practices or remotely” or “community pharmacies better integrated with other services, operating efficiently as neighbourhood health and wellbeing centres, and being a front door to the NHS”.

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By Pharmacy Magazine editor, Richard Thomas.

Autumn has descended suddenly but everywhere you look the temperature’s rising.

Doctors have fired off their annual salvo at pharmacists over flu jabs, Alliance Healthcare has been feeling the heat over its deliveries meltdown (since resolved) and everyone is hot under the collar about what the Government’s rebalancing board may – or may not – be considering about supervision.

 

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