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Gearing up for the flu vaccination 2018-19

Information and promotional resources to support the 2018-19 flu vaccination programme are becoming available, including an interactive immunisation e-learning programme

Consultation on dispensing errors and responsible pharmacist role

A UK-wide consultation was launched in mid-June on two new draft pieces of legislation covering dispensing errors and pharmacy governance

Dementia risk now included in NHS Health Check

Adding the dementia element will enable healthcare professionals to talk to patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk

Own brand blackcurrant cough syrup recall

The MHRA has issued a recall notice for 15 batches of own brand blackcurrant cough syrup manufactured by Bell, Sons & Co as a precautionary measure

RPS: pharmacy needs share of £20bn NHS boost

The RPS welcomed the promise of additional funding but said some of this money must be used to help pharmacy support "the best use of medicines"

Scotland contractors get 3.6 per cent funding boost

The global sum for pharmacy contractors in Scotland will increase by £2.6 million for 2018/19 to £180.96 million

CCA launches valproate audit for pharmacy teams

The trade body represents large pharmacy multiples but encourages all community pharmacies to participate due to the seriousness of the issue

DHSC to exercise powers to control cost of specials

A series of recent articles claim the NHS is spending as much as £30 million a year paying high prices for unlicensed medicines available cheaply elsewhere

NHS explains how it uses data to patients

NHS England has launched a campaign to inform the public how rules surrounding the use of health and care data have been strengthened

Older people ‘positive’ about their health

People aged 50 and over are relatively positive about their own health, though slightly less so than in 2016, suggests Ipsos MORI research carried out in 2017

Next steps for social care

Four more areas are joining the ten areas that are already part of the integrated care development programme. The NHS says this will benefit 12 million more people

Super-infections could spread post-Brexit

Leaving the EU without agreed systems for collaboration on alerts for emerging infectious diseases, for example, could be a threat to public health

New GPhC guidance for safer pharmacies

New guidance sets out what pharmacy owners are expected to do to ensure a safe and effective pharmacy team

Research suggests omega-3 may improve brain health

Research that is currently under review suggests that taking omega-3 supplements may have a beneficial effect on brain health at various life stages

Single-pill hypertension regimens improve clinical outcomes

A new study links taking a single-pill fixed-dose combination (FDC) treatment for hypertension with improved clinical outcomes compared to multi-pill regimens

Welsh government moves care into the community

A new document says people “will only go to a general hospital when it is essential,” with community-based services to “create even better care locally” 

NAO investigates generic price hikes

Higher wholesaler margins and a fall in the value of sterling are among the factors cited as potentially contributing to the dramatic price hikes seen last year

Boots pharmacists vote for new union arrangement

Boots pharmacists have voted in favour of ending the recognition between the company and its own union

NPA chief executive takes up post

Mark Lyonette has begun his role as the new chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association

RPS calls for bigger role for pharmacists in mental health

The RPS in England wants pharmacists to be integrated into services providing care for people with mental health problems
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